Ralph married three times and had six children by his first wife (see below).
He was heir in 1556 to his uncle John Bannaster, Esq., and as a result the manor of Beningbrough (in Newton-upon-Ouse), Yorkshire passed to him. Following this, he sold lands he had previously inherited in Staffordshire.
In 1559 he was appointed Keeper of Rochester Castle, Kent. He was Justice of the Peace in the North Riding of Yorkshire from about 1573, and in the East Riding from about 1584.
He was knighted on 6 March 1583/4 (1584 in modern reckoning), and was a Member of Parliament for:
Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire in 1571 and 1572
Newport, Isle of Wight in 1584
Scarborough, Yorkshire in 1586
Yorkshire in 1589
In 1591 he and others were commissioned to investigate a dispute relating to the clerkship of the castle and county court of York.
Sir Ralph Bourchier died intestate on 11 June 1598 and was buried at Barking, Essex the same day. His widow, Anne, died intestate in August 1598.
Christian Shakerley, daughter of Rowland Shakerley of London; widow of John Harding, Esq., Alderman of London. They married at St. Bennet, Gracechurch, London. The marriage licence was dated 29 November 1577.
There appears to be no record of surviving children by his second and third marriages.
↑ 1.01.11.2 Douglas Richardson. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham (Salt Lake City: the author, 2013), volume I, pages 479-492 BOURCHIER.
↑ Douglas Richardson. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham, 2nd edition (Salt Lake City: the author, 2011), volume I, pages 277-291 BOURCHIER.
Richardson, Douglas. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. Salt Lake City: the author, 2013. See also WikiTree's source page for Royal Ancestry.
Richardson, Douglas. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. 2nd edition. Salt Lake City: the author, 2011. See also WikiTree's source page for Magna Carta Ancestry.
Clay, J W. Dugdale's Visitation of Yorkshire, with Additions, volume 1, William Pollard, 1899.
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Is there any evidence that Ralph Bourchier and Elizabeth Hall had a son called James, profile at https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Bourchier-206? There seems to be none in the source cited on James’s profile (Tudor Place) which agrees with Douglas Richardson and Dugdale in saying that Ralph had only 2 sons, William and John. There is another James Bourchier profile, with different Bourchier parents, for about this period - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Bourchier-10 - and he died at Whepstead, Suffolk like the James shown as son of Ralph is said to have done. Are these 2 James Bourchiers the same?