HORSEY, George (1526-88), of Digswell, Herts.

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

1st s. of Jasper Horsey of Exton, Devon and bro. of Edward. m. (1) c.1546, Mary (d.1551), da. and h. of Thomas Perient of Digswell, wid. of Amphibalus Rowlett; (2) 1552, Anne, da. of Sir Ralph Sadler, 2s. 3da. suc. fa. 1546, bro. Edward 1583.

Offices Held

J.p.q. Herts. from c.1559, dep. lt. Nov. 1569, sheriff 1572-3; receiver-gen. duchy of Lancaster Oct. 1577; commr. musters, Herts. by 1588


Horsey owed everthing to two fortunate marriages. His first wife’s estates were close to Standon, the home of Sir Ralph Sadler (chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster from 1568) whose daughter Horsey married in 1552. Horsey’s career and seats in Parliament for three duchy boroughs were due to Sadler, and even his appointment as deputy lieutenant was due to Sadler’s being sent to help suppress the rising in t