CHAMOND, Richard (bef.1509-99), of Launcells, Cornw.

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. bef. 1509, s. of Sir John Chamond of Launcells by his 2nd w. Jane, da. of Sir Thomas Grenville of Stowe, wid. of Sir John Arundell of Trerice. m. Margaret, da. and coh. of Richard Trevener alias Denny of Lamorran, 6s. inc. Digory and Emanuel 2da.2

Offices Held

Steward, Bodmin priory, Cornw. by 1535; sheriff, Cornw. 1544, 1548-9, 1562-3; commr. subsidy 1545, 1563, musters 1546, relief 1550, goods of churches and fraternities 1553, grain 1586; j.p. from c.1554.


Chamond sat for his county five times and brought his sons into Parliament for the nearby borough of Bodmin.3 It is probable that in 1555 he was one of those who voted against a major government measure,4 though he was not a radical in religion. He was the patron of two livings in Cornwall and, as late as the 1580s, the rector of one was described in a puritan survey as covetous and negligent, and the vicar of the other as wicked, superstitious and a suspected papist. On 17 Feb. 1576 Chamond sat on two committees, that for the bill against innholders and tipplers and that concerned with the carrying of weapons.

Chamond served on a number of local commissions and undertook some ad hoc tasks, such as, in 1574, conducting a survey of forts and castles in Cornwall, and reporting to the Privy Council on measures to strengthen the defences. On a number of occasions he was accused of bribery, and of suborning juries, and was involved in disputes over property and rights of hunting and fishing.5

He died 11 Apr. 1599. In his will, made in 1596, he provided legacies for his children and servants. Twenty shillings were bequeathed to the poor in each of the parishes of Launcells, Stratton and Kilkhampton.6

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: Irene Cassidy


  • 1. Did not serve for the full duration of the Parliament. Folger V. b. 298.
  • 2. Vis. Cornw. (Harl. Soc. ix), 40, 189-90; C1/754/6.
  • 3. W. E. Courtney, Parl. Rep. Cornw. 391; Carew’s Surv. Cornw. ed. Halliday, 187; C142/257/50; C2 Eliz./E1/41; H8/18; Vis. Cornw. 1620, p. 189n, 258; CPR, 1554-5, p. 4
  • 4. Guildford Mus. Loseley 1331/2, where the name is given as Sir John Chamond. The list is a later compilation, and appears to have confused Sir John, who died in 1544, with his son Richard, the only Chamond sitting in this Parliament.
  • 5. Seconde Parte of a Register, ed. Peel, ii. 100, 105, 107; CJ, i. 106; Lansd. 8, f. 77; 48, f. 136; 146, f. 19; CPR, 1554-5, p. 106; 1560-3, p. 396; 1563-6, pp. 42, 334; 1566-9, p. 348; CSP Dom. 1547-80, p. 481; St. Ch. 5/C2/26, C6/33, C35/25, V4/25; C2 Eliz./B4/50, E1/41, H8/18.
  • 6. C142/257/50; PCC 33 Kidd.