EDGECOMBE, Richard I (b.c.1540), of Cotehele, Cornw.

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

b. c.1540, 2nd s. of Sir Richard Edgecombe by his 2nd w., and bro. of Peter. m., 1da.

Offices Held

J.p.q. Devon from c.1577-87, Cornw. from c.1573-87.


In 1565 Edgecombe, whose family was already in want, wrote to Totnes, the borough for which he had been nominated by his elder brother, complaining that his expenses for the first session of the Parliament were 20 marks above his allowance of 40s., and asking, as a new session seemed likely to begin, that either the borough should return another Member, or else pay him the ‘bare fee’ of 2s. a day, he having no reason to visit London on his own account.

His name can be seen in various connexions as he went about his public and private business: in 1580 the Privy Council required him to take a deposition from Peter Edgecombe about the controversy between William and John Hawkins and Sir Henry Radcliff