WARBURTON, Richard (d.1610), of London.

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

3rd s. of Peter Warburton of Hefferston Grange in Weaversham, Cheshire by Alice, da. and coh. of John Cooper of Abbots Bromley, Staffs. educ. Clement’s Inn; L. Inn 1583. m. c.1603, Anne Vavasour, sis. of Thomas Vavasour lady of the bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth, 1s. Kntd. 1603.

Offices Held

Gent. pens. 1591/3-d. 1591; constable of Lancaster castle 1600; steward of Lonsdale hundred 1600.


In 1591 Warburton was involved in a dispute with the copyholders of the manor of Over Whitley (Whitley Superior), a duchy of Lancaster manor in Cheshire, recently granted to him by the Queen. Robert Cecil was probably his patron at this time, and he certainly was in 1595, when, in September, Warburton wrote from Plymouth excusing his sudden return from a voyage, the purpose of which is not known. It is likely that it was Cecil who brought Warburton in for Bridport in 1601. Thomas Howard, 3rd Viscount Bindon, received nominations at several Dorset boroughs for this Parliament, offering them to Cecil. Warburton was named to one committee, concerned with the order of business, 3 Nov. 1601. In 1602 Cecil secured Warburton a command at Brill under Sir Francis Vere, who in 1605 urged Salisbury to allow him to return quickly to the Low Countries. The remainder of Warburton’s career lies outside this biography. His widow was granted administration of his estate on 27 Jan. 1610, and the new election return was dated 1 Feb. 1610. The heir was his only child Cecil, so named after the godfather.

Vis. Cheshire (Harl. Soc. xviii), 240; Ormerod, Cheshire, i. 573; ii. 175; E. K. Chambers, Sir Henry Lee, 162; DL1/159/W8; Somerville, Duchy, i. 498; APC, xxii. 39; SP12/253/112; Roberts thesis, 296-7; D’Ewes, 624; Chamberlain Letters ed. Mcclure, i. 176; HMC Hatfield, xii. 461; xvii. 554; PCC admon. act bk. 1610, f. 183.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: A. M. Mimardière


  • 1. Did not serve for the full duration of the Parliament.