Roger Townshend (Norfolk MP, born 1477)

Sir Roger Townshend (1477 Raynham, Norfolk, England – 1552 Raynham, Norfolk, England) was an English landowner, knight, and politician.

Roger Townshend
Raynham, Norfolk, England
Died10 May 1552
Raynham, Norfolk, England
OccupationPolitician and Knight
Spouse(s)Amy Brewes
ChildrenSir John Townshend
Sir Robert Townshend
Sir George Townshend
Sir Roger Townshend
Sir Thomas Townshend
Sir Giles Townshend
Susan Townshend
Katherine Townshend
Parent(s)Sir Roger Townshend, Eleanor Lumford


He was the son of Sir Roger Townshend and Eleanor Lumford of Raynham, Norfolk, and studied at Lincoln's Inn.

Instead of following in his father's footsteps as a judge, he devoted himself to his lands and to local affairs. He was appointed High Sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk for 1511 and 1518 and elected Knight of the Shire for Norfolk in 1529 and 1542. He was knighted in 1518.


He died on 10 May 1552 at Raynham. He had married Anne (or Amy) Brewes, daughter and co-heiress of William de Brewse, of Wenham Hall, Suffolk, and Stinton Hall in Norfolk,[1] by whom he had six sons and two daughters:[2]

  • Sir John Townshend (died 1543/4) of Raynham, who married Eleanor Heydon, the daughter of the courtier Sir John Heydon (died 1551) of Baconsthorpe Castle, Norfolk by his wife, Catherine Willoughby (died 1542), the daughter of Sir Christopher Willoughby. John Townshend predeceased his father, leaving five sons and two daughters, including an eldest son, Richard Townshend (died 1551), who married Katherine Browne, the daughter of Sir Humphrey Browne.[3]
  • Sir Robert Townshend (died 3 February 1557), who was Justice of Chester, and married Alice Poppey, daughter and sole heir of Robert Poppey, esquire, of Brampton, Suffolk.[4]
  • Sir George Townshend.[4]
  • Sir Roger Townshend.[4]
  • Sir Thomas Townshend of Tiverton.
  • Sir Giles Townshend (died 1552).[4]
  • Susan Townshend, who married Sir Edmund Wyndham.[4]
  • Katherine Townshend, who married Sir Henry Bedingfield.[4]

He was succeeded by his great-grandson, Sir Roger Townshend (died 1590), who served Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk as his man of business.


  1. ^ Moreton 1992, p. 21
  2. ^ G.H. Dashwood, The Visitation of Norfolk in the year 1563 (Miller & Leavins, Norwich 1878), Vol. I, pp. 306-08.
  3. ^ Dashwood 1878, pp. 306–8; Gurney 1848, p. 412.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Dashwood 1878, p. 307.



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  • History of Parliament TOWNSHEND, Sir Roger (by 1478–1551) of Raynham, Norf.
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