Richard Sherburne

Richard Sherburne (1381 - 1441)

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Richard Sherburne
Born in Stonyhurst, Lancashire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married before 4 Aug 1391 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Stonyhurst, Lancashire, Englandmap
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Richard Sherburne was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.

Birth, Name and Parentage

Richard Sherburne was born at Stonyhurst, Lancashire on 12 October 1381, and was son of Richard Bayley and Margaret Sherburne.[1][2][3] He was baptised at Mitton, Lancashire.[1] Richard's father Richard Bayley had assumed the name of his wife's family at the time of their marriage.[4][1][3]

Marriage & Children

He married Agnes Harrington, daughter of Sir Nicholas Harrington, Sheriff of Lancashire and Isabella English, before 4 August 1391.[1][2] Sir Nicholas Harrington had been given wardship over Richard.[5][4]:

Richard and Agnes had five sons & four daughters[1][2]:

Military Activity

Richard may have been involved in fighting with the Scots in 1400, when he appointed attorneys to look after his affairs, while he was on the Scottish border. In 1419/20 he was summoned to help defend the realm against the French.[4]

Member of Parliament

He was elected to represent Lancashire in the Parliaments of 8 and 9 Henry V (1420-1422).[3][4][7]

Death and Will

Richard died at Stonyhurst, Lancashire on 29 May 1441.[1][3] The Inquisition, Post Mortem, found that he was seized of "the manors of Aghton and Hamilton, lands in Baggersburgh and Frekleton, land in Leylond, a quarter part of the manor of Bolton, a moiety of the manor of Wiswall, two burgess's in Clitheroe, and together with his wife Agnes of the manor of Longton". Richard's next heir was his grandson Robert Sherburne[3]

Richard's Will was dated 3 January 1436/7. After bequests to the parish church of Mitton, Lancashire and to religious orders, he left the residue of his estate "to Agnes my wyffe," and named as executors "Robert of Haryngton, knyght, Thomas of Harington, squire, brother of ye same Robert, my son James, and Richard Browne of Chorley." Sir John Tempest was named as overseer of the administration of the Will. He asked to be buried at Mitton. The Will was drawn up in English, unlike most Wills of this period.[3][8]

Research Notes


It had been thought that Agnes, wife of Richard Sherburne, was a daughter of Sir William Stanley of Hooton, and hence had Stanley as her last name at birth. This is reflected in Charles Davies Sherborn's book on the Sherborn family history[3], and in Testamenta Eboracensia edited by James Raine, although James Raine acknowledged that the Stanley parentage had been questioned[6]. It is also stated in Richard's entry on the History of Parliament Online website.[4] This view has now been discredited. For fuller discussion, see Douglas Hickling's 2004 post initiating a thread in soc.medieval.genealogy.[9]

Visitation Pedigrees

The Sherborne pedigrees in Flower's 1563-4 Visitation of Yorkshire[10], and in Dugdale's 1664-5 Visitation of Lancashire[11] have a number of errors, including documenting Richard as husband of a daughter of John Stanley. The former also names Richard as Robert.


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 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 IV, p.204, TOWNELEY 8
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Douglas Richardson. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. Salt Lake City: the author, 2013, volume V, pp.177-178
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 Charles Davies Sherborn. A History of the Family Sherborn, Mitchell & Hughes, London, 1901, pp. 12-16, Internet Archive
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 History of Parliament Online: SHIRBURNE, Richard (1381-c.1438)
  5. History of Parliament Online: HARYNGTON, Sir Nicholas (c.1344-c.1404))
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 James Raine. Testamenta Eboracensia, part II, Surtees Society 1834, pp. 105-106; revised edition
  7. Wikipedia: Lancashire (UK Parliament constituency)
  8. Testamenta Eboracensia, Part II, Surtees Society, 1855, pp. 75-76: Will of "Richard Shirburn", Internet Archive
  9. Douglas Hickling. Who were the parents of Richard Sherburne's wife Agnes, and of Isabel (Sherburne) Towneley and Agnes (Sherburne) Rishton?, 25 May 2004, accessed 1 May 2019
  10. The Visitation in the Years 1563 and 1564, made by William Flower, Esquire, Harleian Society, 1881, p. 284
  11. Dugdale's Visitation of the County Palatine of Lancaster in 1664-5, Chetham Society 1873, pp. 263-164
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sherborn, Charles Davies. A history of the family of Sherborn, Mitchell and Hughes, London, 1901, [Internet Archive
  • History pf Parliament Online: SHIRBURNE, Richard (1381-c.1438)
  • Roberts, Gary Boyd. The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants, Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004
  • Testamenta Eboracensia, Part II, Surtees Society, 1855: Will of "Richard Shirburn", Internet Archive


