Roger Drury of Hawstead Katherine Drury Felice Drury Ursula Drury Elizabeth Drury Robert Drury of Hedgerley Anne Drury William Drury of Hawstead Bridget Drury Anne Calthorpe Ann Jernegan William Drury of Besthorpe John Drury Roger Drury Felice Denston Mini tree diagram

Sir Robert Drury of Hawstead

Robert Drury of Hawstead

1450 - 2nd Mar 1536

Life History




Birth of daughter Ursula Drury

about 1500

Birth of daughter Anne Drury

about 1500

Birth of daughter Elizabeth Drury

about 1500

Birth of son Robert Drury of Hedgerley

30th May 1500

Birth of son William Drury of Hawstead

about 1506

Birth of daughter Bridget Drury


Death of daughter Ursula Drury

11th Jan 1536

Death of Anne Calthorpe in Halstead, Suffolk

2nd Mar 1536


Other facts


Married Ann Jernegan


Married Anne Calthorpe



"Sir Robert Drury of Hawstead (1470-1536), buried in St. Mary's Church at Bury St. Edmund, was the father of William Drury of Hawstead (d. 1557/58), and Sir Robert Drury of Hedgerley. "

"Sir Robert Drury, knight, succeeded at Hawstead, and with him began for the family a long connection with the Courts of the Tudor Sovereigns, and a succession of capable and eminent men whose careers are part of the history of the country throughout the sixteenth century."
"He was elected Speaker of the House of Commons 4 October 1495."

From 'The History of the Family of Drury In the Counties of Suffolk and Norfolk From the Conquest' by Arthur Campling, London, 1937.

"He served as as a canopy-bearer for the funeral of Prince Henry, son of King Henry VIII in 1511.
He served as as executor to the will of John de Vere, Earl of Oxford from 1512 to 1513.
He served as as a witness at the marriage of Princess Mary on 9 October 1514 in England.
"was present at the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520."
Between 1522 and 1524 he was tax collector in England. "in 1524 he was a Commissioner for the collection of the loan for the French war. Lord Willoughby, the abbot of Bury, Sir Robt. Drury, Sir Will. Waldegrave and others were made commissioners to squeeze out money for the war of 1522 by a forced loan. The patience of the county cracked and at the next demand in 1525, an open outburst took place against the Duke of Suffolk and Sir Robt. Drury. 4000 men assembled, but bloodshed was averted."
"In 1526 he was one of the legal or judicial committee of the Privy Council, ranking in point of precedence next after Sir Thomas More."
He signed a will on 1 May 1531. He died in 1535.
He was buried in Saint Mary's Bury Saint Edmund's.

From A guide to .. Bury St. Edmunds

"On the south side of the chancel beneath the last arch towards the east is a large altar monument covering the remains of Sir Robert Drury who was privy councillor to Henrys Seventh and Eighth and is supposed to have died about the year 1533

From wikipedia

"Sir Robert Drury (knighted by Henry VII of England after the battle of Blackheath, 17 June 1497) and Lord of the Manor of Hawstead, Suffolk, was Knight of the Body to Kings Henry VII and Henry VIII, Knight of the Shire for Suffolk, Speaker of the House of Commons [elected 4 October 1495], and Privy Councillor. He was also a barrister-at-law. His London townhouse was in Drury Lane.
Was present at the funeral of the young Prince Henry in 1511, where, amongst the list of mourners, he is included as one of the Knights to bear the canopy. He was an executor of the will of John de Vere, 13th Earl of Oxford, who died in 1513. On the fly-leaf thereof are signatures of 'Robertus Drury, miles' and 'Willelmus Drury, miles.'
Between June 1510 and February 1513 inclusive he was engaged with various colleagues in the attempt 'to pacify the Scottish border by peaceful methods and to obtain redress for wrongs committed'."


