WRIGHT, Henry (c.1637-64), of Dagnams, Havering, Essex.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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1661 - 5 Feb. 1664

Family and Education

b. c.1637, o. surv. s. of Lawrence Wright, MD, of Dagnams by Mary, da. and coh. of John Duke, MD, of Friar Street, Colchester, educ. Trinity Coll. Camb. 1653; Balliol, Oxf. 1653, BA 1656; L. Inn 1655. m. 23 Mar. 1658, Anne (d. 27 Sept. 1708), da. of John Crew of Stene, Northants., 1s. 1da. suc. fa. 1657; cr. Bt. 11 June 1660.1

Offices Held

Commr. for trade 1656-7.2

Commr. for militia, Essex 1659, Mar. 1660, assessment, Essex Jan. 1660-d., Northants. Jan. 1660; j.p. Essex Mar. 1660-d., Mdx. 1662-d.; commr. for sewers, Havering and Dagenham levels Sept. 1660, Essex Oct. 1660.3


Wright came from a cadet branch of an Essex family which was granted arms in 1590 and acquired Dagnams about the same time. Although his father took no known part in the Civil War he became Cromwell’s physician. Wright’s own appointment to the board of trade at the age of 19 is one of the grossest examples of domestic patronage under the Protectorate, and this was followed by the grant of a ‘baronetcy’ in 1658. His marriage to the daughter of a leading Presbyterian, and sister-in-law of Edward Montagu I, probably entailed his conversion to royalist principles.4

Montagu’s secretary, Samuel Pepys, recorded that Wright came aboard the flagship on 27 Mar. 1660 ‘about his business of being chosen a Parliament man’. Through his mother he had inherited Foulton Hall, some three miles from Harwich, and with the addition of Montagu’s Admiralty interest his election was secure. On 4 May he reported to the Council of State that the billeting of sick and wounded soldie