Sir Richard Egerton, of Ridley

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Richard Egerton, of Ridley

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Ridley, Cheshire, England
Death: January 6, 1579 (65-73)
Place of Burial: Bunbury, Cheshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Ralph Egerton, Kt., of Ridley and Margaret de Bassett
Husband of partner of Sir Richard and Mary Alice Egerton
Partner of Unknown and Alice Sparks
Father of Thomas Egerton, 1st Viscount Brackley; Ralph Egerton and Dorothy Leigh
Brother of Elizabeth de Egerton

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About Sir Richard Egerton, of Ridley

  • Sir Richard Egerton1
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  • Sir Richard Egerton is the son of Sir Ralph Egerton.2
  • He lived at Ridley, Cheshire, England.1 He was also known as Ralph.3 He and Alice Sparke were associated circa 1539.1
  • Child of Sir Richard Egerton
    • 1.Dorothy Egerton1
  • Child of Sir Richard Egerton and Alice Sparke
    • 1.Thomas Egerton, 1st Viscount Brackley+1 b. 1540, d. 15 Mar 1616/17
  • Citations
  • 1.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume II, page 271. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 2.[S37] BP2003 volume 2, page 1672. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • 3.[S37] BP2003. [S37]
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  • Thomas Egerton, 1st Viscount Brackley, PC (1540 – 15 March 1617) was an English nobleman, judge and statesman who served as Lord Keeper and Lord Chancellor for twenty-one years.
  • Thomas Egerton was born in 1540 in the parish of Dodleston, Cheshire, England. He was the illegitimate son of Sir Richard Egerton and an unmarried woman named Alice Sparks. He was acknowledged by his father’s family, who paid for his education. He studied Liberal Arts at Brasenose College, Oxford, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in 1559. He then studied law at .... etc.
  • He married Elizabeth Ravenscroft and by her fathered:
    • Thomas, who married Elizabeth Venables; their daughter, Mary, was married to Thomas Leigh, 1st Baron Leigh
    • John (his heir),
    • Mary, who married Sir Francis Leigh.
  • As Solicitor General, Egerton became .... etc.

During this time his first wife died, and he married Elizabeth Wolley, the widow of Sir John Wolley, and daughter of Sir William More of Loseley, Surrey. He bought Tatton Park, in 1598. It would stay in the family for more than three centuries.[3] Also at this time - 1597 or 1598 - he hired John Donne as secretary. This arrangement ended in some embarrassment, since Donne secretly married Ann More, Elizabeth's niece, in 1601.

  • Elizabeth died around the beginning of 1600, and then Egerton married Alice Spencer, whose first husband had been Ferdinando Stanley, 5th Earl of Derby.[4][5] She survived him by two decades, and was an important patron of the arts, usually known as the Dowager Countess of Derby. .... etc.
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  • EGERTON, Thomas I (1540-1617), of Lincoln's Inn, Islington, York House and Harefield, Mdx. and of Chester.
  • b. 23 Jan. 1540, illegit. s. of Sir Richard Egerton of Ridley, Cheshire by Alice Sparke. educ. Brasenose, Oxf. 1556; L. Inn 1560, called 1572. m. (1) bef. 1576, Elizabeth (d.1588), da. of Thomas Ravenscroft of Bretton, Flints., 2s. John and Thomas II 1da.; (2) privately 1597, Elizabeth (d.1600), da. of William More I, sis. of Sir George More of Loseley, wid. of Richard Polsted and John Wolley, s.p.; (3) 1600, Alice, da. of Sir John Spencer†, of Althorp, Northants., wid. of Ferdinando, 5th Earl of Derby, s.p. Kntd. 1594; cr. Baron Ellesmere 1603, Visct. Brackley 1616.2
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Sir John was the son of Hugh Massey of Tatton, who died about 1371, and by his elder brother's death succeeded to the paternal estates. (fn. 27) His marriage with Alice de Worsley took place in or before 1372. (fn. 28) He was sheriff of Cheshire in 1389. (fn. 29) He sided with Richard II in 1399 and was imprisoned in Chester Castle; (fn. 30) four years later he joined in the Hotspur rising and was killed at the battle of Shrewsbury. (fn. 31) Thomas his eldest son incurred forfeiture on the like account, (fn. 32) but was restored, and dying in 1420, was succeeded by his brother Geoffrey. (fn. 33) Their mother Alice died eight years later, Geoffrey being then forty years of age. (fn. 34) On his death in 1457 without lawful issue (fn. 35) the Worsley manors went to his nephew William son of Richard Massey. (fn. 36) William died eleven years later; (fn. 37) his son and heir Sir Geoffrey (fn. 38) left an only child Joan, who by her first husband, William Stanley, (fn. 39) also left an only daughter Joan, heiress of Worsley, aged eighteen at her mother's death in 1511. (fn. 40) By John Ashton, her first husband, who died in 1513, Joan Stanley, the daughter, had no issue; but by her second, Sir Richard Brereton, a younger son of Sir Randle Brereton of Malpas, she had two sons and a daughter. (fn. 41) The eldest, Richard, died without issue, before his parents; (fn. 42) the second, Geoffrey, died in 1565, leaving an only son Richard, who at his grandfather's death in 1570 succeeded to Worsley. (fn. 43) He married Dorothy daughter of Sir Richard Egerton, of Ridley in Cheshire, but their only child Richard died in infancy. It was no doubt by Dorothy's influence that the Worsley manors were then granted by will to her father's illegitimate son, Sir Thomas Egerton, a distinguished lawyer, who rose to be Lord Chancellor, and was created Viscount Brackley in 1616. (fn. 44) Richard Brereton died in 1598; his widow Dorothy afterwards married Sir Peter Legh of Lyme, and dying in 1639 was buried at Eccles with her former husband. (fn. 45)

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Sir Richard Egerton, of Ridley's Timeline

Ridley, Cheshire, England
Age 20
Tarporley, Cheshire, UK
January 23, 1540
Age 30
Doddlestone, Cheshire, England
Age 55
January 6, 1579
Age 69
June 11, 1579
Age 69
Bunbury, Cheshire, England
Bunbury, Cheshire, England