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Sir Robert Wotton, Sir

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Kent, England
Death: Died in Calais, Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Place of Burial: Calais, Department du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Nicholas Wotton, II and Elizabeth Wotton
Husband of Anne Wotton
Father of Robert Wotton; Margaret Wotton, Marchioness of Dorset; Sir Edward Wotton, Treasurer of Calais; Anthony Wotton; Leonard Wotton and 4 others
Brother of Alice Wooton; Sir Nicholas Wotton and Sir Knight Edward Wotton

Occupation: Sheriff of Kent
Managed by: Gwyneth McNeil
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About Sir Robert Wotton

Alternate Spellings of Family Name:

  • Wotton
  • Wooton
  • Watton
  • Ooton
  • Wauton
  • de Wotton
  • de Wauton


  • Sir Robert Wotton, Sheriff of Kent, Lt. of Guisnes, Comptroller of Calais1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
  • M, #39344, b. 1465, d. 1524
  • Father Nicholas Wotton, Esq.12,5,11 d. 9 Apr 1481
  • Mother Elizabeth Bamborough12,5,11
  • Sir Robert Wotton, Sheriff of Kent, Lt. of Guisnes, Comptroller of Calais was born in 1465 at of Boughton Malherbe, Kent, England.1,13 He married Anne Belknap, daughter of Henry Belknap, Esq. and Margaret Knollys, circa 1488; They had 6 sons (Sir Edward; Anthony; Leonard; Nicholas, Dean of Canterbury; Robert; & George) and 3 daughters (Idonea, wife of Thomas Norton, Esq; Margaret, wife of Sir Thomas Grey, 2nd Marquess of Dorset, Lord Ferrers; & Mary, wife of Sir Henry Guildford, & of Sir Gawen Carew).1,14,3,4,5,6,7,9,10,11 Sir Robert Wotton, Sheriff of Kent, Lt. of Guisnes, Comptroller of Calais left a will on 26 December 1523; Requested burial in the church of the Carmelite Friars, Calais, next to his wife, Anne.5,11 He died in 1524 at Calais, Normandy, France.15,14,5,11 His estate was probated on 7 June 1524.5,11
  • Family Anne Belknap d. bt 1521 - 26 Dec 1523
  • Children
    • Sir Edward Wotton, Sheriff of Kent, Treasurer of Calais+13,5,11 b. 1489, d. 8 Nov 1551
    • Margaret Wotton+1,16,17,2,3,5,7,8,9,11 b. c 1490, d. a 1537
  • Citations
  • [S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. IV, p. 420.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 234.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 307.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 143.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 370.
  • [S6] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 234.
  • [S6] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 167.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 42.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 163-164.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 91.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 397.
  • [S11572] The Lineage and Ancestry of H.R.H. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, by Gerald Paget, Vol. II, p. 401.
  • [S11572] The Lineage and Ancestry of H.R.H. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, by Gerald Paget, Vol. II, p. 247.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 90.
  • [S11575] The Lineage and Ancestry of H.R.H. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, by Gerald Paget, Vol. I, p. 97.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 90-91.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 360.
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  • Sir Robert Wotton
  • Birth: unknown
  • Death: 1524
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Nicholas Wotton (____ - 1480)
  • Elizabeth Bamburgh Wotton (____ - 1494)
  • Spouse:
  • Anne Belknap Wotton (____ - 1522)*
  • Children:
    • Edward Wotton (____ - 1551)*
    • Margaret Wotton Grey (1486 - 1535)*
    • Nicholas Wotton (1497 - 1567)*
  • Burial: Carmelite Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Calais, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 135253415
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  • Sir Richard Wotton1
  • M, #107652, b. circa 1455, d. after 1519
  • Last Edited=13 Mar 2009
  • Sir Richard Wotton was born circa 1455. He was the son of Nicholas Wotton and Elizabeth Bamburgh. He married Anne Belknap, daughter of Henry Belknap and Margaret Knollys. He died after 1519.
  • He lived.
  • Children of Sir Richard Wotton and Anne Belknap
    • Margaret Wotton+1 b. 1487, d. a 6 Oct 1535
    • Mary Wotton2 b. 1499, d. 1535
  • Citations
  • [S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 157. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Families.
  • [S3409] Caroline Maubois, "re: Penancoet Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 2 December 2008. Hereinafter cited as "re: Penancoet Family."
  • From:


1566, and was buried in the cathedral church at Canterbury, .... etc.

