SAYER, Richard (c.1562-1603), of St. Michael Penkivel, Cornw.

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.1562, 1st s. of Hugh Sayer of St. Michael Penkivel by Margaret, da. of Richard Digby of Coleshill, Warws. educ. Hart Hall, Oxf. 1577. m. Ursula, da. of Hugh Trevelyan of Yarnscombe, Devon, 3s.

Offices Held

J.p. Cornw. 1603.


Sayer’s estate of St. Michael Penkivel was near enough to both Grampound and St. Mawes to account for his return for these boroughs. Through the Trevelyans he was connected with some of the leading Cornish families. He died intestate and was buried 11 Sept. 1603 at St. Michael Penkivel. Administration of his estate was granted to his widow on 5 Nov. 1603. He was survived by two sons, both minors, a third having predeceased him. There is nothing to indicate that the Cornish country gentleman was the Richard Sayer who wrote to Robert Cecil between 1591 and 1603 about the Queen’s title to the liberties of St. Albans, applying for a job in their administration.

Vivian, Vis. Cornw. 420; Vis. Cornw.(Harl. Soc. ix), 197; Vis. Warws. (Harl. Soc. xii), 17; Foster, Al. Ox. iv. 1322; PRO Index 4208, f. 297; PCC admon. act bk. 1603, f. 175; HMC Hatfield, xiv. 272.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: Irene Cassidy