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Robert Tyrwhitt

Birthplace: Kettleby Thorpe, Lincolnshire, England
Death: Died in Kettleby Thorpe, Lincolnshire , England
Place of Burial: Bigby, Lincolnshire, England, UK
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir William Tyrwhitt, Kt. and Isabel Kelke
Husband of Elizabeth Tyrwhitt
Father of William Tyrwhitt, MP; Margaret Constable; Ursula Sheffield; Edward Tyrwhitt; Marmaduke Tyrwhitt and 11 others
Brother of William Tyrwhitt; Tristram Tyrwhitt, MP; Sir Marmaduke Tyrwhitt, Kt., MP; Troth Darcy; Faith Sutton and 1 other
Half brother of Christopher Kelke; Francis Kelke; Roger Kelke and William Kelke

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About Sir Robert Tyrwhitt of Kettleby

Sir Robert Tyrwhitt of Kettleby (1526-November 16, 1581) was also at court. Many accounts confuse these two sets of Robert and Elizabeth Tyrwhitts, or try to combine them into one couple instead of two. The Tyrwhitts of Kettleby, however, have the distinction of having produced twenty-two children, all of whom are pictured on their tomb in Bigby, Lincolnshire.

Among them were: William (d.1591), Edward (1551-1577), Margaret (b.1552), Ursula (1553-1618), Marmaduke (d.1589), Goddard (b.1556), John (b.1557), Anne, George (b.c.1562), Mary, Robert (b.1565), Humphrey (1566-1579), Elizabeth, Frances (1572-1601+), and Roger (c.1573-1610).

Biographical notes

From Notices and remains of the family of Tyrwhitt [signed R.P.T.]. Corrected and ... By Robert Philip Tyrwhitt. 1857. Page 29

We now revert to the eldest son and heir of Sir William Tyrwhitt, who died at Scotter in 1541, by Isabella his wife, viz.:—

Sir Robert Tyrwhitt of Kettleby (so spelt about this time, as in the present day). This gentleman was born in 1526, and bred at Court: first as a page and "haunchman " 8 to Henry VIII., and afterwards as "Esquier for the Body" to that burly monarch.4

On 17th January, 1548 (2 Edward VI.), he is styled in a royal grant as "films et hasres Willi. Tyrwhytt de Scotter in com. Line," and received the office of Chief Seneschal of the lordship or manor of Castre [Caistor], and of that vil and soke, "quod quidem officium balli [ballivi] Robtus Tyrwhyt mil' et Willus Tyrwhyt mil' nuper habuerunt." He also had the like office in the lordship or manor of Barton-on-Humber. In the July of the same year he succeeded his grandfather Sir Robert at Kettleby, being then twenty-two years old, and was knighted.

This Sir Robert represented Lincolnshire in the Parliaments of 7 Edward VI., 1st Queen Mary, and 4th Philip and Mary, A.d. 1558.1 He married Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Sir Thomas Oxenbridge, son and heir of Sir Goddard Oxenbridge, by Elizabeth, his first wife, daughter and heiress of Sir Thomas Echingham of Echingham, co. Sussex.' By this marriage Sir Robert acquired the Echingham inheritance.

In December, 1569 [12 Elizabeth], Sir Robert raised and led 337 men of his tenantry and friends as a contingent to the army sent into the north by Elizabeth, to quell the Roman Catholic rebellion, headed by the Earls of Northumberland and Westmorland1 (Lansdown MSS., 207 c, fol. 763). His next brother, Tristram, had a principal command as "Camp Maister," or Quartermaster-General (see post). In 1579 Sir Robert was placed by Lord Burleigh in his list of the 'Noblemen and principall Gentlemen ' in Lincolnshire.

He died 13th November, 1581 [23 Elizabeth], "at his house at Thornton College" (so called after its dissolution as an abbey,* most probably that which had been the Abbot's lodge there). Part still exists, inhabited by Lord Yarborough's tenant.3

Sir Robert's will4 had this clause: "I desyre to be buried at Wrawby, in the parish church, next to the seate of my grandfather, Sir Robert Tyrwhitt" (viz., Kettleby Choir). But this was not complied with; for his corpse having been brought to his old seat at Kettleby "wyth worshipfull attendance," was interred in the family vault in the chancel at Bigby, on 22nd January, 1581-2. How this delay of two months occurred does not appear, except that the passion then existing for splendid funerals was ill-seconded by the absence of roads, and consequent difficulty of bringing together the persons who made up the attendance. The chief mourner, it seems, was not William, heir of the deceased.


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Sir Robert Tyrwhitt of Kettleby's Timeline

Kettleby Thorpe, Lincolnshire, England
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Wrawby, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
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Kettleby, Lincolnshire, England
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Wyberton, Lincolnshire, UK
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November 16, 1581
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Kettleby Thorpe, Lincolnshire , England
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Bigby, Lincolnshire, England, UK