Name: Robert Constable , Sir Knight
Birth: ABT 1430
Death: 23 MAY 1488
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CONSTABLE, Sir Robert (1423-88): of Somersby, Lincolnshire., and Flamborough, Yorkshire. M.P. Lincolnshire 1459; Yorkshire 1478.
Born at Holme on Spalding Moor on Easter day (4th April) 1423, son and heir of Sir Robert Constable of same (d.1441), by Agnes daughter of Sir William Gascoigne of Gawthorpe in Yorkshire, Chief Justice (see the excellent Alabaster memorial at Harewood Church) and his second wife Joan Pickering, married Agnes daughter of Sir Roger Wentworth of Nettlestead in Suffolk M.P. and his wife Margery Despencer, heiress of Nettlestead, widow of John Baron de Ros (died 1421 at Beuge), Agnes survived him and died in 1496.
Elector, Yorkshire, 1442, 1447, 1449, 1450; elector, Lincoln city, 1450; on Yorkshire, commissions, from 1444, including the array, Dec 1459: keeper of Fastolf's lands in Suffolk 1448-1453; J.P. East Riding, 16 June 1453 till death; summonded to the Great Council for Yorkshire., Apr 1455 - as a Lancastrian; pardoned by the Yorkists as "of Flamburgh esq", 6 Oct, 1455: on Lancastrian commissions, till May 1460, but knighted between 25 June 1460 and 10 May 1461 by Yorkists, and on all their commissions likewise. His brother-in-law Sir Philip Wentworth remained Lancastrian and was attainted and executed in 1464. He was probably a Percy retainer and present at the Battle of Heworth between the Nevilles and the Percy on 24 August 1453.
Sheriff, Yorkshire., and Mayor of York**, 1461-2; Sheriff, Yorkshire., 1478-9. J.P. Lindsey 16 May 1461 to 7 Sep 1470; steward of all lands in Yorkshire. and Lincolnshire forfeited by the Earl of Northumberland and Lord Ros, Aug 1461; had grant of Hessle and Howden for life; pardoned 18 May 1462. One of an embassy to Scotland, Apr 1464, and negotiating the truce with the Scots at Newcastle, Oct 1466. Sheriff, Lincolnshire, 1466-7; pardoned 1468, and Feb 1469, and again 26 Nov. 1471. The Readeption government put him on commissions. and Edward IV pardoned and employed him. He was part-owner of a pirate ship in 1473 and ordered to pay compensation for its actions in attacking Scottish shipping; elected for Yorkshire in Dec. 1477, and on all Richard III's commissions. The King appointed Sir Robert one of those to keep the border, 1484; and pardoned him as of Flamborough, alias of Somerby, Lincolnshire Sir Robert remained on the Bench through every revolution and was pardoned by the Tudors, 16 Jan 1486.
He died on the 23 May 1488; when Marmaduke, aged 31 and more, was his son and heir; lands in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. He was head of a powerful family. Sons included - Sir Marmaduke***, John, Dean of Lincoln, Sir Robert and Sir William. His daughters married Sir Thomas Metham, Sir William Eure, Sir Gervase Clifton (1483), Sir William Tyrwhitt, Sir Ralph Bigod, Sir William Scargyll and Sir Ralph Ryther.
From History of Parliament - Biographies of the members of the Commons House 1439-1509, Josias C. Wedgwood and Anne D. Holt 1936. p213.
The Lord Lieutenants and High Sheriffs of Yorkshire 1066-2000, Ed. W. M. Ormrod. Wharncliffe Books, 2000
** Mayor of York - No other record of this found
Father: Robert Constable , Sir Knight b: ABT 1385 in Flamborough, Yorkshire, England
Mother: Agnes Wentworth-Gascoigne
Agnes Wentworth b: ABT 1440 in Nettlested, England
- Marmaduke Constable , Sir Knight b: ABT 1443 in Burton, Yorkshire