Sir Ralph Freeman MP, 1589-1667, held many posts, including commr. for revenues of Henrietta Maria 1627; gent. of the Bedchamber by 1628; and joint master of the Mint with Sir Thomas Aylesbury from 1635-1643.
These two men of at the Mint were not noblemen, but were involved in many things:
Sir Ralph Freeman married Catherine Brett, a Lincolnshire relative of George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, on August 1617, and became destined for higher things.
And Sir Thomas Aylesbury became the grandfather of Anne Hyde, Duchess of York.
As master of Requests, Sir Ralph Freeman joined King Charles at Oxford in the first winter of the Civil War. He remained there for the duration of the war, and on 1 Oct. 1646 petitioned to compound for his delinquency on the Oxford articles.
He paid his whole fine of £1,330 on 6 June 1650, and, although under suspicion, lived as an obedient citizen of the Commonwealth.
He was reappointed as master of the Mint in 1660 until he died in 1667.
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