Arundell, Henry, 3rd Baron (1608 -1694)

Henry Arundell was the only son of Thomas Arundell, 2nd Baron Arundell of Wardour, and Lady Blanche Somerset. A devout Catholic, on the death of his father on 19 May 1643, he succeeded to the titles, which included that of Count of the Holy Roman Empire. In 1652 he acted as one of the seconds of his brother-in-law Colonel Henry Compton, in a duel with George Brydges, 6th Baron Chandos. Compton was killed, and a warrant was issued by the council of state to arrest Arundell with others who had taken part. He was found guilty of manslaughter and was sentenced to punishment, but he appealed to Oliver Cromwell for pardon, and was given permission to seek refuge in France. At the Restoration of Charles II he regained all his family estates, including those sold by the Commonwealth to Humphrey Weld. During the Popish Plot of 1678 he was falsely accused of implication in the plot, and was imprisoned from 1678 to 1684. After the death of Charles II in 1685, Arundell was invited by James II to the Privy Council, and appointed him Keeper of the Privy Seal. On the abdication of James, Arundell retired to his house at Breamore, Hampshire, and took no further part in public life. He died at Breamore on 28 December 1694, at the age of eighty-eight. He married Cicely Compton, daughter of the Hon. Sir Henry Compton, Knt., of Brambletye, Sussex, and first wife Lady Cicely Sackville, the widow of Sir John Fermor. Together they had three children, two sons and a daughter. Thomas, the elder son became 4th Baron Arundell of Wardour. His daughter Cicely entered the religious order of Poor Clares of Rouen.
Seat / Residence(s): Breamore
Stamp(s) Stamp Information
Helmet: Knight
Arms: Six martlets [hirondelles] three, two, one
Heraldic Charges: martlets (6)