BIRDE, Richard II (d.1614), of Whitminster, Glos.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

3rd s. of Peter Birde of Wootton-under-Edge by Mary, da. of Humphrey, Forster of Boys in Dymock. educ. ?Corpus, Camb. 1573; ?I. Temple 1577. m. Margaret, 1da.

Offices Held

Town clerk, Gloucester 1579-95.


As town clerk of Gloucester Birde received an annual fee of 53s.4d. In 1579 his services were rewarded with an additional £6 2s.6d. He handled many of the city’s lawsuits and, on one occasion, was himself sued in Chancery for recovery of documents. In 1584 he served as collector for the subsidy. Before being elected to the 1593 Parliament he promised to renounce his wages. When Birde surrendered the town clerkship, the corporation noted that he had ‘carefully and substantially’ performed his duties. As burgess for Gloucester in 1593 Birde was appointed to one comm