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Sir Gilbert Gerard, 1st Baronet Gerard of Harrow on the Hill was born 23 October 1587 in England, United Kingdom to William Gerard (c1551-1609) and Dorothy Ratcliffe and died 7 January 1670 England, United Kingdom of unspecified causes. He married Mary Barrington 1614 in England, United Kingdom.

Sir Gilbert Gerard, 1st Baronet of Harrow on the Hill (23 October 1587 – 6 January 1670), was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1614 and 1660. He was a supporter of the Parliamentary cause during the English Civil War and of Oliver Cromwell during the Protectorate.

Biography

Gerard was the son of William Gerard (died 1609) of Flambards, Harrow-on-the-Hill and his wife Dorothy Ratcliff, daughter of John Ratcliff of Langley. He succeeded his father in 1609, inheriting Flambards in Harrow.

Gilbert served as Clerk of the Council of the Duchy of Lancaster from 1609 to 1640. He was elected Member of Parliament for Wigan in 1614 and created a baronet in 1620. In 1621 he was elected MP for Middlesex. In 1624 he was elected MP for both Middlesex and Newtown, Isle of Wight but chose to sit for Middlesex. He was elected again for Middlesex in 1625 and 1626. In 1626 he was also appointed High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire.

In April 1640 Gerard was elected MP for Middlesex for the Short Parliament and in November the same year for the Long Parliament. He showed himself to be an enemy to the Earl of Strafford, and afterwards joined the Parliamentary cause against the King. He was appointed to the Committee of Both Kingdoms, and he was made paymaster of the Parliamentary army. He had three-pence in the pound allowance, worth fifty thousand pounds and also was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. The Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell made him a lord of his Upper House.

After Richard Cromwell's resignation as Protector Gerard was refused admission to the House of Commons because of his alliance to and friendship for the Cromwells. He had the courage to bring an action against Colonel Alured, who had personally stopped him as he was entering the House; but Parliament ordered the action to be dropped, as it was done by their order. The Army soon after obtaining the superiority, he was nominated one of the new Council of State. In April 1660 he was elected MP for Lancaster. He survived the restoration, dying on 6 January 1670, and was buried at Harrow.

Family

In 1614 Gerard married Mary, a daughter of Sir Francis Barrington and Joan Cromwell, and a cousin of Oliver Cromwell. He thereby acquired that year the manor of Aston Clinton in Buckinghamshire.

His son Francis inherited the baronetcy. Another son Gilbert was also an MP. The baronetcy became extinct with the death of Sir Cheeke Gerard, 5th Baronet in 1716.



Children



Offspring of Sir Gilbert Gerard, 1st Baronet Gerard of Harrow on the Hill and Mary Barrington  ¢
Name Birth Death Joined with
Francis Gerard, 2nd Baronet Gerard of Harrow on the Hill (1617-1680) 12 October 1617 England December 1680 England Isabel Cheek
Gilbert Gerard (c1618-1683) 1618 England 1683 England
Thomas Gerard
John Gerard (c1637-1678)
Mary Gerard
Winifred Gerard
Katherine Gerard (c1631-1688)
Unknown Gerard










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Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
¢ Children
  • A genealogical and heraldic history of the extinct and dormant baronetcies of England, by J. and J.B. Burke



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