PENNE, Robert, of Weymouth, Dorset.
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Collector of customs and subsidies, Melcombe 30 Nov. 1417-19.
Commr. of inquiry, Som., Dorset Mar. 1419 (estates of (Sir) John Chideok*).
Surprisingly little is known about Robert Penne, who sat in no fewer than seven Parliaments in the course of 19 years. But that he was a Weymouth man is indicated by his appearance in the shire court of Dorset to report the results of that borough’s elections to the Parliament of 1407, not to mention his occasional attestation of deeds in the town. All the same, his connexions with the neighbouring port of Melcombe Regis were very close, as is suggested by his appointment (during his fourth known Parliament) as customer there. Penne also attended the elections of the knights of the shire held at Dorchester in March 1421, he himself then being returned for Weymouth. This was his last election, but his kinsmen, John Penne* of Portland and Richard Penne†, sat in 1422 for Weymouth and Melcombe respectively.
C219/10/4, 12/5; C146/1330.