Item 1 - Petition: Sir Robert Southwell

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GB 1859 SJLM/7/9/1


Petition: Sir Robert Southwell


  • 1509 (Creation)

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Sir Robert Southwell was a lawyer and a royal administrator during the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century. A descendant of a wealthy Norfolk family, Southwell was a member of Lincoln’s Inn and rose to prominence during the 1490s, when he worked in the crown lands administration on various appointments, receiverships and special commissions. By 1503, he occupied the role of general surveyor of all the royal lands. From 1504, he served as chief butler of England and in 1510, he was appointed chief auditor of the exchequer. He died in 1514.

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Petition (undated), Sir Robert Southwell to the executors of Lady Margaret Beaufort, asking compensation for losing a wardship wrongly adjudged to be of a fee held of the Duchy of Lancaster; Southwell had lost it through letters being addressed by the King [Henry VII] to Lady Margaret.

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The petition has been transcribed. The transcription is in the Blue Finding Aid Folder under its previous reference number D94.397.

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