Robert Sadington

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Robert Sadington (fl. 1340) was lord chancellor of England.

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He is assumed to be a native of Sadington in Leicestershire, and perhaps a son of John de Sadington, a valet of Isabella of France. He appears as an advocate in the year-books from 1329 to 1336. On 12 February 1332 he was placed on the commission of peace for Leicestershire and Rutland, and on 25 June 1332 was a commissioner for the assessment of the tallage in the counties of Leicester, Warwick, and Worcester. Previously to 8 August 1334 he was justice in eyre of the forest of Pickering and of the forests in Lancashire.

During 1336 he was a justice of gaol delivery at Lancaster and Warwick. On 20 March 1334 he was appointed chief baron of the exchequer, and appears to have been the first chief baron who was summoned to parliament by that title. On 25 July 1339 he was acting as lieutenant for the treasurer, William de Zouche, and from 2 May to 21 June 1340 was himself treasurer, but retained his office as chief baron. On 29 September 1343 he was appointed chancellor, being the third layman to hold this position during the reign. He resigned the great seal on 26 October 1345. The reason for his resignation is not given, but he was reappointed chief baron on 8 December 1345. He had been a trier of petitions for England in the parliaments of 1341 and 1343, and was a trier of petitions from the clergy in 1347. In 1346 Sadington was one of the guardians of the principality of Wales, duchy of Cornwall, and earldom of Chester during the minority of Edward, the Black Prince. In 1347 he presided over the commission appointed to try the earls of Fife and Menteith, who had been taken prisoners in the battle of Neville's Cross.

His successor as chief baron was appointed on 7 April 1350, Sadington having been given leave to retire in 1349.[1] He married Joyce, sister and heiress of Roger de Mortival, bishop of Salisbury. Isabel, his daughter and sole heir, married Sir Ralph Hastings.

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