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Robert Gostwick (1464-1541)

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Date: 1464 to Nov 1541
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Robert Gostwick, of Willington

born abt 1464, in Willington, Bedfordshire, England
died Nov 1541 in Bedfordshire, England

He was the son of John Gostwick (1445-1512) and widow Elizabeth Myton.

He was never married, and had no known children.
He was a chaplain before entering Cambridge to receive his degree in Cannon Law.

Nov-1496, Appointment, Astwood, Buckinghamshire, England[1]

Presented by the prior and convent of Tickford, to the vicarage of Astwood, Bucks, a seat he would retire from 4yrs later
Rectory of Astwood, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Hugh Burton was inst. 19 Nov 1485
  • Robert Gostwick, inst. 5 Nov 1496. He resigned, and
  • Henry Wydons was inst. 7 Dec 1500

4-Feb-1500, Grant, Wilstead, Bedfordshire, England[2]

i) John Palmer of Wilstead, Thomas Smyght of the same
ii) John Vintner, Robert Gostewyk , chaplain, John Gostewyk, William Hyllis
one croft with a lane adjoining lying in Westcotes [in Wilstead] ... lane : tenement of the lord of Cotes, once in occupation of John Ryll : messuage and croft late of Thomas Cook : said lane anciently (exantiquo) called le Wodeway ...croft :both sides, lord of Cotes : abutting against the croft late of Thomas Cook : abutting against the croft of abbot of St ... 2 tags Endorsement: no. 162 at Westcotes


1501, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England[3]

Robert received a Bachelors Degree in Civil and Cannon Law

Service as Clergy

8-Sep-1504, Harpole, Northamptonshire, England[4]

Rector of Harpole [Northamptonshire] from 8 Sep 1504

20-Jan-1506, Kempston, Bedfordshire, England[5]

M. Robert Gostwik [appointed Vicar of Kempston] on resignation of Hugh Burton. Pension of 8; resigned 11-Oct-1516

12-Oct-1516, Weedon Bec, Northamptonshire, England[4]

Vicar of Weedon [Northamptonshire] from 12 Oct 1516

3-Jul-1517, Turvey, Bedfordshire, England[4]

Robert Gostwik, Rector of All Saints, Turvey, elected 3-Jul-1517, on death of John Crosse; patron Thomas Heron by grant from Prior & Convent of St.Neots

1521, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England[6]

Commissary of the Archdeacon's Court in Bedford, Beds., appointed on the recommendation of Thomas Heron

24-Jul-1529, Harpole, Northamptonshire, England

Aug-1529, Northill, Bedfordshire, England

21-Jul-1534, Correspondence, West Horndon, Essex, England[7]

Robert Gostwyk, priest to Lord Cromwell:
I covet daily to be near my native country in mine old age, if I might obtain the King's favor and the licence of the bishop of London for non-residence in my rectory of Westhornton and Yngerston, and let them to farm to a spiritual as to a temporal man, trusting that my kinsman Job Gostwyk has labored with you in the premises. If my said kinsman woul not be displeased, I would resign one of them, as I receive no benefit from it, and have froward neighbors. I thought I had exchanged the ungrateful for the grateful, but have not found it to be so. Yngerston, in vig. S. Mari Magd., viz., 21 Julii.

31-Jul-1534, Occupation, West Horndon, Essex, England

Appointed Rector of West Horndon (Horyngdon) by John, 1st Baron Mordaunt

7-Dec-1534, Resignation, Turvey, Bedfordshire, England[4]

Robert resigned his position at Turvey.

24-Dec-1534, Appointment, Ingatestone, Essex, England[8]

Robert Gostwicke, appointed Vicar of Ingatestone, Essex, by the Abbess of the Convent de Barking, and patronage of John, 1st Lord Mordaunt

Nov-1541, Death, Kempston, Bedfordshire, England[4]

Based on burial record.

11-Dec-1541, Burial, Bedford St Mary, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England[4]

M.Robert Gostwik - 3 Jul 1517 [to mediety of Turvey on death of M.John Crosse; patron Thomas Heron by grant from Prior & Convent of St.Neots; buried at Bedford, St.Mary 11 Dec 1541
Robert Gostwick was buried at Bedford St Mary.

Research Notes

To Do

  • Find 1496 Tickford/Astwood reference...its out there somewhere!
  • Expand Finberg 1521 ref


  1. The History and Antiquities of the County of Buckingham, Volume 4" George Lipscomb, J & W Robins, 1847, pg 5; citing Astwood Vicarage Parish Records Books.Google.com: ...of Buckingham
  2. "Bedfordshire Archive Catalog Service (BEDCAT)" [database on-line]. bedsarchivescat.Bedford.gov. Entry for Robert Gostewyk, 4 Feb 1500, Grant (accessed [25-Aug-2021]); ref: RO5/224
  3. "Alumni cantabrigienses; a biographical list of all known students, graduates and holders of office at the University of Cambridge" by University of Cambridge; Venn, J. A. (John Archibald), b. 1883; Venn, John, 1834-1923, Entry for Gostwyke, _____ , 1501, pg243-244 Archive.org: Alumni cantabrigienses Vol.2
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 "Bedfordshire Archive Catalog Service (BEDCAT)" [database on-line]. bedsarchivescat.Bedford.gov. Entry for Robert Gostwyk, 8 Sep 1504, Turvey Parish Records (accessed [25-Aug-2021]); ref: Fasti/1/Turv
  5. "Bedfordshire Archive Catalog Service (BEDCAT)" [database on-line]. bedsarchivescat.Bedford.gov. Entry for Robert Gostwik, 20 Jan 1506, Kempston Parish Records (accessed [25-Aug-2021]); ref: Fasti/1/KemAllS
  6. "The Gostwicks of Willington", Herbert P. R. Finberg, Bedfordshire Historical Record Society. Vol. XXXVI, 1955. The publications of the Bedfordshire Historical Record Society. Streatley, Beds: Bedfordshire Historical Record Society, pg 54.
  7. 'Henry VIII: July 1534, 21-25', in Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 7, 1534, ed. James Gairdner (London, 1883), pp. 380-385. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/letters-papers-hen8/vol7/pp380-385 [accessed 22 September 2021].
  8. "Ingatestone and the Essex Great Road with Fryerning." Wilde, E. E., Christy, A. (1913). London: H. Milford, Oxford University Press., pg 414. Hathitrust: Vicars of Ingatestone; citing Essex Parish Church records

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