LANE, Ralph (c.1528-1603), of London Glendon, Northants. Dublin.

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.1528, 2nd s. of Sir Ralph Lane (d.1541) of Orlingbury, Northants. by Maud, da. and coh. of William Parr, 1st Baron Parr of Horton; bro. of Sir Robert and William Lane I educ. M. Temple 1554. unm. Kntd. 1593.

Offices Held

Equerry of the stable by 1568; served against the northern rebels 1569; commr. piracy 1571; capt. in the Netherlands 1572-3; commr. for fortifications [I] 1583-4; gov. Kerry 1584, Virginia 1585-6; muster master, Norf. 1587; muster master gen. Tilbury 1588; muster master on the Portugal expedition 1589; capt. Southsea castle, Hants from 1588; muster master or clerk of the check [I] from Jan. 1592.


Lane was returned for Northampton in 1563 as the younger son of a local gentry family. No evidence has been found of any parliamentary activity. Within a year or two he had gone to court, where he was to be an inveterate suitor all his life. Almost all his surviving letters to Burghley and Robert Cecil make some request, the grant of which would relieve his necessities, and at first he was surprisingly successful, obtaining a lucrative patent to search ships for uncustomed goods in August 1571 and a commission to s