Here, gathered in our beloved South Dakota, are a few members of our Williamson / Mattson Clan. Charles and Luella are to be blamed (be kind, they didn't know what they were doing). We're generally a happy bunch and somewhat intelligent (notwithstanding our tenuous grasp on reality). I'm also proud to say that most of us still have our teeth.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sir Robert Sheffield, Speaker of the House of Commons. 13th Great Grandfather.

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

Hello All,
In today's post, the life of one of our 13th Great Grandfathers, Sir Robert Sheffield.  Sir Robert was Speaker of the House of Commons during the reign of Henry VII.  

We begin with the Relationship Chart:

Sir Robert Sheffield Speaker House Commons (1462 - 1518)
our 13th great grandfather
Son of Sir Robert
Son of Sir Robert
Son of Elisham
Son of Thomas
Son of Edmund
Son of Ichabod
Son of Ichabod
Son of Adam
Daughter of John
Son of Sarah
Son of Levi
Daughter of John Mayberry

Sir Robert Sheffield (died 1518) was an English lawyer and politician, Speaker of the House of Commons between 1512-1513.


He was son of Sir Robert Sheffield of South Cave, Yorkshire, by Genette, daughter and coheiress of Alexander Lownde of Butterwick, Lincolnshire. He was trained for the law in the Inner Temple, of which he became a Governor in 1511. He served as Recorder of London from 1495 to 1508. He was thus ex officio an MP for City of London in 1495, 1497, and 1504. Bernard Andreas mentions that he resigned the recordership in April 1508.

He was a commander at the Battle of Blackheath in 1497, and was knighted by Henry VII after the fight.

He was chosen knight of the shire for Lincolnshire in 1512 and 1513 and was elected speaker of the House of Commons in 1512.

In 1515 he fell foul of the church over his attempts to limit their privileges and was summoned before the Star Chamber but negotiated a pardon. Six months later he was incarcerated in the Tower of London and brought before the Chamber again and this time asked the king for mercy. However he was to die in the Tower on the 10 August 1518, and was buried in the Augustinian church, London. His will is in Testamenta Vetusta by Nicholas Harris Nicolas (p. 555).