Robert Willoughby, 1st Baron Willoughby de Broke
Robert Willoughby was born at Brooke-in-Westbury, Wiltshire, the son of Sir John Willoughby of the family of the Barons Willoughby of Eresby, seated at Eresby Manor near Spilsby, Lincolnshire. His mother was Anne Cheney, 2nd daughter of Sir Edmund Cheyne (d.1430) of Brooke-in-Westbury, by Alice Stafford, daughter of Sir Humphrey Stafford II of Hooke, and aunt to Humphrey Stafford, 1st Earl of Devon(d.1469). Edmund Cheyne was the eldest son of Sir Ralph Cheyne (c. 1337–1400) of Poyntington, Somerset, by Joan Pavely, daughter & co-heiress of Sir John Pavely of Brooke/Broke manor, Heywood, near Westbury, Wiltshire.
The barony of Willoughby de Broke, named after the manor of Brooke/Broke, Heywood, near Westbury, Wiltshire, was created when Robert Willoughby was summoned to Parliament by writ in 1492. On his death on 23 August 1502 the title passed to his eldest son Robert Willoughby, 2nd Baron Willoughby de Broke.
He died at the manor house of Callington, for he directed in his will that he should be buried in the church of the parish he died in.
He married in 1472 Blanche (or Joan) Champernowne, daughter and heiress of John Champernowne of Bere Ferrers, Devon, by Elizabeth Bigbury. John was the son of Alexander Champernowne of Modbury and Joan Ferrers, da. of Martyn Ferrers of Bere Ferrers. He thus acquired the manors of Callington, Cornwall. and Bere Ferrers amongst others.
He had four children with Blanche:
- Robert Willoughby, 2nd Baron Willoughby de Broke(d.1521). Died sine prole, when the title became abeyant. Buried at Bere Ferrers.
- Elizabeth, who married firstly John Dynham, 1st Baron Dynham, and secondly William FitzAlan, 18th Earl of Arundel.
- John (died young)
- Anthony (died young)
- Rogers, p.346
- Mis-drawn and mis-blazoned by Rogers as a cross engrailed. The Bere Ferrers bench ends, where perhaps the wood disallows great detail in carving, shows not a cross crosslet but rather a thick plain cross.
- de jure 9th Baron Latimer,
- History of Parliament: House of Commons, 1386–1421, vol. 2, Stroud, 1992, Cheyne, Sir Ralph, pp.554–555
- Cokayne Complete Peerage
- Rogers, Appendix 3
- Cokayne Complete Peerage
- Rogers, p.346, quoting "Lysons"
- Hamilton Rogers, W.H. The Strife of the Roses & Days of the Tudors in the West, Exeter, 1890. (History of Barons Willoughby de Broke)
- Hamilton Rogers, W.H. The Ancient Sepulchral Effigies and Monumental and Memorial Sculpture of Devon, Exeter, 1877, pp. 346–7 & Appendix 3, pedigree of Willoughby de Broke.
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages – Peerages beginning with "W" (part 2) "Wellesley to Willoughby of Parham"
- Lundy, Darryl (3 June 2008). "Robert Willoughby, 1st Baron Willoughby de Broke". Thepeerage.
- Baron Willoughby of Broke from Crofts Peerage.
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