Delahide (De La Hide), Richard (d. c. 1540), lawyer and chief justice of the common bench, was a member of the Delahide family of Moyglare, Co. Meath, who were loyal followers of the earl of Kildare. In 1514 he was appointed joint chief justice of the common bench with Thomas Plunket (qv), and the following year became sole chief justice. He received a new patent in 1522, but faced the possibility of dismissal in 1529 because of his Geraldine sympathies. On 20 August 1532, however, the day after the restoration of the 9th earl of Kildare (qv) to the deputyship, his patent was again renewed and five days later he was appointed chancellor of the Irish exchequer. In October 1534 he was removed from office, ostensibly on suspicion of having encouraged the rebellion of ‘Silken Thomas’ (qv), Lord Offaly, 10th earl of Kildare, but more probably as a part of the Pale-inspired reform programme that had already brought about the replacement of leading Geraldine supporters in the administration. Unlike some of his relations, who were attainted after the rebellion, he succeeded in making his peace with the post-Kildare administration and was again serving as chief baron of the exchequer in 1537. On 3 April 1538 he received a lease of lands formerly held by the earl of Kildare. He died about two years later. Resident at Loughshinny, Co. Dublin, Delahide married Jenet, granddaughter of Thomas Plunket, his predecessor as chief justice, with whom he had at least one son, George, who was granted livery of his inheritance in Co. Dublin and Co. Meath on 7 February 1542.
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