Northumberland

County

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
Available from Boydell and Brewer

Elections

DateCandidate
1558/9SIR THOMAS GREY I 1
 CUTHBERT HORSLEY 2
1562/3JOHN VAUGHAN I
 ROBERT LAWSON 3
1571SIR HENRY PERCY
 SIR WILLIAM HILTON
26 Apr. 1572SIR FRANCIS RUSSELL
 THOMAS LAYTON I
1584SIR FRANCIS RUSSELL 4
 EDWARD TALBOT 5
1586SIR THOMAS GREY II
 EDWARD TALBOT
24 Oct. 1588WILLIAM CAREY
 ROBERT WIDDRINGTON
1593SIR WILLIAM READE alias KYNNERD
 ROBERT WIDDRINGTON
1597(SIR) ROBERT CAREY 6
 WILLIAM SELBY III 7
15 Oct. 1601(SIR) ROBERT CAREY
 WILLIAM SELBY III

Main Article

The country gentlemen were in a minority among Elizabethan knights of the shire for Northumberland. Robert Lawson (1563) of Rock, a minor landowner who had made a fortunate marriage; Robert Widdrington (1589, 1593) of Plessey and—just—Sir Thomas Grey II (1586) of Chillingham fit into this category, though Grey had been brought up in Cecil’s household, which he left only after attaining his majority when he took up residence on his estates in the north. At the time of his election for Northumberland he had rece