WARYN, Henry.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1386-1421, ed. J.S. Roskell, L. Clark, C. Rawcliffe., 1993
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Mar. 1416

Family and Education

Offices Held

prob. commr. to arrest Sir Thomas Talbot Jan. 1404.


This Member may well have been the son or nephew of Robert Waryn*, who represented Huntingdonshire in six Parliaments during the 14th century, but no evidence of their kinship survives beyond their common name. Indeed, given the paucity of information now available, it is very difficult to speak with any degree of certainty about such an elusive figure. In February 1400, Henry IV rewarded two of his servants, one of whom was called Henry Waryn, with a gift of £20 forfeited from a supporter of the earl of Kent’s rebellion. The same man was subsequently commissioned to arrest Sir Thomas Talbot and bring him before the King, although we cannot tell if he went on to become a shire knight.1 The subject of this biography was, however, without doubt present at the Huntingdonshire elections to the second Parliament of 1414, since he attested the return. He may also be identified with the Henry Waryn who, in April 1419, was rewarded by Henry V with a grant in tail-male of the lands and lordship of Thony sur Seine (in the bailiwicks of Evereux and Gisors) and the castle of Audley, which had been confiscated from the French. Waryn’s prowess as a soldier no doubt explains why he was included in a list of the Huntingdonshire gentry, drawn up in the following December in response to an appeal from the King for the mobilization of an army in defence of the realm.2 No more is heard of anyone bearing this name until June 1442, when a Henry Waryn, who was perhaps the MP’s son, became keeper of the royal park of Troutbeck in Westmorland. As a groom and later a yeoman of the royal chamber, he received other marks of royal favour until he was murdered at Kingston Lacy in Dorset.3

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: C.R.


  • 1. CPR, 1399-1401, p. 186; 1401-5, p. 426.
  • 2. C219/11/4; E28/97/14; DKR, xli. 780.
  • 3. CPR, 1436-41, p. 384; 1441-6, p. 95; 1452-61, p. 58.