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North was the elder son of Dudley North, 3rd Baron North and his wife Frances Brockett, daughter of Sir John Brockett of Brockett Hall in Hertfordshire. In 1616 he was created Knight of the Bath. He was admitted at St John's College, Cambridge in 1619 and was also admitted at Gray's Inn in August 1619. In 1620 he joined the volunteer regiment for the relief of the German Palatinate and served in Holland. He travelled in Italy, France and Spain. In 1628 he was elected Member of Parliament for Horsham and sat until 1629 when King Charles decided to rule without parliament for eleven years.
North was an accomplished man, of studious bent, and wrote on economics and religious subjects. He published, besides other things, Passages relating to the Long Parliament, of which he had himself been a member.
North died in 1677 and was buried at Kirtling, Cambridgeshire, on 27 June 1677.
North married Anne Montagu daughter of Sir Charles Montagu, brother of the 1st Earl of Manchester, thereby increasing the family fortune. They had fourteen children. His eldest son, Charles (c. 1636–1691), was created Baron Grey of Rolleston during his father's life, and succeeded his father as 5th Baron North. His third son, Francis North, became Lord Chancellor as Lord Guilford. His fourth son was Sir Dudley North, the economist. His fifth son was John North (1645–1683), master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and professor of Greek in the university. His sixth son was Roger North, the lawyer and historian. One of his daughters, Mary, married Sir William Spring MP. Another daughter, Jane Bridget, married William Henry Moss (c. 1633-1685).
- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "North, Barons". Encyclopædia Britannica 19 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 758.
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