This Philip was the first son, and heir, of Ambrose Risdon, the second son of Giles the elder. We do not have a date of birth for him: the Heralds’ lineage describes him as “Phillip Risdon of Buckland Brewer fil. et hær., Gent., bur. 23 Sep. 1640 at Buckland Brewer.” His father probably moved the couple of km to the east from Parkham, to the next main village, after marrying Melliore (Mallory), daughter of William Braddon of Sutcombe, about 10km to the south west of Parkham, to be far enough away to be independent, but close enough for undemanding reciprocal visits. This line at Buckland Brewer became quite well established. The jump from high to low page numbers for the extracts below from the Calendar is explained by the transition from volume I to volume II.
Name: Philip Risden (standard); Rysdon (given) Admission date: 05/07/1578 Call Date: 11/02/1593
Title Given: junior Occupation Given: gentleman
Address: Buckland Brewer, Devon, England
Second Address: Lyon’s Inn, Westminster, London, England
Notes: Pledges: Phs. Rysden senior, Warwick Hele.1
PARLIAMENT held On 11 February, 35 Elizabeth, A.D. 1592-3, before JULIUS CESAR, one of the masters of the Requests, EDWARD COOKE, solicitor of the Queen, NICHOLAS HARE, ANDREW GREY, JOHN BULLOCKE, GEORGE WYATTE, ROBERT GOLDINGE, and others. WILLIAM HUGHSE, esquire, treasurer. [p. 386]
Mr. Edmond Warner, Mr. Thomas Massingberde, Mr. William Lockay, Mr. Robert Yonge, Mr. Edward Waties, Mr. John Lloyde, Mr. Thomas Goldingham, Mr. John Rosse, Mr. William Fletcher, Mr. David Waterhowse, Mr. Christopher Shafto, Mr. Philip Rysden, Mr. John Preistley, Mr. Nicholas Cholmeley, and Mr. William Brocke called to the outer bar.
PARLIAMENT held on 16 October, 6 James I., A.D. 1608, before ANDREW GRAYE, HUGH HARE, GEORGE WIELD, JOHN HARE, RICHARD BROWNLOWE, EDMUND PRIDEUX, and others. WILLIAM TOWSE, treasurer.
Yonge discharged from the charge of the steward’s feast, upon Philip Rysden, the next ancient, undertaking to disburse the money which should have been paid by Yonge, and the said Philip to be discharged from the like service when his turn shall come. And it was testified by some of the bench that the said Yonge’s living was very small, that he never practised law or gained anything by the profession, and that he had many children. [p. 36-7]
PARLIAMENT held 3 November, 6 James I., A.D. 1608, before ANDREW GRAYE, RALPH RADCLIFFE, HUGH HARE, GEORGE WYELD, and others. WILLIAM TOWSE, the elder, treasurer.
A double pension assessed because of the debts of the House, 4s.
Auditors:—Bromley, Waterhouse, Rysden, and Myngey, for the steward’s account, and Dale, Sir John Jackson, Pembridge, and Bridgman for the treasurer’s accounts. [p. 37]2
PARLIAMENT held on 3 May, 10 James I., A.D. 1612, before GEORGE WYEDE, JOHN HARE, WILLIAM TOWSE, EDMUND PRIDEUX, GEORGE CROKE, and others. ANTHONY DYOT, treasurer. [p. 66]
Risdon appointed reader for the summer vacation, Prideux and Stone, attendants.
PARLIAMENT held On 7 November, 11 James I., A.D. 1613, before GEORGE WILDE, RICHARD BROWNLOWE, WILLIAM TOWSE, EDMUND PRIDEUX, GEORGE CROKE, and others. JOHN HARRYES, treasurer. [p. 77-8]
Petition of Philip Risden that he may be allowed to continue his chamber, into which Farwell is lately admitted in his absence by reason of sickness and other infirmities, is referred to the bench table.