RADCLIFFE, Edward (d.1643), of Elstow, Beds.

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

2nd s. of Sir Humphrey Radcliffe of Elstow by Isabel or Elizabeth, da. and h. of Edmund Harvey of Elstow; bro. of Thomas. m. (1) 1582 or 1583, Elizabeth, da. of Sir William Petre of Ingatestone, Essex, wid. of John Gostwick of Willington, s.p.; (2) 30 May 1594, Jane, da. of Francis Hynde of Madingley, Cambs., wid. of John Catesby of Newnham in Goldington, s.p.; (3) 22 May 1634, Eleanor, da. of Sir Richard Wortley of Wortley, Yorks., wid. of Sir Henry Lee, Bt., of Quarrendon, Bucks., s.p. suc. bro. 1586. Kntd. bef. 30 May 1594; suc. cos. as 6th Earl of Sussex 1629.

Offices Held

J.p. Beds. from 1584, sheriff 1598-9; freeman, Portsmouth 8 Aug. 1593.

Biography

Radcliffe’s father was a younger son of the 1st Earl of Sussex, and it was this connexion which accounts for his returns at Petersfield and Portsmouth, as Sir Henry Radcliffe, the 4th Earl, was lord lieutenant of Hampshire and so could bring pressure to bear on the Weston family who were the patrons at Petersfield, and at Portsmouth he was warden, captain and high steward. Edward Radcliffe was obviously of county status in Bedfordshire, where his so frequent elections are nevertheless a little surprising.2