COLE, Robert (by 1478-1536/50), of Tewkesbury, Glos.

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 1478. educ. L. Inn, adm. 20 Aug. 1502. m. Joan (d. by 1533), at least 1da.2

Offices Held

Escheator, L. Inn 1506-7.

Jt. (with Walter Rowdon) dep. steward, duchy of Lancaster, in Glos. and Herefs. 6 May 1499.3


The family from which Robert Cole probably came had long been established in Gloucestershire. Of its various branches one was in the service of the 3rd Duke of Buckingham while another was resident in Gloucester. If Robert Cole was a kinsman of the mercer William Cole, who was three times mayor of Gloucester before his death in 1517, this might help to explain his election in 1512. He had a more obvious patron, however, in Walter Rowdon, a lawyer of considerable local standing, who had sat for Gloucester in the Parliament of 1491 and been mayor twice. As Rowdon’s protégé Cole served with him as a deputy steward for Regi