Henry of Bath

Henry de Bada (or Henry de Bathonia) (died November 1260) was a British judge and administrator. He began his career under his relative Hugh of Bath, who died in 1236, leaving his chattels to Henry. Henry started his administrative career as a bailiff for the Honour of Berkhamsted in 1221, succeeding Hugh as Under-Sheriff of Berkshire from 1228 to 1229. This is the last record of his career under Hugh; from then on he was entirely independent. From 1229 to 1232 he served as Under-Sheriff for Hampshire and as High Sheriff of Gloucestershire from 1232 to 1234, a time when the county was the main base for the Marcher Wars of 1233-1234. He served as High Sheriff as an agent of Peter de Rivaux, and as such required a pardon after Peters fall from grace in 1234, Peter and his close associates having been declared traitors. Immediately after the pardon, however, he became High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, and remained in that position until 1240 other than a two month period as both High Sheriff of Surrey and of Sussex in 1236. In 1238 he became a junior justice of the bench in Westminster, continuing to administrate Northamptonshire through deputies.

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November, 1260


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