Berkeley, Henry (1547 - 1601)

Born / Died

Birth Date: ca. 1547
Death Date: 1601-09-07


Educated at the Middle Temple 1565


Marriages/Other Unions

  1. Type: marriage
    Union began: n.d.
    Union ended: n.d.
    Note: Union also produced one unnamed son.


From Lygon, Margaret ( - )

  1. Male offspring: Berkeley, Henry (n.d.)
  2. Male offspring: Berkeley, Maurice (n.d.)


  • Knight
    Assumed Circa 1584 (possibly knighted 1585)
    Vacated 1601-09-07

Details of Offices

Began Ended Notes
Sheriff, Worcestershire 1578-11-17 1579-11-23
Keeper, Somerset 1581 n.d.
JP, Somerset 1582 n.d. Held office from this date onward
MP, Somerset 1584 n.d.
Deputy Lieut, Somerset 1585 1590 Dismissed
MP, Somerset 1586 n.d.
Sheriff, Dorset 1587-12-4 1588-11-25
Deputy Lieut, Somerset 1591 (reinstated) n.d.
Deputy Lieut, Worcestershire 1595 n.d.

General Lands Note

Succeeded father 1581

Details of Properties


  • Bruton Abbey, Somerset
    Patrimony (residence after death of stepmother)
    Acquired: 1585
    Divested: 1601-09-07
  • Norwood Park, Somerset
    Patrimony; primary residence until 1585
    Acquired: 1581-08-11
    Divested: 1601-09-07


  • Buckinghamshire
  • Gloucestershire
  • Somerset: Stoke Manor
  • Somerset: Yarlington Manor
    Acquired: 1591
  • Worcestershire
    Via marriage

Events Naming Patron

Event Date Location Troupe
Performance 1572-1572 Town Hall, Bridgwater , Somerset Mr Berkeley's Players
Performance 1583-1583 Town Hall, Bridgwater , Somerset Mr Berkeley's Players

Patronized Troupes

Troupe Name Patron Troupe Type # of events
Mr Berkeley's Players Berkeley, Henry (1547 - 1601) Players 2

Owned Venues

Venue Name County Venue Type
Norwood Park Somerset Private Residence

Bibliographic Sources

Hasler, P.W. The History of Parliament: The House of Commons, 1558–1603. 3 vols. London: HMSO, 1981.
List of Sheriffs for England and Wales from the Earliest Times to AD 1831. Public Record Office Lists and Indexes 9. London: HMSO, 1898.
Page, William, and R.W. Dunning, eds. The Victoria History of the County of Somerset. Victoria History of the Counties of England. 4 vols. London; Oxford: Constable [vols 1–2]; Oxford UP [vols 3–8], 1906–12 [vols 1–2]; 1974–2004 [vols 3–8].
Page, William, ed. The Victoria History of the County of Warwick. The Victoria History of the Counties of England. 8 vols. London: Archibald Constable & Co. [vols 1-–2]; Oxford UP [vols 3-–8], 1904–8 [vols 1–2]; 1945–69 [vols 3–8].
Shaw, William Arthur. The Knights of England: A complete record from the earliest time to the present day of the knights of all the orders of chivalry in England, Scotland, and Ireland, incorporating a complete list of knights bachelors dubbed in Ireland. 2 vols. London: Sherratt & Hughes, 1906.
Smyth, John. The Lives of the Berkeleys, Lords of the Honour, Castle and Manor of Berkeley in the County of Gloucester from 1066 to 1618: with a Description of the Hundred of Berkeley and of its Inhabitants. 1st ed [1618]. Maclean, John, ed. Berkeley Manuscripts first ser. 3 vols. Gloucester: John Bellows, 1883–5.