MYDDELTON, Robert (by 1526-66/67), of Ystrad and Denbigh, Denb.
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Commr. i.p.m., Denb. 1549.3
Robert Myddelton was a younger brother of Richard Myddelton, governor of Denbigh castle and the first Member for Denbigh Boroughs. The little that has been discovered about him relates chiefly to transactions in and disputes over land. In 1548 he appeared before the court of augmentations as plaintiff in a dispute over lands in the lordship of Bromfield and Yale. In November 1549 he took a 21-year lease of the demesne lands of the manor of Ham, Denbighshire from Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley, and in May 1552 a similar lease, at a rent of 45s. a year, of some of the demesne lands of the manor of Ystumanner in Merioneth, over which he was again to bring proceedings in the augmentations. A burgess of Denbigh, he thus appears to have made, or perhaps to have married, enough money to invest in land.4
Myddelton made his will on 25 Jan. 1566 when a sick man. He asked to be buried at the parish church of Llanrhaiadr. To his heir Simon he left all his lands in Denbighshire and to a younger son Morris a house or burgage in Denbigh. As to ‘the farm wherein I dwell, commonly called Ystrad’ and its lands, which had belonged to an elder brother John Myddelton (d.1560), this was bequeathed to John’s children, with the moiety of all the corn then growing, farm animals and ‘all the household stuff that was their said father’s’. To his own children, save his married daughter Margaret, Myddelton left his part of a meadow held in mortgage, while Margaret was to receive her father’s right and title of Llanfair ‘which I bought of the vicar of Henllan’. There were also bequests to servants. Overseers of the will were Sir John Salusbury of Lleweni (with whom Myddelton had sat in the Commons) and Simon Thelwall, and sentence was given on it on 5 Jan. 1567.5