MICHELL, Robert (d.1563), of Norwich, 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

m., at least 1s.

Offices Held

Freeman, Norwich 1532, sheriff 1546-7, alderman 1552, mayor 1560-1.


The only known character sketch of Michell, a scrivener, is provided by one Thomas Eton, a skinner, in 1563:

never poor man’s friend but always a mortal foe to all poor men and hath the goodwill of no poor men within Norwich ... if there were no man alive but Mr. Mychells I could find it in my heart to be his hangman.

Returned for the city in 1563, he was given leave of absence ‘for his affairs’ on 16 Mar. He received wages of 2s. a day. He died later in 1563, his will being proved in the Norwich consistory court.

Reg. Norwich Freemen, ed. Millican, 117; H. Le Strange, Norf. Official Lists, 107-8; Norwich min. bk. 1551-68, f. 113, 128; Cal. Norwich Freemen, 96; Recs. Gild of St. George, Norwich (Norf. Rec. Soc. ix), 147 etc.; Depositions before the Mayor and Aldermen of Norwich, ed. Rye, 77; CJ, i. 69; Norwich corp. ct. bk. 1562-9, p. 122; Norwich consist. ct. 248 Knighton.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: Roger Virgoe


  • 1. Did not serve for the full duration of the Parliament.