  • The elder son,
  • SIR EDWARD WOTTON, was a member of the privy council temp. HENRY VIII., and treasurer of the town and marches of Calais. .... etc.


  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 63
  • Wotton, Edward (1489-1551) by Albert Frederick Pollard
  • WOTTON, Sir EDWARD (1489–1551), treasurer of Calais, born in 1489, was the eldest son of Sir Robert Wotton, by his wife Anne, daughter of Sir Henry Belkman. Sir Robert was grandson of Nicholas Wotton (1372-1448), member of the Drapers' Company of London, who was sheriff in 1400 and lord mayor in 1415, and again in 1430, and represented the city in parliament continuously from 1406 to 1429 (Off. Ret. i. 269-316). He acquired the manor of Boughton Malherbe, Kent, by his marriage with Joan, only daughter and heir of Robert Corbie of that place, and was succeeded by his son Nicholas, who died on 9 April 1481 (Col. Inq. post mortem, Henry VII. i. 694); the latter's son. Sir Robert, born in 1465, was knighted by Edward IV, served as sheriff of Kent in 1498-9, was made lieutenant of Guianes, and from 1510 to 1519 was knight-porter of Calais. He left issue two sons, Edward and Dr. Nicholas Wotton [q.v.], and three daughters, of whom Margaret (d. 1541) was the second wife of Thomas Grey, second marquis of Dorset [q. v.]
  • .... etc.
    • Wotton married, first, Dorothy, fourth daughter of Sir Robert Rede [q. v.] (she died on 8 Sept. 1529); and he married, secondly, Ursula, daughter of Sir Robert Dymoke and widow of Sir John Rudaton, lord mayor of London (Metcalfe, Visit. of Lincolnshire, p. 42). By her Wotton had no issue, but by his first wife he was father of
  • Thomas Wotton (1521–1587), .... etc.
  • From:,_Edward_(1489-1551)_(DNB00)


  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 63
  • Wotton, Nicholas by Albert Frederick Pollard
  • WOTTON, NICHOLAS (1497?–1567), secretary of state, diplomatist, and dean of Canterbury and York, was the fourth child of Sir Robert Wotton of Boughton Malherbe, Kent, by his wife Anne, daughter of Sir Henry Belknap. Sir Edward Wotton (1489–1551) [q. v.] was his eldest brother. Nicholas is often said to have been born in 1495, but in his epitaph he is described as ‘fere septuagenarius.’ According to Fuller he was educated at Oxford, where he graduated in civil and canon law, but no record of his matriculation or graduation has been found in the registers or in Wood. Many years later Wotton referred (Letters and Papers, xv. 581) to his having lived at Perugia, and probably he studied at some Italian university. During his stay in Italy he was admitted a brother of the hospital of St. Thomas at Rome, and apparently he witnessed the sack of Rome in 1527. He certainly graduated not only doctor of civil and canon law, but of divinity as well, and in 1536 he was officially described as ‘sacræ theologiæ, juris ecclesiastici et civilis professor’ (ib. xi. 60). He was ‘clericus’ before 9 Dec. 1517, when he was presented by his father to the family living of Boughton Malherbe, and on 6 Sept. 1518 he was presented by Archbishop Warham to the vicarage of Sutton Valence. Wotton, however, preferred the legal to the spiritual duties of his order, and having attracted the notice of Tunstall, bishop of London, was appointed the bishop's official. In this capacity he attended the proceedings of the legatine court which sat in London in June and July 1529 to try the divorce question (Herbert, Henry VIII, p. 279), and in June 1530 he was sent to France to assist Edward Fox [q. v.] in procuring a favourable answer from foreign universities (Letters and Papers, iv. 6481; Pocock, Records of the Reformation, i. 559). He had resigned the vicarage of Sutton Valence before 20 May, and on 26 Oct. 1530 was collated by Warham to the living of Ivychurch, Kent. In 1536 he was proctor for Anne Boleyn, and subscribed the articles of religion, and in 1537 had a share in compiling the ‘Institution of a Christian Man’ (Letters and Papers, vi. 299, xi. 60, xii. ii. 402–3). In 1538 Cranmer appointed him his commissary of faculties.
  • .... etc.
  • From:,_Nicholas_(DNB00)


