GILBERT, Adrian (c.1541-1628), of Sandridge, Dartmouth, Devon.

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

Dates

Family and Education

b. c.1541, 3rd s. of Otho or Otes Gilbert of Compton, by Katherine, da. of Sir Philip Champernown; bro. of Sir Humphrey Gilbert and half-bro. of Carew and Walter Ralegh. educ. M. Temple 1562-6. m. Eleanor Markham (d.1598) of Devon, wid. of a s. of Sir John Fulford.

Offices Held

Constable of Sherborne castle ?1599-1603.

Biography

According to John Aubrey, who could not have known him, Adrian Gilbert was ‘a man of great parts, but the greatest buffoon in England; cared not what he said to man or woman of what quality soever’. Among the Devon men with him at the Middle Temple were John and William Peryam; Henry Bayly, Roger Kemys, Edward Stafford, Robert Moyle, all later servants of Sir Walter Ralegh; William Medley, later associated with Humphrey Gilbert in a mining venture; and Thomas Harris, Henry Somaster and John Hender. For perhaps 30 years, Gilbert was an agent for his half-