COOKE, Richard I (by 1530-79), of Gidea Hall, Essex.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Mar. 1553

Family and Education

b. by 1530, 2nd but, 1st surv. s. of Sir Anthony Cooke and bro. of William Cooke I. m. Anne, da. of John Caulton, 1s. Anthony 1da. suc. fa. 1576.

Offices Held

Groom of privy chamber 1551-3; searcher, port of London 1552-?7; j.p. Essex 1559-61/2, from 1575.


Cooke was returned (at the last minute) to Elizabeth’s first Parliament through the influence of his Cecil relatives. No doubt it was the same interest that secured him a seat at the 2nd Earl of Bedford’s borough of Tavistock in 1563. It is not clear why Cooke’s name is not on the j.p. lists between 1561/2 and 1575. He died on 3 Oct. 1579. By his will, made on 31 July of that year, he left to his wife, the sole executrix, a life interest in Gidea Hall and the residue of his goods. Overseers were Burghley and Cooke’s brother-in-law Lord Russell. The will was proved 17 Nov. 1579.

Vis. Essex (Harl. Soc. xiii), 39; Stowe 571, f. 30; LC2/4/1, f. 19; CPR, 1550-3, p. 76; 1553 with App. 1547-53, pp. 39, 385; 1555-7, p. 294; 1559-60, p. 33; HMC Hatfield, i. 140-1; CP, ii. 75-7; Strype, Annals, ii(2), pp. 87-8; C142/189/45; PCC 44 Bakon.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: P. W. Hasler


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