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Paul Brewster  •  Link

From a Web genealogical site: Henry Norwood, Colonel, b 1615 d 14 Sep 1689 active in the Royalist cause at the outbreak of civil war in England. In 1649, after the beheading of Charles I, Henry fled with friends to Virginia where his cousin, Sir William Berkeley, was governor. Author of "A Voyage to Virginia", describing their trip. In 1658 Henry returned to Holland, then to England and was active in the efforts to restore the STUARTS. At the Restoration in 1660, Henry took part in the coronation ceremony of Charles II as Esquire of the Body. Henry was made treasurer of VA 1661-1673 (apparently an absentee position which consisted mainly in being the recipient of the "Quitrents") Henry was appointed governor to Tangier - an active post - and lived there for some time. He was never married; he returned to England and bought Leckhampton from his cousin, Francis Norwood. Henry Norwood is buried in Leckhampton Parish Church with his grandfather, William wh died in 1632.

Sjoerd Spoelstra  •  Link

Henry is recorded as being the first Colonel of the Queen's Foot or Old Tangier Regiment on the site of their Living History Society "Kirke's Lambs"


Michael Robinson  •  Link

Per L&M Companion:

(c. 1614 - 1689). Royalist soldier and conspirator; imprisoned 1655-9 and employed in the negotiations between Montagu and the King in late 1659. After the Restoration he was rewarded with a post at court as an equerry (1660) and with the deputy governorship of Dunkirk (1662) and of Tangier (1665-9). He was a Gloucestershire man and after his return from Tangier served Gloucester as Mayor (1672-3) and M.P. (1675-Jan 1679). He was also Treasurer of Virginia 1661-73; Tangier Commissioner 1673-80; and member of the Royal Fishery Company (1677). Pepys rented from him the little house at Parson's Green which he used as a weekend retreat in 1679 and 1681. His letters to Pepys are full of life and humour. He gave the name Parson's Green to a part of Tangier.

Second Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

The Norwoods acquired Leckhampton Manor, 8 miles from Gloucester, in 1486.

Henry Norwood inherited a small property in Worcestershire from his father who died shortly after he was born. With the onset of the Civil Wars he joined the King, and distinguished himself at the storming of Bristol in 1643. He was in the Worcester garrison when it surrendered at the end of the first Civil War, and went into exile in Holland.

Col. Henry Norwood returned in June 1649 and paid £15 for his delinquency. Charles II recommended him to the royalist governor of Virginia, Sir William Berkeley, who sent him to Scotland with money to buy a patent as ‘escheator, treasurer and receiver of quit rents’ during pleasure.

Col. Norwood took no part in the second Civil War, but was arrested and charged in 1652 with complicity in the murder of Ambassador Dorislaus. An active royalist conspirator, he was imprisoned from 1655 to 1659, and taken prisoner in Booth’s Rising.

At the Restoration Col. Norwood was rewarded with a post at Court. He had shipping interests in the American and Mediterranean trades; but he had military ambitions. From 1662-1672 he was on garrison duty overseas, with spells of home leave. He became at odds with the civil authorities in Tangier, especially after the 1668 charter, and returned to England in 1669.

Norwood disposed of his Virginia post, although he continued to receive 1/3 of the profits from the buyers.

He acquired the wardenship of the Fleet prison, becoming the deputy.

He settled at Leckhampton, which he purchased from a cousin, and became embroiled in Gloucester politics, which was divided between the ‘loyal’ and ‘adverse’ parties. He was elected to the common council as a compromise candidate.

Norwood was named an alderman for life in Gloucester's charter of April 1672. In 1673 he was elected mayor. On 20 Apr. 1675 he was returned as an M.P., but the election was disputed. Norwood was duly returned by the senior sheriff, and allowed to take his seat, although he was not declared elected for 3 years.

Col. Norwood MP joined the committee on the explanatory bill against the growth of Popery on 18 May and listed as an official, presumably because of his wardenship of the Fleet, although he sold this in 1676 for £3,000 down and a rent of £800 p.a. for 14 years. Norwood resumed his wardenship of the Fleet in 1679 when payments fell into arrears.

He must have opposed Exclusion, for he was added to the lieutenancy in 1683.

He welcomed the "Glorious" Revolution as in April 1689 he subscribed £1,700 as a loan to the new Government. This shows he was a man of means, despite being hard hit at the Stop of the Exchequer.

He died on 14 Sept. 1689 and was buried at Leckhampton. In his will he settled the estate on the sons of Francis Norwood, the cousin from whom he had purchased it.

See https://www.historyofparliamenton…

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