Robert Sutton

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  1. 1.  Robert Sutton was born 1490, Lincolnshire, England (son of Hamon Sutton, III and Margaret Sheffield); died 25 Nov 1545, England.

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    • Alt Birth: 1477-1478


    Robert Sutton
    Birthdate: 1490 (55)
    Birthplace: Burton By, Lincolnshire, , England
    Death: November 25, 1545 (55)
    Immediate Family:
    Son of Sir Hamon de Sutton, III and Lady Margaret Sheffield
    Husband of Elizabeth Boys and Margaret Sutton
    Father of Henry Sutton; No Name found Sutton; John SUTTON; Margaret SUTTON; Anne SUTTON and 1 other
    Brother of Jane Sutton; Hamon Sutton, IV; Nicholas Sutton; Isabell Foster; John Sutton and 6 others
    Managed by: Jason Scott Wills
    Last Updated: November 17, 2014

    About Robert Sutton SUTTON2

    b. abt 1490, m. Elizabeth Boys, children: Henry SUTTON (B. Powis)
    'Margaret SUTTON (B. Grey of Powis)
    Born: 1485, Dudley, Worcester, England
    Died: 11 May 1525
    Father: Edward SUTTON (2º B. Sutton of Dudley)
    Mother: Cecily WILLOUGHBY (B. Sutton of Dudley)
    Married 1: John GREY (2° B. Grey of Powis) ABT 1501/5, Dudley, Worcester, England
    1. Edward GREY (3° B. Grey of Powis)
    2. Antonhy GREY
    'Married 2: Robert SUTTON (b. 1485 - d. AFT 1525) AFT 1504
    'Plantagenet ancestry: a study in colonial and medieval families By Douglas Richardson, Kimball G. Everingham
    Pg. 279
    15. EDWARD SUTTON (or DUDLEY), K.B., K.G., 2nd Lord Dudley, son and heir by his father's 1st marrieage, born about 1457-60 (aged 16 in 1486; aged 28 or 30 in 1487). He married CECILY WILLOUGHBY, daughter and co-heiress of William Willoughby, Knt., of Boston, Lincolnshire (descendant of King Edward I), by Joan (descendant of King Edward III), daughter and co-heiress of Thomas Strangeways [ see ERESBY 12 for her ancestry]. They had Seven sons, John, Knt. [3rd Lord Dudley], Edward Thomas, Arthur (clerk), George, Geoffrey, and William, and eight daughters, 'Margaret (wife of John Grey, Lord Grey of Powis, and Robert Sutton)', . . . .
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    Robert Sutton's Timeline
    Birth of Robert
    Burton By, Lincolnshire, , England
    Age 15
    Birth of Thomas (Sutton) Dudley
    Burton, Lincolnshire, England
    Age 19
    Birth of Henry Sutton
    Lincolnshire, Washingborough, England
    November 25, 1545
    Age 55
    Death of Robert at England
    Birth of Anne SUTTON
    Birth of John SUTTON
    Birth of Margaret SUTTON
    Birth of No Name found Sutton

    at Burton By

    Robert — Elizabeth Boys. Elizabeth was born 1482, Nonnington, Kent, England. [Group Sheet]

    1. Henry Sutton was born ~1509, Wellingore, Lincolnshire, England; died 6 Jan 1538, (England).

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Hamon Sutton, III was born 1445, Washingborough, Lincolnshire, England (son of Hamon Sutton, II and Margaret Vavasour); died 22 Dec 1501, Lincolnshire, England.

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    • Alt Birth: ~1460

    Hamon — Margaret Sheffield. Margaret was born ~1460, Butterwick, Lincolnshire, England; died 1525, Burton, Lincolnshire, England. [Group Sheet]

  2. 3.  Margaret Sheffield was born ~1460, Butterwick, Lincolnshire, England; died 1525, Burton, Lincolnshire, England.

