POLSTED (POLSTEAD), Richard (1545-76), of Albury, Surr.

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. 24 June 1545, o.s. of Henry Polstead of Albury. m. 3 Nov. 1567, Elizabeth, da. of William More I of Loseley. suc. fa. 1555.

Offices Held

J.p. Surr. from c.1573; sheriff, Surr. and Suss. from 1575.


Polsted’s marriage to Elizabeth More of Loseley was an event of the year, the festivities taking place at Blackfriars from 3 to 17 Nov. Among the guests was the man to whom Polsted must later have owed his return to Parliament for Hindon, Bishop Horne of Winchester. Polsted died 31 Mar. 1576. His nuncupative will left £20 towards his sister-in-law’s marriage, and the residue to his wife who was appointed executor, together with Robert Cresswell, William More, Henry Knollys and Alexander Nowell, dean of St. Paul’s.

Vis. Surr. (Harl. Soc. xliii) 3; VCH Surr. ii. 617; iii. 21, 105, 439, 569; CPR, 1555-7, p. 515; C142/109/85, 106/56; Archaeologia, xxxvi. 36-9; PCC 6 Carew.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: W.J.J.


  • 1. Did not serve for the full duration of the Parliament.