Percy Freke (politician)

For his grandson, see Sir Percy Freke, 2nd Baronet.

Percy Freke (died May 1707) was an Irish politician.

He was the son of Arthur Freke, of Rathbarry, County Cork, and his wife Dorothy, the daughter of Sir Percy Smith of Youghal, County Cork, after whom he was named. He purchased the estate of West Bilney in Norfolk, was High Sheriff of County Cork in 1694, and was the Member of Parliament in the Irish House of Commons for Clonakilty in 1692–93 and 1695–99, and member for Baltimore from 1703 until his death in May 1707.[1]

He married his second cousin Elizabeth, the daughter of Ralph Freke of Hannington, Wiltshire, in a secret ceremony in 1672, and publicly in 1673 at St Margaret's, Westminster.[2] Their only son, Ralph, named after Elizabeth's father, was born shortly after; he followed his father into politics and was created a baronet in 1713.[1] Elizabeth died at age 69 or 73 on 7 April 1714, and was buried in Westminster Abbey, where her two sisters, Judith and Frances, were also later buried.[2]


  1. 1 2 Cokayne, George Edward (1906) Complete Baronetage. Volume V. Exeter: W. Pollard & Co. LCCN 06-23564. p. 15
  2. 1 2 Freke sisters, Westminster Abbey, retrieved 29 October 2012

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