Bennet, Henry, 1st Earl of Arlington (1618 -1685)
Henry Bennet was the second son of Sir John Bennet of Arlington in Middlesex and Dorothy Crofts, daughter of Sir John Crofts of Saxham in Norfolk. Educated at Christ Church, Oxford, where he matriculated 6 November 1635, aged 15, he was a Student in 1636 and took his B.A. 19 June 1639, and his M.A. 26 May 1642. Intended for the church, he joined the royalist forces as a volunteer, was knighted by Charles II, in March 1657, and after travelling much in France and Italy, became secretary to James Duke of York. Member of Parliament for Callington 1661 1665, and Secretary of State 1662 1674, he was created Baron Arlington in 1663 and Earl of Arlington, Viscount Thetford and a Knight of the Garter in 1672, and was Lord Chamberlain 1674 1685. He married Isabella of Nassau, daughter of Lewis of Nassau and Maurice Prince of Orange. They had an only daughter who married Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Grafton. There was a sale of duplicates of the library of Augustus Henry Fitzroy, 3rd Duke of Grafton 18 December 1811. The eleven volumes from his library at Cambridge seem to have been purchased at the sale of the remaining part of the library of Machell Stace, at Leigh and Sotheby's 21 November 1814.