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Robert Constable

Male - Aft 1336


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  • Name Robert Constable  [1, 2
    Born of Flamborough, Bridlington, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 8 Dec 1336  [3
    Alternate death Aft 1338  [4
    Person ID I10551  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 9 Jan 2018 

    Father William le Constable,   b. of Flamborough, Bridlington, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 24 Jun 1300 
    Family ID F28  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Katherine,   bur. Flamborough, Bridlington, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Marmaduke Constable,   b. of Flamborough, Bridlington, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1378
    Last Modified 4 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F330  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Summoned to serve in Scotland, 24 Jun 1300. Knighted 22 May 1306 together with Edward, Prince of Wales (the later Edward II).

      "Sir Robert Constable, who may have sat in the Parliament of 1319 and was certainly summoned to attend a great council five years later, served on many royal commissions and helped to maintain the Yorkshire coast in a state of defence against pirates and the threat of foreign invasion." [History of Parliament]

      From the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:

      A rare example of political involvement occurred at the beginning of the fourteenth century, when Sir Robert [i] Constable (fl. 1313–1338/9), the eldest son of Sir William [i] Constable (d. 1319), allied himself with Thomas, earl of Lancaster. In 1313 Robert was among those pardoned for his involvement in the death of the king's favourite Piers Gaveston in the previous year and he was again associated with the earl in May 1321, when the local Bridlington chronicler noted him among the northern gentry present at the earl's 'parliament' at Pontefract. Like many northerners, however, he later dissociated himself from the earl. He was not present at the Sherburn meeting in the following month, and in 1322 was given powers of array by the king. After that he appears to have withdrawn from public affairs, and in October 1331 secured exemption from office, although he was made an arrayer again early in 1333.

      A partial explanation for Robert's withdrawal may have been his chronic indebtedness. From 1317 until the mid-1330s he acknowledged debts to a wide range of local merchants and clerics, as well as to more influential figures. His financial position may have eased by 1338–9, when he bought a mill and pasture in Flamborough, but in terms of public office the family remained eclipsed for a further decade.

  • Sources 
    1. [S47] The History of Parliament. Some citations point to entries from the printed volumes not yet added to the online site.

    2. [S121] "Constable family (per. c. 1300-1488)", article by Rosemary Horrox in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

    3. [S822] John P. Ravilious, 27 Apr 2004, post to soc.genealogy.medieval.

    4. [S1526] The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, Wife of Reverend John Owsley, Generations 1-15, Fourth Preliminary Edition by Ronny O. Bodine and Bro. Thomas Spalding, Jr. 2013.