Magna Carta Project

Magna Carta trails
Richard Sherburne is in a trail from Magna Carta Surety Baron Robert de Ros to Gateway Ancestors Jabez Whitaker and Alexander Whitaker. This profile was developed in accordance with project standards by Michael Cayley. The trail was approved for the Magna Carta Project in October 2019 by by Gordon Warder Jr.
See Base Camp for more information about Magna Carta trails. - Michael Cayley, 6 July 2019
Magna Carta Trail
  1. Jabez Whitaker and Alexander Whitaker, sons of William Whitaker
  2. William Whitaker, son of Elizabeth Nowell
  3. Elizabeth Nowell, daughter of John Nowell
  4. John Nowell, son of Grace Towneley
  5. Grace Towneley, daughter of Isabel Sherburne
  6. Isabel Sherburne, daughter of Richard Sherburne
  7. Richard Sherburne, son of Richard Sherburne
  8. Richard Sherburne, son of Margaret de Sherborne
  9. Margaret de Sherburne, daughter of Alice Plumpton
  10. Alice Plumpton, daughter of William de Plumpton
  11. William de Plumpton, son of Lucy de Ros
  12. Lucy de Ros, daughter of William de Ros
  13. William de Ros, son of William de Ros
  14. William de Ros, son of Surety Baron Robert de Ros
  15. Robert de Ros, Surety Baron
Richard Sherburne has also been identified as being in a trail between Gateway Ancestor Peter Worden and Surety Baron Robert de Roos, which is currently under development prior to review and approval by the Magna Carta Project. See the proposed trail on the profile for Peter's mother, Isabel (Worthington) Worden, in the Magna Carta Project section. See Base Camp for more information about Magna Carta trails. ~ Douglass-990 14:09, 16 February 2018 (EST)

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On 19 Sep 2019 at 20:03 GMT Gordon Warder Jr wrote:

This profile is under review as part of a trail identified by the Magna Carta Project, from Jabez Whitaker (Whitaker-966) to Robert Ros de Roos (Ros-162). Gordon Warder Jr (Warder-49)

On 5 May 2019 at 14:34 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

In a series of edits, I have now completed the main work I intend on this profile, tidying up the bio, eliminating duplication, adding factual information, replacing fairly lengthy quotes from other sources with the facts drawn from them, adding research notes, and improving sourcing. There may be typos or other minor slips - if you see any, please correct them, or, if in doubt, leave a comment on this page or message me.

On 28 Apr 2019 at 14:54 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

I plan soon to do some work on this profile as part of my work on developing the Magna Carta Project trail from Gateway Ancestors Alexander Whitaker and Jabez Whitaker to Surety Baron Robert de Ros.

On 16 Sep 2018 at 16:31 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

Stanley was what used to be fairly widely believed. More recent research seems to point to Harrington as Agnes’ LNAB. See the 2004 article in soc.genealogy.medieval by Douglas Hickling, with Douglas Richardson’s comment after, headed “WHO WERE THE PARENTS OF RICHARD SHERBURNE'S WIFE AGNES, AND OF ISABEL (SHERBURNE) TOWNELEY AND AGNES (SHERBURNE) RISHTON?” for some in-depth discussion. (It is also on Rootsweb, but that is out of action.) Search on!forum/soc.genealogy.medieval for Agnes Sherburne to find it. If necessary click on Douglas Hickling’s line at the top to see his article.

On 9 Sep 2018 at 03:22 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

text, referencing Charles Davies Sherborn's "A History of the Family of Sherborn" (1901), says he married Agnes, daughter of William Stanley, but Richardson's Magna Carta Ancestry says he married Agnes Harington.

On 20 Mar 2018 at 02:32 GMT Andrea (Stawski) Pack wrote:

Walter Pack-530 is the son of Jamie Lee (Lilly) Pack DNA confirmed
2. Jamie is the daughter of Ali Walter Lilly [confident]
3. Ali is the son of James Floyd Coleman Lilly [confident]
4. James is the son of Margaret Tiffany Lilly [confident]
5. Margaret is the daughter of Mary Elizabeth (Shrewsbury) Lilly [confident]
6. Mary is the daughter of Phillip Thomas Shrewsbury [confident]
7. Phillip is the son of Mary Elizabeth (Clay) Shrewsbury [confident]
8. Mary is the daughter of Martha Ann (Lewis) Clay [confident]
9. Martha is the daughter of Elizabeth (Warner) Lewis [confident]
10. Elizabeth is the daughter of Augustine Warner Jr. [confident]
11. Augustine is the son of Mary (Towneley) Warner [confident]
12. Mary is the daughter of Lawrence Towneley III [confident]
13. Lawrence is the son of Lawrence Towneley Jr [confident]
14. Lawrence is the son of Lawrence Towneley Esquire [confident]
15. Lawrence is the son of Henry Towneley [confident]
16. Henry is the son of Lawrence Towneley [confident]
17. Lawrence is the son of Isabel (Sherburne) Towneley [confident]
18. Isabel is the daughter of Richard Sherburne Esquire [confident]
19. Richard is the son of Richard Sherburne Esq. [confident]
This makes Richard the 17th great grandfather of Walter.
Mary Towneley-1 is a gateway ancestor by this lineage of Holbert-18 and Pack-530
Something else Mary Towneley-1 is also as Lawrence Towneley-43 is also as Mary Towneley not Lawrence in the Gateway Ancestors checking the spelling of Townley-43 right now. OK Mary is his aunt Townley-43 different spelling of the surname and who is listed as a gateway ancestor.

On 29 Jan 2015 at 18:55 GMT Cheryl Hammond wrote:

Hello PMs! Wanted to let you know that I'll be working on this profile as part of Peter Worden's Magna Carta Trail on behalf of the Magna Carta Project. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. You might also be interested in this discussion on G2G: Do we accept the evidence for John de Mowbray as father of Christiana (__) de Plumpton? as it relates to some of his claimed lineages. (Don't worry, he's still a legit Gateway!) :)

On 24 Jan 2014 at 15:20 GMT J Pictet wrote:

Husband of Agnes Stanley — married August 1391 in West Riding, Yorkshire, England

Richard is 18 degrees from T S Eliot, 17 degrees from Walter Howe and 7 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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