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Robert Peyton, MP

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Ely, Cambridgeshire, England
Death: Died in London,England
Place of Burial: St Andrew Churchyard, Isleham, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Robert Peyton, Kt., MP and Frances Peyton
Husband of Elizabeth Peyton
Father of Mary Balam; Sir John Peyton, 1st Baronet Peyton of Isleham; Robert Peyton, Sir; Winifred Osbourne; Francis Hagar and 1 other
Brother of William Peyton; John Peyton; Christopher Peyton; Edward Peyton; Elizabeth Wrenne and 2 others

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About Robert Peyton, MP

Family and Education b. by 1523, 1st s. of Robert Peyton I of Isleham by Frances, da. and h. of Francis Haselden of Guilden Morden, Cambs. and Chesterford, Essex. educ. Jesus, Camb. 1535-6. m. by 1550, Elizabeth, da. of Richard Rich†, 1st Baron Rich, 3s. inc. John† 3da. suc. fa. 1 Aug. 1550.2

Offices Held

Commr. relief, Cambs. and Cambridge 1550, goods of churches and fraternities, Cambridge 1553, loan, Cambs. 1562; sheriff, Cambs. and Hunts. 1553-4, 1567-8, 1586-7; j.p. Cambs. 1558/59-d., q. by 1569, I.o. Ely 1564; dep. lt. Cambs. 1569.3

Biography Robert Peyton inherited large estates in Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk and, as the son-in-law of Baron Rich and brother-in-law of Roger North, was eminently fitted to serve a turn as knight of the shire. He was an active local official but his career was otherwise undistinguished, not to say obscure. Nothing has come to light about his life between his education and his succeeding his father. His marriage in or before 1550 might have looked like the prelude to a political career, but Peyton was to rise no higher than the shrievalty. What, if anything, he did when the succession to the throne was contested so near his home we do not know, although his appointment as Queen Mary’s first sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire implies his loyalty to the new regime. It was during this year of office that five prisoners escaped from Cambridge castle gaol, an escape for which Peyton was legally answerable and in respect of which he obtained a pardon in July 1554. He was described as ‘conformable’ in religion in 1564 and his will, made a week before his death on 19 Oct. 1590, has a long religious preamble.4

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558 Author: D. F. Coros Notes 1. Did not serve for the full duration of the Parliament. 2. Date of birth estimated from age at fa.’s i.p.m., C142/93/9. Vis. Cambs. (Harl. Soc. xli), 4; PCC 74 Drury; CPR, 1549-51, p. 189. 3. CPR, 1550-3, p. 395; 1553, pp. 351, 417; 1554-5, p. 109; 1558-60, p. 31; 1560-3, p. 435; 1563-6, pp. 20, 29, 41; 1569-72, p. 215; Osborn Coll. Yale Univ. Lib. 71.6.41. 4. CPR, 1553-4, p. 128; Cam. Misc. ix(3), 25; PCC 74 Drury; C142/228/76.

