PICKERING, Sir Henry, 2nd Bt. (c.1656-1705), of Whaddon, Cambs.
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Family and Education
b. c.1656, and but o. surv. s. of Sir Henry Pickering, 1st Bt. of Whaddon by Elizabeth, da. of Sir Thomas Viner, 1st Bt. of Hackney, Mdx. educ. Queens’, Camb. 1672; 1. Temple 1674. m. (1) lic. 1 Mar. 1677, Philadelphia, da. of Sir George Downing, 1st Bt. of East Hatley, Cambs., 3da. d.v.p.; (2) c.1692, Grace, da. and coh. of Constant Sylvester of Barbados, s.p. suc. fa. 4 Nov. 1668.1
Commr. for assessment, Cambs. 1677-80, 1689; freeman, Cambridge 1679; j.p. Cambs. 1679-d.; sheriff, Cambs. and Hunts. 1683-4; dep. lt. Cambs. 1685- d.; member of assembly, Barbados 1693-4, council 1705-d.2
Pickering came from a cadet branch of a puritan gentry family, established in the East Midlands in Tudor times and representing Northamptonshire from 1626. His father bought Whaddon in 1648 and sat for Cambridgeshire under the Protectorate. Although ‘knighted’ by Cromwell, he proved as flexible in his politics as his cousin Dryden, and was created a baronet soon after the Restoration.3