The Earl of Buckinghamshire at the Society's 20th anniversary service in Great Hampden Church

The Ship Money monument at Prestwood

The Palace of Westminster in the 17th century

Pyrton Manor, home of John Hampden's first wife

The former Lord Williams's Grammar School, Thame

The Earl of Buckinghamshire at the 350th anniversary ceremony in Thame

St Mary Magdalene church, Great Hampden

Charles I tries to arrest the Five Members in the House of Commons

John Hampden's funeral in 1643

Arthur Goodwin, Hampden's lifelong friend
Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth. Reproduced by permission of Chatsworth Settlement Trustees.

The Great Hall at Hampden House

St Mary Magdalene church and Hampden House

Hampden's regiment marching through Thame

The Society

The John Hampden Society is a non-political, non-sectarian charity run by an elected committee. Membership is open to all, historian and layperson alike. The Society was founded in 1992 and has been a registered charity since 2003. For further information, please contact:

The Honorary Secretary
Little Hampden, Cryers Hill
High Wycombe, Bucks HP15 6JS
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)7543 054335

To subscribe to membership online, click here.

For a membership application form that you can print out, complete and despatch via the post, click here.


The Society arranges talks and seminars, and organises visits to places connected with John Hampden, such as Broughton Castle near Banbury (right). Members are invited to the annual general meeting which is usually held at an appropriate historic venue.

The Society produces a quarterly newsletter, ‘The Patriot‘, to which contributions are invited. It re-published John Adair’s biography of John Hampden and holds a stock of these and other books for sale.

Executive Committee (elected for 2019/2020)

Dr Beth Rogers (Chair)
Philip Broomfield (Membership Secretary)
Mrs Anthea Coles (Hon. Secretary)
Sam Hearn (Hon. Treasurer)
Peter Osborne
Richard Howell (co-opted 27th March 2022)

Click here for the trustee profiles

Patron and President
The Society’s Patron, the Earl of Buckinghamshire, is a direct descendant of John Hampden through his daughter Mary, and many of the Society’s members also claim descent from the Patriot. The President, Dr John Adair, is a well-known military historian who has written the most recent biography of Hampden, as well as a number of other books on the English Civil War.

Vice Presidents

The Countess of Buckinghamshire, JP DL
Baron Saye and Sele
The Hon. Julian Byng
The Rt. Hon. Sir Lindsay Hoyle  MP (Speaker of the House of Commons)
Professor Ian Beckett, BA PhD FRHistS
Dr Maija Jansson, MA BA PhD FRHistS

The John Hampden Society has formed close links with a number of other historical associations, such as the English Civil War Society, the Thame Historical Society, the Cromwell Association, the Battlefields Trust and the Hampden (Maine) Historical Society.