Henry Clerke was the second son of Edward Clerke of Willoughby in Warwickshire. Educated at Middle Temple 1604, he was called to the Bar in 1611. By 1607, he had married Grace Morgan daughter of George Morgan of Rochester in Kent who bore him two sons.
He was first returned to parliament for Rochester in 1621 under questionable circumstances and served again in 1625 and 1626.
Grace died in 1645 and was buried on 23 March. Henry himself died in 1652 and was buried on 25th April at Ulcombe.
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