Rowland Berkeley

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Monument of Sir Rowland Berkeley and his wife Katherine Heywood All Saints Church, Spetchley
Spetchley Park built 1811.

Rowland Berkeley (about 1548 – 11 June 1611) of Worcester and Spetchley was an English clothier and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1593 and 1611.

Berkeley was the eighth son of William Berkeley, mayor and MP for Hereford, great-nephew of William, 1st Marquess of Berkeley.

Worcester and Spetchley[edit]

Rowland Berkeley became a successful clothier at Worcester. He bought Spetchley Park from Philip Sheldon.[1] He was bailiff of Worcester in 1585 and 1587. He was appointed first master of the Clothers Company of Worcester under the Clothers Charter of 23 September 1590.[2] After his death his eldest son acquired extensive property in Cotheridge.

House of Commons[edit]

In 1593, he was elected Member of Parliament for Worcester. He was re-elected MP for Worcester in 1597 and 1601. In 1605 he was elected MP for Worcester again in a by-election and sat until his death in 1611.[2]


Berkeley married 15 April 1574 Catherine Hayward, daughter of Thomas Hayward.[2] Their children[3] included:


  1. ^ Billings Directory 1855
  2. ^ a b c W R Williams Parliamentary History of the County of Worcester
  3. ^ John Burke A genealogical and heraldic history of the commoners of Great Britain and Ireland Volume II - Page 228, 1835, Henry Colburn
Parliament of England
Preceded by
John Walsgrove
alias Fleet
Walter Jones
Member of Parliament for Worcester
With: Walter Jones 1593
William Bagnall 1597
Christopher Deighton 1601
Succeeded by
John Coucher
Christopher Deighton
Preceded by
John Coucher
Christopher Deighton
Member of Parliament for Worcester
With: John Coucher
Succeeded by
John Coucher
Thomas Chettle