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Re: Lionel Cranfield, Earl of Middlesex,(UK)
Posted by: Garth Woodrow Date: November 24, 1999 at 13:46:29
In Reply to: Lionel Cranfield, Earl of Middlesex,(UK) by Arlene Hampton of 139

I discovered your enquiry today while search-
for information on Sir Lionel Cranfield's
elder daughter from his first marriage. She
was Martha Carey, Countess of Monmouth 1601-
1677. Sir Lionel's first wife was Elizabeth
Shepard, the daughter of the merchant to whom
Cranfield was apprenticed in London. When he
was created Baron Cranfield of Cranfield in
1622 it was the first instance, according to one historian, that a man of humble origin
was raised to the peerage. For further details regarding Sir Lionel's life and career I suggest you consult the following
sources:

THE DICTIONARY OF NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY; Vol.5.

CRANFIELD: POLITICS AND PROFITS UNDER THE EARLY STUARTS by Menna Prestwich, Oxford
University Press, 1966

BUSINESS AND POLITICS UNDER JAMES I Lionel
Cranfield As Merchant And Minister by R.H..
Tawney, F.B.A., Cambridge University Press,
1958

Incidentally, on 13 May 1624 the Earl of Middlesex (he had been promoted in the peerage by this time) was impeached,
sentenced to be imprisoned in the Tower and to pay a fine of 50,000 pounds. He was released from the Tower on 28 May 1624, but was not pardoned until 8 April 1625. I hope that this information will be of some use to you.




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