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The Harpur Baronets (1626)

The Baronetcy of Harpur of Calke Abbey was created in the Baronetage of England on 8th September 1626 for Henry Harpur of Calke Abbey, Derbyshire.  He was a grandson of Richard Harpur, Justice of the Common Pleas, of Swarkestone Hall.  (Richard Harpur died in 1573.)

The 4th Baronet married Catherine Crewe, daughter of Thomas, 2nd Lord Crewe and in 1808 the 7th Baronet changed his name to Harpur Crewe in commemoration of his ancestry.  The name was later changed again to Harpur-Crewe.

The Baronetcy was extinct on the death of the 10th Baronet in 1924.  The Derbyshire estate passed down on the female line and in 1949 was inherited by Charles Jenny. (grandson of the last Baronet) who changed his name to Harpur-Crewe.  Inheritance Tax problems enforced the sale of the estate on his death in 1981 and in 1985 Calke Abbey passed to the National Trust.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baronet

Names

Surname

Lifespan

Comments

1st

Sir Henry

Harpur

1585 -1638

 

2nd

Sir John

Harpur

1616 -1669

A minor when he inherited the title/estate.  High Sheriff of Derbyshire 1702.  Married Catherine Crewe.

3rd

Sir John

Harpur

1645 - 1681

Only 36 when he died

4th

Sir John

Harpur

 

 

5th

Sir Henry

Harpur

1708 -1748

MP for Worcester 1744/6 & Tamworth in 1747

 

6th

Sir Henry

Harpur

1739 - 1789

“Harry” described as a “kind soul and good sportsman” was a bluff, open-handed gentleman but he suffered badly from gout

7th

Sir Henry

Harpur Crewe

1763 - 1819

The ‘Isolated Baronet’ married Nanny Hawkins (a lady’s maid)!!

8th

Sir George

Crewe

1795 -1844

See his journal - www.hollinsclough.org.uk/journal.htm

9th

Sir John

Harpur Crewe

1824 -1886

 

10th

Sir Vauncey

Harpur-Crewe

1846 - 1924

Baronetcy became extinct on his death.