STOUGHTON, Adrian (1556-1614), of West Stoke, nr. Chichester, Suss.

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. 7 May 1556, 2nd s. of Thomas Stoughton by his 2nd w., and bro. of Laurence. educ. I. Temple 1579, called 1587. m. c.1583, Mary (d.1635), da. of William Jordyn I of Chitterne, Wilts., 16 ch. of whom 2s. 6da. living at fa.’s death.1

Offices Held

J.p. Suss. from 1591, q. from 1597; recorder, Chichester from 1600.


Like his father, who sat for Chichester four times, Stoughton was a lawyer. His return for Haslemere was probably due to his elder brother Laurence’s connexion with the More family. Stoughton then sat for Chichester, first in company with his uncle Richard Lewknor, then recorder of the city, and afterwards during his own recordership. He was appointed to only one reported committee in the Elizabethan period, 12 Jan. 1598, on maltsters.2

He died 25 Oct. 1614. His will, made on the previous 2 June, asked that his burial should be without ‘needless expense’ and that his wife should bestow no ‘blacks’. She, or if she re-married, Laurence Stoughton, was to obtain the wardship of their eldest son. A younger son, Adrian, and six daughters are mentioned. Stoughton was buried at West Stoke, where a monument was later erected to him and his wife.3

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: J.E.M.


  • 1. Manning and Bray, Surr. i. 171 table; Vis. Surr. (Harl. Soc. xliii), 87; Surr. Arch. Colls. xii. gen. table; VCH Suss. iv. 193; Add. 6174. f. 128; Cal. I.T. Recs. i. 346; Vis. Wilts. (Harl. Soc. cv, cvi), 104; H. R. Mosse, Monumental Effigies Suss. 1250-1650, p. 137; PCC 113 Lawe.
  • 2. PRO Index 4208, p. 177; VCH Surr. iii. 371; CSP Dom. 1547-80, p. 153; HMC Hatfield, i. 436; D’Ewes, 578.
  • 3. Suss. Rec. Soc. xiv. 218; PCC 113 Lawe; Horsfield, Suss. ii. 75; Suss. Arch. Colls. lxxiv 204.