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Robert Knollys KB (1550 - 1619)

Sir Robert Knollys KB
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Died at age 68 in Caversham, Oxfordshire, Englandmap
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Robert Knollys, son of Sir Francis and Catherine was born in 1550, the sunday sennett after all halou daye, which would have been 8 Nov. [1]

At the age of about 20 he accompanied William Drury, Vice Marshall of Berwick on raids into Scotland against the infamous border reivers. Two years later he was elected the Member of Parliament for Reading in Berkshire and Breconshire in Wales. [2]Between 5 Feb 1578 and 1582 he held the position of Usher of the Tower Mint [3] and then in 1587 he was appointed a Gentleman of the Privy Chamber, a position with the potential for great influence in Court matters. [4] He was affectionately known by his cousin Queen Elizabeth as Robin and although he was part of the entourage of his nephew Robert Devereux he avoided implication in the 1601 rebellion. [5]

In about 1585 Robert married Catherine Vaughan, daughter and heiress of Rowland Vaughan of Porthaml, Breconshire. [3] This marriage brought him valuable lands in Wales, although he had to fight several legal battles with Vaughan connections to hold them. [3] They had two daughters: Frances (sometimes erroneously called Catherine) who married Sir Charles Vaughan at St Margaret, Westminster on 6 Nov 1605 [6]and Lettice who married Framlingham Gawdy MP.

In 1596 Robert was named in his father's will.[7]

On 25 July 1603, at the coronation of King James, Robert was knighted.

A keen horseman and jouster, Sir Robert died in Jan 1619 as a result of a fall from a horse at his brother, Sir William Viscount Wallingham's house at Caversham, Oxfordshire. [3]


  1. Varlow, Sally Sir Francis Knollys's Latin dictionary: new evidence for Katherine Carey Historical Research, Volume 80, Issue 209, August 2007, Pages 315–323,Oxford Academic
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Robert Knollys (MP for Breconshire)," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed March 14, 2020).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 KNOLLYS, Sir Robert I (c.1547-1619), of Porthaml, Brec. and Vinegarden, St Martin's Lane, Mdx. The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1604-1629, ed. Andrew Thrush and John P. Ferris, 2010 HOP
  4. Hoak, Dale. "The Secret History of the Tudor Court: The King's Coffers and the King's Purse, 1542-1553." Journal of British Studies 26, no. 2 (1987): 208-31. Accessed March 14, 2020. [ Jstor]
  5. Nicola Tallis, Elizabeth's Rival: The Tumultuous Tale of Lettice Knollys, Countess of Leicester Michael O'Mara Books, 2 Nov 2017 Google Books
  6. "England Marriages, 1538–1973 ", database, FamilySearch ( : 12 March 2020), Fraunces Knowles in entry for Charles Vaughan, 1605.
  7. Jones, Barry V GREYS COURT ROTHERFIELD GREYS OXFORDSHIRE VOLUME 2 THE 16TH AND 17TH CENTURIES English Heritage Buildings and Landscapes Survey and Investigation Division Report Series B/002/2005 PDF

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