Roger North, 2nd Baron North

Roger North, 2nd Baron North (1530 – 3 December 1600) was an English peer and politician at the court of Elizabeth I.

He was the son of Edward North, 1st Baron North, for whom the title Baron North had been created. After representing Cambridgeshire in several parliaments (1555, 1559 and 1563), North acceded to his title in 1564. He may have succeeded his father as Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire as well, and was Custos Rotulorum of Cambridgeshire before 1573. He was appointed Treasurer of the Household in 1596 after the death of Sir Francis Knollys.

North was a personal friend of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, the Queen's favourite. He was present at the latter's secret marriage to Lettice Knollys, Countess of Essex in 1578, and served at his expedition to the Netherlands in 15851587. Leicester wanted to make Lord North governor of Brill in 1586, which desire was, however, declined by Elizabeth.

North was succeeded upon his death in 1600 by his grandson, Dudley North, 3rd Baron North, the son of Sir John North.


  • Bruce, John (ed.) (1844): Correspondence of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leycester, during his Government of the Low Countries, in the Years 1585 and 1586 Camden Society
  • Bushby, Frances (1895). "North, Roger (1530-1600)" . In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 41. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Francis Knollys
Treasurer of the Household
Title next held by
Sir William Knollys
Preceded by
Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire
Title next held by
The Earl of Suffolk
Preceded by
Sir James Dyer?
Custos Rotulorum of Cambridgeshire
bef. 1573–1600
Succeeded by
Sir John Cotton
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Edward North
Baron North
Succeeded by
Dudley North
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