WARREN, Richard (c.1545-98), of Claybury, Essex.

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.1545, s. of Sir Ralph Warren, mercer, alderman and ld. mayor of London, by his 2nd w. Joan, da. of John Lake of London. educ. L. Inn 1564. m. Elizabeth, da. of Sir Rowland Hayward, s.p. Kntd.1

Offices Held

J.p. Essex from c.1590, sheriff 1591-2.2


Warren inherited considerable property in London and Essex from his father, receiving livery of his lands in May 1566. He lived at North Ockendon before moving to Claybury, where his house was of sufficient importance to receive the Queen. He inherited land from his sister Joan or Joanna, probably in trust for her children, and was the principal executor of his father-in-law’s will, receiving £500. Warren sat on a number of committees on the one occasion he was a Member of the Commons. Apart from those which all county Members might attend, such as that on the subsidy, 26 Feb., he was named to those dealing with the bill against recusants (28 Feb.) and for the relief of the poor and the punishment of sturdy beggars (12 Mar.). This last was a subject with which he was familiar: he served on a London commission to examine idle and masterless men and women at the Old Bailey, 22 July 1595. Sometime between then and the making of his will Warren received a knighthood. Neither the date of this nor of his death has been ascertained. His will was proved 27 May 1598. After bequests to his widow and to other nephews, he made Oliver Cromwell his main heir.3

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: J.H.


  • 1. Morant, Essex, i. 368; DNB (Warren, Sir Ralph); A. B. Beaven, Aldermen, i. 82; C142/248/42; PCC 49 Lewyn.
  • 2. Essex RO, Q/SR passim; CSP Dom. 1591-4, p. 124.
  • 3. CPR, 1563-6, p. 525; Essex Rev. xxxi. 47; PCC 24 Dixy; D’Ewes, 474, 477, 496, 499, 512; Lansd. 78, f. 126; PCC 49 Lewyn.