Sir Richard Hutton: Journals

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MS.Add.6862: 'Journal of Sir Richard Hutton Trin. 12 Jac. (1614) - Hil. 19 Jac. (1622)', in English, French and Latin, 170 folios. On p. iiiv is '187', encircled.

MS.Add.6863: 'Journal of Sir Richard Hutton Hil. 20 Jac. (1623) - Hil. 14 Car. (1639)', in French and English, 94 folios. On fo. 1 is 'ER'; on fo. 1v is '188', encircled.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Richard Hutton (? 1561-1639) was the second son of Anthony Hutton, of Hutton Hall, Penrith, Cumberland, and Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Musgrave, of Hayton, Cumberland. He read divinity for a time at Jesus College, Oxford, with a view to taking holy orders, but opted instead to pursue a career in the law. In 1580 he entered Gray's Inn, and was called to the bar on 16 June 1586. He became an 'ancient' at Gray's Inn in 1598. In 1599 he was appointed to the Council of the North, on which he served until 1619. In 1603 he was called to the degree of serjeant-at-law, and was elected reader at Gray's Inn in the autumn of that year. He was appointed reader at York in 1608, and recorder at Ripon in 1610. He held these offices until he became a puisne judge of the common bench on 3 May 1617. He was knighted by the king at York on 13 April 1617. Hutton died in Sergeant's Inn on 26 February 1639, and was buried at St Dunstan's-in-the West, London.

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Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1936.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Hutton in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, Vol. X (London, 1908), pp. 359-360.

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For further information see W.R. Prest, The diary of Sir Richard Hutton (London, 1991).