GUYNES, Robert (d.c.1573), of the Inner Temple, London.

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

educ. I. Temple 1550, called. m., 1da.

Offices Held

Bencher, I. Temple 1567, Lent reader 1568.


This Member probably belonged to a branch of the Guynes family of Essex, who were related by marriage to Sir John Carey of Plashy, stepfather of Sir Francis Walsingham. Robert Guynes was admitted to the Inner Temple as of Colchester, and he may have been related to John Gynes, a man of some legal training, who took charge of the Colchester court rolls in the late 1540s. The reason for his return for Plympton in 1571 has not been ascertained; possibly he had some connexion in a legal capacity or through Walsingham, with the 2nd Earl of Bedford, who was influential in the borough. The only mention of him in the known proceedings of the House records his appointment to the committee on the bill for the validity of non-resident burgesses, 19 Apr. 1571.

Guynes was dead by 8 Jan. 1574, when letters of administration were granted to his brother Thomas. Thomas died shortly afterwards, and on 11 June fresh letters of administration were granted to another brother, William.

Vis. Essex (Harl. Soc. xiii), 411; Essex Rev. xlviii. 118-24; CJ, i. 85; CSP Dom. 1547-80, p. 436; PCC admon. act bk. 1574, f. 52.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: W.J.J.