TRIGGES, Robert (by 1508-50/51), of St. Peter's, Chichester, Suss. and Chawton, Hants.
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b. by 1508. m. Margaret (?Spring), 1s.1
Recorder, Chichester by 1534-d.; servant of the 9th Lord la Warr by 1539.2
No trace of Robert Trigges has been found before he took the senior place for Chichester in the Parliament of 1529, being presumably already the city’s recorder. He may have been helped at the election by the 9th Lord la Warr, a Sussex magnate, with whom he was associated during the 1530s. Nothing is known about Trigges’s part in this Parliament, but presumably he sat in its successor, that of 1536, in compliance with the King’s request for the re-election of the previous Members, and he may have done so again in 1539 and 1545, for which Parliaments Chichester’s returns are lost.
In July 1537 Trigges leased Mundham rectory from the crown, and was also in 1550 a tenant of lands in the same district. A tendency to deal in property on a bigger scale is reflected in Trigges’s purchase from Lord la Warr in 1542, with Lawrence Stoughton, of manors in Dorset, Sussex and Wiltshire, and several tenements in Hampshire. He was a sick man when in 1548-9 he made his will at Chawton. After remembering a kinswoman and two of his servants he left all his property to his wife, whom he named sole executrix, with Thomas Carpenter and William Stapleton as overseers. He seems to have recovered as in August 1550 he leased the mansion house of Waltham prebend, which he sold not long after to Walter Roynon for £56. The will was proved on 31 Jan. 1551.3