Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Heigham, Clement

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HEIGHAM, Sir CLEMENT (d. 1570), judge, of a Suffolk family, son of Clement Heigham of Lavenham, by Matilda, daughter of Lawrence Cooke, was admitted a member of Lincoln's Inn 20 July 1517, called to the bar there, became autumn reader in 1538 and 1547, and was a governor of the inn till 1557 (Black Book, iii. 77). In early life he was chief bailiff of the liberty of St. Edmund, under the monastery of St. Edmund's Bury (Arundel MS. Brit. Mus. i. fol. 54). His name, however, does not appear in the various law reports. He was a Roman catholic, and on Edward VI's death was at once (8 July 1553) summoned by Mary to Keninghall Castle, Norfolk, to advise her, and during her reign was a privy councillor, a member of parliament for Rye, Ipswich, West Looe, and Lancaster, and speaker of the House of Commons. On 27 Jan. 1555 he was knighted by King Philip (Machyn, Diary, p. 342), and on 2 March 1558 he succeeded Sir David Brooke as lord chief baron of the exchequer. He received a new patent on Queen Elizabeth's accession, but on 22 Jan. 1559 he was replaced by Sir Edward Saunders, and retired to his seat, Barrow Hall, Suffolk, where he died 9 March 1570, and was buried at Thurning Church, Norfolk. He married, first, Anne, daughter of John de Moonines of Seamere Hall, Suffolk, and secondly, Anne, daughter of Sir George Waldegrave of Smalbridge, and widow of Henry Buers of Acton, Suffolk, by both of whom he had issue.

[Foss's Lives of the Judges; Strype's Mem. iii. 14, 160, 288, 306; Stow's Annals, p. 610; Parl. Hist. i. 617–25; Wotton's Baronetage, iv. 373; Gaze's Suffolk; Collins's Peerage; Burgon's Life of Gresham, ii. 108; Fuller's Worthies, ii. 350.]

J. A. H.