Name: Robert Constable
Birth: 4 APR 1423 in Holme, Spalding Moor
Note: Easter Day
Death: 23 MAY 1488 in Flamborough, Yorkshire
Change Date: 2 JUN 2005
CONSTABLE, Sir Robert (1423-88): of Somersby, Lincs., and Flamborough, Yorks. M.P. Lincolnshire 1459; Yorkshire 1478.
Born at Holme on Spalding Moor on Easter day 1423, son and heir of Sir Robert Constable of same (d.1441), by Agnes da. of Sir William Gascoigne CJ., married Agnes da. of Sir Roger Wentworth of Nettlestead, M.P. She survived him and d.1496.
Elector, Yorks., 1442, 1447, 1449, 1450; elector, Lincoln city, 1450; on Yorks, comns, 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 Gt Council for Yorks., Apr 1455 - as a Lancastrian; pardoned by the Yorkists as "of Flamburgh esq", 6 Oct, 1455: on Lancastrian comns, till May 1460, but knighted between 25 June 1460 and 10 May 1461 by Yorkists, and on all their comns. likewise. His brother-in-law Sir Philip Wentworth remained Lancastrian and was attainted and executed.
Sheriff, Yorks., and Mayor of York**, 1461-2; sheriff, Yorks., 1478-9. J.P. Lindsey 16 May 1461 to 7 Sep 1470; steward of all lands in Yorks. and Lincs. forfeited by the Earl of Northumberland and Lord Roos, 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, Lincs., 1466-7; pardoned 1468, and Feb 1469, and again 26 Nov. 1471. The Readeption government put him on comns. and Edward IV pardoned and employed him. He was part-owner of a pirate ship in 1473; elected for Yorks. in Dec. 1477, and on all Richard III's comns. The King apptd, Sir Robert one of those to keep the border, 1484; and pardoned him as of Flamborough, alias of Somerby, Lincs. Sir Robert remained on the Bench through every revolution and was pardoned by the Tudors, 16 Jan 1486.
D. 23 May 1488; when Marmaduke, aged 31 and more, was his s. and h.; lands - Yorks. and Lincs. He was head of a powerful family. Sons - Sir Marmaduke, John, Dean of Lincoln, Sir Robert and Sir William. Daughters married to 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.
** Mayor of York - No other record of this found.
[NB No mention of any daughter marrying Roger Warde]
Father: Robert Constable
Mother: Agnes Gascoigne
- Marmaduke Constable b: 1443
- Robert Constable
- Anne Constable
- Anne or Agnes Constable
- Eleanor Constable
- Margaret Constable
- Type: Web Site