OSBALDESTON, Geoffrey (1558-aft.1628), of London and Ireland.

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. 1558, 3rd s. of Edward Osbaldeston of Osbaldeston, Lancs. by Maud, da. of Sir Thomas Halsall; bro. of John. educ. St. Mary Hall, Oxf. 1575; G. Inn 1577, called 1595. m. Louisa or Lucy, da. of John Warren of Poynton, Cheshire, 2s. 1da.

Offices Held

Justice of King’s bench [I] 1605-7, c.j. of Connaught 1607-at least 1628.


Osbaldeston was a lawyer from an old Lancashire family, related to the Stanleys, earls of Derby. He presumably owed his return at Newton to Thomas Langton, who was himself related to the Stanleys through his second marriage. Twice in 1601 Lady Derby canvassed Robert Cecil on Osbaldeston’s behalf, first asking for a general recommendation to the lord deputy in Ireland. Then, the office of Queen’s serjeant-at-law in Ireland, which Cecil had suggested for him, having gone to another, she asked for him to be given the chief justiceship in Connaught. Six years later, when he was appointed to this office, it came as a demotion, Osbaldeston having been found inefficient as a judge of the King’s bench in Ireland.2

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: A. M. Mimardière


  • 1. Folger, V. b. 298.
  • 2. Al. Ox. i(3), 1093; Baines, Lancs. iv. facing p. 56; F. Elrington Ball, Judges in Ireland, i. 241, 315; CSP Ire. 1625-32, p. 89; HMC Hatfield, xi. 247, 354.