JAMES, Richard, of Newport, I.o.W.

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

1st s. of Thomas James of Newport by his w. Elizabeth Collins. m. Jane, da. of one Annernon, 1s. 2da. suc. fa. 1553.

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James was a Newport man who, in 1553, purchased for £300 East Shamlord grange, Whippingham, I.o.W. from Richard Goddard, a Southampton merchant. One of the few Isle of Wight men to be returned to Parliament in this period, he must still have owed his return for Newport to Lord Hunsdon (Sir George Carey), captain of the island, who controlled the patronage. Perhaps Thomas Fleming I, who married James’s daughter Mary, had a hand in it. James’s other daughter Alice married Francis Mills, though the heralds’ visitations confuse matters by stating that Fleming and Mills married the daughter of John James. James was living in 1611, after which no further references to him have been found.

Vis. Hants (Harl. Soc. lxiv), 169; F. Black, Parl. Rep. I.o.W. 9; CSP Dom. 1591-4, p. 377; VCH Hants, v. 198.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: P. W. Hasler