SAUNDERS, Robert (c.1514-59), of Flore, Northants.
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Family and Education
b. c.1514, 2nd surv. s. of Thomas Saunders of Sibbertoft by Margaret, da. of Richard Cave of Stanford; bro. of Edward. educ. ?M. Temple. m. (1) Margaret, da. and h. of Thomas Stanton of Stanton, Mon., 2s. 1da.; (2) by Oct. 1558, Joyce, da. of Sir John Goodwin of Upper Winchendon, Bucks. at least 1s.1
Robert Saunders must have been well under age in March 1528 when his father bequeathed him 100 marks and entrusted him to his mother for ‘convenient’ learning. He is therefore to be distinguished from the namesake who was in the service of Sir Thomas Lovell I in 1522 and from the entrant to the Middle Temple of 1518, although as this was his elder brother’s inn he may have gone there later. Saunders assisted his brothers-in-law John and Otwell Johnson in buying wool. By 1558 he was joint steward of the borough of Brackley with his first cousin Francis Saunders, and he frequently appears on the borough court rolls suing various local merchants for minor debts. His official standing doubtless explains his return to Parliament for the borough, even though his ties with the 3rd Earl of Derby, its patron, do not seem to have extended beyond his stewardship. His Membership of the Parliament of March 1553 may have been in conjunction with his cousin Francis, one of the two original representatives for Brackl