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Richard Molyneux, Baron of Sefton

Also Known As: "Molineux"
Birthplace: Sefton, Lancashire, England
Death: Died in Sefton, Lancashire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir William Molyneux, Lord of Sefton & Clifton and Jane Molyneux
Husband of Eleanor Molyneux
Father of Arthur Molyneux; William Molyneux, II; Richard Molyneux, MP; John Molyneux, MP; Anthony Molyneux and 11 others
Brother of Jane Molyneux; Anne Standish; Eleanor Molines; John Molineux and Alice Molyneaux
Half brother of Unknown 1st Son Died SP; Thomas Molyneux and Anne Halsall

Occupation: Sheriff of Lancaster, Baron of Sefton, of Sefton, descent King Edward I of England & Princess Eleanor of Castile & Leon
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About Sir Richard Molyneux, Sheriff of Lancaster

  • Sir Richard Molyneux
  • M, #61248, b. circa 1510, d. 3 January 1569
  • Father Sir William Molyneux, Lord of Sefton Manor b. 1481, d. 16 Mar 1548
  • Mother Jane Rugge
  • Sir Richard Molyneux was born circa 1510 at of Sefton, Lancashire, England. He married Eleanore Radcliffe, daughter of Alexander Radcliffe and Alice Booth, circa 1534 at of Sefton, Lancashire, England. Sir Richard Molyneux died on 3 January 1569 at Ireland.
  • Family Eleanore Radcliffe b. c 1515
  • Child
    • John Molyneux+ b. c 1535, d. b 24 Jun 1606
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  • Sir Richard Molyneux1
  • M, #177943, b. before 1528, d. 1568
  • Last Edited=23 Dec 2005
  • Sir Richard Molyneux was born before 1528. He died in 1568.1
  • Child of Sir Richard Molyneux
    • William Molyneux+1 b. b 1544, d. 1567
  • Citations
  • [S15] George Edward Cokayne, editor, The Complete Baronetage, 5 volumes (no date (c. 1900); reprint, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 1983), volume I, page 4. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Baronetage.
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  • Eleanor RADCLIFFE
  • Born: ABT 1512, Ordsall, Lancashire, England
  • Buried: 15 Jan 1611/2, Walton, Lancashire, England
  • Father: Alexander RADCLIFFE of Ordsall (Sir Knight)
  • Mother: Alice BOOTH
  • Married: Richard MOLYNEUX of Sefton (d. ABT 1568) ABT 1532, Sefton, Lancashire, England
  • Children:
    • 1. John MOLYNEUX (b. 1525) (m. Anne Radcliffe)
    • 2. Alexander MOLYNEUX
    • 3. Anthony MOLYNEUX (b. 1527 - d. 1568)
    • 4. Jane MOLYNEUX
    • 5. Alice MOLYNEAUX (b. 1531 - d. 11 May 1581)
    • 6. James MOLYNEUX
    • 7. Maria MOLYNEUX
    • 8. Anne MOLYNEUX(d. BEF 1591)
    • 9. Eleanor MOLYNEUX (d. 1593)
    • 10. Margaret MOLINEAUX (b. 1541 - d. 21 Jun 1617)
    • 11. Richard MOLYNEUX
    • 12. William MOLYNEUX (d. 1567) (m. Bridget Carryll)
    • 13. Robert MOLYNEUX
    • 14. Ellen MOLINEUX (b. 1548 - d. 9 Oct 1637)
    • 15. Thomas MOLYNEUX
    • 16. Arthur MOLYNEUX
  • From: RADCLIFFE2



