Horatio Townshend 1630-1687
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Horatio TOWNSHEND, 1st Viscount Townshend 1630-87
Son of Sir Roger Townshend, 1st baronet (1595-1637). Matriculated at St John's College, Cambridge in 1644; MA 1645. JP 1652; MP for Norfolk 1656, 1659, 1660. He was created Viscount Townshend in 1682. He married Mary (1634-1673) in 1648; after her death he married Mary (1652/3-1685), daughter of Sir Joseph Ashe, 1st baronet.
Surviving book bills and correspondence testify to the existence of a substantial library at his house at Raynham, Norfolk, developed during his lifetime.
- History of Parliament.
- Handley, Stuart. "Townshend, Horatio, first Viscount Townshend (bap. 1630, d. 1687), politician." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
- Rosenheim, J. The Townshends of Raynham, 1989.
- West, Susie. The development of libraries in Norfolk country houses (UEA Ph.D thesis, 2000).