BUXTON, Robert (c.1533-1607), of Tibenham and Dickleburgh, Norf.

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.1533, 1st s. of John Buxton by his w. Margaret Warner of Winfarthing. educ. Trinity Hall, Camb. 1547 (impubes); I. Temple 1553, called 1572. m. Joan, da. and coh. of Robert Heron or Herne of Tibenham, 3s. 5da. suc. fa. 1572.2

Offices Held

Bencher, I. Temple 1574; j.p. Norf. from c.1590; servant of 4th Duke of Norfolk; surveyor general for Norf. and Suff. lands of Philip, 13th Earl of Arundel.3


Buxton’s positions in the service of the Duke of Norfolk and, later, of the Earl of Arundel, explain his return to Parliament on three occasions for Sussex boroughs. He was licensed to be absent from Parliament for the Duke of Norfolk’s affairs, both in 1559 and 1563. Buxton was suspected of complicity in the Ridolfi plot, and spent two years in prison. Later, in October 1586, he was mentioned as among those regularly visiting the Earl of Arundel in the Tower ‘for his law courses’, thus keeping him informed of events in the outside world. He was described by the Earl in his will as ‘my loving friend’, and was left a piece of silver plate.4

He held considerable property both in Norfolk and Suffolk. His lands in Tibenham, which almost certainly came to him by his marriage, included the four manors of Chanons, Hackford, Seckford and Westhall. He also held the man