PALLADY, Richard (1515/16-59/63), of St. Bride's, London, Ruscombe, Berks. and Buckland, Glos.

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. 1515/16, ?of Pallady fam. of Irthlingborough, Northants., yeoman farmers. educ. Eton c.1529-33; King’s, Camb. 1533, fellow 1536-7. m. (1) by 1544, Catherine, da. of Guy Armston of Armston, Northants.; (2) Anne, da. of William Kirkby of Upper Rawcliffe, Lancs., ?s.p.

Offices Held

Attorney, sheriff’s ct. London 1540; servant of Protector Somerset by 1548.

J.p. Berks. 1559.


Pallady was employed by Protector Somerset as clerk of the works for the building of Somerset House. The first certain reference to his being in this service is 1548, though the work began in 1546. On Somerset’s fall, Pallady suffered a period of imprisonment in the Tower. During his period as a servant of the Duke he must have known Sir John Thynne, who presumably obtained his return at Heytesbury to Elizabeth’s first Parliament.

Pallady’s name appears in lawsuits over Northamptonshire land which descended to his first wife, but was claimed by her male relatives. His speculation in chantry lands was presumably on behalf of a wealthy client, as there is no evidence that he was a considerable landowner. The 1559 pardon roll described him as late of Ruscombe, Berkshire, and letters of administration granted to his widow on 27 Mar. 1563 give Buckland, Gloucestershire, as his residence.

Northampton Wills Bk. G, f. 41; Y, f. 176; C3/139/9; Peterborough Cath. Lib. no. 28, p. 37; Eton College Reg. ed. Sterry, 255; Al. Cant. i(3), 298; J. Bridges, Northants. ii. 418; Vis. Lancs. (Chetham Soc. lxxxi), 41; London Guildhall rep. 10, f. 168b; Egerton 2815; APC, ii. 273, 322, 372; C1/1020/52; Req. 2/6/133, 7/120; CPR, 1548-9, p. 25; 1558-60, p. 150; PCC admon. act bk. 1563, f. 59.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: N. M. Fuidge