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He was the third son of John Barker, a merchant of Bildeston, Suffolk.
He was educated at Street John"s College, Cambridge and trained for law at the Inner Temple.
He became a Justice of the Peace for Harwich in 1601 and Essex in 1607 (until 1617) and was made Serjeant-at-Law for Colchester in 1612. He died in at Monkwick in 1618.
Addled Parliament]He was the Member of Parliament for Colchester, Essex four times between 1597 and 1621.