  • 'Robert Peyton, Esq., Sheriff of Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire1,2
  • 'M, #95343, b. circa 1523, d. 19 October 1590
  • Father Sir Robert Peyton, Sheriff of Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire1,3 b. c 1498, d. 1 Aug 1550
  • Mother Frances Hasilden1,3 b. c 1500, d. 18 Mar 1582
  • ' Robert Peyton, Esq., Sheriff of Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire was born circa 1523 at of Isleham, Cambridgeshire, England; Age 27 in 1550.1,2 He married Elizabeth Rich, daughter of Sir Richard Rich, 1st Lord Rich, Lord Chancellor of England, Speaker of the House of Commons and Elizabeth Jenkes, before 1557; They had 2 sons (Robert; & Sir John) and 3 daughters (Mary, wife of Charles Balam, Esq., & of Sir Richard Cox; Frances, wife of John Haggar, Esq; & Winifred, wife of Edward Osborne, Esq., of Samuel Harflete, Esq., & of Richard Homeby, Esq.).1,2 Robert Peyton, Esq., Sheriff of Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire died on 19 October 1590 at London, Middlesex, England; Buried in the south chapel of the church at Isleham, Cambridgeshire.1,2 His estate was probated on 19 November 1590.2
  • 'Family Elizabeth Rich b. c 1527, d. 17 Oct 1591
  • Citations
  • 1.[S15] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, p. 660.
  • 2.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 355-356.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 355.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p3174.htm#i95343
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  • 'Robert Peyton died on 19 October 1590.1
  • 'Child of Robert Peyton and Elizabeth Rich
    • Sir John Peyton, 1st Bt.+1 b. c 1560, d. c Dec 1616
  • Citations
  • [S15] George Edward Cokayne, editor, The Complete Baronetage, 5 volumes (no date (c. 1900); reprint, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 1983), volume I, page 15. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Baronetage.
  • From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p17645.htm#i176443
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  • 'PEYTON, Robert (c.1523-90), of Isleham, Cambs.
  • Family and Education
  • 'b. c.1523, 1st s. of (Sir) Robert Peyton† by Frances, da. and h. of Francis Haselden of Guilden Morden, Cambs. and Chesterford, Essex. educ. Jesus, Camb. 1535-6. m. by 1550, Elizabeth, da. of (Sir) Richard Rich†, 1st Baron Rich, 3s. inc. John II 3da. suc. fa. Aug. 1550.
  • Offices Held
    • Commr. to collect relief, Cambs. 1550, for church goods 1553; j.p. from c.1559, Isle of Ely from c.1564; sheriff, Cambs. and Hunts. 1553-4, 1567-8, 1586-7; dep. lt. Cambs. 1569.
  • Biography
  • 'Peyton was a considerable landowner in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex. As the son-in-law of Lord Rich and brother-in-law of Sir Roger North, he was of sufficient standing to take a turn as knight of the shire for Cambridgeshire. The bishops’ letters to the Privy Council in 1564 described him as ‘conformable’ in religion. In October 1559 he sat on the commission to inquire into lands taken by the Crown from the bishopric of Ely. In addition to his duties at sessions and in general administration, he was called upon to report to the Council on various private disputes, for example in November 1578 about the complaints made against the bishop of Ely by his tenants at Somersham and elsewhere; some years later he inquired into a case of debt between two of the local gentry. In November 1588 he was given custody of his brother William, who had been arrested for unspecified ‘suspicious behaviour’. As a commissioner for musters or deputy lieutenant, he was responsible for training and equipping the Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely levies.
  • 'He died at Isleham 19 Oct. 1590, leaving as heir his second but elder surviving son John, aged nearly 30. His will, made a week before he died and proved 9 Nov. 1590, has a long religious preamble. He asked to be buried in the tomb which he had already prepared in the south chapel of Isleham parish church, ‘until it shall please my Saviour to glorify the same at His second coming and to join together my soul and body again, all corruption being taken away’. Apart from bequests of plate to his three married daughters and a daughter-in-law, and legacies to servants, the whole of the non-landed property was to be divided equally between the two executors, the heir John and the widow. There were no bequests to churches, to the poor, or to friends, and his servants received only the wages due to them.
  • E150/98/2; Vis. Cambs. (Harl. Soc. xli), 4; SP12/59/ff. 200v, 206; CPR, 1549-51, p. 189; 1550-3, p. 395; 1553 and App. Edw. VI, pp. 351, 417; 1558-60, pp. 30-1; 1563-6, p. 20; Cam. Misc. ix(3), p. 24; APC, x. 389; xiv. 296; HMC Montagu, 21; Lansd. 56, f. 168 seq.; C142/228/76; PCC 74 Drury.
  • Ref Volumes: 1558-1603
  • Author: N. M. Fuidge
  • Notes
  • 1. Did not serve for the full duration of the Parliament.
  • From: http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1558-1603/member/peyton-robert-1523-90
  • See also:
  • http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1509-1558/member/peyton-robert-ii-1523-90
  • http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1604-1629/member/peyton-sir-john-1561-1616
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Robert Peyton, MP's Timeline

1523
1523
Ely, Cambridgeshire, England
1550
1550
Age 27
Isleham, Cambrdigeshire, England
1557
1557
Age 34
1560
1560
Age 37
Isleham, Cambridgeshire, England
1590
October 19, 1590
Age 67
London,England
November 12, 1590
Age 67
Isleham, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
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