WARNER, Robert (1510-75), of Maiden Lane, London; Cranleigh, Surr.; later of Besthorpe and Norwich, Norf.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Mar. 1553

Family and Education

b. 1510, 1st s. of Henry Warner of Besthorpe by Mary, da. of John Blennerhasset; bro. of Sir Edward. m. (1) by 1550, Cecily, da. of Walter Marshe of London, wid. of William Harding of Cranleigh, 1s. Henry 1da.; (2) aft. 1566, Anne, da. of (Sir) Humphrey Wingfield, wid. of Alexander Newton. suc. fa. 1519, bro. Edward 1565.

Offices Held

Servant of ?Robert, 1st Earl of Sussex by 1538, of Queen Catherine Parr by 1544; receiver of her lands in Hunts. and Northants. 1545-8; first sewer in her household 1546-7; particular receiver of Thomas Seymour, Lord Seymour’s lands in Hunts. and Northants. by 1548; sewer to Queen Mary by 1556; j.p. Surr. from c.1560-c.64; commr. subsidy, Surr. 1559, Norf. 1569.


Warner’s connexions at the Elizabethan court included Sir Robert Dudley; Walter Devereux, 2nd Viscount Hereford, later 1st Earl of Essex; and the Mores of Loseley, and no doubt it was a simple matter for him to secure a return for a Cornish borough in the first Parliament of the reign. After succeeding his brother, Warner settled as a country gentleman in Norfolk. Next he married into the Suffolk family of Wingfield, and so did his son Henry. Robert Warner made his will in August 1575 and died 7 Oct. that year. His wife had kept up her former establishment at Bresworth, Suffolk: a separate schedule in Warner’s will listed household goods ‘had from my house at Norwich to Bresworth’ including seven ‘not very good’ curtains. Among bequests to relatives were two of 40s. to nieces, ‘for remembrance that I was their poor uncle’. Warner’s brother-in-law, John Marshe was supervisor. The widow lived at Bresworth until about 1579.

C219/330/35; Vis. Norf. (Harl. Soc. xxxii), 308-9; Vis. Norf. (Norf. Arch. Soc.), i. 18; PCC 6 Arundel, 44 Pyckering; C142/34/30; LP Hen. VIII, xx(1), p. 448; xx(2), p. 549; xxi(1), p. 281; E115/413/33, 430/94, 433/118; 163/12/17, nos. 30, 38, 51, 54; 315/340, ff. 5v, 52, 68v; CPR, 1560-3, p. 441; Misc. Gen. et Her. (ser. 2), iv. 90-1; Surr. Arch. Colls. iv. 39; xv. 152.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: N. M. Fuidge