|Sir Robert Sheffield|
|Died||10 August 1518|
|Father||Sir Robert Sheffield|
He was trained in the law at the Inner Temple, and became Governor of the Inner Temple in 1511. He served as Recorder of London from 1495 to 1508, and was thus an ex officio Member of Parliament for the City of London in 1495, 1497 and 1504. Bernard Andreas states that Sheffield resigned the recordership in April 1508.
In 1515, Sheffield helped Cardinal Wolsey in drafting legislation but later gave lead to anti-clerical forces in the House, earning him the Cardinal's enmity. In 1516, he was charged with negligence as a justice of the peace and was summoned before the Star Chamber but negotiated a pardon. Six months later he was incarcerated in the Tower of London after complaining against Cardinal Wolsey, and brought before the Star Chamber again, and this time asked the King for mercy. However the pardon was revoked and he died in the Tower of London on 10 August 1518. He was buried in the Augustinian church (Blackfriars), London. His will is in Testamenta Vetusta by Nicholas Harris Nicolas (p. 555).
Marriages and issue
Sheffield married firstly Ellen Delves, the daughter and heir of Sir John Delves of Doddington, Cheshire, by whom he had a son and heir, Robert Sheffield (d.1531), who married Jane Stanley, daughter of George Stanley, 9th Baron Strange, and sister of Thomas Stanley, 2nd Earl of Derby, and four daughters. Edmund Sheffield, the son of Robert Sheffield (d.1531) and Jane Stanley, became first Baron Sheffield in 1547.
After his first wife's death in or after 1509, Sheffield married secondly Anne Barley or Barlee (d. 1557 or 1558), the daughter of William Barley, of Albury, Hertfordshire. After Sheffield's death in 1518 his widow married secondly Sir John Grey of Blisworth, Northamptonshire, a younger son of Thomas Grey, 1st Marquess of Dorset by his second wife, Cecily Bonville, and thirdly Sir Richard Clement, of Ightham Mote, Kent. Anne (née Barlee) left a will dated 1 October 1557, proved 7 May 1558.
- Challen, W.H. (January 1963). "Lady Anne Grey". Notes and Queries. 10 (1): 5–9. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
- Lock, Julian (2004). "Sheffield, Sir Robert (b. before 1462, d. 1518)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/25299. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.) The first edition of this text is available at Wikisource: "Sheffield, Robert". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
- Richardson, Douglas (2011). Everingham, Kimball G., ed. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families. II (2nd ed.). Salt Lake City. pp. 304–6. ISBN 1449966381.
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