"Sir Robert Drury (b. before 1456, d. 1535), lawyer and speaker of the House of Commons, was chief steward and executor to John de Vere (1442-1513), 13th Earl of Oxford.
The names of both the testator [Sir William Drury] and his father [Sir Robert Drury b. before 1456, d. 1535)] appear in the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (Huntington Library EL 26 C 09) which was at one time owned by the Earls of Oxford. It is said that the testator's father received the manuscript as a legacy from the 13th Earl.

Notes in the Manuscript - San Marino, Huntington Library, EL 26 C 09

'The poem on ff. ii verso-iv (art. 1) appears to have been written to honor the de Vere family, earls of Oxford; its inclusion in this manuscript may suggest an early association with John de Vere (1408-61/62), 12th Earl of Oxford, who after his father's death in 1417 became ward of the Duke of Exeter and in 1426 of the Duke of Bedford; both men were kinsmen of Chaucer's son, Thomas.
One of the executors of the will of John de Vere (1442-1512/13), 13th Earl of Oxford, was Sir Robert Drury of Hawsted in Suffolk, 17 miles northeast of Castle Hedingham, the family seat of the de Veres.
On f. i verso, s. XVI2/4, 'Robertus drury miles, William drury miles, Robertus drury miles, domina Jarmin, domina Jarningam, dommina Alington,' referring to Sir Robert Drury (mentioned above as executor; speaker of the House of Commons in 1495 and a member of Henry VIII's Council), to his sons William and Robert, and to his 3 daughters: Anna, married first to George Waldegrave, and after his death in 1528 to Sir Thomas Jermyn; Bridget, married to Sir John Jernyngham (Jernegan, of Somerleyton); Ursula (d. 1521), married to Sir Giles Alington. Among the legatees of the 13th Earl of Oxford's will were the elder Robert Drury's sons-in-law, George Waldegrave and Sir Giles Alington.
On f. ii, the names 'Domina Jernegan' and 'Domina Jernegan, Domina Alington' are repeated;
on f. i verso, 'Edwarde Waldegrave' (uncle, d. 1500, or son, b. 1514, of George Waldegrave).
On ff. i verso and iv verso, s. XV or XVIin, several times, the name and once the phrase, 'Margery seynt John ys a shrew' (George Waldegrave had a niece, d. 1536, and a great-niece, d. 1562, by that name).
On f. i verso, s. XVI, 'Thomas Calthorpp of' (a Thomas Calthorpe, d. 1559, was great-nephew of the elder Sir Robert Drury's first wife, Anna, daughter of Sir William Calthorpe of Norwich).
On f. ii, the initials 'HD' and on f. 147v, 'Henricus Drury Miles' (possibly the son of William Drury).
On f. 130, s. XVI,'per me henricum Payne' followed by a paraph, possibly referring to the Henry Payne of Nowton, near Hawsted, a member of Lincoln's Inn, d. 1568; his will shows that he had purchased lands from the Drurys; he had witnessed Sir William Drury's will in 1557 and had had a legacy from him; in his own will, he bequeathed to Sir Giles Alington, grandson of Ursula Drury and her husband Giles Alington, 'the beste geldyng he will choise of eny that I haue And also my Chaucer written in vellum and illumyned with golde.'
On f. ii, s. XVI, 'per me Thomam Badbeye,' brother-in-law of Sir Ambrose Jermyn (son of the Sir Thomas Jermyn who had married Anna Drury). On ff. 64 and v recto and verso (= first back flyleaf), the name of John Hedgeman; on f. 175, the name occurs in a longer inscription, much faded, but which may read 'John Hedgeman of Hawkedoun in the Countie of Suffolk neyther squier nor knight But a knave'; Hawkedon is near the Drury seat at Hawsted and some 20 miles east of Castle Hedingham. The remaining sixteenth century ownership marks are without known connection to the de Vere or Drury families.'

From 'The History of Parliament'

"Sir Robert sat for Suffolk and served as Speaker in 1495. Sir Robert's son also represented the county, as did his grandson, Sir William .."