CORBET, Roger (1501/2-38), of Moreton Corbet, Salop; Linslade, Bucks. and London.
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Sheriff, Salop 1529-30, Nov. 1538-d., Beds. and Bucks. 1535-6; j.p. Bucks. 1532.3
With a landed income estimated by Leland at some £550 a year, the Corbets had been eminent in Shropshire since the Conquest. The King’s favourite and future brother-in-law, Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, obtained Roger Corbet’s wardship in 1514 and it was doubtless he who arranged the youth’s marriage with the daughter of a leading courtier. Corbet obtained livery of his inheritance on 22 Oct. 1522 and not long afterwards began to figure in both Shropshire and Buckinghamshire, where his father-in-law was prominent. He is not known to have taken part in Suffolk’s campaign of 1523, nor did he receive the knighthood which his wealth and connexions could have been expected to yield.4
Corbet may have sat first in the Parliament of 1523, for which most of the names are lost. Sir Andrew Windsor, who would presumably have promoted his son-in-law’s election then, may be thought to have done so six years later. The two Shropshire seats were taken by his uncle Sir Thomas Cornwall and John Blount, but he owned land near Truro, which had descended to him as heir-general to the Arcedekne family, and