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Sir Gilbert Gerard (October 23, 1587 – January 6, 1670), 1st Baronet of Harrow on the Hill, was an MP at various times between 1614 and 1660 and a supporter of the Parliamentary cause during the English Civil War and of Oliver Cromwell during the Protectorate. He was the son of William Gerard of Flambards, Harrow-on-the-Hill, and his wife Dorothy Ratcliff, daughter of John Ratcliff of Langley. He succeeded his father in 1609, inheriting Flambards. He also served as Clerk of the Council of the Duchy of Lancaster from 1609 to 1640. His high positions aside he still had time to complain in 1638 that his trees had been cut down by men “of mean condition, who live upon spoil and rapine”.

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