Chidley Brooke

Judge of the New York Supreme Court of Judicature, 1693-1698

Related to the Bellomont family, and perhaps brought up on their estates in Ireland, Chidley Brooke arrived in New York on January 25, 1691. A member of newly-appointed Governor Sloughter's Council, he had sailed from England with Captain Ingoldesby on board the Beaver. Shortly after his arrival, he was appointed to the office of Collector and Receiver-General. He became a freeman of New York in 1695 and on April 3, 1693, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Judicature. When his kinsman, Richard Coote, Earl of Bellomont, was appointed Governor of the Province and arrived in New York in 1699, he considered Chidley Brooke incompetent and removed him from office. Few records of his participation in the work of the Supreme Court of Judicature exist.


SOURCES

Hamlin, Paul M., and Charles E. Baker. Supreme Court of Judicature of the Province of New York, 1691-1704. New York, 1959.

Lamb, Martha J. History of the City of New York. New York, 1896.