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Robert Sackville, 2nd Earl of Dorset

Nicknames: "2nd Earl of Dorset"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Buckhurst, Withyham, Sussex, England
Death: Died in Dorset House, London, Middlesex, England
Place of Burial: St Michaels Parish Church, Whithyham, Sussex
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset; Thomas Sackville 1st Earl of Dorset; Cicely Sackville (Baker) 1st Countess of Dorset and Cicely Sackville
Husband of Margaret Sackville; Margaret Howard and Anne (Spencer) Stanley-Compton-Sackville
Father of Cecily Compton; Anne Lewis; Richard Sackville, 3rd Earl of Dorset; Edward Sackville, 4th Earl of Dorset; Cecilia Sackville and 2 others
Brother of Lady Anne Glemham; Lady Jane Sackville; Lady Mary Neville (Sackville); Sir John Sackville; Henry Sackville and 2 others

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About Robert Sackville, 2nd Earl of Dorset

Robert Sackville, 2nd Earl of Dorset (1561–1609) was an English aristocrat and politician, with humanist and commercial interests.

He was the eldest son of Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset, by Cecily, daughter of Sir John Baker. His grandfather, Sir Richard Sackville, invited Roger Ascham to educate Robert with his own son, an incident inn 1563 that Ascham introduced into his pedagogic work The Scholemaster (1570) as prompting the book.[1] His tutor Claudius Hollyband dedicated to him the French language manuals The French Schoolemaster (1573) and The Frenche Littelton (1576), which would see a combined total of fifteen editions through the year 1609.[2] He matriculated from Hart Hall, Oxford, 17 December 1576, and graduated B.A. and M.A. on 3 June 1579; it appears from his father's will that he was also at New College.


He was admitted to the Inner Temple in 1580 but not called to the bar, and was elected to the House of Commons in 1585 as member for Sussex, aged 23, by his father's influence.[3] In 1588 he sat for Lewes, but represented the county again in 1592–3, 1597–8, 1601, and 1604–8. He was a prominent member of the Commons, serving as a chairman of several committees. At the same time he engaged in trading ventures, and held a patent for the supply of ordnance.


He succeeded to the earldom of Dorset on the death of his father on 19 April 1608. He inherited from his father manors in Sussex, Essex, Kent, and Middlesex, the principal seats being Knole and Buckhurst. Dorset survived his father less than a year, dying on 27 February 1609 at Dorset House, Fleet Street, London. He was buried in the Sackville Chapel at Withyham, Sussex, and left money for the building and endowment of Sackville College.

Dorset married first, in February 1580, Lady Margaret, by then only surviving daughter of Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, then suspected as a crypto-Catholic. By her he had six children, including:

  • Richard Sackville, 3rd Earl of Dorset (18 March 1589 – 28 March 1624)
  • Edward Sackville, 4th Earl of Dorset (1591 – 17 July 1652)
  • Anne, married Sir Edward Seymour, eldest son of Edward Seymour, Viscount Beauchamp, and, secondly, Sir Edward Lewis (d.1630) by whom she had issue [4]
  • Cecily, married Sir Henry Compton, K.B.

Lady Margaret died on 19 August 1591; Robert Southwell, who never met her, published in her honour, in 1596, Triumphs over Death, with dedicatory verses to her surviving children.[5]


Dorset married, secondly, on 4 December 1592, Anne (d. 22 September 1618), daughter of Sir John Spencer of Althorp, and widow of, first, William Stanley, 3rd Baron Monteagle, and, secondly, Henry Compton, 1st Baron Compton. In 1608–9 Dorset found reason to complain of his second wife's misconduct, and was negotiating with Archbishop Richard Bancroft and Lord Ellesmere for a separation from her when he died.

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  • Robert Sackville, 2nd Earl of Dorset1,2
  • M, #57773, b. 1561, d. 27 February 1609
  • Father Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset2 b. bt 1527 - 1536, d. 19 Apr 1608
  • Mother Cecily Baker2 b. c 1535, d. 1 Oct 1615
  • Robert Sackville, 2nd Earl of Dorset was born in 1561 at of Withyam, Sussex, England.2 He and Margaret Howard obtained a marriage license on 4 February 1580; License issued by the Bishop of London.3 Robert Sackville, 2nd Earl of Dorset and Anne Spencer obtained a marriage license on 11 March 1592; License issued by Bishop of London.2 Robert Sackville, 2nd Earl of Dorset married Anne Spencer, daughter of John Spencer and Katherine Kitson, on 4 December 1592 at Yarnton, Oxfordshire, England.1 Robert Sackville, 2nd Earl of Dorset left a will on 10 February 1609.2 He died on 27 February 1609 at Dorset House, Salisbury Court, London, Middlesex, England.1 His estate was probated in March 1609; Inquiry Post Mortem on 5 Sep 1609.2
  • Family 1 Margaret Howard b. 1 Aug 1561, d. 19 Aug 1591
  • Family 2 Anne Spencer d. 22 Sep 1618
  • Citations
  • 1.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. III, p. 390-1.
  • 2.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. IV, p. 423-424.
  • 3.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. IV, p. 422.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p1923.htm#i57773

