BARNARDISTON, Samuel (1660-1710), of St. Peter’s Hall, South Elmham St. Peter, Suff.
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Family and Education
b. 28 Jan. 1660, 4th but 1st surv. s. of Nathaniel Barnardiston of Shoreditch Place, Hackney, Mdx. by Elizabeth, da. of Nathaniel Bacon of Friston, Suff.; neph. of Sir Samuel Barnardiston, 1st Bt.*, cos. of Sir Thomas Barnardiston, 2nd Bt.* educ. G. Inn 1680. m. 13 Aug. 1709 (with £6,000) Martha, da. and coh. of Thomas Richmond, apothecary, of London, s.p. suc. fa. c.1680; uncle as 2nd Bt. 8 Nov. 1707.1
Barnardiston’s father, probably a Turkey merchant like his brothers, acquired lands in Suffolk upon which his son was able to live as a country gentleman. If the preamble to his will is anything to go by, Nathaniel Barnardiston remained true to his Presbyterian upbringing. Nothing has been discovered of Samuel’s religious beliefs, though in 1709 he is found ordering from a London bookseller a new printing of Foxe’s Martyrs and ‘six Bibles of a good and true impression . . . for children in the country’. In the 1698 election he and Richard Philips* combined to ‘throw out’ the Court Whig Charles Whitaker* at Ipswich. In a list of the new Parliament he was classed together with his uncle and cousin as a supporter of the Country party. A militia captain, he was added to the drafting committee for a militia bill on 8 Feb. 1699.2
Although Barnardiston succeeded to his uncle’s baronetcy in 1707 he did not inherit any of the first baronet’s estates. Barnardiston died on 3 Jan. 1710, being succeeded by his brother Pelatiah, who in turn died in May 1712 and was succeeded by a cousin, Nathaniel. With Nathaniel’s death the following September, the baronetcy became extinct.3