Note: Henry entered Trinity College Dublin, which his father had helped found, in c1597. (BA in 1605; Fellow in 1606; MA in 1610). The 21st fellow of the college, he was one of only eight in the first thirty years of the college's life who remained a layman. Henry's three of his four elder brothers died young and the fourth one, Sir John Bourchier, Kt, (knighted 24 March 1610/11), of the manor of Clare, co. Armagh, died 25 March 1614 having been MP for county Armagh, 1613-14. By 1614, therefore, Henry had inherited in Ireland from both his father and brother over 18,000 acres (73 km2), and then when he became 5th Earl of Bath, on the death of his cousin the 4th Earl aged 47 in March 1636/37, he could add Tawstock and 36 manors in Devon and Somerset to his name. Henry was knighted 9 November 1621. He joined the Privy Council on 8 August 1641, and in 1643 he was put in the Tower of London. He was released, appointed Commissioner for the Defense of Oxford, 1644, and in the same year, 22 January, (Royalist) Lord Privy Seal in the Oxford Parliament. He remained Lord Privy Seal, his maternal grandfather (Lord Howard of Effingham) had held the post 1572-73, until his death at Tawstock, on 16 August 1654. He was buried there the next day. Henry lived at Bath House, 53/54 Lincoln's Inn Fields (from 1640); otherwise at Tawstock, North Devon; Clare Castle, near Tandragee, co. Armagh; at Bourchier Castle, Lough Gur, near Bruff, Limerick. Bourchier Castle was a tower house, originally built by the Desmonds (FitzGeralds). It still stands, though Clare Castle, 'a stoney house or castle of lime', a 100 by 80-foot (24 m) fortified house, is a ruin.
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