COOKE, Richard I (by 1530-79), of Gidea Hall, Essex.
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Groom of privy chamber 1551-3; searcher, port of London 1552-?7; j.p. Essex 1559-61/2, from 1575.
Cooke was returned (at the last minute) to Elizabeth’s first Parliament through the influence of his Cecil relatives. No doubt it was the same interest that secured him a seat at the 2nd Earl of Bedford’s borough of Tavistock in 1563. It is not clear why Cooke’s name is not on the j.p. lists between 1561/2 and 1575. He died on 3 Oct. 1579. By his will, made on 31 July of that year, he left to his wife, the sole executrix, a life interest in Gidea Hall and the residue of his goods. Overseers were Burghley and Cooke’s brother-in-law Lord Russell. The will was proved 17 Nov. 1579.
Vis. Essex (Harl. Soc. xiii), 39; Stowe 571, f. 30; LC2/4/1, f. 19; CPR, 1550-3, p. 76; 1553 with App. 1547-53, pp. 39, 385; 1555-7, p. 294; 1559-60, p. 33; HMC Hatfield, i. 140-1; CP, ii. 75-7; Strype, Annals, ii(2), pp. 87-8; C142/189/45; PCC 44 Bakon.
Ref Volumes: 1558-1603
Author: P. W. Hasler
- 1. Did not serve for the full duration of the Parliament.