Richard Arundell, 1st Baron Arundell of Trerice

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Richard Arundell, 1st Baron Arundell of Trerice (1616 – 7 September 1687) of Trerice in Cornwall, was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1640 and 1664 when he was raised to the peerage. He fought in the Royalist army in the English Civil War.

Life[edit]

Arundell was the second son of Sir John Arundell of Trerice and his wife Mary Cary, daughter of George Cary of Clovelley.[1] In April 1640, he was elected Member of Parliament for Lostwithiel in the Short Parliament. In November 1640 he was re-elected as a member of parliament for Lostwithiel in the Long Parliament,[2] but was expelled in 1642 for putting into execution the commission of array.

In the English Civil War, Arundell was a colonel in the king's army, and Lord Clarendon describes him as "a stout and diligent officer". His father was the defender of Pendennis Castle and Arundell was present at that siege. Arundell also fought at the battle of Edgehill and the battle of Lansdowne. His estates were confiscated by parliament in 1647, but on the English Restoration he recovered them.

In a by-election of June 1660, Arundell was elected a member of parliament for Bere Alston in the Convention Parliament.[2] In 1662 Charles II redeemed the promise of Charles I, who writing from Oxford in January 1643, had promised William Killigrew that Richard Arundell should succeed his father in the government of Pendennis Castle. Arundell was re-elected a member for Bere Alston in a by-election to the Cavalier Parliament in January 1662 and sat until 23 March 1664 when he was created Baron Arundell of Trerice.

Arundell died on 7 September 1687.

Marriage & progeny[edit]

Arundell married Gertrude Bagge, daughter of Sir James Bagge, of Saltram, Devon, and widow of Sir Nicholas Slanning, by whom he had one surviving son:

References[edit]

Attribution
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Lostwithiel
1640–1642
With: Nicholas Kendall 1640
John Trevanion 1640–1642
Succeeded by
John Maynard
Francis Holles
Preceded by
John Maynard
George Howard
Member of Parliament for Bere Alston
1660
With: John Maynard
Succeeded by
Sir John Maynard
George Howard
Preceded by
Sir John Maynard
George Howard
Member of Parliament for Bere Alston
1662–1665
With: Sir John Maynard
Succeeded by
Sir John Maynard
Joseph Maynard