WALLOP, Henry (1568-1642), of Farleigh Wallop, Hants.

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

Dates

Apr. 1640
Nov. 1640

Family and Education

b. 18 Oct. 1568, 1st and o. surv. s. of Sir Henry Wallop by Katherine, da. of Richard Gifford of King’s Somborne. educ. St. John’s, Oxf. 1584, BA from Hart Hall 1588; L. Inn 1590. m. by 1597, Elizabeth, da. and coh. of Robert Corbet, of Moreton Corbet, Salop, 1s. suc. fa. 1599. Kntd. 1599.

Offices Held

Jt. steward (with his fa.) of manors of Old and New Lymington and Somerford 1594; dep. (to his fa.) treasurer at war [I] by Apr. 1597; constable, Christchurch castle c.1603; j.p. Hants 1596, sheriff 1603-4, 1629-30, custos rot. 1624; j.p. Salop, sheriff 2 Feb.-17 Nov. 1606; member, council in the marches of Wales 1617.

Biography

Wallop owed his return at Lymington, far from the family estates, to his two stewardships, otherwise worth only £4 p.a. In April 1597 he followed his father to Ireland, but presumably returned for the Parliament in the autumn of that year, though no proof that he attended has been found. His father died on 14 Apr. 1599, and his mother just afterwards, John Chamberlain telling Dudley Carleton:

The world comes very fast upon Master Wallop, who, going into Ireland to bury his father, within five days after his arrival his mother died also, so that he shall put them both into one account.

Wallop returned home after winding up his affairs, and achieved a county seat in 1601. As a knight of the shire in this Parliament, he could have sat on committees for the order of business (3 Nov.), clothworkers (18 Nov.) and monopolies (23 Nov.). He succeeded to ten manors, including Farleigh, Hampshire; Allington, Wiltshire; and Worle, Somerset. Earlier, by his marriage to Elizabeth Corbet, he had obtained lands in Shropshire and the manor of Dallington, Northamptonshire. His first child was baptized at Knebworth, 22 July 1597, when he was staying with his friend, Rowland Lytton. In the same circle, he was well acquainted with John Chamberlain, the letter writer, who visited him regularly at Farleigh. Under James I he became a leading figure in Shropshire as well as Hampshire, where by 1625 he was the richest man in th