Robert Barker (MP for Colchester)

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Robert Barker (1563–5 April 1618) was an English politician.


He was the third son of John Barker, a merchant of Bildeston, Suffolk. He was educated at St John's College, Cambridge and trained for law at the Inner Temple.[1]

He was the Member of Parliament for Colchester, Essex four times between 1597 and 1621.[1][2]

He became a JP for Harwich in 1601 and Essex in 1607 (until 1617) and was made Serjeant-at-Law for Colchester in 1612. He died in at Monkwick in 1618.[1]


He had married Margaret, the daughter of Robert Coke of Mileham, Suffolk; they had two sons and three daughters. he was succeeded by his eldest son Bestney.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d J.H. 1981.
  2. ^ Willis 1750, pp. 139, 140, 159, 170.


Parliament of England
Preceded by
James Morice
Martin Bessell
Member of Parliament for Colchester
With: Richard Symnell (1597–1604)
Edward Alford (1604–1621)
Succeeded by
Edward Alford
William Towse