CONSTABLE, Sir Marmaduke I (c.1480-1545), of Everingham, Yorks.

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

Dates

Family and Education

b. c.1480, 2nd s. of Sir Marmaduke Constable, and bro. of Sir John. m. Barbara, da. and h. of Sir John Sothill of Everingham, 2s. inc. Sir Robert at least 1da. Kntd. 9 Sept. 1513.1

Offices Held

Commr. subsidy, Yorks. 1512, tenths of spiritualities 1535, for survey of monasteries 1536; sheriff, Lincs. 1513-14, Yorks. 1532-3; member, council in the north June 1530-d.; j.p. Yorks. (E. Riding) 1532-d., (N. Riding) 1534/35-d., (W. Riding) 1536, 1538; knight of the body by 1533.2

Biography

A younger son in an old Yorkshire family, Marmaduke Constable married a local heiress and established a branch at Everingham. In 1513 he was one of the ‘seemly sons’ who fought under his father’s command at Flodden, where his valour earned him a knighthood at the hands of Thomas, Lord Howard. Some months later, when the King returned from northern France, he was further recognized by being pricked sheriff of Lincolnshire, where he had a territorial interest in right of his wife. His life was to be spent largely in the north, but in 1520 he went to the Field of Cloth of Gold and then to Gravelines for the meeting with the Emperor. In the next two years he fought again on the borders, and his courage at the capture of Jedburgh and Ferniehurst won general admiration and brought further commendation from Howard, by then 3rd Duke of Norfolk.3

Constable’s reputation, experience and connexions made him an obvious choice for a seat in Parliament, and in 1529 he was returned with his cousin Sir John Neville I as one of the knights for Yorkshire: to local support he could have added the favour of Norfolk, whose influence on this occasion was far-ranging. Whether this was his first appearance in the Commons the loss of the names for the earlier Parliaments of the reign leaves no means of deciding. He was one of the group of Members, most if not all of them conservatives, who customarily dined at the Queen’s