Robert Hungerford, Sir
|Also Known As:||"Robert De Hungerford"|
|Birthplace:||Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England|
|Death:||Died in Hungerford, Berkshire, England|
|Place of Burial:||Hungerford, Berkshire, England|
|Managed by:||Carole (Erickson) Pomeroy,Vol. C...|
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About Robert Hungerford, Sir
Served as a Knight of the shire for the county of Wiltshire 9 times - The Hungerford Cartulary - Wiltshire Record Society Introduction p xv
Sir Robert de Hungerford (c1285-1352) founded a chantry in Hungerford church, and a stone effigy (traditionally ascribed to him) still lies in the Parish Church of St. Lawrence.
... Walter Hungerford (1230-c1308) married Maud Heytersbury, the heiress of the Heytersbury estates near Warminster.
Their eldest son, Sir Robert Hungerford (born c1285), however, retained lands in Hungerford, and is thought to have lived at Standen.
He was an important man, appointed bailiff for the Duchy of Lancaster in Berkshire and Wiltshire in 1313, and sitting for Wiltshire in parliament three years later.
In 1322, Edward II made him keeper of the southern lands (mostly in Wiltshire) belonging to Thomas, 2nd Earl of Lancaster, who had been executed for arranging the murder of the King's favourite Piers Gaveston. Sir Robert was later made a Commissioner to enquire into the possessions of the Despensers after their attainder in 1326.
Sir Robert de Hungerford sat in Parliament as MP for Wiltshire nine times between 1324 and 1339.
In 1327 Sir Robert was appointed commissioner to certify the possession of the Earl of Winchester and his son Hugh to the Exchequer. He was also employed to survey the dilapidation of the old castle at Sarum. In 1332 he became the steward of the Bishopric of Bath and Wells.
He gave much land to the hospital at Calne and, in memory of his first wife, Joan, to the Church of Hungerford - where he founded the Chantry of Holy Trinity in 1325 - and to other religious foundations.
In 1331 he was further granted a licence to give profits from certain lands for the support of a Chaplain to pray for the souls of himself, his new wife Geva (the widow of Adam de Stock (or Stokke) near Great Bedwyn), and his friends.
Sir Robert Hungerford died on 30 June 1352 in Hungerford, and he was buried in his Chantry in the south aisle of Hungerford Parish Church. Although married twice, he left no issue; his lands were left to his nephew Thomas, later Sir Thomas Hungerford (c1330-1398). It was Sir Thomas's son Walter who was later Sir Walter, 1st Baron Hungerford.
An uncle, Robert, sat for Wiltshire in the parliament of 1316, was a commissioner to inquire into the possessions of the Despensers after their attainder in 1328, and gave much land to the hospital at Calne in memory of his first wife, Joan, to the church of Hungerford, Wiltshire, and to other religious foundations. He was buried in 1355 in Hungerford Church, where an elaborate monument long existed above his grave. An inscription to his memory is still extant in the church. His second wife was Geva, widow of Adam de Stokke, but he left no issue.
Robert Hungerford, Sir's Timeline
Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England
June 20, 1352
Hungerford, Berkshire, England
November 23, 1953
April 14, 1954
September 25, 1993
Hungerford, Berkshire, England