TICHBORNE, Richard (c.1578-1652), of Tichborne, Hants.

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. c.1578, 1st s. of Benjamin Tichborne of Tichborne by his 2nd w. Amphillis, da. of Richard Weston, justice of the common pleas. educ. M. Temple 1595. m. (1) Ellen (d.1606), da. and coh. of Robert White of Aldershot, 1da.; (2) c.1616, Susan, da. and coh. of William Waller of Oldstoke and Stoke Charity, 3s. 3da. Kntd. 11 May 1603. suc. fa. to lands and as 2nd Bt. 1629.

Offices Held

Jt. keeper (with his fa.) of Winchester castle 1604; ranger of West Beare forest by 1610; dep. lt. Hants by 1627; gent. of the bedchamber to Charles I; ambassador to the Queen of Bohemia; royalist commander in the civil war.1


Tichborne’s political career lies outside the Elizabethan period. His election while still a minor for Lyme Regis was due to the 3rd Marquess of Winchester, to whose mistress Jane Lambert he was related. Tichborne was possibly the ‘very good friend and neighbour’ mentioned by Lucy, wife of the 4th Marquess, in a letter to her uncle Sir Robert Cecil about a quarrel at the assizes in April 1601. Serjeant John Hele was accused of an offence against Tichborne, whom the Marchioness asked Cecil to favour for ‘his many good offices’.2

After serving Charles I almost throughout his reign, Tichborne suffered sequestration of his estates in 1650. He died in April 1652.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: R.C.G.


  • 1. CP; Vis. Hants (Harl. Soc. lxiv), 126; CSP Dom. 1603-10, pp. 76, 634; 1627-8, p. 106; GEC Baronetage, i. 160-1.
  • 2. HMC Hatfield, xi. 177, 188.