Debrett’s New Baronetage of England
BACON, of REDGRAVE, co. Suffolk.
SIR EDMUND BACON, Premier Baronet of England, born 16 July 1779, succeeded his
father, sir Edmund, 5 Sept. 1820; married, 27 Aug. 1801, Mary Anne
Elizabeth, da. of EdwardDashwood Bateman, of Ottery St. Mary, co. Devon, esq., and by
her (who d. 23 Oct. 1820) had issue, 1. EDMUND, b. 31 Jan. 1803; 2. Anna-Maria,
b. 10 March 1804; 3. Harriett Laura,
This family is said to be descended from Grimbald, who came into England with his
kinsman William, earl of Warren, at the Norman invasion, and settled at Letheringset, near
Holt, in Norfolk. His great-grandson, Robert, took the name of Bacon.
The above-named Robert had a brother, sir William, of Monks-Bradfield, in Suffolk; from whom descended, in the 10th generation,
Sir Nicholas Bacon, who filled the office of lord-keeper of the great seal to queen Elizabeth, and d. 20 Feb. 1579, having m. 1st, Jane Fermley, and 2dly, Anne, one of the 6 das. of sir Anthony Cook, of Giddy Hall, Co. Essex, one of the tutors of king Edward VI. By his 2d wife he had 2 sons, the younger of whom was that great luminary of modern science, sir Francis Bacon. He was b. 22 Jan. 1550.1, was of Trinity College, Cambridge and afterwards of Gray’s Inn; appointed counsel-extraordinary to the queen, 1588, solicitor-general to king James I. 1607, attorney -general, 1613, a privy-counsellor, 1616, lord keeper, March 1616.17, and lord chancellor 1618; created baron Verulam in the same year, and viscount St. Alban’s, 20 Jan. 1620-1; but being shortly afterwards accused of corrupt practices, and confessing in a great measure his guilt, he was sentenced, on the 3d of May 1621, to be fined £40,000, and to be imprisoned in the Tower during his majesty’s pleasure; was rendered incapable of holding any office, sitting in parliament, or coming within the verge of the court. After a short imprisonment his fine was remitted, and it is probable the whole of his sentence was cancelled, as he was again summoned to parliament in the first year of Charles I. He d. 9 April 1626, having by his in-hours in retirement, during the latter part of his life, made a brilliant atonement for his errors. He m. Anne Barnbam, da. of an alderman of London, but left no issue.
Sir Nicholas, the lord keeper, by his 1st wife, had 3 sons and 3 daughters.
I. Sir NICHOLAS BACON, the eldest son, was possessed, upon the death of his father, of very large estates in Suffolk and Norfolk. He was knighted 22 Aug. 1578, and had afterwards the honour to be the first person advanced to the baronetage on the institution of that dignity by James I.; m. Anne, sole da. and h. of Edmund Butts, esq., and by her (who b. 1616) had issue,
Sir EDMUND, 2d bart.
2. Henry, d. at Jerusalem, without issue.
3. Sir ROBERT, 3d bart.
4. Bachevell, m, and left issue 2 sons, who both d. unm., and 3 das.
5. Sir BUTTS BACON, of Mildenhall, co Suffolk, created a bart. 29 July 1627, and ancestor of the present baronet, of whom hereafter.
6. Nicholas, m. lst, a da. of sir James Weston, baron of the exchequer, by whom he had—1. Anne, m. sir John Rous, bart. (ancestor of earl Stradbroke); and 2dly, Margaret, da. of Eustace Darcy, esq., by whom he had——2. sir Nicholas Bacon, of Gillingham, created a bart. 7 Feb. 1616, and d. 1666, leaving 2 sons—sir EDMUND and sir RICHARD, successive harts., who both d. s.p., when the title became extinct.
7. Sir Nathaniel, of Culford, KB., m Jane, da. of Hercules Meautys, esq. (widow of sir William Cornwallis, knt.), by whom he had issue 1 son and 2 das.—1. Nicholas, who d. without issue male—2. Anne, m. lst, sir Thomas Meautys, knt.; 2dly, sir Harbottle Grimston, hart—3. Anne, who d. unm.
8. Anne, m. sir Robert Drury, knt.
9. Dorothy, m. lot, sir Bassingbourn Gawdy, knt.; and 2dly, Philip Colby, esq.
10. Jemima, m. lot, sir William Waldegrave, knt.; and 2dly, Henry Killgrew.
Sir Nicholas d. in 1624, and was succeeded by his eldest son,
II. Sir EDMUND, m. Philippa, da. and co-h. of sir Edward Wotton baron Wooton, of Maherley, Kent, but d. without issue, 10 April 1649; his lady in 1626. He was succeeded by his next surviving brother,
III. Sir ROBERT, m. Anne, da. of sir John Peyton, knt. and bart., and had issue by her, besides other children who d. young,
1. Nicholas, m. Margaret, da. and co-h. of William Hobart, of Thwayte, in Norfolk, esq., but d- without issue.
2. Robert, m. Catherine, da. of Grave Violet, esq., and d. in his father’s lifetime, 25 Aug. 1652, leaving issue—1. sir EDMUND, 4th bart.—2. Jemima, m. lst, Thomas Gardiner, esq.; and 2dly, sir John Brattel, knt., assay-master of the Tower of London—3. Philippa, m. sir George Reeve, knt. and bart.—4. Frances, m. Paul Bockenham, esq.—5. Anne, m. Edmund Yaxlee, esq.
