Sir Robert Constable

Cornelius Brown, in his History of Newark, Vol.2  (1907,  pp.17, 218 & 276) notes the following:-

The Constable family were allied by marriage to the house of Rutland, Sir Robert’s son, Henry (see above), being a noted author and poet.

In the a late 1500s Sir Robert Constable was the occupant of The Spital, a sizeable house belonging to the hospital of St.Leonard, then located on the outskirts of Newark, on Northgate.

Sir Robert’s name appears also in 1541 as tenant of a property described as “a close of pasture called Great Appleton, and another called “le Great Close”.

He was lieutenant of the Ordnance to Queen Elizabeth I, and served in the wars in Scotland under the Earl of Surrey, by whom he was knighted in 1570.

Sir Robert was closely allied by marriage to several landed families.  His mother was Catherine, daughter of of Sir George Manners (Lord Roos), sister of Thomas Earl of Rutland.  Sir Robert came into the possession of Newark property by marrying Christina, widow of Anthony Forster, the first Alderman of Newark (Christina was the daughter of John Dabridgecourt, of Astley Hall, at Chorley in Warwickshire and a descendant of Lanches Dabridgecourt, who was admitted into the Order of the Garter on its first institution).

Brown (Vol.2 p.17) quotes a record of a dispute between over property between Sir Robert and Gyles Forster, “which”, he says, “seems to indicate that the knight and his new relatives did not get on very well together”.

Sir Robert Constable was father of the noted Elizabethan poet Henry Constable