DERING, Anthony (c.1558-1636), of Pluckley, Kent.

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.1558, 1st s. of Richard Dering of Surrenden Dering by Margaret, da. of Sir William Twysden. educ. Christ’s, Camb. 1575, BA 1578-9; G. Inn 1580. m. (1) Mary, da. of Sir Henry Goring of Burton, Suss. s.p.; (2) Frances, da. of Robert Bell, 7s. inc. Sir Edward 3da. suc. fa. 1610. Kntd. 1603.

Offices Held

Escheator, Kent and Mdx. Dec. 1587-Jan. 1589; commr. oyer and terminer, London and Mdx. bef. 1589; dep. (to his relative by marriage (Sir) John Peyton) lt. of the Tower by 1598 to c.1603.


Of an old family, little has been ascertained about Dering, described by Peyton as

a man very sufficient, being a discreet gentleman of a fair living, well acquainted with the service of the place and nature of the persons under my charge, and one upon whose loyalty I dare repose my life and fortunes, of which I had good experience in the late troubles,

a reference, presumably, to the Essex rebellion. It is not known how Dering obtained his seat at Clitheroe in 1601—perhaps there was a link with Sir John Fortescue, who appears to have asked for that particular nomination, or perhaps the connexion was through the Twysdens. Dering died in 1636, being buried at Pluckley 18 Mar.

Haslewood, Dering Gen. Memoranda, 7, 12; Vis. Kent (Harl. Soc. xlii), 140; Hasted, Kent, i. 136; vii. 465; CSP Dom. 1547-80, p. 434; HMC Hatfield, xii. 298; xv. 174.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: N.M.S.