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    • Will: 1 Oct 1525, Burton, Lincolnshire, England


    WILL - see memories tab

    Dame Margaret Sutton - written 1 Oct 1525 - to be buried in church of Cheriburton by Lincoln by my son Anthony - daughter Dame Mary - son Robert Sutton (has an eldest son Henry), Nicholas, Hamond (his wife was Emlyn and he has an eldest son), Sir John Sutton "knight of the Roode" - daughter Upton - daughter Skeum - daughter Barnaby - daughter Jane - daughter Alice has a son Thomas Grauntham and he has a great aunt "maistres Grauntham of Dunham" - Sir John Hussey's daughter - execs are Sir John Sutton Knyght (would be her son), daughter Jane Sutton, son Hamond Sutton and son Nicholas Sutton - overseer is son Robert Sutton, esq

    1. 1. Robert Sutton was born 1490, Lincolnshire, England; died 25 Nov 1545, England.

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Hamon Sutton, II was born ~1392, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England (son of Robert Sutton and Agnes LNU); died 1461-1462.

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    • Occupation: MP
    • Alt Birth: 1422
    • Alt Death: 1457


    Hamon Sutton (ca. 1392-1461/1462), of Lincoln, was an English politician.


    Sutton was the son of MP Robert Sutton of Lincoln. He married Margaret Vavasour, from Yorkshire, who was a member of the influential Skipwith family through her mother.


    He was a Member (MP) of the Parliament of England for Lincoln in March 1416 and 1420, May 1421, 1422, 1423, 1425 and 1426 and Lincolnshire in 1431, 1435 and 1439.[1]

    He was High Sheriff of Lincolnshire for 1429–30.


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    Family and Education
    b.c.1392, s. and h. of Robert Sutton*. m. by July 1426, Margaret, da. of Sir Henry Vavasour (d.1413) of Cockerington, Yorks. by Margaret (d.1414/15), da. of Sir William Skipwith† (d. by 1389) of Ormsby and Skipwith, j.c.p., c.j.KB. of Ireland, 3s. inc. Robert Skipwith† (d.v.p.) and Hamon Skipwith†, at least 2da.1

    Offices Held
    Commr. of inquiry, Lincoln Nov. 1422 (wastes at the hospital of the Holy Innocents), Lincs. July 1426, Feb. 1431 (wastes at Somerton castle), Apr. 1431 (persons liable for taxation), June 1432 (upkeep of Foss Dyke), Feb. 1438, July 1439 (evasion of customs), Nov. 1446 (misdeeds of Sir John Pigot†), Dec. 1448 (ownership of the manor of North Ingleby); to raise a royal loan Mar. 1430, Mar. 1431, Nov. 1440, Mar. 1442, Mar. 1443; arrest ships, Kingston-upon-Hull, Boston, Grimsby July 1451; distribute a tax rebate Lincs. Jan. 1436, Apr. 1440; of array (Lindsey) Jan. 1436, (Kesteven) Sept. 1457, (Lindsey) Sept. 1458, Dec. 1459; oyer and terminer July 1437 (disorder at North Witham); gaol delivery, Lincoln Mar. 1439; to assign archers, Lincs. Dec. 1457; arrest robbers, Lincoln Nov. 1460.

    Escheator, Lincs. 13 Nov. 1423-6 Nov. 1424.

    Sheriff, Lincs. Mich. 1429-10 Feb. 1430.

    Mayor of the Calais Staple by 24 May 1433-aft. 10 May 1453.2

    J.p. Lincs. (Lindsey) 8 Aug. 1433-Dec. 1434, 22 Oct. 1436-Nov. 1458.

    Dep. to Sir Ralph Butler (later Lord Sudeley), chief butler of England, Kingston-upon-Hull 28 Oct. 1435-aft. 10 May 1453.

    Ambassador to treat for a truce with the duke of Burgundy and the Flemish towns 1435, Feb. 1446.3

    Assessor of a tax, Lincoln Jan. 1436, Lincoln, Lindsey Aug. 1450.