  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 38
  • Molyneux, Richard (d.1459) by Albert Frederick Pollard
  • MOLYNEUX, Sir RICHARD (d. 1459), soldier, was son of Sir Richard Molyneux (d. 1439), whose brother Adam Molyneux or Moleyns, bishop of Chichester, is separately noticed. The father served under Henry V in the French wars, and especially distinguished himself at Agincourt in 1415, after which he was knighted. He was lord of Haydike, Warrington, Burtonwood, and Newton-in-the-dale, all in Lancashire. In 3 Henry VI (1 Sept. 1424-31 August 1425) he had a feud with Thomas Stanley, and both were arrested for riot (Gregson, Portfolio of Fragments, p. 163). This Sir Richard died in 1439 at Sefton, Lancashire, where there is a monument to his memory (Bridgens, Church of Sefton). He married, first, Helene, daughter of Sir W. Harrington of Hombie, Lancashire, by whom he had two daughters ; and, secondly, Joan, daughter and heiress of Sir Gilbert Haydocke of Bradley, Lancashire, and widow of Sir Pyers Legh, by whom he had eight sons and three daughters (cf. pedigree in Visitation of Lancashire, 1567, Chetham Soc.) One of his sons, Sir Robert Molyneux, was in 1448 taken prisoner by the Turks (Hist. of Chantries, Chetham Soc., p. 110).
  • The eldest son, Richard, received, by patent dated 26 July 1446, the chief forestership of the royal forests and parks in the wapentake of West Derbyshire, the constableship of Liverpool, with which the family had long been connected, and stewardship of West Derbyshire and Salfordshire, a grant which was confirmed in 1459. He became a favourite of Henry VI, was usher of the privy chamber, and when, in 1458, a partial resumption of grants was made, a special clause exempted the lands of Molyneux. He sided with Henry in the wars of the Roses, and fell in 1459 at Bloore Heath (cf. Drayton, Polyolbion, song xxii). Some of the family sided with the Yorkists, and a confusion among them led to the statement that Sir Richard joined Salisbury on his march to Bloore Heath, and fought on the Yorkist side. Molyneux married Elizabeth, second daughter of Sir Thomas Stanley, and his son Sir Thomas fought against the Scots during Edward IV's reign, was knighted by Gloucester on 24 July 1482 at the siege of Berwick, and was one of the pall-bearers at Edward IV's funeral.
  • Sir William Molyneux (1483-1548), son of Sir Thomas, by his wife Anne, daughter and coheir of Sir Thomas Dutton, led a considerable force to serve in 1513 under his cousin Sir Edward Stanley at Flodden Field, where he took with his own hands two Scottish banners and the Earl of Huntly's arms; for this service he was personally thanked in a letter by Henry VIII. He joined Derby's Sallee expedition in 1536 (Gairdner, Letters and Papers, ii. 1251), and died in 1548, aged 65, being buried in Sefton Church, where there is a monument and eulogistic Latin inscription to his memory. He was twice married, and his son Richard by his first wife, Jane, only daughter and heir of Richard Rydge or Rugge of Ridge, Shropshire, was knighted at Mary's accession in 1553, served as sheriff of Lancashire in 1566, and died in 1569. He also was twice married, and by his first wife, Eleanor, daughter of Sir Alexander Radcliffe, was father of William, who predeceased him in 1567, and grandfather of Richard Molyneux, created baronet in 1611, who was father of Richard, first viscount Maryborough [q. v.] (Visitations of Lancashire, Chetham Soc. ; Baines, Co. Lancaster, iv. 216-17 ; cf. also Letters and Papers, ed. Brewer and ed. Gairdner, passim ; Ducatus Lancastrice, passim ; Hall, Chronicle, p. 240 ; Stow, p. 405 ; Strype, Index ; Metcalfe, Book of Knights; Weber, Battle of Flodden, and authorities quoted below.)
  • [The following of the Chetham Society's publications contain particulars of the Molyneux family: Correspondence of the third Earl of Derby, Lancashire Funeral Certificates, Visitations of Lancashire, 1533 and 1567, Wills and Inventories, Norris Papers, Hist. of Chantries; Proceedings of Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, vols. iv. v. vi.; Rymer's Fœdera; Holinshed's Chronicle, p. 649; Ramsay's Lancaster and York, ii. 215; Baines's Lancashire and Cheshire Past and Present, i. 377; Baines's County of Lancaster, passim; Bridgens's Church of Sefton; Ashcroft's Description of the Church of Sefton, pp. 14–24; Britton's Lancashire; Gregson's Fragments, passim.]
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  • The Visitation of Lancashire and a Part of Cheshire: Made in the Twenty ... Part II. by Thomas Benalt
  • Or Remains, Historical and Literary, Connected .... Vol. CX
  • Pg.135
  • Syr Wylliam Molyneux, Knyght, had to hys furst wyef, Jane, dowghter and sowle heyre to Rychard Ruge of Ruge in Shropshire, and they hade ysshew, Rychard, Anne, and Jane.
  • Rychard ys maryed [to] Elyanor, doughter to Syr Alexander Radclyffe, knyght, and they [had issue]
  • Anne, maryed to Alexander Standyshe, as is before written.
  • The said Syr Wylliam had to hys second wyef, Elisabethe, doughter and sowle heyre to Cuthberde Clyfton of Clyffton, and they hade yssew, Thomas, Anne, and Margeret.
  • Anne ys maried [to] Henry Halsall, sone and heyre to Thoms Halsall of Halsall.
  • .... etc.
  • Pg.136
  • N.B.- In the Office copy several of the baptismal names are abbreviated, and Henry Halsall is named Harry.
  • The arms quartered by Molyneux in this Visitation are those of Dutton, brought in by the marriage of Sir Thomas Molyneux, father of Sir William, the first in this pedigree, with Anne, daughter and one of the heirs of Sir Thomas Dutton of Dutton, in the county of Chester.
  • This family represents two other lines of foreign blood, Gernet and Villers, all three located in Lancashire at, or soon after, the Norman Conquest.
  • William des Molines is said to have taken his title from a town of the Bourbonnois in France, and to have been originally seated at Ceffton [Sefton], from which the family take the title now borne by them as earls in the peerage of Ireland, created in 1771, and of barons of the United Kingdom, created in 1831.
  • The first hereditary titular distinction conferred on this family was a baronetcy in 1611, followed by the creation of Viscount Molineux of Maryborough, in the peerage of Ireland, in the person of Sir Richard Molineux in 1628.
  • .... etc.
  • Pg.168
  • .... The seventh and eighth quarters, viz., Clyfton, sable, on a bend argent, three mullets gules, and Lawrence, argent, a cross raguly gules, came in through the marriage of Henry, son of Thomas Halsall, with Anne, daughter to Sir William Molyneux, by his second wife, Elizabeth, daughter and coheiress of Cuthbert Clyfton of Clyfton, whose wife was the heiress of Sir John Lawrence. Anne was heir to her brother Thomas, son of Sir William Molyneux by this second marriage. (See her will, p. 143, pt. iii. of Wills and Inventories, vol. liv. of the Chetham series.) The next in descent to Henry, son of Thomas, was Richard, who, although married to Anne, daughter to Alexander Barlowe of Barlowe, does not appear to have left legitimate issue, for Richard's younger brother Edward, whose will is given (pt. ii., p. 214, vol. li. of the Chetham series), but who does not appear in the Visitations of 1567 and 1613, was evidently in possession of the estate of Halsall, in which he was succeeded by Cuthbert the natural son of Richard. This Cuthbert is named as alias Norres in the will of Anne, widow of Sir Henry. He married Dorothy, natural daughter to Henry fourth earl of Derby, and had two daughters only ; Anne married Thomas Clifton, son and heir of Cuthbert Clifton of Westby. Bridget had been contracted in her nonage to her kinsman Thomas
  • Halsall, but did not marry him. See Dugdale's Visitation 1665, where four generations are recorded of collaterals of this line seated at Melling, Aughton and Bickerstaff. Sir Cuthbert, father of these two ladies, sold Halsall to Sir Gilbert Gerard, Master of the Bolls.
  • .... etc.


