BANKS, Richard (b.1524), of Whixley, nr. Knaresborough, Yorks.

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. 1524, s. of Arthur Banks of Whixley by his w. Margery Barden. m. Elizabeth, da. of Gilbert Topcliffe, 3s. 5da. suc. fa. 1564.

Offices Held

Duchy of Lancaster bailiff of the serjeanty of Halton fee 1572, feodary of Clare honour, Suff. 1579-83, receiver of Pevensey, Suss. 1582-9.


The Banks of Whixley were an ancient family, descended from the Banks of Newton-in-Craven. Banks was evidently on good terms with the local families of Byrnaunde and Slingsby, and his return for Knaresborough may also have owed something to his duchy of Lancaster offices. It is not known when he died. In 1598, as the guardian of Ann Hunter, he sued John Hunter and others in the duchy court for illegal entry into her property in the lordship of Furness.

Pullein, Pulleyns of York. 129, 196; Wards 10/7; Somerville, Duchy, i. 513, 603, 618; Knaresborough Wills (Surtees Soc. civ), 181; DL1/180/20B.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: N.M.S.