SAUNDERSON, Robert (b. aft. 1561), ?of Saxby, Lincs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. aft. 1561, 2nd s. of Robert Saunderson of Saxby and Fillingham, and bro. of Nicholas educ. Broadgates Hall, Oxf. 1579; L. Inn 1579. prob. unm.

Offices Held


Few details of Saunderson’s life are known. In May 1589 he wrote to Michael Hickes, Lord Burghley’s secretary, about a crazy ex-servant of his own, who had undertaken to remove a brood of devils. He was probably the Mr. Saunderson mentioned in a letter written in July 1603, by Vincent Skinner to Robert Cecil, from which it appears that Saunderson had been instrumental in bringing about the arrest of a fugitive priest. It was presumably his connexion with the Cecils which brought about Saunderson’s return to Parliament for West Looe in 1589.

Vis. Lincs. ed. Metcalfe, 62; CP, iii. 99-100; CPR, 1550-3, pp. 69, 75; 1553-4, p. 349; 1555-7, p. 411; LP Hen. VIII, xxi(1), p. 762; Lansd. 99, f. 75; HMC Hatfield, xv. 181.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: Irene Cassidy