OLDSWORTH, Arnold (b.c.1561), of St. Martin's Lane, London and Bradley in Wotton, Glos.

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.1561, 1st s. of Edward Oldsworth by Tacy, da. of Arthur Porter. educ. under Alexander Nowell, dean of St. Paul’s; Magdalen Hall, Oxf. 1578; Thavies Inn; L. Inn 1580, called, assoc. bencher 1612. m. Lucy, da. of Francis Barty of Antwerp, at least 2s. suc. fa. bef. March 1574.

Offices Held

Member, Antiq. Soc. by 1604; clerk of hanaper prob. by 1604, certainly by 1614; receiver of fines, King’s bench 1607.


Oldsworth was a London lawyer. He was a shareholder in the Mines Royal, and in 1585 petitioned, with what success does not appear, to be made steward of the stannary court of Blackmore. About a year after Elizabeth’s death, his first son, Edward, was granted the reversion of his office of clerk of the hanaper. In 1604 he acted as executor of the will of Anne, Countess of Warwick, daughter of the 2nd Earl of Bedford. This suggests that he may have been the Mr. Oldsworth mentioned as in her service from about 1595. This goes some way to explaining his return at Tregony even as late as 1593. Oldsworth died abroad, administration of the estate being granted to his son Michael 19 June 1633.

DNB (Oldisworth, Michael); Vis. Glos.(Harl. Soc. xxi), 256; PCC 38 Carew; A. Collins, Lives of the Sidneys, 44; Sidney State Pprs. i. 364, 369; ii. 64; Bristol and Glos. Arch. Soc. Trans. vi. 135; M. B. Donald, Eliz. Monopolies, 57; CSP Dom.1581-90, p. 264; 1603-10, pp. 116, 381; PCC admon. act bk. 1633, f. 175.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: N. M. Fuidge