Richard Fiske of the Broadgates in Laxfield, Co. Suffolk (Candler Manuscripts), appears in the pedigree by Candler without indication of his parentage, but he was probably a son of Simon Fiske , and was born about 1493. The name of his wife, the details of his life, and the date of his death are unknown.'
We now turn to the problem of the parentage of Richard Fiske 'of the Broadgates' in Laxfield, who heads the Candler pedigree.
The early evidence for his existence is the Candler pedigree, but as Matthias Candler, the compiler (born in 1504), was the great-grand-son of Robert Fiske, the testator of 1602, and as in other respects the contributor has found his pedigree of the family accurate, he thinks we may accept Richard as his great-great-grandfather. Now this Richard must have been born as early as 1500 as his sons were mature men in the middle of the 16th century and he was undoubtedly born somewhat earlier, about 1480-1485. This Richard does not appear in the great Subsidy of 1524 and it is reasonable to suppose that at this date he was dead, leaving a family of 11 children, according to Candler, who must have all been born prior to that date.
Now we find no Fiskes in Laxfield in the 16th century who were not descendants of Simon Fiske who died in 1463/4. It is, therefore, reasonable to suppose that Richard was also a descendant of Simon, in which case he must have been a great-grandson in order to square with the known chronology of the family. On examination, the families of the grandsons of Simon show that all their children are known with the exception of the family of Geoffrey Fiske (son of Geoffrey, the testator of 1504, son of the first Simon). Of the latter's family we know only of his son John (named as such in the will of 'Sir' John Fiske, the testator of 1535). It is reasonable to suppose that this Geoffrey had other children and that Richard was one of them. This idea is greatly strengthened by the fact that Richard named his fourth son, according to Candler, Geoffrey - a name which again appears in the family of Richard's son Robert.
IT WOULD SEEM, ACCORDINGLY, BOTH BY ELIMINATION AND THE REPETITION OF THE NAME GEOFFREY IN THE FAMILY OF RICHARD, THAT THE LATTER MUST HAVE BEEN A SON OF GEOFFREY (SON OF GEOFFREY THE 1504 TESTATOR) AND THE GREAT-GRANDSON OF THE FIRST SIMON.
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