GRENVILLE, Richard II (c.1542-91), of Stowe in Kilkhampton, Cornw. and Buckland Abbey, Devon.

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.1542, 1st s. of Roger Grenville by Thomasine, da. of Thomas Cole of Slade. educ. M. Temple 1559. m. c.1565, Mary, da. of Sir John St. Leger of Annery, Devon, 4s. inc. Bernard 3da. suc. fa. 1545. Kntd. 1577.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Cork c.1568; j.p. Cornw. from c.1573; sheriff 1576-7, commr. musters by 1577, dep. lt. 1587; v.-adm. to Sir Thomas Howard 1591.


Of an old Cornish family with a tradition of public service, Grenville was an obvious choice as knight of the shire. He was on good terms with the find Earl of Bedford, and, unlike his cousin Ralegh and Sir Francis Drake, he remained above all a country gentleman. No speeches by him are recorded in either of his Parliaments, and it is difficult to distinguish his committee activity from that of, particularly,