BOWYER, Robert II (by 1529-67/68), of the Middle Temple, London and Chichester, Suss.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Family and Education

b. by 1529, 2nd s. of Robert Bowyer I, and bro. of William. educ. M. Temple. m. by 1551, Anne, da. of Miles Grover of Kingston-upon-Thames, Surr., 4da.1

Offices Held

Steward, bp. of Chichester’s manor of Aldingbourne, Suss. temp. Eliz.; commr. i.p.m. Suss. 1567.2


While several of his brothers found fortune in London, Robert Bowyer maintained the links with Chichester forged by their father. He owned houses, land and a stable in Chichester, and property outside the city at Appledram, East Havant and West Wittering. In March 1567 he bought 24 acres in South Mundham from a son of William Erneley for £60, and these he left to his third daughter Elizabeth. He was at one time steward of the manor of Adlingbourne, owned by the bishop of Chichester, but had given up this post by September 1567. Like his younger brother William he was trained as a lawyer, and he evidently practised his calling. His wife was the daughter of a lawyer from Gray’s Inn, and through their marriage he obtained property in Kingston, Molesey and Southwark in Surrey, together with a mill at Tring in Hertfordshire.3

Bowyer’s domicile at Chichester and his father’s reputation there doubtless help to explain his election to Mary’s fourth Parliament. Both he and his fellow-Member Richard Knight appear on the list of opponents to one of the government’s bills. Belonging to a Protestant family, Bowyer could have been expected to dislike the legislation concerned: he was a cousin of one religious exile and his brother had helped