Walter Roberts

Death 1522
Burial Cranbrook, Tunbridge Wells Borough, Kent, England
Plot Chancel, between the image of Our Lady of Pity and his pew.
Memorial ID 136186790 · View Source
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Lancastrian adherent, and Sheriff of Kent.

Walter became possessed of the entire paternal estate of Glassenbury and Winchet Hill after the death of his brother Stephen without issue. He married his first wife Margaret Penn on Oct. 23, 1463, and after hear death married his second wife Isabel Colepeper on 20 Nov. 1480, followed by his third wife Alice Naylor, widow of the Lord Abergavenny, on Feb. 18, 1491/92. He was famed for his 'eminent qualifications' and his hospitality. He adhered to the Lancastrian interest during the Wars of the Roses, for which he suffered greatly during the reign of Richard III, leading to a raid on his house at Glassenbury by Sir Edward Stanley and Sir John Savage on the Wednesday following the Purification of the Virgin, in 1 Ric. III. Sir John Guildford was apprehended at his home, but Roberts escaped and was attainted for treason, his estate was seized and he was forced to abscond, until Henry VII obtained the crown, when he was restored to his former possessions. In 1489 the new monarch made Walter Roberts Sheriff of Kent, and granted the right to enpark 500 acres of land, along with 1000 acres of woods, in the parishes of Cranbrook, Goudhurst, and Ticehurst, in the counties of Kent and Sussex, and to have free warren and fishing rights therein. After living under six kings, he died over 80 years of age, leaving a will dated Feb. 12, 1521/22, which was proved Oct. 18, 1522, leaving specific instructions for his burial and entombment.

Additional information provided courtesy of Find A Grave contributor Ken Smith (#46985536):
Walter Roberts was born about 1440, probably in Cranbrook, Kent, England. His parents were John and Agnes Baker Roberts. The will of Walter’s father, John Roberts, indicates that Walter was born after 1436. He must have been born in Cranbrook, Kent, England. The Roberts pedigrees state that he was over 80 when he made his will in 1522, so he was born between 1436 and 1442. He was a man of some importance and a generous benefactor of the church at Cranbrook. Walter owned land in Cranbrook and Goudhurst, Kent, as well as land in neighboring Sussex. He inherited the ancestral mansion on the hill in Glassenbury. In 1463, he married Margaret Penn, and in 1473, they had the mansion torn down in order to build a new home in the valley. Margaret died on May 6, 1480 and on November 20, 1480, he married Isabel Culpepper at St. Dunstan’s Church in Cranbrook. In 1484, Walter, who had opposed Richard III, had all his land forfieted and he was charged with high treason. Two Knights alligned with Richard and a company of soldiers came to Walter’s mansion and arrested John Guildeforde. They locked him in a room and Walter entertained the Knights while Guildeforde escaped. The Knights damaged Walter’s home and took a large amout of goods from Walter when they left. When the Knights told Richard what happened, Richard siezed Walter’s land and buildings and charged him with treason. Soon after Richard’s death at the Battle of Bosworth and the ascension of Henry VII in 1485, Walter’s holdings were restored. Walter was in much favor with Henry VII and Henry VIII. Isabel died in Cranbrook on January 17, 1491 and Walter married Alice Naylor in Cranbrook on February 18, 1492. Walter’s will, dated February 11, 1522, proved October 18, 1522, names “Johan Horden, my doughter”. Walter must have died in October, 1522. He was buried at St. Dunstan’s Church in Cranbrook.

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  • Created by: Todd Whitesides
  • Added: 20 Sep 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 136186790
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Walter Roberts (unknown–1522), Find A Grave Memorial no. 136186790, citing St Dunstan Churchyard, Cranbrook, Tunbridge Wells Borough, Kent, England ; Maintained by Todd Whitesides (contributor 47553735) .