CORBET, Richard I (by 1512-66), of Wortley, Yorks. and Poynton, Salop.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. by 1512, 2nd s. of Sir Robert Corbet of Moreton Corbet, Salop by Elizabeth, da. of Sir Henry Vernon of Haddon, Derbys.; bro. of Reginald and Roger. m. by Oct. 1546, Margaret, da. of Sir John Savile of Thornhill, Yorks., wid. of Thomas Wortley (d.1545), of Wortley, 1s.2

Offices Held

Member of royal household by 1538; carver, household of Prince Edward by 1544-7; j.p. Salop, Yorks. (W. Riding) from 1554; member, council in the north Dec. 1558-June 1566, council in the marches of Wales 1560; sheriff, Salop 1560-1; commr. offences, northern counties 1564.3


Though never head of the family, Corbet’s standing in Shropshire was sufficient for him to be twice elected knight of the shire. His marriage brought him an estate in Yorkshire, which, by the time he made his will, he named as his residence. In fact he had the unusual distinction of being a member both of the council in the north and the council in the marches of Wales, and he was a j.p. in both his counties. He was reported as a ‘favourer of religion’ in 1564. He made his will 5 Oct. that year, leaving Poynton to his nephew Sir Andrew Corbet, and a lease of Stone, Staffordshire, to Andrew’s second son Richard Corbet II. He also remembered a number of other relatives, including Jerome Corbet. Lands he had purchased at Carleton and Swinton in Yorkshire he left to Francis Wortley, his wife’s son by her first marriage, in accordance with a settlement made some years before. His wife was appointed sole executrix and residuary legatee. Corbet died in July 1566 and was buried at Shawbury, a monument being erected to his memory at Moreton Corbet. As his only child had predeceased him, his heir was his nephew Sir Andrew.4

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Authors: Patricia Hyde / A. D.K. Hawkyard


  • 1. Did not serve for the full duration of the Parliament.
  • 2. A. E. C[orbet]. Fam. of Corbet, ii. 264-6; Vis. Salop (Harl. Soc. xxviii), 136, 138; Vis. Yorks. (Harl. Soc. xvi), 275; Wards 7/1/130.
  • 3. LP Hen. VIII, xiii(1), p. 587; Reid, Council of the North, 186; P. H. Williams, Council in the Marches of Wales, 258, 346-7; CPR, 1563-6, pp. 123-4.
  • 4. Lansd. 1218, f. 90; Cam. Misc. ix(3), pp. 44, 70; PCC 22 Crymes; CPR, 1553 and App. 60, 165; 1560-3, 420.