BRANDLING, Sir Robert (c.1490-1568), of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumb.

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. c.1490, 1st s. of John Brandling, mayor of Newcastle, by Margaret, da. of Robert Heley of Yorks. m. Anne, da. of John Place of Halnaby, Yorks., wid. of John Ifield, 1da. suc. fa. 1522. Kntd. 1 Oct. 1547.1

Offices Held

Sheriff, Newcastle 1524-5, mayor 1531-2 or 3, 1536-7, 1543-4, 1547-8, 1564-5; gov. Newcastle merchants co. 1536, 1547, 1564.2

J.p. Northumb. from c.1559.


Of conservative religious views, Brandling was not happy with the protestantism of Edward VI’s last years; John Knox wrote critically of his lack of enthusiasm for reform, and, despite his appointment to the commission of the peace the Elizabethan authorities distrusted him. By this time, however, his career was almost over. Old and in bad health, he was returned to Parliament for the last time in 1563, and chosen mayor for the last time in the following year. It is probable that instead of attending the 1566 session of this Parliament, he stayed in Newcastle to avoid an elderly widow he had promised to marry.3

During proceedings before the Durham consistory court after his death, his brother Henry deposed that on Trinity Sunday 1568 he had told Brandling ‘if you had not so many bastards you would hav