GRIFFITH, Robert (1501/2-68), of Salisbury, Wilts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Apr. 1554
Nov. 1554

Family and Education

b. 1501/2. m. by 1546, Catherine, 1s. 3da.2

Offices Held

Member, council of the Forty-Eight, Salisbury 1531, member of the Twenty-Four 1541, auditor 1537, 1541, 1549, 1553, 1556-7, 1559, 1561-3, 1565, assessor for Market ward 1541, warden, tailors’ guild in 1541, senior warden in 1548, 1556, mayor 1545.3


Robert Griffith lived in Salisbury for at least the greater part of his life and is not known to have been related to the Robert Gruffydd who was returned for Caernarvon Boroughs in 1545 and 1558. Although unaccountably described as a butcher of Calne in the King’s bench proceedings of 1555, Griffith was a prosperous draper who, when empanelled with other leading citizens for the indictment of the 8th Baron Stourton, was given the style of ‘armiger’. He was among 15 citizens who lent money to the King in 1542, when he subscribed £20, and he paid £4 on his goods in the Market ward towards a benevolence three years later. In 1550, 1551 and 1552 he was assessed for subsidy on goods worth £60, and between 1547 and 1561 he made seven purchases of property in Salisbury.4

Griffith was first returned for Salisbury, with Willi