Robert de Leycestre


Robert de Leycestre (died 1356) was an English cleric, judge and Crown official, who held office as Master of the Rolls in Ireland.

Little is known of his early life, although his surname suggests that he was born in Leicester. He may have enjoyed the patronage of Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel, since the living of Keevil, Wiltshire to which he was presented in 1347, was in the Earl's gift.

He is first heard of in 1332 as a member of the household of Eleanor of Woodstock, sister of King Edward III; presumably he played a part in the preparations for her marriage to Reginald II, Duke of Guelders, in May of that year, and may have accompanied her to Guelders.

In 1350 he was sent to Ireland as Master of the Rolls; in 1352 he became second chamberlain of the Exchequer of Ireland, although the appointment was later revoked on the ground that it had been a "mistake" . He remained Master of the Rolls until his death in 1356.

References


  • Ball, F. Elrington The Judges in Ireland 1221-1921 John Murray London 1926