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Sir Richard Bulstrode

Male 1617 - 1710  (93 years)


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  • Name Richard Bulstrode 
    Title Sir 
    Born 1617  Astley, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Of Bulstrode Park, Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Lawyer Soldier and Diplomat 
    Died 10 Mar 1710  St. Germain, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
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    • Sir Richard Bulstrode
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      A soldier, diplomatist, and author, born 1610; died 1711, was the second son of Edward Bulstrode by Margaret, daughter of Richard Ashley, chamberlain of the queen's household and member of the Inner Temple. He was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and while at the university was the author of a poem on the birth of the Duke of York. At twenty-three years of age he entered the Inner Temple and in 1649, at his father's request and through his interest, was made a bencher. During the Civil War he was loyal to the king, serving in the Prince of Wales's regiment and holding at times the post of adjutant. He was later promoted to the rank of Adjutant-General of Horse, and still later to be Quartermaster-General. He was appointed to take charge of the funeral of Lord Strafford and became responsible for the expenses attending it; on being pressed by his creditors he fled to Bruges. He subsequently underwent a short term of imprisonment, which was terminated by the payment of the debt by Charles II. On his return he was appointed auditor of a Scotch regiment then serving in the Netherlands and in 1673 was appointed agent at the court of Bruges. He was temporarily recalled two years later, and on 1675 was knighted and again sent to Brussels, this time as resident, where he remained until the accession of James II when he was made envoy. When the revolution of 1688 compelled James to leave England, Bulstrode accompanied him to the court of Saint-Germain, where he remained until his death. Among his writings are: " Original Letters written to Earl of Arlinton, with an account of the Author's Life and Family " , " Life of James II " , " Memoirs and Reflections on the Reign and Government of Charles I and Charles II " and a large number of elegies and epigrams.
      THOMAS GAFFNEY TAAFFEE
      Transcribed by Joseph P. Thomas
      From the Catholic Encyclopedia, copyright © 1913 by the Encyclopedia Press, Inc
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      The Dictionary of National Biography wrongly records Sir Richard's mother, Margaret, as the daughter of Richard Astley, chamberlain of the Queen's household and that Sir Richard was born in 1610. He himself wrote that he was born in the year 1617 - 7 years before James the first dyed. James I died on 27th March 1624. Add. MSS 3885 f129 1689
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      Unlike his father and most other members of his family (several of whom were also lawyers and some members of Parliament) Richard sympathised with King Charles, joining the Royalist forces at the outbreak of the Civil War, but, in later life wrote:

      " I was then very young and in a labyrinth, not knowing well which way to go, but at last I resolved to go to Whitehall [Palace] with some gentlemen of the Inner Temple, being then newly come thither from Cambridge, where I had been bred in Pembroke Hall. I was brought up to London by my father from Coventry, where we then dwelt. "

      Richard was later to achieve distinction as a soldier, lawyer, diplomat and historian and to be knighted by Charles II for his services.
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      Further reading:-
      Richard Bulstrode: Memoirs and Reflections upon the Reign and Government of King Charles I and King Charles II, containing an account of several remarkable facts not mentioned by other historians of those times wherein the character of the Royal Martyr and of Charles II are vindicated from 'fanatical aspersions.1721
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      Richard took part in the siege of Warwick Castle from 7th to 23rd August 1642, on which he recorded: Our endeavours for taking it were to little purpose for we only had two small pieces of cannon which were brought from Compton House, belonging to the Earl of Northampton, and those were drawn to the top of the church steeple and were discharged at the castle, to which they could do no hurt, but only frightened them within the castle, who shot into the street, and killed several of our men. This was the first Action I was ever in and, being upon an unruly Horse, he ran away with me amongst the Enemy, while we pursued them to the Bridge, in which Hurly I lost my Hat.

      Richard, who served in the Prince of Wales Regiment of Horse, wrote: I was engaged in all the wars with King Charles the first and received a terrible wound from a pole axe in my head at Edge Hill which was the first great battle between the King and his rebellious subjects which was fought on 23rd October 1642.
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    Person ID I2290  bolstridge
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2018 

    Father Edward Bulstrode,   b. 10 Jul 1586, Horton, Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1659, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Margaret Chamberlain,   b. Abt 1590, Astley, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1616 
    Family ID F820  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Marie Stamford,   b. Abt 1620,   d. Bef 1648  (Age ~ 27 years) 
    Married Abt 1642 
    Children 
     1. James Bulstrode,   b. Abt 1643  [natural]
     2. Joseph Bulstrode,   b. Abt 1645  [natural]
     3. Benjamin Bulstrode,   b. Abt 1647  [natural]
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F1839  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Joyce Dyneley,   b. 1627, Charlton, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1677  (Age 50 years) 
    Married 21 Feb 1648  Saint Martin's In The Fields, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Edward Bulstrode,   b. 1650,   d. 1718, Upper Deal, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)  [natural]
    +2. Whitlocke Bulstrode,   b. 1651,   d. 1724, Hounslow, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  [natural]
     3. Richard Bulstrode,   b. 20 Nov 1654, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F1005  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1617 - Astley, Warwickshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOf - - Bulstrode Park, Buckinghamshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Feb 1648 - Saint Martin's In The Fields, Westminster, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Richard Bulstrode - 20 Nov 1654 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Mar 1710 - St. Germain, France Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S634] The Bulstrodes of Bucks, Prof. N A Dudley (1988), ( From a tree deposited at the S.O.G. London;), 78672.
      Date of Import: 1 Feb 2000