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Sir Robert Corbet, of Moreton Corbet

Birthdate: (36)
Birthplace: Moreton Corbet, Shropshire , England
Death: April 11, 1513 (32-40)
Moreton Corbet Castle, Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England
Place of Burial: Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Richard Corbet, MP and Elizabeth Corbet
Husband of Elizabeth Corbet
Father of Sir Roger Corbet, MP; Dorothy Mainwaring; Jane Corbet; Robert Corbet, Sheriff of Shropshire; Maria Corbet and 5 others
Brother of Anne Cornwall; Elizabeth Trentham; George Corbet; Katherine Corbet; Margaret Clive and 2 others
Half brother of John Leighton, of Wattlesborough and Edward Leighton, Knight

Occupation: Rep., Borough of Truro in Parlament, Shropshire landed gentry
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About Sir Robert Corbet, of Moreton Corbet

wikipedia: Sir Robert Corbet (c.1477-1513) of Moreton Corbet Castle in Shropshire. The Corbet family were landed gentry of Anglo-Norman descent who had lived in Shropshire, part of the Welsh Marches for centuries. Many Corbets had already represented Shropshire in the Parliament of England.

Elizabeth Vernon (died 29 March 1563), daughter of Sir Henry Vernon of Haddon Hall and Tong and Anne Talbot, daughter of John Talbot, Second Earl of Shrewsbury.

Elizabeth had close connections to families powerful in the region and nationally. Her father had been treasurer to Arthur Tudor, the Prince of Wales. The Talbots had vast estates in western and northern England. Richard had two brothers: Roger Corbet (c.1501-1538), the heir to Sir Robert's estates, and Richard Corbet (died 1566). Both were to be MPs. However, of the three brothers, only Roger was provided for when Sir Robert died on 11 April 1513: aged about 12, he was to undergo a long wardship before coming into full possession of the Corbet estates in 1522.[2] Although he made generous provision for his four daughters, Sir Robert never even mentions Richard and Reginald,[3] The will dates from 1509, making it likely that the two younger sons were born after that date, so Reginald was probably little more than an infant when his father died. Both younger sons would have to look elsewhere for advancement. For Richard this meant, initially the court,[4] while for Reginald it was the law.

Legal career[edit] Reginald was educated at the Middle Temple and called to the bar,[1] although the dates of his early career are not known. He was to be Lent Reader in 1552, by which time he was a distinguished lawyer. He was auditor at the Middle Temple in 1556, assistant to the reader in 1559.

It is likely that Corbett was still at his Inn of Court when he served as MP for Wenlock in 1542. Only from about 1543 are the main outlines of his progress clear.

In 1543 Corbet served as Feodary for Shropshire, an official of the Court of Wards and Liveries. In 1546 he married Alice Gratewood (d.1603), the daughter of John Gratewood (d. 8 August 1570) of Wollerton, Shropshire, and Jane Hill. Alice was a niece of Sir Rowland Hill[5] of London and Hodnet, an official of the Worshipful Company of Mercers who had made immense wealth from the trade with the Netherlands.[6] Hill was the first Protestant Lord Mayor of London. Marriage was immediately followed by a welter of appointments that can only be explained by Corbet's greatly improved connections.

Robert Corbet (c.1477–1513) of Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, was the son of Richard Corbett & Elizabeth Devereux. He married Elizabeth Vernon. 3 sons, 4 daughters.

From Wikipedia

The Corbets' pedigree went back to knights who had accompanied William the Conqueror and become marcher lords. However, they were never ennobled, representing their county many times in Parliament. Leland estimated their landed income at £550 a year, a good sum, but one which placed them squarely in the gentry class.

He married Elizabeth Vernon (died 29 March 1563), daughter of Sir Henry Vernon of Haddon Hall and Tong and Anne Talbot, daughter of John Talbot, 2nd Earl of Shrewsbury. Elizabeth's father had been treasurer to Arthur Tudor, the Prince of Wales and Henry VIII's elder brother. Her mother's family were among the most powerful in the country, with large estates in Shropshire and Staffordshire.

Sir Robert and Elizabeth had three surviving sons. Roger's two brothers were both MPs:

  1. Roger Corbet (c.1501–1538) was an English politician and landowner of the Tudor Period.
  2. Richard Corbet represented Shropshire in the parliaments of 1558 and 1563.[2]
  3. Reginald Corbet, a distinguished lawyer, Serjeant-at-law and Justice of the King's Bench, represented Much Wenlock in 1542 and Shrewsbury in the parliaments of 1545, October 1553 and 1555.[3]

Sir Robert also had four surviving daughters by Elizabeth: Jane, Joan or Anne, Mary and Dorothy.[4] All married into the local landed gentry.

Sir Robert died on 11 April 1513. His will made generous provision for his daughters, guaranteeing them their keep and 100 marks each their marriages, but left nothing specific for Richard and Reginald. Roger was his heir and was to inherit all his estates and half of his cattle and household goods, together with "my best salt with the covering, my best piece of silver with the covering, my best goblet and half my spoons."

