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Robert Townsend (abt. 1485 - abt. 1556)

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Sir Robert "Lord Chief Justice of Chester" Townsend
Born about in Raynham, Norfolk, Englandmap
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Husband of — married in Ludlow Church, Shropshire, Englandmap
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Died about in Ludlow Church, Ludlow, Shropshire, Englandmap
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From 'The Townshend Family of Lynn, ...,' p. 41

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.


Cutter p2617 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 Touneshend

From which contains dates but no source references. The later dates seem more likely with the marriage and other events after 1510, but the earlier dates align more closely to the parents information. The 1485 date is a compromise between the two:

Birth: 1512, Calne, Wiltshire, England?

Study: Admitted as a member of Lincoln's Inn May 4th, 1515

Occupation: Lawyer for Queen Jane Seymour

Occupation: Justice de the Peace-Norfolk, 1526

Occupation: Sargeant-at-Arms for king, 1540

Occupation: King's Serjean-at-Law, 1541

Occupation: Lord Chief Justice de Chester, May 21 1545

Military Service: 1544, Invasion de France

Death: Feb 8 1554/55, Ludlow, Shropshire, England

Burial: High Chancel de Ludlow Church Altar Tomb


Name: Robert /Townsend (Townshend)/


Date: 1512
Place: Ludlow, , Shropshire, England


Date: 08 FEB 1554/55
Place: , , Shropshire, England


  • "1420-1799 - Lincoln's Inn (London, England)"


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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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