Edmund Roberts (c.1520 - 1585)

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Birthplace: Willesden, UK
Death: Died in UK
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About Edmund Roberts

Source of Edmund's Date of Birth: Catherine Innes-Parker, The "Gender Gap" Reconsidered: Manuscripts and Readers in Late-Medieval England (PDF); Note: Innes-Parker gives Edmund's date of death as 1588, but this is likely a typo, and should read 1585 (see below).


The Edmund Roberts brass (1585) is the largest in St. Mary’s collection and is also the finest. There is an inscription at the head of the brass and beneath this is a small tablet with the date 1585. Beneath this are three shields. The centre one, placed over the head of Edmund, bears the arms of the Roberts family. The one on the right bears the arms of the Roberts/Welles, and that on the left the arms of the Roberts/Patenson families. Edmund Roberts married Fraunces Welles on 2nd February 1548. Fraunces, being Edmund’s first wife, is at his right hand. She wears a plain mantle tied at the waist with a sash. It has an open neck which stands out, and baggy sleeves which have ruffs at the wrists. Behind her are her two sons and four daughters. Edmund Roberts married his second wife, Fayth Patenson, on 8th June 1563. She stands on his left and is dressed rather like Fraunces Welles. She had two sons and one daughter. These children stand behind her in a group. Beneath the three figures is a verse consisting of two stanzas each of eight lines. Beneath this is a separate inscription of two lines. It is written in Latin, and means: "The ever faithful Fayth sets up this monument to her husband as a sure pledge of her devotion."

Source: St. Mary's Church, Willesden


"Here lieth buryed the Bodye of Edmunde Robert of Neasdon Esquyer togither with the bodye of ffrauncys welles hys first wyefe Daughter and heyre of Richarde welles of the Countye of Hertforde Esquyer by whome he had twoo Sonnes & fours Daughters after whose death he tooke to wyefe ffayth Patensoun daughter & heyre of John Patenson of London Gent' and by her he had twoo Sonnes and one Daughter he Died the fyrst daye of June"

Source: http://www.hamline.edu/brass/pdfs/w_wil_1585.pdf


NOTE: Although not mentioned on the brass memorial quoted above, Edmund Roberts apparently had a third wife (in fact, she was apparently the first he married) named Katherine CHESTER; according to Burke's A genealogical and heraldic history of the extinct and dormant baronetcies of England:

"Edmund Roberts, esq. of Willesdon, in Middlesex, who died in 1585, left by Katherine, his first wife, sister of Robert Chester, knt. three sons and three daughters, viz."


"1548.-Memorandum, that I [Edmund Roberts] was maryed unto Francis Wells apon Candellmas daye at Roystone, beyng the 11d daye of Febrare in the IIId yere of the rayne of our soveraigne lord Kyng Edward the VIth."

Source: Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica, vol.3, 1874


"1563.-Memorandum, that I was maryd unto faythe my wyfe the VIIJth daye of June in the Vth yere of quene Elyzabeth, and Ao. Dni. 1563 at Wyllesden, weh was the mondaye after trynyte Sondaye weh faythe ys dawgtr and here of John Patynson of london gentellman and one of the que' mats Customh' of london. and the sayde faythe was at hallowtyde after XVIIJ yeres of ayge as doth apere in the Churche at St Stevens in Collman Street."

Source: Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica, vol.3, 1874

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Edmund Roberts's Timeline

February 2, 1548
Age 28
August, 1551
Age 31
Royston, Yorkshire, England
June 30, 1552
Age 32
June 8, 1563
Age 43
June 1, 1585
Age 65