  • DANNETT, Leonard (by 1530-91), of Dannett's Hall, Bruntingthorpe, Leics.
  • b. by 1530, 1st s. of Sir John Dannett by Anne, da. and h. of Thomas Ellinbridge of Merstham and Croydon, Surr. educ. M. Temple, adm. 11 May 1551. m. (1) Frances Clopton; (2) Christiana; s.p. suc. fa. 6 Apr. 1542.1
  • Offices Held
    • Escheator, Warws. and Leics. Jan.-Nov. 1561; j.p. Leics. 1561-84/87, Warws. 1573/74-82; commr. eccles. causes, dioceses of Lincoln and Peterborough 1571.2
  • Leonard Dannett came of a family long established in Leicestershire. His grandfather and father both served in Henry VIII’s household and both made advantageous marriages, Gerard Dannett to a sister and coheir of Sir Edward Belknap and John Dannett to a Surrey heiress; the first of these yielded lands in Warwickshire and elsewhere, as well as kinship with (Sir) William Shelley, and Sir Robert Wotton of Boughton Malherbe, Kent, who married Mary Belknap’s sisters, and with Sir Anthony Cooke, while the second brought the three Surrey manors of Albury in Merstham, Chaldon, and Croham in Croydon. Dannett’s uncle Thomas Dannett also married into a Surrey family, and his aunt Elizabeth was the second wife of Sir John Arundell of Lanherne.3
  • Dannett was about 12 years old when his father died. If he was brought up by his mother at Merstham he may well have received his schooling with his cousin Thomas Copley, a grandson of Sir William Shelley, who lived at nearby Gatton. Dannett was to follow Copley at the inns of court, his admission to the Middle Temple coming three-and-a-half years after Copley’s at the Inner Temple. It was undoubtedly to Copley that Dannett owed his return to the second Edwardian Parliament; Lady Copley’s life interest in Gatton allowed her to choose whom she wished, and on this occasion she used it to return, with Dannett, her son-in-law Richard Southwell alias Darcy.
  • Dannett is not known to have supported the Duke of Northumberland in the summer of 1553, but he and Thomas Dannett were among those who helped the Duke of Suffolk to stage his brief and futile rising in Leicestershire in the following January. For the two Dannetts, as for most of those involved, this was a family affair; the duke was a grandson of Sir Robert Wotton, their uncle and great-uncle respectively, and another of his supporters was his half-brother and their cousin George Medley. For their part in the proclamation made at Leicester against the Spanish marriage Thomas and Leonard Dannett were indicted there in February and committed to the Tower; both were released after a month and subsequently pardoned, Leonard on 5 May and Thomas in October.4
  • Dannett did not enter upon his inheritance until after the death of his grandmother in 1558. Under Elizabeth he played some part in local administration and sat in one further Parliament. He died childless in 1591.5
  • From:


