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Robert Knollys
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Birth: 1481
North Mymms
Hertfordshire, England
Death: 1521
Oxfordshire, England

Knollys, the name of an English family descended from Sir Thomas Knollys (d. 1435), Lord Mayor of London.
Robert Knollys, or Knolles (d. 1521), a courtier in the service and favour of Henry VII and Henry VIII.

Robert Knollys, or Knolles, (died 1521) was an English courtier in the service and favour of Henry VII and Henry VIII.
In 1488 the Knollys was one of Henry VII's henchmen, and late in that year was appointed to wait on ?the king's dearest son the prince? (Arthur). He received 5 ?by way of reward? for each of the three years 1488 to 1490, and when Henry VII met Archduke Philip in 1500 he accompanied the English king as one of the ushers of the chamber. He continued in the same office under Henry VIII, and received an annuity of 20, on November 15, 1509, and a grant of Upclatford, called Rookes Manor, in Hampshire ? part of the confiscated property of Sir Richard Empson ? on February 10, 1510?11. On 9 July 1514 the usher and his wife were jointly granted the manor of Rotherfield Greys, near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, in survivorship, at an annual rental of a red rose at midsummer. The grant was confirmed on January 5, 1517?18 by letters patent for their own lives and that of one successor. Other royal gifts followed.

Robert Knollys died in 1521, and was buried in the church of St Helen's Bishopsgate. His will, dated November 13, 1520, was proved 19 June 1521. His widow, Letitia or Lettice, was daughter of Sir Thomas Penyston of Hawridge and Marshall, Buckinghamshire. After Robert Knollys's death she became the second wife of Sir Robert Lee of Burston, Buckinghamshire, son of Sir Henry Lee of Quarendon in the same county. Sir Robert Lee, by whom she had issue, died in 1537, when she became the second wife of Sir Thomas Tresham of Rushton, Northamptonshire, prior (under Queen Mary) of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem. Her will, dated 28 June 1557, was proved 11 June 1558.

Robert Knollys's children included Francis Knollys, a son Henry and two daughters, Mary and Jane. The latter married Sir Richard Wingfield of Kimbolton Castle. The son Henry (d 1583) was in some favour with Edward VI and Queen Elizabeth. He went abroad with his brother Francis during Queen Mary's reign. In 1562 he was sent on a diplomatic mission to Germany, to observe the temper of German protestants, and in 1569 was temporarily employed in warding both Queen Mary of Scotland at Tutbury and the Duke of Norfolk in the Tower. He was M.P. for Reading in 1563, and for Christchurch in 1572. His will, dated 27 July 1582, was proved 2 Sept. 1583.

Sir Thomas Knollys, d. 1435 was Lord Mayor of London in 1399 and 1410.
Lord-mayor Knollys was a member of the Grocers' Company. He directed in 1400 the rebuilding of the Guildhall, and he also rebuilt St. Antholin's Church in Watling Street, where he was buried with his wife Joan. His will, dated 20 May 1435, was proved 11 July 1435 at Lambeth, where it is still preserved.

Knolleys was a forebear of Robert Knollys (great-great-grandson) and Francis Knollys (Robert's son).

Knollys is said by Dugdale to have been descended from Sir Robert Knollys or Knolles (d 1407), the soldier, but, according to Sidney Lee in the [[Dictionary of national Biography, this is an error. Discussing Francis knolly's, Lee states: "Sir Francis's pedigree cannot be authentically traced beyond Sir Thomas Knollys ... from whom Sir Francis's father was fifth in descent".
Family links: 
  Elizabeth Knollys
  Lettice Pennyston Tresham (1481 - 1558)*
  Francis Knollys (1514 - 1596)*
  Henry Knowles (1521 - 1583)*
*Calculated relationship
St Helen Churchyard
City of London
Greater London, England
Maintained by: Todd Whitesides
Originally Created by: Audrey DeCamp Hoffman
Record added: Feb 04, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 84442319
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My 14th Great-Grandfather
- Nancy Bettina Cobb
 Added: Oct. 7, 2015

- kendy49
 Added: Sep. 28, 2015
In memory of my 10th Great Grandfather Sir Robert Knollys
- Katina "Tina" West
 Added: Jul. 8, 2015
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