Robert Wingfield

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Sir Robert Wingfield of Letheringham, Suffolk (1403 – between 6 October 1452 and 21 November 1454) was an English knight.[1][2]


He was son of Sir Robert Wingfield senior (c. 1370 – 3 May 1409) and Elizabeth Russell. (Letheringham, which is near Wickham Market and Easton, Suffolk, was the site of a small priory which passed to Sir Anthony Wingfield at the Dissolution. The church, which became ruinous in the 18th century and was afterwards restored, contained early Wingfield memorials.)

The ancestral home of the Wingfield family was Wingfield Castle in Suffolk.



On 19 May 1426, Robert was knighted at Hereford by King Henry VI of England. From 1427 to 1436 he was knight of the shire for Suffolk. On 28 November 1436, Robert was appointed Steward of the Honour of Richmond in Norfolk.

In 1443 he became Steward to John de Mowbray, 3rd Duke of Norfolk and accompanied the Duke on his embassy to the court of King Charles VII of France. He was accused of rioting in 1447 and imprisoned in the Marshalsea, but pardoned in 1448. He was appointed knight of the shire for Hertfordshire in 1449.

He became a Member of Parliament under Henry VI. In 1450, he was denounced in the Parliament of England as one of the King's "evil advisors". He received a Royal Commission in 1451 and died in 1454.

Marriage and children[edit]

He was married before 18 August 1421 to Elizabeth Goushill or Gousell (1396–1491), daughter of Sir Robert Goushill or Gousell of Hoveringham, Nottinghamshire, and Elizabeth FitzAlan. They were parents to thirteen children:


  1. ^ G. E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors. The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume II, page 16.
  2. ^ Charles Mosley, editor. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 3, page 3199.