HADDON, Robert, of Sandwich, Kent.
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Commr. to assemble ships for action against pirates, Sandwich May 1398.
Jurat, Sandwich Dec. 1404-5; mayor 1416-17.1
Robert was perhaps a descendant of John Haddon, the royal serjeant-at-arms who had held office as bailiff of Sandwich by Edward III’s appointment in 1358-9 and 1369-74.2 He himself occasionally appears in the Sandwich customs accounts between 1399 and 1417, as exporting small quantities of cloth and corn, and importing wine, sometimes in a vessel of which his kinsman, Thomas Haddon, was master. In 1407 he himself was captain of a ship freighted with a miscellaneous cargo of timber, gold thread, wax and cloth.3 In the same year, as executor to John Martham of Sandwich, he bought a suit against one of Martham’s debtors for £42.4