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Sir Robert Corbet, of Wattlesburgh and Moreton Corbet, Knt.

Birthplace: Of, Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England
Death: before November 14, 1300
Wattlesburgh and, Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England
Place of Burial: Alberbury, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Richard Corbet, Justiciar of Shropshire and Petronilla Corbet, lady of Edge Baldenham & Booley
Husband of Ida? Corbet and Maud FitzAlan de Arundel
Father of Johanna de la Pole; Sir Thomas Corbet, Kt.; Fulk Corbet, Canon of Lichfield; John Corbet and Roger Corbet
Brother of Richard `Mailhurst` Corbet; Petronilla Lee and John Corbet

Occupation: Sheriff of Shropshire
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About Sir Robert Corbet, sheriff of Shropshire

Primary Sources

Inquisitions Post Mortem for Robert Corbet of Morton. Writ, 14 Nov. 28 Edw. I.[1300]. His death date is not recorded. He died before 14 Nov. 1300 (date of writ). Thomas his son, aged 19 at the feast of St. Luke last, is his next heir.

Sir Robert Corbet, son of Richard and Petronilla, was born about 1234 in Morton Corbet, Shropshire, England. He married 2nd, Mathilda De Arundel in about 1280. He was of full age in 1255, and apparently served as the Sheriff of Shropshire (1288-1289). He died in 1300 and was buried in the chapel at Alberbury which he had built.

Robert Corbet, of Moreton Corbet, grandson of Sir Richard, was Sheriff in 1288, in the reign of Edward I.

Antiquary: a magazine devoted to the study of the past, Volume 8, compiled by Edward Walford, John Charles Cox, George Latimer Apperson, pp. 125-6.


His parents were Sir Richard CORBET Knight (d after 1255) and Petronilla of Booley; Richard was the son of Sir Richard CORBET Knight (b 1218) and Joanna Touret.

Robert Corbet married

  1. Ida (?) on 1262 in Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England. Her name is also seen as Catherine, and she was speculated to have been a daughter of John le Strange of Knockin and his wife Lucia de Tregoz, however their daughters are accounted for. The genealogical speculation seems fueled by the marriage of Hawys le Strange into the Corbet family.
  2. on 1280 in Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England to Maud de ARUNDEL born 1255 in Habberly, Shropshire, England

Child of first marriage:

  1. Joan CORBET was born 1263. Married 1) Owen de la Pole 2) Robert Trumwyn

Children of second marriage

  1. Thomas CORBET was born 18 Oct 1281 and died 7 May 1310. Married Amice
  2. Fulke CORBET Canon of Lichfield 1, 2 was born 1284 in Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England. He died 1323 in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England.
  3. John CORBET 1 was born 1286 in Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England.
  4. Roger CORBET 1, 2 was born 1289 in Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England.


From Antiquities of Shropshire by Robert William Eyton, p. 187-188

At the Inquest of Bradford Hundred, taken in 1255, Robert appears as Lord of Morton. It contained one geldable hide (the Domesday estimate) and half a knight's-fee of the Fief of John de Chetewynd. It paid 4d. yearly for stretward, but nothing apparantly for motfee, and it did suit every three weeks to the Lesser Hundred-Court.

At the Assizes of January 1256, Robert officiated as a Juror for Bradford Hundred. His suit with Giles de Erdinton was tried. Giles claimed the right of common, above alluded to, in respect of his tenure at Besford. It was a right throughout 40 acres of moorland in Morton and Preston. Corbet maintained that Giles and his ancestors had had no such right, except on payment of certain acknowledgements in the shape of corn and poultry, but Erdinton asserted a free right, and Corbet was convicted of the disseizin.

He served as Sheriff of Shropshire for the quarter ended Michaelmas 1288 and for the year ending Michaelmas 1289. On the Assize Roll of 1292, he is mentioned as one of those Sheriffs who had served since 1272 and were still living.

A patent of 4 December 1295 appoints Sir Robert Corbet and Master Adam Gest, Clerk, to be Assessors and Collectors of the eleventh and seventh in the County of Salop.

The inquest on his death sat at Moreton on Sunday, 15 January 1301.

  1. 1Boyer, Carl, Medieval English Ancestors of Robert Abell (Santa Clarita, California: C. Boyer, 2001.), p. 65, Los Angeles Public Library, 929.2 A141-2.
  2. 2Cokayne, George Edward, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct, or Dormant (London: St. Catherine Press, 1910.), 3:160, 10:641, Los Angeles Public Library, 929.721 C682.
  3. 3Eyton, Robert William, Antiquities of Shropshire (London: Smith, 1854-1860.), 10:183, Los Angeles Public Library, Gen 942.45 E98.

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Sir Robert Corbet, sheriff of Shropshire's Timeline

Of, Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England

Of full age in 1255

Age 29
Shropshire, England
October 18, 1281
Age 47
Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England
May 25, 1284
Age 50
Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England
Age 52
Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, , England
Age 55
Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England
November 14, 1300
Age 66
Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England
November 14, 1300
Age 66
Alberbury, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom