REYNELL, Richard I (1519-85), of East Ogwell, Devon.

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. 1519, 2nd s. and h. of John Reynell of East Ogwell, by Margaret, da. of William Fortescue of Wood, Devon. m. Agnes, da. of John Southcote of Bovey Tracey, 5s. inc. Carew 1da.1

Offices Held

J.p. Devon from c.1559, q. 1577; justice for maritime affairs, Devon 1578, sheriff 1584-d.2


Reynell’s family, originally from Cambridgeshire, had lived at East Ogwell since the time of Richard II, intermarrying with prominent Devon families and increasing gradually in landed wealth. Reynell spent his youth at the court of Henry VIII, later travelling in France, Flanders, Italy, Greece and Hungary, where he fought against the Turks. He subsequently served Henry VIII in arms during the French wars. The antiquary Prince said of him that

he was ever most virtuously affected, sound in religion, faithful and servic