Sir Henry Strachey, 1st Baronet (23 May 1736 – 3 January 1810) was a British civil servant and politician who sat in the House of Commons for 39 years from 1768 to 1807.

Sutton Court, Somerset


Strachey was the eldest son of Henry Strachey, of Sutton Court, Somerset, and his first wife Helen, daughter of Robert Clerk, a Scottish physician. His grandfather was the geologist John Strachey and his great-grandfather John Strachey was a friend of John Locke. [1]

He was appointed private secretary to Lord Clive in India in 1762, a position he held until 1768, when he was returned to Parliament for Pontefract. He sat for this constituency until 1774, and later represented Bishop's Castle from 1774 to 1778 and from 1780 to 1802, Saltash from 1774 to 1780 and East Grinstead from 1802 to 1807.[1] Strachey was Clerk of the Deliveries of the Ordnance from 1778 to 1780 and Principal Storekeeper of the Ordnance from October 1780 to May 1782 and after a hiatus again in 1783–84. He served under the Marquess of Rockingham as Joint Secretary to the Treasury in 1782 and under the Earl of Shelburne as Joint Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department from 1782 to 1783.[2]

He took part in the peace negotiations with the American colonies in Paris in 1783 with Richard Oswald representing the British and John Jay, Johns Adams and Benjamin Franklin representing the Americans. This resulted in the Treaty of Paris (1783). He later served as Master of the Household between 1794 and 1810.

In 1801, he was created a Baronet, of Sutton Court in the County of Somerset.[1][3]

Strachey died in January 1810, aged 72, and was succeeded in the baronetcy by his eldest son Henry.[1] His memorial in Chew Magna was created by John Bacon.[4]


In 1770 Strachey married Jane, only daughter of Capt. John Kelsall (1702-1787), the widow of Capt. Thomas Latham.[5] They had three sons and one daughter. His second son Edward Strachey was the father of John Strachey and Lieutenant-General Sir Richard Strachey and the grandfather of Lytton Strachey, James Strachey, Oliver Strachey and Dorothy Bussy. Other descendants of Strachey include the Liberal politician Edward Strachey, 1st Baron Strachie, the journalist John Strachey and the Labour politician John Strachey. Lady Strachey died on 12 February 1824.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Carlyle 1901.
  2. ^ "STRACHEY, Henry (1737-1810), of Sutton Court, Som. ". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  3. ^ "No. 15372". The London Gazette. 2 June 1801. p. 619.
  4. ^ Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851 by Rupert Gunnis
  5. ^ "Capt. John Kelsall


Parliament of Great Britain Preceded byThe Viscount GalwaySir Rowland Winn Member of Parliament for Pontefract 1768–1774 With: The Viscount Galway 1768–1772The Viscount Galway 1772–1774Robert Monckton 1774 Succeeded bySir John GoodrickeCharles Mellish Preceded byGeorge CliveAlexander Wedderburn Member of Parliament for Bishop's Castle 1774–1778 With: George Clive Succeeded byGeorge CliveAlexander Wedderburn Preceded byGrey CooperSir Charles Whitworth Member of Parliament for Saltash 1778–1780 With: Grey Cooper Succeeded byGrey CooperPaul Wentworth Preceded byAlexander WedderburnWilliam Clive Member of Parliament for Bishop's Castle 1780–1801 With: William Clive Succeeded byParliament of the United Kingdom Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded byParliament of Great Britain Member of Parliament for Bishop's Castle 1801–1802 With: William Clive Succeeded byWilliam CliveJohn Robinson Preceded byNathaniel DanceCharles Ellis Member of Parliament for East Grinstead 1802–1807 With: Daniel Giles Succeeded byCharles EllisRichard Wellesley Political offices Preceded byBenjamin Langlois Clerk of the Deliveries of the Ordnance 1778–1780 Succeeded byJohn Kenrick Storekeeper of the Ordnance 1780–1782 Succeeded byJohn Aldridge Preceded bySir Grey CooperJohn Robinson Secretary to the Treasury 1782 With: Edward ChamberlainRichard Burke Succeeded byThomas OrdeGeorge Rose Preceded byThomas Orde Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department 1782–1783 Succeeded byHon. George North Preceded byJohn Aldridge Storekeeper of the Ordnance 1783–1784 Succeeded byJohn Aldridge Court offices Preceded bySir Francis Henry Drake Master of the Household 1794–1810 Succeeded byWilliam Kenrick Baronetage of the United Kingdom New creation Baronet(of Sutton Court) 1801–1810 Succeeded byHenry Strachey