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Edmund Molyneux (fl. 1587), was a biographer and Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.

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FamilyEdit

He was the third son of Sir Edmund Molyneux, a justice of the Court of Common Pleas by Jane, daughter of John Cheney of Chesham Bois, Buckinghamshire.[1]

CareerEdit

Thomas Tanner, citing 'Cabala; mysteries of state, in letters of the great ministers of K. James and K. Charles' ed. 1663, p. 140, identifies him with 'one Moleneux,' who, after being in the employ of Sir William Cecil and 'misusing' him, sought in August 1567 the post of secretary to Sir Henry Norris, the English ambassador to France. An Edmund Molyneux was admitted of Gray's Inn in 1574.[2] Edmund Molyneux became secretary to Sir Henry Sidney, and accompanied him to Ireland, where he acted as clerk of the council.[3] Sidney did his best to advance Molyneux' interests at court. On 20 Sept. 1576 he wrote a long letter in his favour to Burghley,[4] and in November 1576 vainly asked the privy council to appoint Molyneux, along with another, supervisor of the attorneys, who had 'grown very crafty and corrupt'.[5] In September 1578 Molyneux was sent by Sidney to London to report upon the state of Ireland .[6] On 31 December 1579 he petitioned the privy council for his 'despatch and payment after long suit'.[7]

Molyneux furnished an account of Sir Henry, Sir Philip, Sir Robert, and Thomas Sidney to Holinshed's Chronicles (ed. 1587, iii. 1548-56), in which he complained that Sir Henry Sidney, however he might strive, never succeeded in obtaining for him a comfortable office or reward of any kind. The enmity of Burghley probably retarded his advancement.

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Attribution
  •   This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGoodwin, Gordon (1894). "Molyneux, Edmund (fl.1587)". In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 38. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 133–134. Endnotes:
  • Calendar of the Carew Manuscripts Preserved in the Archiepiscopal Library at Lambeth, Volume 1, 1515–74, pp. 401, 402;
  • Thomas Tanner, Bibliotheca Britannico-Hibernica, p. 530;
  • Holinshed's Chronicles, ed. 1587, iii. 1590 ;
  • Calendar of State Papers, Domestic. Edward VI, Mary, Elizabeth, and James I, Volume 1, 1547–80, p. 195;
  • Arthur Collins, Letters and Memorials of State in the Reigns of Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, i. 66, 210, 227, 239, 240, 296.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Gisbourne Molineux, Memoir of the Molineux Family, p. 30
  2. ^ The Harleian Miscellany 1912, f. 53
  3. ^ Calendar of the State Papers relating to Ireland, of the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI., Mary, and Elizabeth, Volume 1, 1509-73, pp. 422, 443
  4. ^ Calendar of the State Papers relating to Ireland, of the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI., Mary, and Elizabeth, Volume 2, 1574-85, p. 99
  5. ^ Arthur Collins, Letters and Memorials of State in the Reigns of Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, i. 145, 187-8, 194
  6. ^ Calendar of the State Papers relating to Ireland, of the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI., Mary, and Elizabeth, Volume 2, 1574-85, p. 142
  7. ^ Calendar of the State Papers relating to Ireland, of the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI., Mary, and Elizabeth, Volume 2, 1574-85, p. 203
Political offices
Preceded by
Philip Williams
Chief Secretary for Ireland
1575-?
Succeeded by
Edmund Spenser