Richard Moryson

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Richard Moryson married Elizabeth Harrington, with whom he had several children including Letitia (pictured).

Sir Richard Moryson (died 1628) was an English soldier and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1621 to 1622.

Moryson was the son of Thomas Moryson and his wife Elizabeth Moigne, daughter of Thomas Moigne of North Willingham, Lincolnshire. His father was a Lincolnshire gentleman who had been member of parliament for Grimsby. Moryson became a soldier and served in the Netherlands. He was knighted on 5 August 1599 in Ireland by the Earl of Essex.[1] Subsequently, he became Vice-President of Munster and after "long and honourable stay" in Ireland returned to England in 1615 and settled at Tooley Park, Leicestershire. He was appointed Lieutenant General of the Ordnance [2] In 1621, he was elected Member of Parliament for Leicester.

Moryson died in 1628.[2]

Moryson married Elizabeth Harrington daughter of Sir Henry Harrington. His son Francis became Governor of Virginia, and two other sons Richard and Robert also emigrated to Virginia.[3] His daughter Letitia married Lucius Cary, 2nd Viscount Falkland. His brother Fynes Moryson was a travel writer.


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Henry Rich
Sir Francis Leigh
Member of Parliament for Leicester
With: Sir William Herrick
Succeeded by
Sir Humphrey May
William Ive