LEE, Sir Francis Henry, 4th Bt. (1639-67), of Quarrendon, Bucks. and Ditchley, Oxon.
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Family and Education
bap. 17 Jan. 1639, 2nd s. of Sir Francis Henry Lee, 2nd Bt., of Quarrendon by Ann, da. of Sir John St. John, 1st Bt.†, of Lydiard Tregoze, Wilts. educ. Hayes, Mdx. (Dr Thomas Triplett); travelled abroad 1654-7; académie du Veaux, Paris, 1655-6. m. by 1663, Lady Elizabeth Pope, da. and h. of Thomas, 2nd Earl of Downe [I], 2s. (1 d.v.p.). suc. bro. Sir Henry Lee, 3rd Bt., 21 Mar. 1659.1
Commr. for assessment, Oxon. Jan. 1660-d., Bucks. 1661-d., militia, Bucks. and Oxon. Mar. 1660; j.p. Oxon. Mar. 1660-d., Bucks. July 1660-d.; commr. for corporations, Oxon. 1662-3.2
Originally of a Cheshire family, Lee’s ancestors had been at Quarrendon since the beginning of the 14th century, taking a crown lease of the manor in 1499, and regularly representing Buckinghamshire from 1542. Lee’s father died at York on active service in the first Bishops’ war, and in 1644 his mother married Henry Wilmot (later 1st Earl of Rochester). In 1654 Lee visited the exiled Court at Aachen, and in May 1659 he promised to aid Lord Falkland (Henry Carey) in the abortive Cavalier rising, after which he seems to have gone abroad again.3
Lee’s mother, as guardian to his nieces, enjoyed one of the principal interests at Malmesbury. On 2 Mar. 1660 she wrote to Sir Ralph Verney:
the town of Malmesbury sent to my son Lee that if he would come in person they did hope to choose him, though there were at least 13 that did sue to be chosen for that town, so my son means to go