PIERREPONT, Robert (1584-1643), of Holme Pierrepont, Notts.
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Family and Education
b. 6 Aug. 1584, o.s. of Henry Pierrepont by his w. Frances. educ. Oriel, Oxf. 1596; G. Inn 1600. m. 8 Jan. 1601, Gertrude, da. and coh. of Henry Talbot, bro. of Gilbert, 7th Earl of Shrewsbury, 5s. 3da. suc. fa. 1616; cr. Visct. Newark 1627; Earl of Kingston-upon-Hull 1628.
J.p. Notts., sheriff 1615-16; lt.-gen. King’s forces Cambs., Hunts., Lincs., Norf. and Rutland 1643.
In view of the family’s Catholic sympathies it is likely that Pierrepont owed his election for the county at 17 to the influence of his in-laws. He could have attended the main business committee (3 Nov.), and the committee on monopolies (23 Nov.). Until the outbreak of the civil war he devoted himself to the improvement of his estates. The war divided his family and resulted in his own death. Two younger sons were Parliamentarians, while Pierrepont and his heir were Royalists. Pierrepont established his headquarters at Gainsborough, was attacked and surprised by Lord Willoughby of Parham, and taken prisoner. While being escorted by pinnace to Hull, he was fired upon by Royalist troops and killed, 1643, and was buried at Cuckney, Nottinghamshire.
CP; DNB (Pierrepont, Robert); D’Ewes, 624, 649; Proc. Soc. Antiqs. (ser. 2), ix. 286 seq.