KILLIGREW, Robert (c.1580-c.1633), of Kempton, Mdx. and Lothbury, London.

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. c.1580, s. of William Killigrew by Margaret or Margery, da. of Thomas Saunders of Uxbridge, Mdx., wid. of Robert Wolman or Woolman and of John Leigh. educ. Christ Church, Oxf 1591; travelled abroad 1596. m. Mary, da. of Henry Woodhouse, at least 3s. 3da. Kntd. 1603; suc. fa. 1622.

Offices Held

?Official of privy chamber 1601; capt. Pendennis castle 1614, Falmouth 1618; farmer of the profits from seals in King’s bench and common pleas (at least £560 p.a.) in succession to his father 1622; ambassador to United Provinces 1606; vice-chamberlain to Queen Henrietta Maria 1630.


A Cornish borough seat was arranged for Killigrew about the time he attained his majority. He left no mark upon the records of the 1601 Parliament. On 31 Oct. 1601 John Chamberlain wrote:

Here is much jostling and suing for places in the privy chamber, by reason that most of them, being grown old and weary of waiting, would fain bring in a successor, as Master Killigrew his son

and Killigrew succeeded to his father’s court career. He died, a wealthy man, between 20 Sept. 1632, when he made his will, and 12 July following, when it was proved.

Vivian, Vis. Cornw. 268; PRO Index 6800; duchy of Cornw. accts. roll 269; CSP Dom. 1601-3, p. 115; 1603-10, p. 10; 1611-18, pp. 242, 516; Chamberlain Letters ed. McClure, i. 133; N. and Q.(ser. 4), vii. 454; Lansd. 25, f. 83; PCC 69 Russell.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: N. M. Fuidge