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|12 Jan. 1559||WILLIAM WIGHTMAN|
|23 Apr. 1572||JAMES COLBRAND|
|17 Nov 1584||JOHN KINGSMILL|
|8 Oct. 1586||AMBROSE COPPINGER|
|8 Oct. 1588||CAREW RALEGH|
|5 Oct. 1597||EDMUND LUDLOW|
|10 Oct. 1601||ROBERT PENRUDDOCK|
|JAMES KIRTON I|
Ludgershall was a non-incorporated borough granted in 1539 to Richard Brydges† for 40 years at a rent of £15 per annum. At the beginning of Elizabeth’s reign the widowed Lady Jane Brydges lived there but only the 1563 MPs can be said to have owed their returns to her: Griffin Curteys, servant of the Seymours, a neighbour, and George Cope, who married Lady Brydges’ niece.
None of the Members in this period had a direct link with the borough. Five were returned through their family’s local standing: Henry Sharington (1559), Francis Button (1584), Carew Ralegh (1589), Edward Thornborough (1593) and Edmund Ludlow (1597). Three had connexions with the earls of Pembroke. William Wightman (1559) was an Exchequer official and servant of the 1st Earl; Ambrose Coppinger (1586) was later receiver to the Countess of Warwick, sister-in-law of the 2nd Earl; and Robert Penruddock (1601) of Compton Chamberlayne had already sat thrice for a Pembroke borough and his return for Ludgershall may be presumed to have been at the instance of the 3rd Earl. In the latter part of the reign the Earl of Hertford was responsible for the return of his servant James Kirton I in 1601, and probably also for the returns of Henry Hyde (1589) and Richard Leake (1597). Henry Hyde was a Wiltshire gentleman whose father, Lawrence Hyde I, was the Earl’s auditor. Richard Leake’s suggested identification connects him with the Earl of Hertford. Three Ludgershall MPs owed their seats to Richard Kingsmill who owned property near the borough. John Kingsmill (1584, 1586) was Richard’s younger brother; Christopher Wray (1571) was Richard Kingsmill’s contemporary at Lincoln’s Inn; and Chidiock Wardour (1593), a Hampshire gentleman, had connexions with the Kingsmills in the Exchequer and had already been an MP through Kingsmill influence. James Colbrand of Chichester, Sussex, may have been known in 1571 and 1572 to the St. Johns of Lydiard Tregoze: a decade or so after his return for Ludgershall he married the daughter of Oliver, 1st Baron St. John of Bletsoe, the senior branch of the St. John family. No explanation has been found for Thomas Walkeden’s return in 1572; he was a student at the Middle Temple at the time.
CPR, 1547-8, pp. 118-19; 1549-51, p. 430; 1