Sir Charles Harbord
1596 - 1679

 Relationship to me: Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Grandfather Gen -10
Born 1596  
Died 1679  
Age 83  
Father:      William Harvord of Welton, Midsomer Norton, Som.  
Mother: Dorothy, da. and h. of Richard Richmond alias Sheppard of Babington, Som.  
Brothers:    
Sisters:    
Married: (1) Anne d.<1623
  (2) Mary or Maria, da. of Jan van Aelst of Sandwich, Kent d. 5 Sept. 1666
Children:  6 sons (3 d.v.p.) including William 1635 - 1692
  3 daughters including Anne 1634 - 1690


Notes: See History of Parliament website for bibliography and other information about Sir Charles.

Harbord’s great-grandfather is believed to have come out of Wales with Henry VII. His father leased a farm of some 200 acres in Somerset from the duchy of Cornwall. Sir Charles Harbord described himself to his eldest son as a self-made man. He was said to have begun life as ‘a poor solicitor of Staple Inn’; but he entered the service of Philip Herbert, Earl of Montgomery, subsequently 4th Earl of Pembroke.

Sir Charles was Surveyor General for King Charles I from 1631-42 and to King Charles II from June 1660 until his death.

Note: Gay Brennan from New Zealand kindly provided the following anecdote about Sir Charles Harbord [note - the date she gives for Charles Harbord's death is incorrect]:

"Sir Charles Harbord (1596 - 1626), left Gunton manor to her brother, John Harbord (???? - 1710). John died without issue and left his property to his nephew, Harbord Cropley (???? - 1741), the son of his sister, Catherine Harbord, whose second husband was William Cropley of Haughley. Harbord Cropley, who then took the surname Harbord, also died without issue and left Gunton to his nephew, William Cropley (???? - 1770), the son of his sister, Judith Cropley. He also changed his surname for himself and his son Harbord Cropley to Harbord. This led to his son having the distinctly unusual name of Harbord Harbord.

William Cropley (???? - 1770) later Sir William Harbord K.B., was created a Baronet in 1746. After his death in 1770, the baronetcy passed to his son Sir Harbord Harbord (1734 - 1810) who was later created the first Baron Suffield in 1786. That title then passed down that family to the twentieth century. There are several sources for this .... the best ones are G. E. Cokayne’s Complete Baronetage, Vol 5, page 90, and his Complete Peerage, Vol 12a, p425."

Sir William Harbord

In 1679, William (who was one of Charles's two younger surviving son) became Surveyor General "on reversion" following his father's death. He remained in that office until his own death in 1692, so must have served under Charles II, James II and William III.

In a indenture dated 1684 with Richard Newman, William is described as "Wm Harbord of Grafton Parks in the County of Northampton Esqr Surveyor General to his said Majesty (James II)". The indenture also names his eldest daughter as: "Mary Harbord eldest daughter of the said Wm Harbord on the body of Mary Harbord deceased late wife of the said Wm Harbord and one of the Coheirs of the said Mary deceased who was daughter and coheir of Arthur Duffe(?) late of Wells in the County of Somerset Dr of Laws".

See History of Parliament website for bibliography and other information about Sir William.

Mary (or Maria) Jan van Aelst

The same 1684 indenture describes Mary as "Mary Harbord deceased late wife of the said Wm Harbord and one of the Coheirs of the said Mary deceased who was daughter and coheir of Arthur Duffe(?) late of Wells in the County of Somerset Dr of Laws "

 


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