STRADLING, David (by 1537-75 or later), of Glam.
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Family and Education
David Stradling was probably a student at the Inner Temple when he was returned, with his elder brother, to Mary’s last Parliament. The brothers owed their seats to their father’s connexion with the 12th Earl of Arundel, the owner of the borough. For David Stradling the Parliament marked the beginning and the end of his public career. It is not known how soon after Elizabeth’s accession his Catholicism drove him abroad, but he had probably gone before his father’s bequest to him in December 1566 of a sum of money deposited at a friend’s house in London. His sister Damascin had accompanied Jane Dormer, Countess of Feria, to the Netherlands and Spain in 1559-60 and another of his sisters went to Louvain. Scattered references suggest that during the 1570s Stradling moved between the same two countries; the last of them, an anonymous inquiry from Brussels to Sir Thomas Shirley asking what had happened to him, may indicate that he was dead.2