DODINGTON, Herbert (c.1600-1632), of Breamore and Somerley, Hants.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1604-1629, ed. Andrew Thrush and John P. Ferris, 2010
Available from Cambridge University Press




Family and Education

b. c.1600, 2nd s. of Sir William Dodington I* (d.1638) of Breamore, Hants, and Mary, da. and h. of Sir John Herbert*, sec. of state 1600-17, of Neath Abbey, Glam. and Mortlake, Surr.; bro. of Sir William II*.1 educ. Magdalen, Oxf. 1616, aged 16.2 m. (settlement 4 May 1628, with £3,500),3 Elizabeth, da. and coh. of John Colles of Barton, Som., s.p.4 d. 27 June 1632.5

Offices Held

Lt.-col. militia ft. Hants 1625-d.;6 freeman, Lymington, Hants 1627;7 commr. swans, Hants, Wilts., Dorset, Som., Devon, Cornw. and I.o.W. 1629,8 sewers, Hants and Wilts, 1629-30, I.o.W. 1631;9 j.p. Hants 1631-d.10


Following the early death of his eldest brother in 1624, Dodington, as his father’s heir, was appointed an officer of the local militia, and stood for Lymington at the 1625 general election.11 Although he failed to take the seat, he proved more successful at the next election, when he was also returned for Downton on his father’s interest. After opting for the Hampshire borough on 9 Feb. 1626,12 he left no further trace on the parliamentary records. Dodington was excused from contributing to the Forced Loan in 1627 as he was not yet a landowner.13 Re-elected in 1628, he was noted as absent on 9 Apr. because of his father’s sickness, and excused from the call of the House.14 In fact he seems to have been away courting a Somerset heiress. As part of his marriage settlement in the following month his father gave him the manor of Somerley, which he made his main residence, and other lands in Hampshire and Monmouthshire.15 In addition he leased Cranborne, Dorset from the 2nd earl of Salisbury (William Cecil*), and Cardiff Castle from the 3rd earl of Pembroke.16

Dodington successfully claimed exemption from knighthood composition on the grounds that at the Coronation he had not held lands worth £40 p.a.17 He died on 27 June 1632, having made a brief nuncupative will, without preamble, leaving £40 to his father, £600 to his three sisters, £200 and £50 respectively to his brothers Edward and John, and £200 to a niece. Three servants received a total of £220, and the poor £100.18 His widow married John Coventry†.

Ref Volumes: 1604-1629

Authors: Virginia C.D. Moseley / Rosemary Sgroi


  • 1. Cardiff Recs. ed. J.H. Matthews, iii. 512.
  • 2. Al. Ox.
  • 3. WARD 7/85/182.
  • 4. PROB 11/152, f. 253v.
  • 5. WARD 7/85/182.
  • 6. Add. 21922, ff. 5, 62, 110, 188.
  • 7. C. St. Barbe, Recs. Lymington, 7.
  • 8. C181/4, f. 2v.
  • 9. Ibid. ff. 17v, 49v, 89.
  • 10. C231/5, p. 49.
  • 11. Hants RO, 27M74A/DBC1, p. 137.
  • 12. Procs. 1626, ii. 7.
  • 13. J. Stevens, St. Mary Bourne, 257.
  • 14. CD 1628, ii. 375.
  • 15. VCH Hants, iv. 562, 601, 605-6.
  • 16. WARD 7/85/182.
  • 17. Add. 21922, ff. 179v, 183.
  • 18. PROB 11/165, ff. 516v-17.