ASHLEY, Robert (1565-1641), of Damerham, Wilts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. 1565, s. of Anthony Ashley of Damerham, and bro. of Anthony Ashley. educ. schools at Wimborne, Southampton, Salisbury; Hart Hall, Oxf. 1580; St. Alban Hall; M. Temple (from inn of chancery) 1588, called c.1590, s.p.

Offices Held

Servant of Lord Keeper Puckering.


Ashley was a lawyer and scholar, distantly related to William Mere and to the wife of Thomas Howard. He acted in plays before the Earl of Pembroke while at school in Salisbury. In 1580 he was admitted to Hart Hall, but transferred to St. Alban Hall because of the brutality of his tutor. At Christmas 15