Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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This Member has not been identified. Neither of the two men of this name who were living in 1563 and whose particulars follow, had any known connexion with the borough of Huntingdon or with the chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster, Sir Ambrose Cave.

The first, born after 1535. lived at Toft, Lincolnshire, and was the first son of Richard Goodrich by his first wife Mary. He married Dorothy, daughter of John Jermyn of Debden, Suffolk, possibly without issue, and in 1562 succeeded his father, a protestant who emerged from a period of obscurity under Mary, was praised by Sir Nicholas Throckmorton for his gifts and honesty, and whose funeral in London on 25 Mary 1562 was attended by Archbishop Parker, Sir Nicholas Bacon, Sir Robert Catlyn, the bishops of London and Ely, and 200 gentlemen of the inns of court.1

Rather more is known about the other possible Member, the second but eldest surviving son of Henry Gooderick of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, by his second wife Margaret, daughter of Christopher Rawson of London. He was admitted to Lincoln’s Inn in 1547 and succeeded his father in 1556. Before 1560 he married a Yorkshire heiress, Clare, daughter of Richard Norton of Norton Conyers, and came into possession of lands at Ribston, Hunsingore and elsewhere, to which he added, in 1561, by buying the manor of Walshford from the Darnell family. By 1564, when he was classified as a ‘favourer’ of religion, he was a j.p. for the West Riding, of the quorum by 1574, and sheriff for the year 1579-80. Some of his Yorkshire lands were held of the duchy of Lancaster and involved him in suits before the duchy court. He had two sons and three daughters. His heir, Richard, who was 22 when Gooderick died on 4 Jan. 1582, married a daughter of Lord Eure.2

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: N. M. Fuidge


  • 1. Lincs. Peds. (Harl. Soc. li), 416-17; CPR, 1549-51, p. 357; PCC 15 Streat; DNB (Goodrich, Richard); M. G. Price, ‘English Borough Rep. 1509-58’ (Oxf. Univ. D.Phil. thesis, 1959), pp. 396-400.
  • 2. C. A. Goodrike, Hist. Goodrike Fam. 12 seq.; Black Bks. L. Inn, i. 297; CPR, 1555-7, pp. 498-9; 1560-3, p. 140; Cam. Misc. ix(3), p. 70; DL1/83/M1, 94/G4; D. L. Recs. (W. Riding Rec. Soc. n.s. i), 58; Wards 7/20/207; Al. Cant. i(2), p. 237.