FORTESCUE, Francis (c.1563-1624), of Salden, Bucks.

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.1563, 1st surv. s. of John Fortescue I of Salden by his 1st w. Cecily, da. of Edmund Ashfield of Ewelme, Oxon.; bro. of Thomas II and William. educ. sp. adm. I. Temple 1580. m. 1589, Grace, da. of John Manners of Haddon Hall, Derbys., 8s. 5da. KB 1603. suc. fa. 1607.1

Offices Held

Commr. musters, Bucks. 1596; j.p.q. and custos rot. 1600; esquire of the body to Queen Elizabeth; surveyor, Bucks. 1606, sheriff 1608-9.2


Fortescue owed his parliamentary seats to his family’s standing in the county. In 1597 he was named to a committee concerning armour and weapons (8 Nov.), and in the following Parliament he was appointed to the committee on privileges and returns (31 Oct.). As knight for Buckinghamshire in 1601 he was eligible to serve on committees concerning the order of business (3 Nov.) and monopolies (23 Nov.). On 30 Nov. he was granted leave to depart.3

Little information has been found about his earlier years. He may have been the Francis Fortescue who served in the Earl of Leicester’s train in the Netherlands. By 1596 his father was seeking on behalf of Francis and himself a grant of the bailiwick of Wychwood fo