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  • Robert Sackville, 2nd Earl of Dorset
  • M, #30247, b. 1561, d. 25 February 1609
  • Last Edited=29 Nov 2012
  • Robert Sackville, 2nd Earl of Dorset was born in 1561.1 He was the son of Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset and Cecily Baker. He married, firstly, Margaret Howard, daughter of Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk and Hon. Margaret Audley, circa 4 February 1578/79.1 He married, secondly, Anne Spencer, daughter of Sir John Spencer and Katherine Kitson, in December 1592.2 He died on 27 February 1608, /9 by his 1st w:.1 He died on 25 February 1609.
  • 2nd EARL OF DORSET.1 He was educated Hart Hall Oxford.1 Daughter of Sir John Spencer, of Althorp (see MARLBOROUGH, D).1 He was Member of Parliament (M.P.) Sussex , 1592–93, 1597–98, 1601 and 1604–08 and Lewes 1588–89 in 1584.1 On 4 December 1592 married 2nd Anne, widow of (a) 1st Lord (Baron) Compton (see NORTHAMPTON, M) and (b) William Stanley, 3rd Lord (Baron) Monteagle (see DERBY, E).1 He gained the title of 2nd Earl of Dorset. In 1608 Jt Ld-Lt Sussex.1
  • Children of Robert Sackville, 2nd Earl of Dorset and Margaret Howard
    • 1.Cicely Sackville+3
    • 2.Anne Sackville4
    • 3.Richard Sackville, 3rd Earl of Dorset+ b. 28 Mar 1589, d. 28 Mar 1624
    • 4.Edward Sackville, 4th Earl of Dorset+ b. 1590, d. 18 Jul 1652
  • Citations
  • 1.[S37] Volume 3, page 3456. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • 2.[S9] Charles Kidd and David Williamson, editor, DeBretts Peerage and Baronetage (London, U.K.: DeBrett's Peerage, 1999), volume 2, page 1870. Hereinafter cited as DeBretts Peerage, 1999.
  • 3.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume I, page 265. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 4.[S37] See. [S37]
  • From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p3025.htm#i30247

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  • Robert SACKVILLE (2º E. Dorset)
  • Born: 1561
  • Died: 27 Feb 1609, Dorset House, London, Middlesex, England
  • Buried: Withyam
  • Notes: by his will 1609 founded Sackville College, East Grinstead, Sussex.
  • Father: Thomas SACKVILLE (1° E. Dorset)
  • Mother: Cecily BAKER (C. Dorset)
  • Married 1: Margaret HOWARD 4 Feb 1580
  • Children:
    • 1. Cecily SACKVILLE
    • 2. Mary SACKVILLE
    • 3. Anne SACKVILLE
    • 4. Richard SACKVILLE (3º E. Dorset)
    • 5. Edward SACKVILLE (4º E. Dorset)
  • Married 2: Anne SPENCER (B. Mounteagle/B. Compton/C. Dorset) 4 Dec 1592 Yarnton, Oxon
  • From: http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/SACKVILLE.htm#Robert SACKVILLE (2º E. Dorset) 

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  • SACKVILLE, Robert (1561-1609), of Bolbrooke and Buckhurst, Suss. and Knole, Kent.
  • b. 1561, 1st s. of Thomas Sackville, 1st Baron of Buckhurst and 1st Earl of Dorset, by Cicely, da. of Sir John Baker†, of Sissinghurst, Kent. educ. prob. Hart Hall, Oxf. 1576, BA and MA 1579; I. Temple 1580. m. (1) Feb. 1580, Lady Margaret Howard (d. 19 Aug. 1591), o. da. of Thomas, 4th Duke of Norfolk, 3s. 3da.; (2) Dec. 1592, Anne, da. of Sir John Spencer†, of Althorp, Northants., wid. of William Stanley, 3rd Lord Monteagle and of Henry Compton I, 1st Lord Compton. Styled Lord Buckhurst 1604-8. suc. fa. as 2nd Earl of Dorset 1608.2
  • From: http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1558-1603/member/sackville-robert-1561-1609

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Robert Sackville, 2nd Earl of Dorset, son of Sir Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset and Cicely Sackville [Baker], 1st Countess of Dorset

Sackville College was founded by Robert, second Earl of Dorset, a man of great ability and who spoke, which was rare in those days, several languages with much fluency.

His father was the famous Thomas Sackville, Queen Elizabeth's High Treasurer and one of the Judges who sent the Duke of Norfolk to the headsman's block for his complicity in the alleged attempt to get Mary Queen of Scots placed on the English Throne.

Through the founder of Sackville College these two families became closely united, for this eldest son of the High Treasurer married Margaret, the only daughter of the beheaded Duke.

He held the title but a short time, dying on February 27th, 1609

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Robert Sackville, 2nd Earl of Dorset's Timeline

1561
1561
Buckhurst, Withyham, Sussex, England
1580
February 4, 1580
Age 19
London, Middlesex, England
1580
Age 19
Dorset, England, United Kingdom
1580
Age 19
1586
1586
Age 25
Breconshire, Wales
1589
March 28, 1589
Age 28
Charter House, London, Middlesex, England
1591
1591
Age 30
Charter House, London, Middlesex, England
1591
Age 30
1593
1593
Age 32
London, Middlesex, UK
1609
February 27, 1609
Age 48
Dorset House, London, Middlesex, England