RAYNSFORD, Miles (d.1604).

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

?s. of Thomas Raynsford, servant of Lord Lisle, and ?rel. to Sir John Raynsford of Bradfield, Essex (d.s.p. 1559). m. Elizabeth, da. of Thomas Norton of London and Sharpenhoe, Beds., at least 2s.

Offices Held

Groom of privy chamber 1588; servant of Robert Cecil from c.1597; keeper of Cobham Hall and park, Kent 1603.


Raynsford, connected, according to a family tradition, with the Knollys of Reading Abbey through the Lees of Ditchley Park, must have been returned at Callington by his master Cecil, from whom he received several wardships, the keepership of Cobham Hall and other spoils following the attainder of the 11th Lord Cobham. No trace of Raynsford’s membership of Parliament has been found in the journals. He was buried at St. Paul’s, Covent Garden 26 Jan. 1604.

DNB (Norton, Thomas); Foster, Al. Ox.(early ser.), 1239; G. Inn Adm. 157; Hasted, Kent, v. 122; 432; CSP Dom. 1603-10, pp. 57, 64, 163, 204; Add. 1580-1625, pp. 250, 432; HMC Hatfield, viii. 195; x. 444; xi. 507; xii. 527; xv. 199; xvi. 12; xvii. 374; N. and Q. clxvii. 454.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: Irene Cassidy