Richard attended Magdalen College, Oxford in about 1564 and then studied at the Middle Temple in 1571. He was described as of Stanford in the Vale, Berkshire. 
During his life, Richard was an associate of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. He was present at his sister Lettice's marriage to Dudley in 1578; he was a beneficiary in Dudley's 1582 will and in 1584 was a trustee for Lettice's jointure. In that same year, Richard became an MP to the English Parliament for Wallingford. 
Richard married Joan Heigham. They had at least five children, the first of whom was baptised at Rotherfield Greys in Oxfordshire and the rest baptised at Stanford in the Vale, Berkshire.
Richard had his will drawn up on 24 July 1596. It mentioned:
eldest son Henry
second son Robert
third son Francis
daughters Lettice and Dorothy
uncle Henry Knollys (dec)
brother Sir Francis Knollys, Knight.
One interesting part of his will admonished his daughters not to be disobedient or stubborn in taking advice from their mother and the overseers of his will with regard to their marriages. If they did then their generous marriage portions of £300 each would revert to the daughter who was prepared to conform to the wishes of the family.  His will was probated on 27 Oct 1596.
Although Richard requested in his will to be buried at Stanford, the parish registers show that he was in fact buried on 21 August at Rotherfield Grey in Oxfordshire.  This occurred only three days after the burial of his father Sir Francis.
This profile had originally been combined with his brother Robert, who m.Catherine Vaughn.
↑ Varlow, Sally Sir Francis Knollys's Latin dictionary: new evidence for Katherine Carey Historical Research, Volume 80, Issue 209, August 2007, Pages 315–323,Oxford Academic
↑ Ancestry.com. England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. The National Archives; Kew, England; Prerogative Court of Canterbury and Related Probate Jurisdictions: Will Registers; Class: PROB 11; Piece: 88 Ancestry Record 5111 #936894
↑ Ancestry.com. Oxfordshire, England, Church of England Baptism, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Oxfordshire Family History Society; Oxford, Oxfordshire, England; Anglican Parish Registers; Reference Number: BOD224_c_3 Ancestry Record 61056 #1247888
WikiTree profile Knollys-59 created through the import of Newmans.ged on Nov 14, 2011 by Kathryn Newman. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Kathryn and others.
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