Robert Brerewood

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Sir Robert Brerewood (1588 – 8 September 1654) was an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1640.

Brerewood was the son of John Brerewood who had been Sheriff of Chester. The Brerewood family over several generations filled many public offices in Chester. In 1605 Brerewood was sent to Brasenose College, Oxford and was later admitted to Middle Temple. He was called to the bar on 13 November 1615, and practised for twenty-two years. He also published some of the literary works of his uncle Edward Brerewood. In 1637 he was appointed a judge of North Wales and was appointed reader at the Middle Temple in Lent term in 1638. He was chosen Recorder of Chester in 1639.[1]

In April 1640, Brerewood was returned as Member of Parliament for Chester for the Short Parliament.[2] Also in 1640 Brerewood became serjeant-at-law and in 1641 he was appointed king's serjeant. He was knighted in 1643, and raised to the bench as one of the Judges of the Common Pleas. He was sworn in at Oxford where King Charles I then was, and continued to sit until the end of the Civil War but never in Westminster Hall. After the execution of Charles I he retired into private life.[1]

Brerewood died at the age of 66 and was buried in St Mary's Church, Chester.[1]

Brerewood married twice, firstly to Anna Mainwaring, daughter of Sir Randall Mainwaring of Over Peover, Cheshire, and secondly to Katherine Lea, daughter of Sir Richard Lea of Lea and Dernhall, Cheshire, and had several children by each of his wives.[1]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Chester
With: Sir Thomas Smith
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Smith
Francis Gamull