COMPTON, Henry II (c.1584-c.1649), of Brambletye, East Grinstead, 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

b. c.1584, 3rd s. of Henry Compton I, Lord Compton of Compton Wyniates, Warws. being 1st by 2nd w. Anne, da. of Sir John Spencer of Althorp, Northants. educ. Christ Church Oxf. 1599; L. Inn 1602. m. (1) Cecily, da. of Robert Sackville, 2nd Earl of Dorset, ?3s. 3da.; (2) Mary, da. of Sir George Browne of Battle, 4s. 2da. KB 1603.

Offices Held

Associate bencher, L. Inn 1604; custos brevium, court of common pleas c.1630; ranger, Ashdown forest; j.p. Suss. dep. lt. by 1624.


It was his connexion with the Sackville family that secured Compton his parliamentary seat at East Grinstead, though his own residence was close by. His association with the Sackvilles began in boyhood, when, in 1592, his mother made a second—and disastrous—marriage to Robert Sackville, then a widower. His own marriage naturally strengthened the connexion.

Compton died in or before July 1649, when the committee for compounding ordered that the heirs to his estate should pay the balance of his fine. No will has been found.

Collins, Peerage, iii. 234; Horsfield, Suss. i. 388-9; Black Bk. L. Inn, ii. 84, 292; Suss. Arch. Colls. xvi; Cal. Comm. Comp. 1643-60, p. 1602.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: J.E.M.