Henry Bedingfield (judge)

For the 16th-century courtier, see Henry Bedingfeld.

Sir Henry Bedingfield (1632 6 February 1687) was an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1660 and from 1685 to 1686. He was briefly Chief Justice of the Common Pleas at the end of his life.

Early life and family

Henry Bedingfield was the son of John Bedingfield (1595–1680) of Halesworth, Suffolk and was baptised on 9 December 1632. He was nephew of Sir Thomas Bedingfield. He was educated at Norwich Grammar School, and was admitted to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge in 1650.[1] He also entered Lincoln's Inn that year, and was called to the bar in 1657. The following year he was made a freeman of Dunwich, enabling him to bs elected to the Convention Parliament in 1660. He did not seek re-election subsequently, preferring to concentrate on his legal practice.[2]

Later career

In 1683, he presented an address from Dunwich, abhorring the Rye House Plot. That November he became a bencher of Lincoln's Inn and became a serjeant at law in the following January, and a King's Serjeant in the following November when he was knighted. Following the scuccession of James II, he was elected a MP for Aldeburgh. In February 1686 he was appointed as a justice of common pleas and in April as Chief Justice of the Common Pleas. However, he died suddenly in the following February.[2]


Further reading

Parliament of England
Preceded by
MP for Dunwich
with Sir John Rous
Succeeded by
Richard Coke
Sir John Rous
Preceded by
John Bence
John Corrance
MP for Aldeburgh
1685-1687 with
John Bence
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Johnson
William Johnson
Legal offices
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Jones
Chief Justice of the Common Pleas
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Herbert
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