TATE, William (1559-1617), of Delapré, Northants.

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. 1559, 1st s. of Bartholomew Tate of Delapré by his 2nd w. and bro. of Francis. educ. Magdalen Hall, Oxf. 1576; Staple Inn; I. Temple 1579. m. 1597, Elizabeth (d.1617), da. and coh. of Edward, 11th Lord Zouche of Harringworth, 4s. 3da. suc. fa. 1601. Kntd. 1606.

Offices Held

J.p. Northants. and Warws. from c.1601; dep. lt. or commr. musters, Northants. by 1601, sheriff 1603-4.


His father’s longevity prevented Tate from playing a prominent part in county life during Elizabeth’s reign. His seat at Corfe Castle was no doubt provided by his father’s connexion with the Hattons. He himself continued to act for them in the redemption of the estate from the lord chancellor’s debt. His own position was enhanced by his marriage. His father-in-law did all he could to promote Tate’s interests, evidently persuading Burghley to forward his career.

Under James I Tate was prominent in county affairs and was evident