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  • Sir Robert Corbet, Sheriff of Shropshire1
  • M, b. circa 1477, d. 11 April 1513
  • Father Sir Richard Corbet2 b. c 1451, d. 6 Dec 1493
  • Mother Elizabeth Devereux2 d. 1541
  • Sir Robert Corbet, Sheriff of Shropshire was born circa 1477 at of Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England.3 He married Elizabeth Vernon, daughter of Sir Henry Vernon, Sheriff of Shropshire & Derbyshire, Governor of Arthur, Prince of Wales and Anne Talbot, circa 1497; They had 3 sons (Roger, Richard, & Reginald) and 4 daughters (Jane, Joan, Mary, & Dorothy).3,4 Sir Robert Corbet, Sheriff of Shropshire died on 11 April 1513 at Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England; Buried at Moreton Corbet, Shropshire.3
  • Family Elizabeth Vernon b. c 1479, d. 29 Mar 1563
  • Children
    • Joan Corbet
    • Jane Corbet+5 b. c 1499, d. a 1526
    • Dorothy Corbet+3,6 b. c 1500
    • Richard Corbet, Sheriff of Shropshire b. c 1500, d. 17 Jul 1566
    • Roger Corbet b. 24 Jun 1501, d. 20 Dec 1538
    • Reginald Corbet b. c 1506, d. 19 Nov 1566
  • Citations
  • 1.[S2804] Unknown author, Burke's Commoners, Vol. III, p. 190; Burke's Dormant and Extinct Baronetcies, p. 132.
  • 2.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 473-474.
  • 3.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 474.
  • 4.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 705.
  • 5.[S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, SLC Archives.
  • 6.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 485.
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  • Elizabeth VERNON
  • Born: ABT 1479, Haddon Hall, Derbyshire, England
  • Died: 29 Mar 1563, Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England
  • Father: Henry VERNON of Tong (Sir Knight)
  • Mother: Anne TALBOT
  • Married: Robert CORBET (Sir Knight) (b. ABT 1477 - d. 11 Apr 1513) (son of Richard Corbet and Elizabeth Devereux) 1497, Haddon Hall, Derbyshire, England
  • Children:
    • 1. Dorothy CORBET (b. ABT 1500) (m. Sir Richard Mainwaring)
    • 2. Roger CORBET (b. 1502 - d. 20 Dec 1538) (m. Anne Windsor)
    • 3. Margery CORBET (b. BET 1510 / 1519)
  • From: VERNON1
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  • The royal lineage of our noble and gentle families. Together with their paternal ancestry .. Vol. 1
  • SIR ROBERT CORBET, of Moreton Corbet, and of Dallington, Northants, sheriff Salop, 1507, died 11 April, 1513, Buried a Moreton; he married Elizabeth, daughter and heir of Sir Henry Vernon, of Haddon, co. Derby; she died 29 March, 1563, having been a widow 50 years, and having lived to see 233 descendants of her own body, and left behind her the character of an amiable and virtuous lady;" she had, with 4 daughters, 3 sons.
    • [1] Sir Roger, of Moreton Corbet, Knt., sheriff Salop, 1530 died 20 Dec., 1538; he married Anne, daughter of Andrew Lord Windsor, of Stanwell, Middlesex; her will proved July, 1543; Had, with other issue, a son, . . .
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  • Sir Robert Corbet1
  • M, #149122, d. 11 April 1513
  • Last Edited=3 Jun 2008
  • Sir Robert Corbet died on 11 April 1513.2
  • Sir Robert Corbet lived at Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England.1 He held the office of Sheriff of Shropshire in 1501.2
  • Children of Sir Robert Corbet
    • 1.Ann Corbet+1
    • 2.Sir Roger Corbet+2 d. 1538
  • Citations
  • 1.[S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 481. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  • 2.[S34] Peter Townend, editor, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 105th edition (London, U.K.: Burke's Peerage Ltd, 1970), page 641. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage, 105th ed.
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  • The National Archives Prob 11/17, ff. 214-5
  • SUMMARY: The document below is the Prerogative Court of Canterbury copy of the will, dated 23 April 1509 and proved 16 November 1513, of Sir Robert Corbet (b. about 1477, d. 11 April 1513).
  • The testator was the eldest son and heir of Sir Richard Corbet (b. 1551, d. 6 December 1493) and Elizabeth Devereux (d.15216), the daughter of Walter Devereux (1432-1485), 1st Baron Ferrers of Chartley, slain at the Battle of Bosworth on 22 August 1485. Elizabeth Devereux's nephew, Walter Devereux (born c.1489, d. 17 December 1558), 1st Viscount Hereford, the son and heir of John Devereux (c.1463/4-1501, 2nd Baron Ferrers of Chartley, was the great grandfather of Queen's Elizabeth's favourite, Robert Devereux (1565-1601), 2nd Earl of Essex.
