He was the second son of Sir Thomas le Strange. His brother, Nicholas Lestrange, was also an MP, who represented Castle Rising, Norfolk and King's Lynn. He was related to William FitzWilliam, but their exact connection is unrecorded.
He was Mayor of Waterford 1581-2 and 1588-9. He was a Member (MP) of the Parliament of England for Horsham in 1559 and for King's Lynn in 1563. He was an early supporter of the rights of Mary I of England.
- Inquisition Post Mortem of John le Strange held at Norwich 25 Oct 1518 - Exchequer Series
- LESTRANGE (STRANGE), Richard (b. by 1526), of Hunstanton and King's Lynn, Norf.; later of Kilkenny, Ireland. Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981