Richard Fleetwood (1653-1709) was the second but surviving son of Francis Fleetwood of Rossall Hall, who he succeeded some time before 1682. In 1674, he married Margaret, daughter and heiress of Edward Fleetwood of Leyland. The Penwortham and Rossall branches of the Fleetwoods separated in the 16th century. He was MP for Lancashire 1704-5.  He makes an appearance in the Bellingham/Rawstorne diaries on 19 January 1689 when he provides Thomas Bellingham with news about the state of the Protestant defences in Ireland: presumably refering to the siege of Londonderry by Tyrconnell’s forces.