JERMYN, Robert (1601-1623), of Rushbrooke, Suff.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1604-1629, ed. Andrew Thrush and John P. Ferris, 2010
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Family and Education

bap. 13 Sept. 1601, 1st s. of Sir Thomas Jermyn* (d.1645) and his 1st w. Catherine, da. of Sir William Killigrew I*; bro. of Henry* and Thomas*.1 educ. Clare, Camb. 1617;2 travelled abroad 1618-?1620.3 unm. bur. 5 Dec. 1623.4

Offices Held


Jermyn received a typical gentleman’s education, briefly attending Cambridge, and then obtaining a licence on 31 [sic] June 1618 for three years’ foreign travel with his cousin, Robert Poley*.5 Presumably summoned home to sit in the third Jacobean Parliament, he was returned for Penryn on the interest of his grandfather, Sir William Killigrew I, even though he was still under-age, and therefore ineligible to stand for election. Jermyn spoke once in the Commons, arguing on 18 Apr. that the controversial issue of tobacco imports should be settled by the Privy Council. He also attended a meeting of the bill committee concerned with lighthouses, although was not formally appointed to scrutinize this measure.6 Jermyn was apparently staying at his grandfather’s London home when he died in December 1623 during an outbreak of ‘purple fever’. He was buried in the local parish church, St. Margaret Lothbury. No will or administration grant has been found.7

Ref Volumes: 1604-1629

Authors: John. P. Ferris / Paul Hunneyball


  • 1. S.H.A. Hervey, Rushbrook Par. Regs. 3, 56, 237.
  • 2. Al. Cant.
  • 3. APC, 1618-19, p. 201.
  • 4. GL, ms 4346/1 (unfol.).
  • 5. APC, 1618-19, p. 201; Vis. Suff. ed. Howard, i. 295-6.
  • 6. CD 1621, iii. 10; C.R. Kyle, ‘Attendance Lists’, PPE 1604-48 ed. Kyle, 189.
  • 7. Chamberlain Letters ed. N.E. McClure, ii. 531; GL, ms 4346/1 (unfol.).