GODDARD, Richard (c.1590-1666), of the Inner Temple; Etchilhampton, Wilts. and Winchester, Hants.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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1661 - 8 Oct. 1666

Family and Education

b. c.1590, o.s. of Richard Goddard of Southampton by Elizabeth, da. of Ambrose Dauntsey of Potterne, Wilts. educ. I. Temple 1607, called 1616. m. (1) 25 July 1615, Mary, da. of Edward Nicholas of All Cannings, Wilts., 3s. 2da., 7 other ch.; (2) c.1641, Hester, da. of Edward Richards of Yaverland, I.o.W., wid. of John Nevey of Southampton, and Robert Mason of Lincoln’s Inn and Winchester, s.p. suc. fa. 1596.2

Offices Held

Bencher, I. Temple 1633, reader 1635, treasurer 1659-61; steward, New Forest by 1639-46, May 1660-d.; freeman, Portsmouth 1639, Winchester Sept. 1660; j.p. Hants and Wilts. 1640-6, Hants July 1660-d.; commr. for assessment, Hants Aug. 1660-d.; recorder, Winchester 1661-d.; commr. for corporations, Hants 1662-3, loyal and indigent officers 1662.3

Lt.-col. of horse (royalist) 1643-4.4


Goddard entered a short pedigree at the heralds’ visitation of Wiltshire in 1623, but did not claim kinship with the prolific gentry family of that name. His father, a merchant of Dorset origin, represented Southampton in 1589. Although Goddard was registered at the Inner Temple as a Gloucestershire man, and resided in Wiltshire during his first marriage, and again during the Interregnum, his principal interests lay in the county of his birth. A practising lawyer, he was appointed steward of the New Forest before the Civil War, and acquired a little property there. His second wife, the stepmother of Sir Robert Mason, brought him an annuity of £225, as well as an interest at Winchester. He raised a troop of horse for the King, but was taken prisoner at Christchurch by Sir William Waller I at the end of 1644, and on his release settled at Salisbury. He was fined £862 10s. for his delinquency, and forbidden to follow his profession under the Protectorate; but his standing was shown by his election as treasurer of his Inn in 1659. By the following year he had taken up residence in Winchester, where he was elected recorder at the dissolution of the Convention, and shortly afterwards returned to the Cavalier Parliament at the general election of 1661 when he must have been about 70. An inactive Member, he was appointed to only eight committees, none of which was of political significance. He helped to consider the bills for abolishing damage clere in 1661 and for reforming the Marshalsea court in 1663. He was included in the list of court dependants in 1664. He attended a meeting of the benchers of the Inner Temple on 1 July 1666, but died a few months later.5

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. New writ.
  • 2. Wilts. Vis. Peds. (Harl. Soc. cv), 69, 144; PCC Adm. Acts (Index Lib. lxxxi), 54; Vis. Hants (Harl. Soc. lxiv), 176; Hants Mar. Lic. 1607-40, p. 61; C8/147/41; Cal. Comm. Comp. 1044; Wilts. Arch. Mag. xxiv. 78.
  • 3. CSP Dom. 1638-9, p. 585; R. East, Portsmouth Recs. 169, 352; Cal. Treas. Bks. i. 243, 247; HMC 11th Rep. III, 55; Winchester corp. assembly bk. 4, ff. 145, 161.
  • 4. Eg. 868, f. 17; G. N. Godwin, Civil War in Hants, 195; Cal. Comm. Comp. 994.
  • 5. Wilts. Arch. Mag. xxiv. 78; xxvi. 388; I. Temple Recs. ii. 302, 331, 335; iii. 40; HMC 7th Rep. 100; PCC adm. act bk. 1667, f. 35v.