FORTESCUE, William (c.1562-1629), of Hanslope, Bucks.

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.1562, 2nd s. of John Fortescue I of Salden by his 1st w., and bro. of Francis and Thomas II. educ. Gloucester Hall, Oxf. 1578; I. Temple 1581. ?unm. Kntd. 1600.

Offices Held

Capt. in Ireland in 1598; keeper of Hanslope park by 1608.


Fortescue owed his parliamentary seats to his father, the Sudbury council explicitly recording in 1593 that he was ‘appointed’ by his father. In Ireland in August 1599, he was in action under Sir John Norris during Tyrone’s rebellion, and against the Spaniards at the siege of Kinsale. He was knighted at Drogheda. By March 1628, when he made his short will, he was living at Hanslope. The will was proved 9 June 1629.

Vis. Bucks. (Harl. Soc. lviii), 57-8; Lansd. 151, f. 81; Cal. Sudbury Muns. ed. Stokes and Redstone, 27; HMC Hatfield, vii. 525, 528; ix. 314; T. Fortescue, Lord Clermont, Fortescue Fam. 380; PCC 60 Ridley.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: R.C.G.