Sir Francis Windebank

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Sir Francis WINDEBANK 1582-1646

Biographical Note

Son of Sir Thomas Windebank, clerk of the Signet. BA St John's College, Oxford 1603, entered the Middle Temple the same year. He became a clerk of the Signet in 1605 and gradually achieved seniority and recognition, being made Secretary of State, and knighted, in 1632. He was much involved, therefore, in state and court affairs through the 1630s and 40s; he died in Paris, where he had fled for safety in 1640.


425 books, valued at £44 19s 7d, were seized from his London house by the London Committee for Sequestration in 1643, and sold. An inventory survives in the Committee records in The National Archives.