Robert Rich, 3rd Earl of Warwick

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Robert Rich, 3rd Earl of Warwick (28 June 1611 – 29 May 1659 in London), supported the Royalist cause in the English Civil War (his father the 2nd Earl supported the Parliament of England).


Robert Rich was the eldest son of Robert Rich, 2nd Earl of Warwick and Frances, daughter of Sir William Hatton.[1]

Rich, as Baron Rich, of Leighs, Essex, joined King Charles I at York, but never bore arms; and the fine imposed upon him by Parliament was remitted at his father's petition.[2]

His father, the second earl, died in April 1658, passing on the earldom. Rich died on 29 May 1659, and was buried in Felsted, Essex. His only son, also Robert, predeceased him by 15 months dying of consumption.[citation needed] The earldom passed to the 3rd Earl's brother Charles.[2]


Rich married Lady Anne Cavendish, the daughter of William Cavendish, 2nd Earl of Devonshire,[2] on 9 April 1632 at Battersea, Surrey. Their child, Robert, was the Earl's only son:

Robert Rich married secondly Anne Cheeke, daughter of Sir Thomas Cheek and Essex Rich.[2] Their children were:



  1. ^ Firth 1896, p. 132.
  2. ^ a b c d Firth 1896, p. 133.


  • Lundy, Darryl (25 February 2010). "Robert Rich, 3rd Earl of Warwick". p. 1309 § 13083. Retrieved November 2013. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)[self-published source][better source needed]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainFirth, C.H. (1896). "Rich, Robert (1587-1658)". In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 48. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 128–133.

Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Harbottle Grimston
Sir Francis Barrington, Bt
Member of Parliament for Essex
With: Sir Harbottle Grimston
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Barrington
Sir Harbottle Grimston
Member of Parliament for Essex
With: Sir William Masham
Succeeded by
Sir William Masham
Sir Martin Lumley
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Robert Rich
Earl of Warwick
Succeeded by
Charles Rich
Baron Rich
(writ in acceleration)