    According to the terms of his father’s will, Hamon Sutton was to inherit ¹1,000 in cash as well as extensive estates in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, others being promised to him in reversion on the death of his mother. Those lands in Lincoln, Faldingworth and Waddington which were not already in the hands of trustees holding to his use were delivered to him by the local escheator in July 1414 (some three months after his father’s death). Thus, at the age of about 22 he became one of the richest men in Lincoln, a fact which explains his first return to Parliament just two years later and his frequent elections thereafter. Although he clearly kept up and, indeed, extended his father’s commercial interests, little is known about him before November 1421, when he was present in the guildhall at Lincoln for the ratification of ordinances for the use of the common seal of the city. He attended another ‘congregation’ there two years later, but on the whole he was reluctant to play much part in these affairs (especially as more prestigious appointments such as the escheatorship and shrievalty of Lincolnshire were beginning to come his way); and in August 1429 he obtained letters from the mayor and corporation exempting him from holding civic office.4 Meanwhile, in 1425, he and his parliamentary colleague, the lawyer, Robert Walsh*, acted as trustees for William Blyton*. He had by then become involved in what appears to have been a particularly violent dispute with Edward Foljambe of Derbyshire, who, in the summer of that year, was bound over in securities of 1,000 marks to keep the peace towards him. We do not know exactly when he married, but his wealth and rapidly improving social position enabled him to take as his wife the daughter of Sir Henry Vavasour, one of the most influential landowners in east Yorkshire. In July 1426 the couple obtained two papal indults granting them plenary remission of sins at the hour of death and the right to appoint a private confessor. Sutton’s landed income increased appreciably at about this time because his mother died leaving him the land in Cold Hanworth, Ownby and other areas of Lincolnshire which she had retained in jointure. Part of this property was confirmed to him in June 1427 by a fine levied in the court of common pleas; and we may assume that from this date onwards he enjoyed the annual revenues of ¹105 upon which he was taxed eight years later. In fact, by the mid 1430s he ranked among the five richest non-baronial landowners in Lincolnshire, which was itself one of the most prosperous counties in England.5

    It is thus hardly surprising that in 1431 Sutton was returned to Parliament as a shire knight rather than a burgess, as had previously been the case. Yet he continued to pursue his trading ventures with unabated vigour, having by then become a merchant of the Calais Staple. At some unknown date he filed an appeal in Chancery against the mayor of the Staple for the unwarranted confiscation of wool and money from one of his agents; and he sued another of his employees for defrauding him of valuable merchandise as well. Subsequently, in March 1431, he offered securities of ¹400 as a guarantee of his readiness to appear in court at the suit of a consortium of his fellow staplers (including Nicholas Wotton*, Thomas Walsingham* and Nicholas James*) who claimed that he owed them over ¹923. By May 1433, if not before, he had himself been appointed mayor of the Calais Staple, and was permitted by the Crown to export bullion worth ¹300 when crossing the Channel to take up office. One of the drawbacks of his appointment was having to deal with William Flete*, a particularly quarrelsome member of the mercantile community, who accused him of employing ‘grete malice’ to frustrate a lawsuit he was then bringing in Chancery against several other staplers. One of those concerned was, in fact, Hamon’s own son, Robert, although Flete was such a compulsively litigious man that it is difficult to take all his allegations at face value. During the first year of his mayoralty, Sutton was instrumental in raising a loan of 8,000 marks made by the Staple towards the cost of national defence. The government’s initial plans for repayment proved unworkable because of the over-assignment of revenue, and in 1436 he and his associates were allowed to sell their wool free of customs charges until the money should be recovered. He was evidently satisfied with this arrangement, for he then advanced a further ¹200 to the Crown. His services had already been rewarded with the post of deputy butler at Kingston-upon-Hull, and in 1443 he obtained a second licence for the export of gold and silver, this time to the value of ¹500. (Such grants were particularly lucrative because of prevailing conditions in the international money market, and he received three altogether.) In the following year, while still mayor, Sutton obtained formal letters from Henry VI confirming the privileges of the Staple, while at the same time he managed to secure for himself the gift of a fishery near Calais. A further mark of royal favour came his way in 1447 with the assignment of two tuns of Gascon wine annually for life from the port of Kingston-upon-Hull; and although the second Parliament of 1449 temporarily annulled it, the award was renewed four years later.6

