ROBERD, John, of Rye, Suss.
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Family and Education
Roberd traded through the Sussex ports in the 1390s, sometimes in ships of Sandwich and Dover, but more often in the Mighell of Rye. He imported salt, corn, plaster and quite large amounts (once so tuns) of wine, while his exports included barley, ‘bever in rollez’, herring and lanterns.1 He witnessed deeds at Rye between 1402 and 1410. Besides representing the town in the Parliament of 1402, he was also one of its delegates to the Brodhulls held in December 1405 and July 1406. In May 1408 he was bound in £20 to appear before the King’s Council when summoned, apparently to answer a suit brought by the men of Shoreham. He is last recorded in October 1416, when he entered bonds in £10 to Robert Onewyn*.2