STRICKLAND, Robert (1600-1671), of Sizergh Castle, Westmld. and Brafferton, Yorks.
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Family and Education
b. 1 Jan. 1600, 1st s. of Sir Thomas Strickland* and his 2nd w. Margaret, da. of (Sir) Nicholas Curwen† of Workington, Cumb.1 educ. Trin. Camb. 1615.2 m. 10 Jan. 1619, Margaret, da. and coh. of Sir William Alford* of Meaux Abbey, Yorks., 3s. 1da.3 suc. fa. 1612;4 kntd. Nov. 1641.5 bur. 14 Apr. 1671.6
Commr. subsidy, Westmld. 1624;7 j.p. Westmld. 1624-5, Yorks. (E. Riding) 1636- at least 1642, custos rot. 1642, (N. Riding) 1660-d.;8 commr. sewers (E. Riding) 1634-41;9 col. militia ft. (N. Riding) 1638-42;10 dep. lt. Yorks. 1640-4, 1660-d.;11 commr. embezzlement inquiry, York 1641,12 array, Yorks. 1642,13 assessment, Yorks. (N. Riding) 1660-5, loyal and indigent officers, Yorks. 1662,14 corporations 1662-3.15
Col. ft. (roy.) 1642-4; capt. horse (roy.) 1643-4.16
At the age of only 12 Strickland inherited an estate encumbered with debts, which was managed during his minority by his mother, who bought his wardship for £441 3s. 4d.17 Never free from financial stringency, he seems nevertheless to have retained his estate unimpaired. Although his younger bothers were sent to Douai, and his mother-in-law was a recusant, his own religion was not in doubt, and he was elected knight of the shire for Westmorland at the first opportunity after coming of age, in 1624.