Sir Robert ROCHESTER, Knight

Born: ABT 1494

Died: 22 Nov 1557

Buried: Charterhouse of Sheen, England

Notes: Knight of the Garter.

Father: John ROCHESTER

Mother: Griswold WRITTLE

Born by 1494, first son of John Rochester by Griswold, dau. and eventual coheiress of Walter Writtle of Bobbingworth, Essex. Among non-clerical supporters of the Henrician Catholics, there are other names that can be cited: in addition to most of the Howard clan, we may properly include Thomas Wriothesley, Lord Chancellor and first Earl of Southampton, and Sir Robert Rochester and Sir Francis Englefield, close friends of Gardiner. BEF 1551 he recieved the appointment of comptroller of the household to Princess Mary Tudor, dau. of Henry VIII. In that year the privy council ordered him, Sir Francis Englefield, Dr. John Hopton and Edward Waldegrave to prevert any priest saying mass in the Princess's household, but he refused to interfere in any way with her private devotions, and was accordingly sent to the Tower. The next year he was allowed to retire to the country on account of his health, and was soon premitted to take up the post of comptroller once more.

When the princess ascended the throne as Mary I, she remembered Rochester's faithful service. He was made chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster; and he entered the inner circle of the Privy Council. He was one of the parliamentary representatives of Essex, 1553-5. In Feb 1554 he was appointed with Sir William Drury and Sir Thomas Cornwallis to order victuals for Calais and Berwick.

Rochester died 22 Nov 1557, before his installation as Knight of the Garter. He was buried at the charterhouse at Sheen.


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