CODRINGTON, Richard (1560-1613), of Dodington, Glos.

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. 1560, 2nd but 1st surv. s. of Giles Codrington of Pucklechurch by Isabel, da. of Arthur Porter of Alvington. educ. Lincoln, Oxf. 1576; Thavie’s Inn; L. Inn 1580. m. Joyce, da. of John Borlase of Little Marlow, Bucks. by Ann, da. and coh. of Sir Robert Lytton of Knebworth, 7s. 5da. suc. fa. 1577; mother 1590.

Offices Held

J.p. Glos. 1592.


Codrington acquired his principal estates at Dodington and Bullesdon by purchase in 1597 and 1598, financed in part through the sale of his manor of Gossington. In the 1607 subsidy he was rated at £20. His return to Parliament for Tavistock (in which capacity he may have attended two committees on kerseys, 23 Mar. and 2 Apr. 1593) can be explained by a tenuous connexion with the Russell family through his in-laws the Lyttons who enjoyed the support of Charles Morison, the 2nd Earl of Bedford’s stepson, in the contested Hertfordshire election of 1597. Codrington’s cousin and business associate Arnold Oldsworth, was later a servant of the Russell family. Codrington was buried in Dodington church, of which he held the advowson, 28 Sept. 1613. His widow survived him by 21 years.

Bristol and Glos. Arch Soc. Trans. xvii. 167, 169, 175, 189; xviii. 136; xxi. 341-2; Vis. Glos. (Harl. Soc. xxi), 41; PCC 76 Drury; Neale, Commons, 28-30; Roberts thesis, 286-9.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: H.G.O.