Berkeley, Richard (1531 - 1605)

Born / Died

Birth Date: ca. 1531
Death Date: 1605 (possibly died 1604)

Primary Title



  • Knight
    Assumed 1574-08-21
    Vacated By 1605

Details of Offices

Began Ended Notes
JP, Gloucestershire 1561/2 n.d.
JP, Gloucestershire 1564 n.d.
JP, Gloucestershire 1570 1571
Council Member, Marches of Wales 1590-12-16 n.d.
Lieut, London by 1596-9-22 n.d.

General Lands Note

Entered upon inheritance 4 July 1552

Details of Properties


  • Stoke House, Gloucestershire
    Acquired: 1552-07-04
    Divested: by 1605


  • Gloucestershire: Bradley Manor
    Acquired: 1552-07-04
  • Somerset: Kingweston
    Divested: ca. 1570

Events Naming Patron

Event Date Location Troupe
Performance 1574-1574 Guildhall, Bristol , Bristol (city-county) in Gloucestershire Sir Richard Berkeley's Players
Performance 1576-1577 Guildhall, Plymouth , Devon Sir Richard Berkeley's Players
Performance 1576-1577 Guildhall, Totnes , Devon Sir Roger Bertley's Players

Patronized Troupes

Troupe Name Patron Troupe Type # of events
Sir Richard Berkeley's Players Berkeley, Richard (1531 - 1605) Players 2
Sir Roger Bertley's Players Berkeley, Richard (1531 - 1605) Players 1

Owned Venues

Venue Name County Venue Type
Stoke Park House Gloucestershire Private Residence

Bibliographic Sources

Calendar of Patent Rolls, Edward VI [1547–53]. 6 vols. London: HMSO, 1924–9.
Calendar of Patent Rolls, Elizabeth I [1558–78]. 7 vols. London: HMSO, 1939–82.
Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, Edward VI, Mary, Elizabeth I and James I [1547–1625]. 12 vols. London: HMSO, 1856–72.
Shaw, William Arthur. The Knights of England: A complete record from the earliest time to the present day of the knights of all the orders of chivalry in England, Scotland, and Ireland, incorporating a complete list of knights bachelors dubbed in Ireland. 2 vols. London: Sherratt & Hughes, 1906.
Smyth, John. The Lives of the Berkeleys, Lords of the Honour, Castle and Manor of Berkeley in the County of Gloucester from 1066 to 1618: with a Description of the Hundred of Berkeley and of its Inhabitants. 1st ed [1618]. Maclean, John, ed. Berkeley Manuscripts first ser. 3 vols. Gloucester: John Bellows, 1883–5.