GLEMHAM, Sir Henry (d.1632), of Glemham Hall, Suff.

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

Dates

1593
1597

Family and Education

1st s. of Thomas Glemham of Glemham Hall by Amy, da. of Henry Parker, 10th Baron Morley. educ. I. Temple 1585. m. by 1600, Anne, da. of Thomas Sackville, Baron of Buckhurst and 1st Earl of Dorset, 2s. 3da. suc. fa. 1571. Kntd. 1591.

Offices Held

J.p.q. Suff., .60, commr. musters 1601, dep. lt. by 1613.2

Biography

Glemham was a minor when his father died leaving two boys, a girl and his widow either expecting or just delivered of a fourth child. The elder Glemham made careful provision for them from his extensive lands in Suffolk, Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Kent, of which he reserved the customary third to the Queen’s use during his heir’s minority. His hopes of resurrection ‘with the elect of God’, and his request for a ‘godly sermon or exhortation’ on the day of his funeral suggest puritanism.3

Glemham himself, however, may have grown up under other influences. It is not known when he first became acquainted with the Sackvilles, but probably it was by the time of his first return for Lewes, a borough patronized by Lord Buckhurst, and by 1600 he had married Buckhurst’s daughter, whose brother Robert Sackville was a devout Catholic married to the sister of Philip Howard, Earl of Arundel. In 1600 Glemham got into trouble for associating with the English Catholics in Rome. Having obtained a licence to travel abroad, he visited that city, he said, to help his fellow-countrymen. Imprisoned on arrival—presumably as a suspected spy—he was released through the efforts of the Jesuit Robert Persons, a former protégé of Glemham’s father-in-law Buckhurst. The Queen learned of Glemham’s meeting with Persons, and on his return to England he found himself in the Fleet, lamenting that ‘by helping my fellow-countrymen over the wall I should break my own neck’. Buckhurst did his best, intervening with the Queen and writing repeatedly to Lady Scudamore, while Glemham wrote to Cecil from the Fleet, repenting his indiscretion with ‘grief and tears’. In December 1600 Buckhurst wrote to Cecil about the ‘dangerous sickness’ of Glemham’s wife. Perhaps this did the trick; at any rate, in 1601, she wrote thanking Cecil for a ‘noble gift’, and her husband, not long after his release, and against some opposition, wa