    Despite the fact that he was often abroad during this period, Sutton did not neglect his affairs at home, where he also benefited from his connexion with the government. In May 1438, for example, he obtained the wardship and marriage of Agnes, the daughter and heir of John Hawley, a local landowner, whom he regarded as a suitable bride for his son, Robert. The pair were married at some point over the next 11 years, and Robert duly obtained seisin of land in and around Burgh on Bain in Lincolnshire. Sutton experienced rather more problems over the marriage of his daughter, Agnes, who became the wife of Sir John Bussy’s young son and heir, John. Although Sutton claimed to have implemented the terms of the contract without delay by paying Sir John 260 marks at the time of the wedding, the latter showed less alacrity in fulfilling his share of the bargain (that is making a settlement of land worth ¹20 p.a. on the couple), and a protracted round of litigation began between the two parties. Agnes was eventually allowed a life interest in a substantial part of the Bussy estates, comprising the manors of Park Hall in Derbyshire and Wigsley in Nottinghamshire, but only in 1449 after she and John had been divorced.7 Sutton was obliged to fight three other lawsuits during this period. One was begun against him in the court of Chancery by Sir John Good, whom he had allegedly tried to defraud over the terms of a mortgage. Good’s petition is particularly interesting because it suggests that Sutton made a practice of lending money on quite heavy securities. The second concerned a more modest debt of ¹10 owed to him by the parson of Holme in Nottinghamshire, while the third was a case of trespass on his estates at Burton-by-Lincoln. Very occasionally Sutton appears as a mainpernor, witness or feoffee, but he seems to have been far too preoccupied with official and commercial business to perform these duties on a regular basis. Indeed, in September 1442, he was accorded letters of exemption from holding any government post against his will, but despite the heavy load of his commitments as mayor of the Calais Staple (in which capacity he had already served on one royal embassy and was later to be included on another), he continued to sit on the Lincolnshire bench and also to execute many royal commissions. Towards the end of his life he actually became a member of Henry VI’s court, serving as one of the King’s serjeants from at least 1447 onwards. His second son, Hamon, subsequently found employment among the yeomen of the royal chamber.8

    Sutton’s last years were marred by the death, in 1452, of his eldest son, Robert, who represented Lincoln in the Parliaments of 1449 (Nov.) and 1450. He lived on for another ten years or so, to be succeeded by Hamon, whom he helped to elect as a parliamentary burgess for Lincoln in 1453.9

    Hamon married Margaret Vavasour BY July 1426. Margaret (daughter of Henry Vavasour, 9th Baron Vavasour and Margaret Skipwith) was born 1386, Yorkshire, England; died 1455. [Group Sheet]

  2. 5.  Margaret Vavasour was born 1386, Yorkshire, England (daughter of Henry Vavasour, 9th Baron Vavasour and Margaret Skipwith); died 1455.
    1. 2. Hamon Sutton, III was born 1445, Washingborough, Lincolnshire, England; died 22 Dec 1501, Lincolnshire, England.

Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Robert Sutton was born Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England.

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    • Occupation: MP
    • Also Known As: Robert Sutton

    Robert — Agnes LNU. Agnes died ~1427, (Lincolnshire) England. [Group Sheet]

  2. 9.  Agnes LNU died ~1427, (Lincolnshire) England.
    1. 4. Hamon Sutton, II was born ~1392, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England; died 1461-1462.

  3. 10.  Henry Vavasour, 9th Baron Vavasour was born ~1344, Hazelwood, Yorkshire, England; died 27 Mar 1413; was buried 29 Mar 1413, Hazelwood, Yorkshire, England.

    Henry — Margaret Skipwith. Margaret (daughter of William Skipwith and Elizabeth Stapleton) was born ~1346; died 1 Jul 1413. [Group Sheet]

  4. 11.  Margaret Skipwith was born ~1346 (daughter of William Skipwith and Elizabeth Stapleton); died 1 Jul 1413.
    1. 5. Margaret Vavasour was born 1386, Yorkshire, England; died 1455.

Generation: 5

  1. 22.  William Skipwith died BY 1389.

    William — Elizabeth Stapleton. [Group Sheet]

  2. 23.  Elizabeth Stapleton
    1. 11. Margaret Skipwith was born ~1346; died 1 Jul 1413.