STRODE, Richard II (1528-81), of Newnham in Plympton St. Mary, Devon.
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Family and Education
b. 22 May 1528, 1st s. of William Strode of Newnham by Elizabeth, da. and h. of Philip Courtenay of Molland, bro. of William†. m. 11 Nov. 1560, Frances (d. 7 Feb. 1562), da. of Gregory Cromwell, 1st Baron Cromwell, 1s. William†. suc. fa. 5 May 1579.1
Escheator, Devon and Cornw. 1565-6.
Richard Strode’s grandfather and namesake (who was almost certainly not the Member for Plympton Erle in 1512) survived until 1551 and his father until 1579; when he himself died on 5 Aug. 1581 the greater part of the family lands were still in his mother’s possession. His father was presumably the ‘William Strowd, of Newnham ... esquire’ who had been imprisoned in Exeter upon suspicion of heresy in the 1530s. Richard Strode’s own religious views are unknown; if the fact that he was not returned during Mary’s reign suggests that he too was a Protestant, he was to sit only once in the following reign in spite of connexions which included his own marriage to a peer’s daughter and his sister’s to Edward Yarde†, the 2nd Earl of Bedford’s west country agent.2