HASTINGS, Francis II (1560-95), of Old Place, nr. Ashby Castle, Leics.
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Family and Education
b. 1560, 1st s. of Sir George Hastings, 4th Earl of Huntingdon, by Dorothy, da. and coh. of Sir John Port of Etwell, Derbys. educ. at Basle; Trinity Coll. Camb. 1572. m. 1585, Sarah, da. of James Harington I of Exton, Rutland, 4s. 2da.
J.p. Leics. by 1594.
Having no children of his own, the 3rd Earl of Huntingdon looked upon Hastings as his heir, sending him to Beza at Basle for part of his education. In 1593, circumstances were right for Hastings to take a Leicestershire seat in Parliament: his father, Sir George, seems no longer to have wished to stand, and his uncle, Francis Hastings I, was settled in Somerset and was elected to one of its county seats. The journals of the House do not mention him by name, but he may have taken advantage of his position as knight of the shire to attend the subsidy committee (26 Feb.) and a legal committee (9 Mar.). He died in London 17 Dec. 1595, three days after his uncle, the 3rd Earl. During the int