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Edwin Rich (politician)

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Sir Edwin Rich (c. 1594 – 16 November 1675) was an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1640.

Rich was born at Thetford, Norfolk, the son of Sir Edwin Rich of Mulbarton, Norfolk and his wife Honora Worlick, daughter of Charles Worlick. He was brought up in Norwich and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge[1] and Lincoln's Inn.[2]

In April 1640, having no local connections,[3] Rich was elected Member of Parliament for Fowey in the Short Parliament.[4] He did not stand again and was appointed Vice-Admiral of Norfolk in 1644, remaining until 1649. In 1647 he became Master in Chancery to hear and determine causes in Chancery.[5] In 1651 he was appointed Commissioner for Assessment for the County of Middlesex[6]

After the Restoration, Rich was knighted on 10 July 1666.[7]

Rich died at the age of 81 and was buried at Swardeston. His memorial bears his own composition as he did not trust anyone else to write it.[2]

And here resteth the Bones of Sir Edwin Rich, Knight, Son of Sir Edwin Rich, who died the 16 Day of November, 1675.

Our Lyef is like an Hower Glasse, and our Riches are like Sand in it, which runnes with us but the time of our Continuance here, and then must be turn'd up by an other.

So speake to God as if Men heard your talke,
Soe lyve with Men as if God sawe your walke;
When thou art young, to lyve well thou must strive;
When thou art old, to dye well then contryve.
Thetford, gave Breath, and Norwich, Breeding,
Trinity-Collidg, in Cambridg, Learning;
Lincolns-Inn, did teach me Law and Equity,
Reports I have Ade, in the Courte of Chancery ;
And though I cannot skill in Rymes, yet know it,
In my Lyfe I was my own deathles Poett.
For he who leaves his work to others truste,
May be deceived when he lyes in the Duste.
And nowe I have traveld through all these wayes,
Here I conclude the Storye of my Dayes.
And here my Rymes I ende, then ask no more,
Here lyes Sir Edwin Rich, who loveed the Poore.

Rich gave £200 for repairing the roads, between Wymondham and Attleborough in Norfolk and the justices of Norfolk, ordered a pillar to be erected by the road side in remembrance of this gift. He also gave £100 for building a bridge, and money to the poor of Thetford.[2]

Rich married Jane Suckling, widow of Sir John Suckling and daughter of Reeve but had no children.[2]


  1. ^ This is asserted in his autobiographical epitaph, but there is no record for him in Venn
  2. ^ a b c d Arthur Collins The English baronetage: containing a genealogical and historical account
  3. ^ Anne Duffin Faction and faith: politics and religion of the Cornish gentry before the Civil War
  4. ^ Willis, Browne (1750). Notitia Parliamentaria, Part II:  A Series or Lists of the Representatives in the several Parliaments held from the Reformation 1541, to the Restoration 1660 ... London. pp. 229–239.
  5. ^ 'House of Commons Journal Volume 5: 30 April 1647', Journal of the House of Commons: volume 5: 1646-1648 (1802), pp. 157-158. Date accessed: 21 April 2011
  6. ^ 'House of Commons Journal Volume 6: 16 April 1651', Journal of the House of Commons: volume 6: 1648-1651 (1802), pp. 561-563. Date accessed: 21 April 2011
  7. ^ Knights of England
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Fowey
With: Jonathan Rashleigh
Succeeded by
Jonathan Rashleigh
Sir Richard Buller
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