  • The testator's parents, Sir Richard Corbet (b. 1451, d. 6 December 1493) and Elizabeth Devereux (d.1516) had two sons (the testator, and another son, George), and five daughters: Mary Corbet, who married Sir Thomas Lacon (d.1526) of Willey, Shropshire (for his will, see TNA PROB 11/25, ff. 252-3); Anne Corbet, who married Sir Thomas Cornwall (1468-1538) of Burford; Elizabeth Corbert, who married Thomas Trentham (d.1518/9) of Shrewsbury (for his will, see TNA PROB 11/19, f. 136); Katherine Corbet, who married Thomas Onslow of Rodington; and Margaret Corbet (d.1573), who married Richard Clyve (d. 22 May 1562) of Walford, Shropshire. The testator's sister, Elizabeth Corbet and her husband, Thomas Trentham (d.1518/9), were the great-grandparents of Oxford's second wife, Elizabeth Trentham (d.1612).
  • The testator married Elizabeth Vernon (d. 29 mar 1563), the daughter of Sir Henry Vernon (b. circa 1441, d. 13 April 1515) of Haddon and his wife, Anne Talbot (d. 17 May 1494), the daughter of Sir John Talbot (1413-1460), 2nd Earl of Shrewsbury. Richard Vernon (d.1517) of Haddon, mentioned in the will below, was the second son and heir of the testator's father-in-law, Sir Henry Vernon (b. circa 1441, d. 13 April 1515). For the will of the testator's father-in-law, Sir Henry Vernon (b. circa 1441, d. 13 April 1515) of Haddon, see TNA PROB 11/18, ff. 66-7.
  • The testator and his wife, Elizabeth Vernon (d. 29 March 1563), had three sons: Roger Corbet (d.1538/9), who married Anne Windsor (d.1550/1), the daughter of Andrew Windsor (b.1467, d. 30 March 1543, 1st Lord Windsor; Richard Corbet (d.1564x6), who married Margaret (nee Savile), the widow of Thomas Wortley, esquire, of Wortley, Yorkshire, and daughter of Sir John Savile (d.1504) of Thornhill, Yorkshire; and Reginald Corbet (born c. 1510, d. 19 November 1566), who married Alice Gratewood (d.1603), daughter of John Gratewood of Wollerton, Shropshire, and Margaret Hill, sister of Sir Rowland Hill (c.1495-1561).
  • The testator's eldest son and heir Roger Corbet (d.1538/9) was a ward of John de Vere (1442-1513), 13th Earl of Oxford (see TNA C 1/1485/58). For the will of the testator's son and heir, Roger Corbet (d.1538/9), see TNA PROB 11/27, f. 194. For the will of the testator's son, Richard Corbet (d.1564x6), see TNA PROB 11/48, f. 408. For the will of the testator's son, Reginald Corbet (born c. 1510, d. 19 November 1566), see TNA PROB 11/49.
  • The testator and his wife, Elizabeth Vernon (d. 29 March 1563), also had four daughters: Jane, who married Thomas Lee (d.1561/2), the son and heir of Fulke Lee and Alice, the daughter of Sir Richard Cornwall of Berrington, Herefordshire (for the will of Thomas Lee, see TNA PROB 11/46, ff. 23-4); Joan or Anne, who married Thomas Newport (d.1548x51); Mary, who married Thomas Powell of Oswestry, and Dorothy, who married Sir Richard Mainwaring (b. about 1499, d. 30 September 1558) of Ightfield, Shropshire.
  • The testator's daughter, Joan or Anne Corbet, and her husband, Thomas Newport (d.1548/51), were the parents of Sir Richard Newport (d.1570/1), . . . For the will of Thomas Newport (d.1548/51). see TNA PROB 11/34, f. 112. For the will of Sir Richard Newport (d.1570/1, see TNA PROB 11/53, f. 290. . . .
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  • Ancestral roots of certain American colonists who came to America before ... By Frederick Lewis Weis, Walter Lee Sheppard, William Ryland
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  • 39. ELIZABETH VERNON, d. 29 Mar. 1563; m. SIR ROBERT CORBET, KNT. (56B-39) of Moreton Corbet, b. abt. 1477, d. 11 Apr. 1513, sheriff of Shropshire.
  • 40. DOROTHY CORBET; m. Sir Richard Mainwaring, Knt., of Ightfield, b. abt. 1494, d. 30 Sept. 1558, Sheriff of Shropshire.
  • 41. SIR ARTHUR MAINWARING, KNT., of Ightfield, b. abt. 1520, d. 4 Sept. 1590 (will PCC 49 Sainberbe); m. abt. 1540 to Margaret Mainwaring, daughter of Sir Randall Mainwaring, Knt., of Over Peover, by Elizabeth Brereton.
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  • The family of Corbet; its life and times (1914)
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