Robert Rich, 1st Earl of Warwick
Robert Rich, 1st Earl of Warwick (December 1559 – 24 March 1619), was an English nobleman, known as Baron Rich between 1581 and 1618, when he was created Earl of Warwick. He was the first husband of Penelope Rich, whom he divorced in 1605 on the grounds of her adultery.
Rich succeeded his father in the barony in 1581. In 1618 he was created Earl of Warwick.
- Robert Rich, Lord Rich (1587–1658), later 2nd Earl of Warwick
- Hon. Henry Rich (1590–1649), later 1st Earl of Holland
- Hon. Sir Charles Rich (d. 1627), died unmarried and without issue
- Lady Lettice Rich (d. 1619), named after her maternal grandmother Lettice Knollys. Married firstly Sir George Carey and secondly Sir Arthur Lake
- Lady Penelope Rich, married Sir Gervase Clifton
- Lady Essex Rich, married Sir Thomas Cheek and had three sons and five daughters
- Lady Isabella Rich, married Sir John Smythe, son of Sir Thomas Smythe, first governor of the East India Company.
In 1605 Lord Rich sued for and was granted a divorce from his wife, who admitted adultery with Charles Blount, Baron Mountjoy.
In 1616 he married secondly Frances Wray, widow of Sir George St Paul, Baronet. Born in 1568 the second daughter of Sir Christoper Wray, Lord Chief Justice to Queen Elizabeth I, Frances Wray was described as 'a person of shining conversation and eminent bounty'. In her second widowhood she was one of the richest women in Jacobean Lincolnshire. Neither of her marriages produced children. She died at Snarford in 1634 aged 66.
Lord Warwick died in March 1619, aged 59, and was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son, Robert.
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