WARREN, Edward (1563-1609), of Poynton, Cheshire and Woodplumpton, Lancs.

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. 1563, 1st s. of John Warren of Poynton by Margaret, da. of Sir Richard Molyneux of Sefton, Lancs. educ. Univ. Coll. Oxf. 1578, BA 1581, MA 1582; G Inn 1589. m. (1) 1574, Joan, da. of Sir Edward Fitton of Gawsworth, s.p.; (2) 1581, Anne (or Joan), da. of William Davenport of Bramhall, 5s. 9da.; (3) c.1597, Susan, da. of William Booth, of Dunham Massey, 1s. 1da. suc. fa. 1587. Kntd. 1599.

Offices Held

J.p. Cheshire 1593, q. 1601, sheriff 1597-8; j.p. Lancs. 1598; dep. steward (to 6th Earl of Derby) of manor and forest of Macclesfield 1603.1


Warren was the heir of an old Cheshire family descended in an illegitimate line from the last Warenne earl of Surrey, and established at Poynton since the reign of Edward III. The manors of Poynton and Stockport formed the nucleus of the family estates, which also included property in the neighbouring parishes of Prestbury, Offerton and Woodford. In Poynton itself, as well as the manor and park, Warren owned Lostock House and Stanley House, the former of which was used as a dower house for his mother Margaret. The family also held land at Woodplumpton, Lancashire, but although Warren was on the Lancashire commission of the peace, his interests and influence were concentrated in eastern Cheshire, at Poynton where he lived in some style. Still, he owed an almost feudal allegiance to the 4th Earl of Derby, the great magnate of the north-west. He accompanied him on his embassy to France in 1584 in the capacity of a waiting gentleman, frequently visited him at Lathom and Knowsley and owed him his parliamentary seat for Liverpool in 1589. At the 4th Earl’s funeral, in December 1593, Warren bore a standard, and in 1596 the 6th Earl suggested him to Burghley, as a man ‘of good sufficiency and account and in religion and due allegiance to her Majesty well affected’ for the office of captain of the Isle of Man. Another testimony to Warren’s religious conformity was his selection by the Privy Council in October 1592 as one of the gentlemen noted for ‘their fidelity and soundness in religion’ to arrest recusants in Lancashire. Warred died 12 Nov. 1609 and two days later was buried in the chancel of Stockport church, of which he was the patron.2

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: Irene Cassidy


  • 1. Prestbury Reg. (Lancs. and Cheshire Rec. Soc. v), 10, 45, 70, 183; Vis. Cheshire (Harl. Soc. lix), 250; Hatfield ms 278; C66/1549; Lancs. Q. Sess. Recs. (Chetham Soc. n.s. lxxvii), i. p. viii; Earwaker, East Cheshire, ii. 278-9.
  • 2. Ormerod, Cheshire, iii. 680-7; VCH Lancs. vii. 285-6; Shuttleworth Accounts (Chetham Soc. xxxv), i. 60, 82, 99, 109, 198; Stanley Pprs. (Chetham Soc. xxxi), ii. 51, 67, 78, 81, 88, 89, 112; Ormerod, iii. 343-4; Lancs. Funeral Certs. (Chetham Soc. lxxv), 26; Lansd. 82, f. 26; Nathan Walworth’s Corresp. (Chetham Soc. cix), 103-4; HMC Hatfield, iv. 241; Prestbury Reg. 183; Notitia Cestrensis (Chetham Soc. viii), i. 304.