PERCY, Henry (c.1532-85), of Alnwick, Northumb.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Nov. 1554

Family and Education

b. c.1532, 2nd s. of Sir Thomas Percy of Prudhoe by Eleanor, da. of Sir Guischard Harbottle of Horton; bro. of Thomas. m. by 25 Jan. 1562, Catherine, da. and coh. of John Neville, 4th Lord Latimer, 8s. 3da. Kntd. 30 Apr. 1557; suc. bro. as 2nd Earl of Northumberland 22 Aug. 1572.2

Offices Held

Capt. Norham castle, Northumb. by Jan. 1558; constable, Tynemouth castle, Northumb. 1559, gov. 1560-83; member, council in the north Dec. 1558-Apr. 1571; j.p. co. Dur. 1558/59, Northumb. 1558/59, q. 1561-4, Cumb., Yorks. (E. and N. Ridings) 1569; sheriff, Northumb. 1562-3; commr. piracy 1565, to enforce Acts of Uniformity and Supremacy, province of York 1568; steward, former lands of Tynemouth priory, Northumb. 1570-?83.3


Henry Percy was about five years of age when his father, brother to the 5th Earl of Northumberland, was executed for his part in the Pilgrimage of Grace. With the bestowal of the Percy estates upon the crown and the death of the earl shortly afterwards, the family lost much of its importance, but the custody of its remaining representatives was a matter of concern; among their guardians was Sir Thomas Tempest. Henry Percy received gifts in his grandmother the countess’s will of 1542 and his stepfather Sir Richard Holland’s of 1548. In the following year his brother was restored in blood.4

Percy had only recently come of age when he was returned for Morpeth to the third Marian Parliament. He had no known connexion with the borough and was probably the nominee of the 3rd Lord Dacre, the most influential figure there. His brother’s election to the same Parliament as senior knight of the shire for Westmorland suggests that there was some agreement to give the two a start in the Commons together, although in the upshot neither was to have much future th