TALBOT, Edward (c.1561-1618), of Bothal Castle, Northumb.

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

bap. 25 Feb. 1561, 3rd s. of George, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, by his 1st w. Lady Gertrude Manners, da. of Thomas, 1st Earl of Rutland; bro. of Gilbert and Henry. educ. Magdalen Coll. Oxf. 1579; travelled abroad 1582-3. m. Dec. 1583, Jane, e. da. and coh. of Cuthbert, 7th Lord Ogle of Ogle, Northumb., 1s. d.v.p. suc. bro. as 8th Earl of Shrewsbury 8 May 1616.

Offices Held

J.p. Northumb. from c.1592, sheriff 1601-2, 1609-10, custos rot. 1603; j.p. Yorks. (W. Riding) from 1602; muster commr. of the middle march 1596; member, high commission, province of York 1599, council in the north 1603-d, council in the marches of Wales 1616; jt. border commr. and guardian of peace 1618.1


After leaving Oxford, Edward and his younger brother Henry went to court before leaving for a tour abroad early in 1582, in the company of their father’s servant Thomas Baldwin. They went to Italy and France, where, under the general care of the ambassador, Sir Henry Cobham, they visited Paris and Orleans, and travelled in Brittany and Poitou. They returned in the summer of 1583, by which time his father had arranged for Edward to marry Lord Ogle’s daughter, a previous proposed match with Lord Burghley’s daughter Elizabeth having fallen through in 1574. Jane Ogle’s younger sister Catherine later married Shrewsbury’s stepson, Sir Charles Cavendish.2

Both Talbot brothers were elected to the next two Parliaments summoned after their return to England, Henry for Derbyshire and Edward for Northumberland. Neither is named in the records of the House. Edward could have attended the subsidy committee appointed 24 Feb. 1585.