ASKEWITH, Robert (1530-97), of York.

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. 1530, s. of John Askewith of Potgrange by Alice Cowper. m. 1561, Elizabeth, da. of Thomas Cartmell, 5s. 2da.

Offices Held

Freeman, York 1559, chamberlain 1568; master, tailors’ co. 1571, 1579; sheriff, York 1572-3, alderman 1577, ld. mayor 1580-1, 1593-4.


Askewith was returned 1 Feb. 1581, at a by-election in place of Gregory Paycock who was sick, and the House allowed the substitution, unlike some others in this session. His only reported committee is that for caps on 22 Feb. 1581. In 1589 the York MPs were appointed to the committees for Lincoln (11 Mar.) and salted fish (11 Mar.). Askewith died 18 Aug. 1597. His will was dated 14 Feb. 1597 and proved 23 Aug.

York City Lib., Skaife mss; York Civic. Recs.passim; A. Raine, Mediaeval York, 54; York Freemen (Surtees Soc. xcvi), 279; CJ, i. 129, 135; D’Ewes, 308, 444, 445; C142/255/180; York wills, 27, f. 25.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: W.J.J.


  • 1. Did not serve for the full duration of the Parliament.