3. Butts, m. Dorothy, da. and co-h. of sir John Tracey, knt., and was father of sir ROBERT, 5th bart.
4. Peyton, m. Elizabeth, da. of Charles Suckling, esq.
5. Philippa, m. Hamond Claxton, esq.
6. Anne, m. Thomas Hunt, esq.
7. Alice, m. Rice Gwynn, esq.
Sir Robert d. 1655, and was succeeded by his grandson,
IV. Sir EDMUND, only surviving son of Robert, 2d surviving son of sir Robert, 3d bart., m. Elizabeth, da. and co-h. of sir Robert Crane, bart., by whom he had 6 sons and 10 das., all of whom except 4 das. d. unm. in their father’s life-time. The das. who m. were,
Frances, m. Walter Norborne, esq.
2. Susannah, m. Charles Morris, esq.
3. Elizabeth, m. William Ettrick, esq.
4. Philippa, m. sir Edmund Bacon, of Gillingham, bart.
Sir Edmund d. without male issue, 1685, and was succeeded by his cousin,
V. Sir ROBERT (son and h. of Butts Bacon, esq., 3d surviving son of the 3d bart.), who sold the estate at Redgrave, and settled at Garboldisham, Co. Norfolk; m. Elizabeth, da. of Dan. Chandler, by whom he had issue, besides 2 sons who d. young,
Sir EDMUND, 6th bart.
2. Butts, d. unm. 1725-6.
3. Abigail——4. Jane, both d. unm.
VI. Sir EDMUND, represented the borough of Thetford, and afterwards co. Norfolk, in three parliaments; m. in 1712, Mary, da. of sir Robert Kemp, bart., (and sole h. to her mother Letitia, da. of Robert King, esq.), which lady d. 14 Sept. 1727, leaving, only 4 das.,
Letitia, m. sir Armine Wodehouse, bart.,
ancestor of the barons Wodehouse (see Debretts
Perage of the United Kingdom).
4. Elizabeth, d. unm.
I. Sir BUTTS BACON, the 4th son of the 1st bart., was himself also created a bart. 29 July 1627, m. Dorothy, da. of sir Henry Warner, knt., widow of William Jermyn, by whom he had,
Clement, who both d. without issue.
3. Sir HENRY, his successor.
4. Anne, m. Henry Kitchingman, esq.
5. Dorothy, m. William Peck, esq.
He b. 1661, and was succeeded by his son,
II. Sir HENRY, m. Barbara, da. of William Gooch, esq., by whom he had,
Sir HENRY, 3d bart.
2. Anne, m. her 2d cousin, sir Richard Baron, of Gillingharm, bart.
He was succeeded by his only son,
III. Sir Henry, m. Sarah, da. of sir John Castleton, bart., bt whom (who d. 3 Feb. 1727) he had,
1. Sir EDMUND, his successor.
2. Henry—3. Nicholas, both d. unm.
Sir Henry d.
1686, and was succeeded by his eldest son,
IV. Sir EDMUND, m. 1st, Phulippa, da. and co-h. of sir Edmound Bacon, 4th bart. of the Redgrave branch, and by her (woh d. 1710) had issue, besides several children, who d. unm.,
Sir EDMUND, 5th bart.
2. Sir HENRY, 7th bart.
3. Sir RICHARD, 13th bart.
Sir Edmund m. 2dly, Mary, da. of John Castell, of Raveningham, by whom he had,
Mary, m. Philip Bedingfield, esq.
Sir Edmund d. 10 July 1721, and was succeeded by his eldest son,
V. Sir EDMUND, who represented the borough of Thetford in 3 parliaments; m. Susan, da. of sir Isaac Rebow, knt., and had issue,
Sir EDMUND, his successor.
2. Susan, m. Francis Schutz, esq.
Sir Edmund d. 2 Oct. 1738, and was succeeded by his son,
VI. Sir EDMUND, d. unm. in 1750, and was succeeded by his uncle,
VII. Sir HENRY, who d. unm. in 1753, and was succeeded by his brother,
VIII. Sir RICHARD, who on the death of his kinsman, sir Edmund Bacon, 6th baronet of the Redgrave branch, succeeded to that title, and became premier baronet. He was twice m., but d. without surviving issue, 1773, when both the baronetcies of 1611 and 1627 devolved on his nephew of the half blood,
IX. Sir EDMUND, son of Castell Bacon, before mentioned, b. 1749, as. Jan. 1778, Anne, da. of sir William Beauchamp Proctor, bart., and by her (who d. 26 Aug. 1813) had issue,
1. Sir EDMUND, present bart.
2. Anne-Frances, b. 1781, m. Edmund-Thoma Hussey, of Galtrim, in Ireland, esq., grandson of Horatio, earl of Orford.
3. Maria, b. 1784, m. 11 Feb. 1808, capt. Edward Hodge, 7th regiment of dragoons, who was killed at Genappe, 16 June 1815.
4. Nicholas, b. 6 June 1786, m. 14 Oct. 1883, Jane, 2d da. of the late Alexander Bowker, of Lynn, co. Norfolk, esq., and has issue—1. Jane—2. Anne Elizabeth——I. Henry-Hickman—4. Francis.
5. Henry, b. 29 Oct. 1718, took the surname of HICKMAN in addition to and after Bacon, by royal sign manual, 1820.
Sir Edmund d. 5 Sept. 1820, and was succeeded by his eldest son,
X. Sir EDMUND, present bart.
Arms— Gules on a chief, argent, two
Crest—A boar statant, ermine.
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