Name: Robert Brokesby 1
Birth: in Shoby, Leicestershire
Death: 28 MAR 1531 in Saxelby,Leicestershire
Burial: Saxelby Church, Saxelby, Leicestershire
MEM: Saxelby Church, Leics: Marble Tomb
Change Date: 15 OCT 2010
We know quite a lot about Robert, as he was the eldest, the chief landowner, and the founder of the main Brooksby line which died out at Shoby with the death of Winifred Lady Englefield in 1672. John Leland in his itinerary listed Brokesby of Shouldby in a list of eleven "Gentilmen of Leyrecestrshire that be there of most reputation." We do not know when Leland compiled his list, exactly, but the current Brooksby would have been either Robert or his son.
As was usual, his father's will does not mention land, which was divided in some other way, but we notice that the holdings in Shoby and Frisby, which at one time were separate, now both come together in Robert. He also was left the choicest furnishings of the house: a feather bed, bolster, a bed of bawdkyn with curtains of sarsnet, the best counterpane and a pair of sufficient blankets. (The main bed of a family, in which the important events of birth, marriage and death all took place, had a very special value, and quite properly was bequeathed in detail to the eldest son.) Robert was also left the hanging in the parlour of red with harts, lions and fawns, with all the other stuff in the said parlour, also the hanging in the hall.
Robert was married to Alice Shirley of Staunton Harold, but she does not seem to have brought him any extra land, and is not commemorated on his tomb, so probably she died well before him, perhaps as early as 1500 after his three children were born. By the time he died Dorothy Brooksby, daughter of John Brooksby of Oadby, a cousin, was living with him as housekeeper and, apparently, mistress. He left her in his will `the house that Thomas Mores of Grimston now dwelleth in, £20 towards her marriage, and the bed that I lie upon in the parlour with all the stuff belonging to it.,
The rest of the family were determined that she should get nothing, having had, they thought, quite enough already.
A woman of great familiarity with the said testator, in so much that she kept the house of the said testator, and had all the rule and government of the same, and everything therein was at her commandment; and she, perceiving that the said testator was not likely to recover, but was like to die, as he shortly afterwards did, she, knowing the most part of his substance and also what ready money he had, embezzled, stole, and conveyed away great substance both in ready money and other things to the value of £200 and above, and afterwards the testator died.
Robert died only eight years after his father, in 1531, and is the subject of a very handsome marble tomb in Saxelby church. The engraved top slab has been set up on the chancel wall:
Hic jacet Robert' Brokesby, armiger, patron' isti'1 ecclesie, qui obiit xxviii die Marcii, aodni movocci ...
(Here lies Robert Brokesby, gentleman, patron of this church, who died March 28, A.D. 1531).
Father: William Brokesby
Mother: Emma Myles b: 1432 in Derbyshire
Alice Shirley b: in Staunton Harold, Leicestershire
- Alice Brokesby b: ABT 1490
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