LENNARD, Sir Henry (1570-1616), of Chevening, Kent and Hurstmonceaux Castle, Suss.

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

bap. 25 Mar. 1570, 1st s. of Sampson Lennard of Chevening by Margaret, s.j. Baroness Dacre. educ. Queens’, Camb. 1586; L. Inn 1588. m. 1589 (with £2,200), Chrysogona (d.1616), da. of (Sir) Richard Baker of Sissinghurst, Kent, 3s. 4da. suc. mother as 12th Lord Dacre 1612, fa. to Dacre lands in Kent and Suss. Sept. 1615. Kntd. 1596.

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Lennard’s father unsuccessfully claimed the barony of Dacre, which Lennard himself eventually inherited from his mother. He made a good marriage while still at Lincoln’s Inn, fought at Cadiz with the 2nd Earl of Essex and received a knighthood. He probably obtained his seat at West Looe through his father’s friend, Sir Robert Cecil. Like his father, he lived extravagantly and was forced to sell estates.

He died intestate 8 Aug. 1616 of an ‘ague’ and was buried at Chevening, to be succeeded by his first son, Richard.

CP, iv. 11-12; T. L. Barrett, Hist. Lennard and Barrett Fams. 218-50; CSP Dom. 1611-18, p. 391.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: R.C.G.