Richard Lovelace, 1st Baron Lovelace

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Portrait of Richard Lovelace as a young man, by John de Critz

Richard Lovelace, 1st Baron Lovelace (1564 – 22 April 1634) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1601 and 1622. He was raised to the peerage as Baron Lovelace in 1627.

Lovelace was born in Hurley in Berkshire, the son of Richard Lovelace and his wife, Anne, the daughter of Richard Warde of Hurst,[1] also in Berkshire. He was educated at Merton College, Oxford.[1]

Portrait of Margaret, Lady Lovelace, Wife of Richard, 1st Lord Lovelace by John de Critz

Lovelace became a soldier and commanded a force under the Lord Lieutenant in Ireland, after which he was knighted by the Earl of Essex (Dublin, 1579).[1] His association with the earl led to a brief period of imprisonment on charges of plotting against Queen Elizabeth I but he was released without charge.[1]

In 1627 he was created Baron Lovelace of Hurley by Charles I.[1]

Lovelace died in Hurley in 1634.[1] He had married twice: firstly, Katherine, daughter of Sir George Gyll and widow of William Hyde of Denchworth in Berkshire (now Oxfordshire) (no children) and, secondly, Margaret, daughter and co-heir of a rich merchant, William Dodworth, with whom he had four sons and five daughters.[1] The eldest son was his heir John Lovelace, 2nd Baron Lovelace and a daughter Elizabeth married the regicide Henry Marten.[1] His son Francis should not be confused with the person of the same name who became the second Governor of the New York colony but who was however the grandfather of the John Lovelace who was a later Governor.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Richard Lovelace, Baron Lovelace (1564-1634)". Nash Ford Publishing. Retrieved 21 Marach 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Henry Norreys
Francis Knollys
Member of Parliament for Berkshire
1601
With: George Hyde
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Neville
Francis Knollys
Preceded by
Robert Ryche
Member of Parliament for Abingdon
1604–1611
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Knollys
Preceded by
Sir Henry Neville
Sir Thomas Parry
Member of Parliament for Berkshire
1621–1622
With: Sir Robert Knollys
Succeeded by
Edmund Dunch
Sir Richard Harrison
Peerage of England
Preceded by
New creation
Baron Lovelace
1627–1634
Succeeded by
John Lovelace