CROFT, Edward (d.1601), of Croft Castle, Herefs.

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

1st s. of Sir James Croft of Croft Castle by his 1st w. Alice, da. and h. of Richard Warnecombe† of Ivington in Leominster, Lugwardine and Hereford, wid. of William Wigmore (half-bro. of Thomas Wigmore) of Shobdon; bro. of James. educ. M. Temple 1561. m. (1) Anne (d.1575), da. and h. of Thomas Browne of Attleborough, Norf., 5s. inc. Herbert 5da.; (2) Mareen.1

Offices Held

J.p. Herefs. from c.1573; dep. steward, Leominster 1577.2


Croft thrice sat for his local borough of Leominster, where his father was steward. His fellow-Member in 1584 and 1586 was his half-brother Thomas Wigmore. When his father was arrested in August 1588 for questionable conduct in negotiations with the Duke of Parma in the Netherlands, Croft, who blamed the Earl of Leicester, applied to a London conjuror, John Smith, to compass Leicester’s death, which took place 4 Sept. Croft was charged with contriving his death but nothing is known of any trial.