HUYSHE, Richard (c.1556-1616), of Blackfriars, London and Taunton, Som.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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b. c.1556, s. of Thomas Huyshe ?of Sand in Sidbury, Devon. m. 1614, Ebbott, da. of William Lovell of Bishop’s Lydeard, Som., wid. of James Clarke I, s.p.

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Huyshe was presumably a practicing lawyer, though no record of his attendance at an inn of court has been found other than his membership of New Inn in 1589, a date obviously too late to apply to his legal education. His wife was the heiress of her brother John. Huyshe had neither property nor connexions in the Isle of Wight, his return on three occasions for boroughs there being doubtless due to Sir George Carey, whom he may have met either in his legal capacity or at Blackfriars, where they both lived.

Huyshe founded an almshouse for 13 aged men at Taunton, and his will, dated 30 Jan. 1616, is largely devoted to making suitable provision for it. He also left an annuity of £100 to provide divinity scholarships at Oxford and Cambridge. In a preamble he hoped to be saved ‘by the merits of Jesus Christ, not by any works of my own’. He appointed a number of trustees for his lands, including Sir Francis Popham. No mention was made of his wife, who survived him, but land at Taunton had been settled on her in September 1614. The will was proved in June 1616 and a codicil in August. Huyshe died 23 Feb. 1616 and was buried at Taunton. He may have been related to the puritan minister William Huish.

Rylands Eng. ms 304; C142/278/159; Burke, Commoners, iv. 409-16; J. Toulmin, Taunton, 148; PCC 72 Cope; Collinson thesis, 127.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: Patricia Hyde