  • A General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerages of England, Ireland, and ... By John Burke, Bernard Burke
  • Pg.236
  • THOMAS GREY, who was summoned to parliament on the 17th October, 1509, as Lord Ferrers, of Groby, but in the second parliament, in 1511, as MARQUESS OF DORSET. This nobleman, in the 3rd Henry VIII., was commander-in-chief of the army sent about the beginning of May into Spain, consisting of ten thousand men, whereof a moiety were archers, who, along with their bows and arrows, carried halberts, which they pitched in the ground until their arrows were shot, and then resumed them to charge the enemy. In this expedition were also his lordship's brothers, Lord Thomas Howard, son and heir of the Earl of Surrey, and the Lords Brooke, Willoughby, and Ferrers. This armament returned, however, to England without performing any service. It was designed as an augmentation of the forces of the Emperor Ferdinand In the invasion of Guyenne, but that monarch proposing another designation, not warranted by the commlssion which the general had received, he thought it his duty to re-embark, not, however, before he had lost some of his soldiers by sickness, and suffered indisposition himself. In two years afterwards the marquess and his brothers were with the Duke of Suffolk in France, at a just at St. Denis, where he acquired singular honour, as also in those celebrated tournaments, the 12th Henry VIII., at the interview, in Picardy, between the English and French monarchs. In the 14th of the same reign his lordship was sent to Calais, to attend the Emperor, Charles V., into England, who was at that period so sumptuously entertained by King Henry, being himself lodged in Black Friers, and his train in the king's (then newly beautified,) palace at Bridewell. "This Thomas, Marquess of Dorset, was esteemed the best general of those times for embattling an army, always observing the number, strength, and experience of his camp, and the nature and extent of the place, as well as the time, ground, persons, and quality of his enemies. And he was ever careful of good pay, lest his soldiers mutinied; of good diet and quarters, lest they failed; and of order, discipline, and temperance, lest they should be confused by sudden attacks, or enfeebled by sickness and distemper. His speech was soldier-like, plain, short, smart, and material:
  • and not withstanding the times could not endure his virtues, nor he their vices; he died full of honour at court, and applause in the oountry, with this monument from the king, (Henry VIII.,) 'That honest and good man.' The Collegiate Church of Astley, in the county of Warwick, (founded by Thomas, Lord Astley, whose heiress general married the ancestor of this marquess,) a most rare and beautiful piece of workmanship, having fallen down, a new chancel was erected by the parishioners. When, on opening the vault where the body of the marquess was laid, a large and long coffin of wood was found, which, at the curious desire of some, being burst open, the body, which had lain there seventy-eight years, appeared perfect in every respect, neither perished nor hardened, but the flesh, in colour, proportion, and softness, alike to any ordinary corpse newly interred. The body was about five feet eight inches in length, the face broad, and the hair yellow. All which seemed so well preserved from the strong embalming thereof." The marquess was one of those lords who, in the 22nd Henry VIII., signed the celebrated letter to Pope Clement, touching the king's divorce: and was also one who subscribed the forty-four articles of impeachment against Cardinal Wolsey. His lordship m. first. Eleanor, daughter of Oliver, Lord St John, but had no issue. He espoused, secondly, Margaret, daughter of Sir Robert Wotton, Knt., of Bacton, in Kent, by whom he had (with other issue),
    • HENRY, his successor.
    • John, of Pergo, from whom the present Earl of Stamford derives.
    • Elizabeth, m. to Thomas, Lord Audley.
    • Catherine, m. to Henry, Earl of ArundeL
    • Anne, m. to Henry Willoughby, of Wollaton, Notts.
  • This eminent personage died in 1530, and was s. by his eldest son,
  • .... etc.


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You might consult some of the books such as "Burke's Peerage" to see if there is more on the earlier generations.

Here is the lineage:

Robert Wootten of Broughton Malherbe, Kent, England, married about 1460-1470 to Annie, daughter of Henry BELKNAP. Children: 1. Sir Edward (below) 2. Nicholas, Doctor of Laws.

1. Sir Edward Wootten, Knight, of Broughton Malherbe, "was prominent in ability and official honor; died 1551." His son:

3.Thomas Wootten, 1521-1587, succeeded his father in the possession of Broughton Malherbe in 1551, and was for many years an important factor as Sheriff of Kent.For 30 years during the reign of Queen Elizabeth he was regularly included in the various commissions for the country, such as those into cases of piracy and fortifying Dover.In 1573 he entertained the Queen at Broughton, at which time he declined an offer of knighthood made by the sovereign.He is described as being a person of great learning, religion, and wealth.He married first Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Rudson; married second, Eleanor Finch.

children of first wife, Elizabeth:

4. Sir Edward, created Baron by James I, as Lord Wootten of Marby in Kent. 5.Robert. 6.Sir John, knighted by Queen Elizabeth 7.Thomas

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Sir Robert Wotton's Timeline

Kent, England
Age 20
Of, Broughton Monchelsea, Kent, England
Age 32
Boughton, Malherbe, Kent, England
October 31, 1489
Age 34
Boughton Malherbe, Kent, England
Age 42
Kent, England
Age 43
Dorset, England
Age 69
Calais, Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France