Richard Sackville (escheator)

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Sir Richard Sackville (c. 1507 – 21 April 1566) of Ashburnham and Buckhurst in Sussex and Westenhanger in Kent; was an English administrator and Member of Parliament.[1]


Richard Sackville was the eldest son of John Sackville (ca. 1484–1557) of Withyham and Chiddingly, Sussex, and his first wife, Margaret (d. ca. 1533), daughter of Sir William Boleyn of Blickling, and on his mother's side was cousin to Anne Boleyn.[2]


He was under-treasurer of the exchequer, chancellor of the Court of Augmentations, Escheator of Surrey and Sussex in 1541–42 and was made custos rotulorum of Sussex in 1549 (till his death) and is the first listed Lord Lieutenant of that county from 1550 (till his death); he was also made steward of the archbishop of Canterbury's Sussex manors in 1554.[2][3]

He was elected as MP for Chichester in 1547, for Sussex in March 1553, 1559 and 1563 and for Portsmouth in 1554. He was knighted by 1549.[2]

When the Court of Augmentations was dissolved in January 1554, Sackville, at the time losing most of his other paid positions, retired to the life of a Sussex gentleman, serving as JP.[2]

On the accession of Queen Elizabeth (her mother was his mother's cousin) his fortunes improved. He was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1559, holding the position until his death in 1566.[4]

Marriage and issue

In 1535 Sackville married Winifred (d. 1586), the daughter of Sir John Brydges [Bridges or Brugge] (ca. 1460–1530), (Lord Mayor of the City of London in 1520) and his wife Agnes Ayloffe, the daughter of Thomas Ayloffe.[5][6][7][8] They had a son Thomas, a favourite of Elizabeth I, and a daughter Anne.[6] After Richard Sackville's death his widow, Winifred before 30 September 1568, married John Paulet, 2nd Marquess of Winchester becoming his third wife, the marriage produced no issue.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Hasler. History of Parliament. p. 314.
  2. ^ a b c d Sybil M. Jack, ‘Sackville, Sybil M. Jack, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 11 March 2011
  3. ^ Horsfield. The History, Antiquities and Topography of the County of Sussex. Vol. I. pp.79-83.
  4. ^ "Past Chancellors". UK Government. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
  5. ^ a b Richardson III 2011, p. 311.
  6. ^ a b The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Winifrid Brydges.
  7. ^ Brydges. Collins Peerage. p. 710.
  8. ^ The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex Agnes Ayloffe.


  • Brydges, Edgerton (1812). Collins Peerage of England. Volume VI. London: F.C. and J. Rivington, Otridge and Son et al.
  • Hasler, P.W., ed. (1982). The History of Parliament, Commons, 1558–1603, Vol. III. Secker & Warburg. ISBN 0-11-887501-9.
  • "History of Parliament SACKVILLE, Richard II (by 1507-66) of Ashburnham and Buckhurst Sussex". The History of Parliament. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  • Horsfield, Thomas Walker (1834). The History, Antiquities and Topography of the County of Sussex (repr. 2004). Bakewell: Country Books. ISBN 978-1-906789-16-9.
  • Jack, Sybil M. (2004). "Sackville, Sir Richard (d. 1566)(online ed., Jan 2008)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  • "The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex". Retrieved 2 September 2011.
  • Richardson, Douglas (2011). Everingham, Kimball G., ed. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families. III (2nd ed.). Salt Lake City. ISBN 144996639X.
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir John Baker
Chancellor of the Exchequer
Succeeded by
Walter Mildmay
Preceded by
Sir William Shelley
Custos Rotulorum of Sussex
Succeeded by
Thomas Sackville
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