BROUNCKER, Henry (c.1550-1607), of Erlestoke, Wilts. and West Ham, Essex.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. c.1550, 2nd s. of Henry Brouncker of Melksham and Erlestoke, Wilts. by his 2nd w. Ursula, da. of [?John] Yate of Lyford, Berks.; bro. of William. educ. M. Temple 1566. m. Anne, da. of Henry Parker, Lord Morley; at least 1s., William, 1st Visct. Brouncker. Kntd. 1597.1

Offices Held

Surveyor of all issues lost by jurors from 1589; lord president of Munster 1603; member of Household by May 1603.2


Brouncker was returned at Westbury and Devizes through the local standing of his family. There is no obvious patron for him at Dorchester; perhaps the best guess would be Sir Robert Cecil, who may have been behind Brouncker’s lucrative grant of ‘issues lost by jurors’, the origin of which has not been ascertained. As his brother was also present in his earlier Parliaments it is not possible to distinguish Henry Brouncker’s committee activity, if any, but certainly in 1601 he was named to committees dealing with the penal laws (2 Nov.) and parliamentary business (3 Nov.).