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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Constituency

Dates

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.

Biography

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 evidently an efficient administrator. His outlook on the world was pessimistic. When he made his will two months before his death, he found it a place ‘continually inclining to the worst’ and was anxious to ‘shake hands’ with it so that he might dedicate himself ‘soul and body to a celestial contemplation of the incomprehensible happiness of that succeeding life promised to all such as by a lively faith in Christ Jesus alone expect a glorification’. He felt as