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Richard Eliot

Richard Eliot
Born c. 1614
Port Eliot, Cornwall
Died 1660s
Spouse(s) none
Partner(s) Catherine Killigrew
Children George Elliott
Parent(s) John Eliot and Radigund Ghedy

Richard Eliot (c. 1614 - unknown date in 1660s) was the wayward second son of Sir John Eliot (11 April 1592 - 27 November 1632) and Rhadigund Geddy (c. 1595 - June 1628).

Richard went to the University of Oxford at his father's suggestion, but did not fare well with academic life. He became embroiled at Oxford in various difficulties, which are mentioned without further detail in his father's writings. His father's friend, John Hampden, was asked to intervene on behalf of Sir John Eliot who was incarcerated in the Tower at the time.

Further problems ensued when Richard failed or refused to visit his father in the Tower. As a result, Richard seems to have disappeared compared to his siblings.

It is known that he went to the Low Countries under Sir Edward Howard around February 1632.

Richard died before 1669 when his brothers, John and Edward, argued over the inheritance of Richard's lands in Cornwall.



  • Dictionary of National Biography, by the same author.
  • Eliot's writings, together with his Letter-Book, have been edited by Alexander Grosart in De Jure Maiestatis; or, Political treatise of government (1628-30) and The letter-book of Sir John Eliot (1625-1632), now for the first time printed: from the author's and other mss. at Port Eliot; ed., with an introduction, fac-similes and notes, etc., by the Rev. Alexander B. Grosart. In two volumes. London: privately printed, 1882.

and the article in the

  • Gardiner's History of England, vols. v.-vii.,

as supplemented and corrected by

  • The Life of Sir J. Eliot, by J. Forster (1864)

Most information on Richard is included in articles about his more famous father, viz:

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