Edward Denny, 1st Earl of Norwich

Edward Denny, 1st Earl of Norwich (1569–1637), known as The Lord Denny between 1604 and 1627, was an English courtier, Member of Parliament and peer.


The son of Sir Anthony Denny's eldest son, Henry,[1][2] he matriculated at St John's College, Cambridge in 1585.[3] He was knighted in 1587, and welcomed James I to England while high Sheriff of Hertfordshire in 1603. He was M.P. for Essex in 1604, but on 27 October 1604 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Denny, of Waltham.

Around 1590-1600 he built Abbey House on the site of Waltham Abbey, the lands of which had been in the family for several generations.[4] Most of the old abbey buildings had been demolished, but the church remained as a parish church. The new Abbey House was directly north-east of the church.[5] The whole building was demolished in 1770.[4]

The appearance of Lady Mary Wroth's The Countess of Montgomery's Urania brought protests from Denny, objecting to portrayals of real people in the work.[6] He particularly was stung by an incident from the work that to him seemed to allude to his own family life.[7]

He was created Earl of Norwich on 17 October 1626.


He married Mary, daughter of Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, and died without male issue. His daughter Honoria married James Hay, 1st Earl of Carlisle.


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  3. "Dennye, Edward (DNY585E)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  4. 1 2 "Waltham Holy Cross - Introduction and manors | A History of the County of Essex: Volume 5 (pp. 151-162)". British-history.ac.uk. 22 June 2003. Retrieved October 2013. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
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  6. Lorna Sage, Germaine Greer, Elaine Showalter, The Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English (1999), p. 154.
  7. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Wroth [née Sidney], Lady Mary (1587?–1651/1653), author, by Mary Ellen Lamb.



External links

Peerage of England
New creation Earl of Norwich
1626 – 1637
Baron Denny
1604 – 1637

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