Manuscripts and Special Collections

Biography of Sir Henry Pierrepont (1546-1616)

Henry was the son of Sir George Pierrepont of Holme Pierrepont and succeeded his father in 1564. As he was still a minor, he became the ward of Roger Manners, and then, on his mother's remarriage, of his stepfather Sir Gervase Clifton  of Clifton.

He was elected as M.P. for Nottinghamshire in 1572, and then took up a series of local appointments, becoming a J.P. for Nottinghamshire in around 1573, Sheriff of Nottingham in 1575-6, and Recorder of Nottingham in 1603.

He was knighted in April 1603.

Sir Henry and his wife were known as Catholic recusants.


Engraving of a monument to Sir Henry Pierrepont in Holme Pierrepont Church, by R. Hall dated 1676

Engraving of monument to Sir Henry Pierrepont (1546-1616) , in Holme Pierrepont Church, by R. Hall, engraved by W. Hollar, 1676


He married Frances, daughter of Sir William Cavendish of Chatsworth, Derbyshire, and Elizabeth, later Countess of Shrewsbury ('Bess of Hardwick'), and had:

Archive Collections

Title deeds and estate papers relating to Sir Henry's ownership of his estates are held at

Published Sources

  • 'Pierrepont, Henry', in P.W. Hasler (ed), The History of Parliament: The House of Commons, 1558-1603 (London : Published for the History of Parliament Trust by H.M.S.O, 1981)


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