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Richard Molyneux, 1st Viscount Molyneux

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Richard Molyneux, 1st Viscount Molyneux (1594–1636) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1614 and 1629.


Molyneux was the son of Sir Richard Molyneux, 1st Baronet of Sefton and his wife Frances Gerard, the daughter of Sir Gilbert Gerard and Anne Ratcliffe.[1] He matriculated at Brasenose College, Oxford on 24 November 1609, at the age of 15. He was knighted on 27 March 1613. In 1614, he was elected Member of Parliament for Wigan. He held the office of Receiver-General of the Duchy of Lancaster from 1616. He succeeded to the Molyneux baronetcy as the 2nd Baronet on the death of his father on 8 February 1622.[1]

In 1625 and 1628 Molyneux was elected MP for Lancashire. On 22 December 1628 he was created Viscount Molyneux by King Charles I (taking his seat in the Irish House of Lords on 4 November 1634).[2] In the same year, he was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire but noted as a recusant and non communicant. According to Gerald Aylmer, Molyneux was one of only two Royalist gentry in the county of Lancashire who held an important office of state during the period 1625–1642 [3] (?) to 1636.[4]


Molyneux married Mary (1596 – before 21 June 1639), daughter of Sir Thomas Caryll of Bentons, Shipley, West Sussex, in about 1618.[1][2] His widow remarried, to Raphael Tarterau, Carver to the Queen Consort (he survived her).[2]

Molyneux was succeeded by his son Richard Molyneux, 2nd Viscount Molyneux.[5] His daughter Charlotte married Sir William Stanley, Bt, of Hooton and his daughter Mary became the wife of Sir John Gage, Bt, of Firle, Sussex.

Molyneux's brother, Sir Vivian Molyneux, was a scholar, traveller and Royalist agent in the 1640s, and an uncle of Robert Dormer, 1st Earl of Carnarvon, Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire.


  1. ^ a b c Cokayne 1900, p. 4.
  2. ^ a b c Cokayne 1910, p. 326.
  3. ^ Mary Anne Everett Green, Calendar of State Papers, Domestic James I: 1611–1618 (London, 1858), pp 383 (1616), 451, 468, 557.
  4. ^ G. E. Aylmer, The King's Servants: The Civil Service of Charles I, 1625–1642 (Columbia University Press, 1961), pp 357.
  5. ^ Cokayne 1910, p. 327.


  • Cokayne, George E, ed. (1900). Complete Baronetage (1611–1625). 1. Exeter: W. Pollard & company. pp. 3–4.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Cokayne, George Edward, ed. (1910). Complete peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, extant, extinct or dormant (Ab-Adam to Basing). 1. London: The St. Catherine Press, ltd. pp. 326–327.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir William Cooke
Sir John Pulteney
Member of Parliament for Wigan
With: Gilbert Gerard
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Gerard
Roger Downes
Preceded by
Sir John Ratcliffe
Sir Thomas Walmsley
Member of Parliament for Lancashire
With: Sir John Ratcliffe
Succeeded by
Robert Stanley
Sir Gilbert Hoghton
Preceded by
Robert Stanley
Sir Gilbert Hoghton
Member of Parliament for Lancashire
With: Sir Alexander Radcliffe
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Viscount Molyneux
Succeeded by
Richard Molyneux
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Richard Molyneux
(of Sefton)
Succeeded by
Richard Molyneux
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