John Boteler, 1st Baron Boteler of Brantfield

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John Boteler, 1st Baron Boteler of Brantfield, (c. 1566 – 27 May 1637) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1625 to 1626. The Butlers of Hertfordshire claimed descent from Ralph le Boteler, butler to Robert de Beaumont, Count of Meulan and Earl of Leicester in the time of Henry I, and by the 15th century they had been seated at Watton for some time.[1]


Boteler was the son and heir of Sir Henry Boteler of Hatfield Woodhall and of Brantfield, Hertfordshire, by his first wife, Catharine, daughter of Robert Waller, of Hadley, Middlesex. He was knighted at Greenwich in July, 1607, and succeeded his father on 20 January 1609, aged 43. He was created baronet of Hatfield Woodhall on 12 April 1620. In 1625, he was elected Member of Parliament for Hertfordshire. He was re-elected M.P. for Hertfordshire in 1626.[2] He was created Baron Boteler of Brantfield, co. Hertford, on 30 July 1628.[3]

Boteler married, before 1609, Elizabeth Villiers, daughter of Sir George Villiers, of Brokesby, co. Leicester, half-sister to George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham.[3] They had two sons and six daughters,

Boteler died on 27 May 1637, at St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, aged about 71, and was buried at Higham Gobion, Bedfordshire. He was succeeded by his son, William.[3]


  1. ^ BUTLER (BOTELER), Philip. The History of Parliament (
  2. ^ One of the members may have been his half-brother John Boteler (1587–1653).
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j G. E. Cokayne, The Complete Peerage (London: The St. Catherine Press, 1912), Vol. II., p. 229.
  4. ^ Van Dyck painting 'found online', BBC News, 9 March 2013, accessed 9 March 2013
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Charles Morrison, 1st Baronet
Sir William Lytton
Member of Parliament for Hertfordshire
With: John Boteler 1625
Sir Thomas Dacres
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Dacres
Sir William Lytton
Peerage of England
New creation Baron Boteler of Brantfield
Succeeded by
William Boteler
Baronetage of England
New creation Baronet
(of Hatfield Woodhall)
Succeeded by
William Boteler