ERISIE, James (1555-1601), of Erisie, 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. 18 June 1555, 1st s. of Richard Erisie of Erisie by Avice, da. and coh. of William Milliton of Pengersick. educ. Staple Inn; L. Inn 1573. m. Elizabeth, da. of Thomas Carew of Antony, 2s. 4da. suc. fa. 1569.

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Erisie came of a minor Cornish landed family, and owed his seat at Mitchell to his brother-in-law Richard Carew, bailiff of the borough. It is not known whether he was the ‘Erisie’ nominated as master of the revels at Lincoln’s Inn in 1584, or whether he was, as the printed Visitation suggests, the James ‘Erizo’, captain of the White Lion on Drake’s voyage of 1585 and of the Dudley in the Armada battles. He died 3 Feb. 1601, in possession of a manor and other land at Erisie and elsewhere in Cornwall, leaving an heir aged 10.

Vivian, Vis. Cornw. 155; Vis. Cornw. (Harl. Soc. ix), 68; J. Maclean, Trigg Minor, iii. 309; Hakluyt, Voyages (1903-5), x. 98; C142/662/107.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: Roger Virgoe