FISHER, Clement (c.1539-1619), of Great Packington, Warws.

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.1539, s. of John Fisher of Great Packington by Katherine, da. of Sir Thomas Digby of Olney, Bucks., wid. of Simon Wheeler of Kenilworth, Warws. m. Mary, da. of Sir Francis Repington of Amington, Warws., wid. of one Kendall of Smithsby, Leics., 4s. 3da. suc. fa. 1569. Kntd. 1604.

Offices Held

J.p. Warws. from c.1579, sheriff 1597-8.

With Leicester in the Netherlands 1585.


Fisher’s father came from Shropshire, and was granted the manor of Great Packington shortly after the dissolution of Kenilworth priory to which it had belonged. He was a gentleman pensioner from Henry VIII’s reign onwards without interruption. After settling in Warwickshire, he became steward to Ambrose Dudley, Earl of Warwick, with responsibility for the castle and borough of Warwick and for all Dudley’s Warwickshire and Leicestershire lands. In 1563-4 he was sheriff of these two counties.

No doubt it was through his father’s service to the Dudleys that Fisher himself came to the notice of Warwick’s younger brother the Earl of Leicester, who commended him to the bailiffs of Tamworth for return to Parliament in 1584 in such terms that they could not refuse, even though Leicester’s stepson, the Earl of Essex, was forcing them