DARRELL, Paul (c.1529-1606), of Lillingstone Dayrell, Bucks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. c.1529, 1st s. of Paul Darrell of Lillingstone Dayrell by his 1st w. Margaret, da. of John Cheyney of Chesham Bois. m. Frances, da. of William Saunders of Welford, Northants., 5s. inc. Thomas 5da. suc. fa. 1556.

Offices Held

J.p. Bucks. from c.1559; steward, Buckingham 1565; sheriff, Beds. and Bucks. 1563-4, Bucks. 1580-1.


Darrell’s family had been settled in Buckinghamshire since the twelfth century. His father married as his third wife Dorothy, daughter of John Young, widow first of William Haddon then of William Saunders. Her second husband bequeathed her estates in Northamptonshire: she bore him a daughter, Frances, who married the younger Paul Darrell, the subject of this biography. Darrell was of sufficient status to take one turn as junior knight of the shire, but, apart from his local offices, he is not mentioned in the records. After living, it must be assumed, the life of a country gentleman throughout the whole of Elizabeth’s long riegn, he died on 15 Sept. 1606, his eldest son Thomas being then over 50.

C142/120/9, 166/57, 316/30; E150/51/28; PCC 83 Stafford, 8 Ketchyn, 4 Martyn; Vis. Bucks. (Harl. Soc. lviii), 34-5; G. Lipscomb, Bucks. ii. 568; ii. 32; VCH Bucks. iv. 189, 191; Wards 7/49/100; CPR, 1553-4, pp. 466-7.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: N. M. Fuidge