  • Remains, historical & literary, connected with the palatine counties of Lancaster and Chester Vol. LXXXI. by Chetham Society
  • The Visitation of the County Palatine of Lancaster, Made in the Year 1567, ....
  • Pg.104
    • Molineux of Sefton.
  • .... etc.
    • *Sir William Molyneux of Sefton, co. Lancaster, knt. who san the Erle of Huntley's armes at the battell of Flodden Feilde. = Jane, dau. and sole heire of Richard Rydge of Ridge, co. Salop, ar., first wyf. ; ch: Sir Richard (m. Eleanor Radlif & Eleanor Male), Anne (m. Alexander Standishe), Jane (m. Richard Bolde) Molyneux ; = Elizabeth, dau. and coheyre of Cutbert Clyfton of Clyfton, ar. [by the dau. and heir of Sir John Lawrence of Ashton], second wyf. ; ch: Thomas (2 sonne.), Anne (maryed to Henry Halsall of Halsall, ar.) Molyneux
      • *Anne, maryed to Alexander Standish of Standish, co. Lancaster, ar.
        • Jane, maryed to Richard Bolde of Bolde, ar.
        • Sir Richard Molyneux of Sefton, co. Lancaster, knt., now lyvinge, anno 1567. = Eleanor, dau. of Sir Alexander Radclif of Urdesall [Wardsall], knt., first wyf. ; ch: William (m. Bridgett Carrell), Richard (2 sonne), John (3 sonne), Alexander (4 sonne), Jane (m. Thomas Stanley & William Radcliff & Thomas Molyneux), Margaret (m. John Warren), Alice, Anne, Helene, Mary Molyneux ; = Eleanor, dau. of Robert Male, and wydow of Thomas Ives, second wyf to Sir Richard. ; ch: Anthony (5 sonne), Eleanor Molyneux
          • Jane, first maryed to Thomas Stanley of Bykerstaff, co. Lancaster, ar., and had no yssue; after to William Radliff of Wymerley, and had no yssue; thirdly to Thomas Molyneux, co. Nottingham, gent.
          • Margaret, maryed to John Warren, sonne and heire of Sir Edward Warren of Poynton, co. Chester, knt.
          • William Molyneux, ar., sonne and heire of Sir Richard, lyvinge anno 1567. = Brigett, dau. of John Carrell of Warnham, co. Sussex, ar. ; ch: Richard (m. dau. of Lord Strange), John (2 sonne), Thomas (3 sonne), Eleanor Molyneux
            • Richard Molyneux, eldest sonne, mar. ... ye dau. of ye Lord Strange.


Sir William Molyneux was succeded by his only son by his first wife, Richard, who married first Eleanor, daughter of Sir Alexander Radcliffe, of Ordsall, and secondly, Eleanor, daughter of Robert Maghull, and was knighted at the coronation of Queen Mary. He served the office of Sheriff for Lancaster in 1556, and died in 1568. He was buried in the church at Sefton, under a tomb bearing the effigies in brass of himself and his two wives, and their children, with the following inscription and epitaph:—

"Sir Richard Molyneux, Knighte, and Dame Elenore his Wyffe, whose soules God prdon."

"Damie Worshope was my guide in life, And did my doings guide; Dame Wertue left me not alone, When Soule from Bodye-hyed. And thoughe that Deathe with dinte of Darte, Hath brought my corps on sleepe, The eternal God, my eternal Soule Eternally doethe kepe."


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