Henry Northleigh

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Henry Northleigh (1643 – 1694) [2] of Peamore in the parish of Exminster in Devon, was thrice MP for Okehampton in Devon.

Peamore, Exminster

Peamore is an historic estate in the parish of Exminster, Devon, situated near to the City of Exeter. In 1810 Peamore House was described as "one of the most pleasant seats in the neighbourhood of Exeter". The house was remodelled in the early 19th century and is now a grade II listed building.

Exminster village in United Kingdom

Exminster is a village situated on the southern edge of the City of Exeter on the western side of the Exeter ship canal and River Exe in the county of Devon, England. It is around 6 km (3.7 mi) south of the centre of Exeter, and has a population of 3,084, increasing to 3,368 at the 2011 census.

Okehampton was a parliamentary borough in Devon, which elected two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons in 1301 and 1313, then continuously from 1640 to 1832, when the borough was abolished by the Great Reform Act.

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Life

He was the 2nd but eldest surviving son and heir of Henry Northleigh (1612–1675) [3] of Peamore, Exminster, in Devon [4] by his wife Lettice Yard, a daughter of Edward [5] Yard of Churston Ferrers in Devon. He was educated at King’s College, Cambridge from 1660 and entered the Middle Temple in 1663.

Churston Ferrers civil parish in England

Churston Ferrers is an historic civil parish, former manor and ecclesiastical parish in Devon, England, situated between the south coast towns Paignton and Brixham. Today it is administered by local government as the Churston-with-Galmpton ward of the Torbay unitary authority. It contains the coastal village of Churston, the now larger village of Galmpton and the Broadsands area.

Middle Temple one of the four Inns of Court in London, England

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He served as MP for Okehampton in 1677, as High Sheriff of Devon for 1680-81, and again as MP for Okehampton in 1689 and 1690–1694.

The High Sheriff of Devon is the Queen's representative for the County of Devon, a territory known as his/her bailiwick. Selected from three nominated people, they hold his office over the duration of a year. They have judicial, ceremonial and administrative functions and executes High Court Writs. The office historically was "Sheriff of Devon", changed in 1974 to "High Sheriff of Devon".

Marriage & progeny

He married Susanna Sparke, daughter of John Sparke, dyer, of Exeter. [6] She was the granddaughter of Stephen Toller, haberdasher of Exeter, who in 1673 purchased "Crediton Parks", the former park of the Bishops of Exeter, from Sir John Chichester of Hall, Bishop's Tawton. Susanna devised Crediton Parks to her daughter Susanna Northleigh, who devised it to her nephew John Tuckfield (c. 1719–1767) of Little Fulford, MP for Exeter, eldest son of her sister Elizabeth Northleigh by her husband Roger Tuckfield of London, Merchant. [7] By his wife he had progeny including:

Hall, Bishops Tawton

Hall is a large estate within the parish and former manor of Bishop's Tawton, Devon. It was for several centuries the seat of a younger branch of the prominent and ancient North Devon family of Chichester of Raleigh, near Barnstaple. The mansion house is situated about 2 miles south-east of the village of Bishop's Tawton and 4 miles south-east of Barnstaple, and sits on a south facing slope of the valley of the River Taw, overlooking the river towards the village of Atherington. The house and about 2,500 acres of surrounding land continues today to be owned and occupied by descendants, via a female line, of the Chichester family. The present Grade II* listed neo-Jacobean house was built by Robert Chichester between 1844 and 1847 and replaced an earlier building. Near the house to the south at the crossroads of Herner the Chichester family erected in the 1880s a private chapel of ease which contains mediaeval woodwork saved from the demolished Old Guildhall in Barnstaple.

Little Fulford historic estate in Shobrooke and Crediton, Devon

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Sir William Davie, 4th Baronet

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Sandford, Devon farm village in the United Kingdom

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Death

He died in 1694, as is recorded on his ledger stone in Alphington church, near Peamore.

Ledger stone

A ledger stone or ledgerstone is an inscribed stone slab usually laid into the floor of a church to commemorate or mark the place of the burial of an important deceased person. The term "ledger stone" derives from the German word legen, meaning to lie. Ledger stones may also be found as slabs forming the tops of tomb chest monuments.

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References

  1. Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p. 584
  2. Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p. 584, pedigree of Northleigh
  3. Vivian, p. 584; dates per his ledger stone in Alphington Church
  4. Vivian, p. 373
  5. "Edward" per Vivian, p. 831, pedigree of Yard of Churston Ferrers; "Henry" per Vivian, p. 584
  6. "NORTHLEIGH, Henry (1643-94), of Peamore, Exminster, Devon. - History of Parliament Online". Historyofparliamentonline.org. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  7. Oliver, George (21 March 2019). "The History of Exeter". R. Cullum. pp. 87–8, footnote. Retrieved 21 March 2019 via Google Books.
  8. "NORTHLEIGH, Stephen (c.1692-?1731), of Peamore, Exminster, Devon - History of Parliament Online". Historyofparliamentonline.org. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  9. Vivian, 1895, p. 270, pedigree of Davie
  10. Gray, Todd & Rowe, Margery (Eds.), Travels in Georgian Devon: The Illustrated Journals of The Reverend John Swete, 1789-1800, 4 vols., Tiverton, 1999 , Vol.1, p. 55
  11. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, 15th Edition, ed. Pirie-Gordon, H., London, 1937, p. 1119, pedigree of Hippisley of Ston Easton