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Robert Townsend (abt. 1485 - abt. 1556)

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Sir Robert "Lord Chief Justice of Chester" Townsend
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Husband of — married in Ludlow Church, Shropshire, Englandmap
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Died about in Ludlow, Shropshire, Englandmap
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Robert Townshend of Ludlow, Shropshire, England, was born before 1500, admitted to study law at Lincoln's Inn in 1515, and died in 1556.[1][2]

From The Townshend Family of Lynn:

Robert Townshend, 2nd son of Sir Roger, by wife Anne de Brewse, who married Alice, (Footnote: Their marriage indenture, dated Oct. 1, 1516 [8th Henry VII.] Harl. MS., 4756, fol. 36, calls her the widow of William Curson) daughter and one of the heirs of Robert Poppy, Esq., of Twyford, County Norfolk. This Robert, in his father's will, is called Sir Robert Townshend, Kt., and he bequeaths him his "Cheyne of Gold." Sir Robert was of the Society of Lincoln's Inn in the early part of the reign of King Henry VIII, becoming as eminent as his ancestor in the study of Law, and with his father attended the Duke of Norfolk at the reception of Lady Anne, daughter of John, Duke of Cleves, who married King Henry VIII, Jan. 1, 1539. He was afterward made king's Sergeant-at-law, 1541, and knighted by Henry VIII, at Hampton Court, on Trinity Sunday, 1545, and the same year made Lord Chief Justice of Chester, in which post he was continued by both King Edward VI and Queen Mary. He deceased on Feb. 8, 1555-6, possessed of the manor and rectory of Twyford and Gayst, an advowson of the vicarages of the churches, the Manors of Swanton, Foxley, and Southwell in Norfolk, and the priory and house of St. Augustine in Ludlow, Salop. Sir Robert was buried in the high chancel of Ludlow church, in an altar tomb, which is a remarkable example of an early and very rich classic monument of the times. - On the top of it, cut in marble, are the full-length recumbent figures of himself dressed in full armor, and his lady in the costume of her day, while figures of his children surround the base of the tomb. Over the monument, built in the solid masonry of the chancel, is a beautiful Gothic arch, and the family crest, a buck trippant, crowns the whole fabric, which is decorated with escalop shells and other insignia of the family; above the monument on the walls are the Townsend arms, quartered with the de Hauteville, de Brewse, Gifford, Lunsford, Schardlow, Carbonnel, Curson, Poppy and others and beneath the beautiful Gothic window, of stained glass, is this inscription:
"Memento Mori Respice Finam," A. D. 1581

and around the coping of the top of the tomb

"Here lyeth the body of Sir Robert Towneshende, Knight, Chief Justice of the Councill in the Marches of Wales & Chester and Dame Alice, his wife, daughter and one of the heirs of Robert Poppy, Esq., who had between them 12 children, 6 sons, and 6 daughters lawfully begotten."

On the paneling of the monument are the names of his children, but time has obliterated most of them. The names, however, of Thomas, Robert, Isaac and Henry are still visible.

This Sir Robert Townshend died at Salop, Feb. 8, 1556, and from an inquisition taken at Norwich, Norfolk, Apr. 26, 1555, and. at Salop, 11 th of Aug. following, Thomas Townsend of Bracon-Ash, Norfolk, Esq., was found to be his heir, who was at that time "22 years of age and more," and was seized of the Manors of Sutton, Swanton and Folsham, in Folsham, with Foxley Manor in Twyford, which came to him, by Alice his mother, daughter and heir of Robert Poppy, Esq.

Sir Robert Tounshend had by the Lady Alice :

i. Thomas, b. . . bur. at Bracon-Ash, Norfolk, June 12, 1591.
ix. Grace, b. ___ [married] Ambrose Gilbert.
x. Alice, b. ___ [married] Humphry Archer, of Umberslade, County Warwick.
He died, Oct. 24, 4. Queen Elizabeth (A. D. 1562). She died, Nov, 28, 5 King James I (A. D. 1607). She having married, secondly, Edward Coles, Esq.[3]

Robert Townsend died in 1556 and was buried at Saint Laurence, Ludlow, Shropshire Unitary Authority, Shropshire, England.[4]

Research Notes

  • 13 children are named on his Wikipedia page. From Wikipedia: The children and their marriages are enumerated in M. Townsend, Townsend-Townshend 1066–1909. The History, Genealogy and Alliances of the English and American House of Townsend, Revised edition (New York 1909), p.24.
Cutter p. 2617 [citation needed] says Townsend line fairly well traced to Walter atte Townshende, son of Lodovic d' Townshende, a Norman nobleman who came to England soon after the Conquest. Coat of arms was a chevron between three escallop shells. Family is found in 1200 in Taverham, county Norfolk. Thomas atte Tunnehunde lived 1217 to 1272 at West Herling. Famiy became prominent in 14th century. Sir Roger was knighted 1588 for engagements with the Spanish Armada. Sir Robert son of Roger, married Alice daughter of Robert Poppy. They lived Ludlow Salop. They are buried in high chancel of Ludlow Church in an altar tomb on top of which rest recumbent images of himself in full armor and his wife. Their son Thomas married Lady Elizabeth Styles daughter of George Periente, widow of Sir Humphrey Styles of Langley. They entertained Queen Elizabeth 15 August 1578 at Bracon Ash Hall, when the Queen was journeying from Norfolk to Norwich. He would have been knighted also, if not for his Popish sentiments. He is buried at Bracon Ash. (Ludlow, co. Salop). ARMS:.. Azure a chev. Ermine betw. three escallops Argent. 07 OCT 1538 Mentioned in the will of his brother, Rev. Roger Towneshend [citation needed]


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Robert Townshend (judge)," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed July 25, 2018).
  2. Lincoln's Inn, "Volume 1 of The Records of the Honorable Society of Lincoln's Inn 1420-1799: Admissions from A. D. 1420 to [A. D. 1893, and Chapel Registers], Lincoln's Inn (London, England)," William Paley Baildon, editor (London, England: Lincoln's Inn, 1896; Digitized, Harvard University, 2005).
  3. Townshend, Charles Hervey, The Townshend Family of Lynn, in Old and New England, Genealogical and Biographical, (New Haven, Connecticut, 1884) pp. 16, 41-42.
  4. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 25 July 2018), memorial page for Sir Robert Townsend (1512–8 Feb 1556), Find A Grave: Memorial #116558633, citing Saint Laurence, Ludlow, Shropshire Unitary Authority, Shropshire, England ; Maintained by Ken Smith (contributor 46985536) .

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On 11 Aug 2018 at 15:35 GMT Troy Smith wrote:

And thank you for editing this page Stephanie Ward

On 11 Aug 2018 at 15:12 GMT Troy Smith wrote:

It would be helpful if some one could explain why they are not the same. Where is the sourced contradiction? Thank you

On 9 Aug 2018 at 16:04 GMT Stephanie Ward wrote:

Please read the biographies and look at the sources before initiating or rejecting merges.

On 9 Aug 2018 at 10:43 GMT Lisa Smith wrote:

Townshend-88 and Townsend-136 do not represent the same person because: born 30 years apart

On 6 Jan 2016 at 18:11 GMT Kirk Hess wrote:

Please add a citation for Elizabeth as a dau. of Robert, thanks!

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