Appleyard Family History Library

AMY ROBSART

"Amy Robsart was the only legitimate child of Sir John Robsart, Lord of the Manor of Syderstone in Norfolk, by Elizabeth the daughter of John Scott of Camberwell (Surrey) - and widow of Roger Appleyard (d.1530), Lord of the Manor of Stanfield, also in Norfolk. By her first husband, Lady Robsart had four children: John, Philip, Anne and Frances; and, to her, the manor of Stanfield was bequeathed, with remainder to her son, John. She died in 1549.

. . . . Blount was instructed to encourage the most stringent public inquiry and to communicate with John Appleyard, Lady Amy's half-brother.

. . . . In 1567, the charge of murder was revived by John Appleyard, who declared that the jury was bribed but, on being examined by the Privy Council, he made an abject apology and confessed that he had wilfully slandered Dudley because he had been disappointed in not receiving greater gifts from his brother-in-law."

 Amy Robsart, Lady Dudley (1532-1560)

Descendants of Elizabeth Scott

1 Elizabeth Scott b: 1504 in Camberwell, London d: 1549
... +Sir John Robsart b: in Syderstone, Norfolk d: 1557
........ 2 Amy Robsart b: 1532 in Stanfield, Norfolk d: 08 Sep 1560
.............. +Lord Robert Dudley b: 24 Jun 1533 d: 04 Sep 1588 m: 04 Jun 1549 in Royal Palace of Sheen (Richmond), Surrey
........ 2 Arthur Robsart
*2nd Husband of Elizabeth Scott:
... +Roger Appleyard b: Bef. 1495 in Bracon Ash, Norfolk d: 08 Jun 1528 m: 1523 in Camberwell, London
........ 2 John Appleyard b: 24 Jan 1526/27 in East Dereham, Norfolk d: 1572
.............. +Elizabeth Hogan b: 1529 d: 1580 m: 1550 in East Bradenham, Norfolk
.................. 3 Henry Appleyard b: 1551 in Bracken Ash, Norwich
........ 2 Philip Appleyard b: 1528 in Bracon Ash, Norfolk
.............. +Mary Shelton b: 1512 in Shelton, Norfolk d: 08 Jan 1570/71 m: 1558 in Shelton, Norfolk
........ 2 Frances Appleyard b: 1524
.............. +William Drury b: Abt. 1520 in Bracon Ash, Norfolk m: in Bracon Ash, Norfolk
........ *2nd Husband of Frances Appleyard:
.............. +William Flowerdieu b: Abt. 1530 in Hethersett, Norfolk d: Abt. 1600 m: Abt. 1551 in Scattow, Norfolk
.................. 3 Anthony Flowerdieu b: Abt. 1552 in Hetherset, Norfolk d: Abt. 1610
........................ +Martha Stanley b: 1570
............................. 4 Temperence Flowerdieu b: Abt. 1587 d: Dec 1628
.................................. +George Yeardley b: 1587 in Weston, Herts
bapt: 28 Jul 1588 in St. Saviour's, Southwark m: Nov 1617 Jamestown, VA                                      d: 13 Nov 1627 Will: 14 Feb 1628
....................................... 5 Argoll Yeardley b: 31 Aug 1618 in London d: 1655
............................................. +Frances Knight b: Abt. 1618 in London m: 09 Mar 1635 in St Stephen Coleman, London
.................................................. 6 Rose Yeardley b: Abt. 1640
.................................................. 6 Frances Yeardley
.................................................. 6 Argoll Yeardley b: Abt. 1644 in Northampton Co., VA
.................................................. 6 Katherine Yeardley b: Abt. 1637
....................................... *2nd Wife of Argoll Yeardley:
............................................. +Ann Custis b: Abt. 1620 in Rotterdam m: Abt. 1649 in Rotterdam
.................................................. 6 Edmund Yeardley
.................................................. 6 Henry Yeardley
....................................... 5 Elizabeth Yeardley b: 1619 in James City, Virginia
............................................. +Joseph Burgess Croshaw b: 1610 in Bruton Parish, York County, Virginia m: in Bruton Parish, Williamsburg, VA
.................................................. 6 Mary Croshaw
....................................................... +White
............................................................ 7 Mary White b: in New Kent County, Virginia
.................................................................. +George Smith
...................................................................... 8 Unity Smith
............................................................................ +Jerome Dumas b: 1681 in D'Antraigue, France m: 1702
................................................................................. 9 Benjamin Dumas b: 1705 in New Kent County, Virginia d: 02 Mar 1766
....................................................................................... +Frances Clark b: 1706 in New Kent County, Virginia d: 1752 m: Abt. 1725
........................................................................................... 10 Frances Clark b: 1740 in New Kent County, Virginia d: Abt. 1766
................................................................................................. +Francis Smith, Sr d: Bef. 26 Jan 1791 m: 1758
...................................................................................................... 11 Unity Smith b: in Anson County, North Carolina d: Dec 1831
........................................................................................................... +George Hammond b: 25 Feb 1752 in Richmond County, VA. d: 10 Apr 1840
.................................................. 6 Benjamin Croshaw b: 1640
.................................................. 6 Unity Croshaw b: 1636
.................................................. 6 Rachel Croshaw
.................................................. 6 Richard Croshaw
....................................... 5 Francis Yeardley b: Dec 1623 in London d: Aug 1657
............................................. +Sarah Offley b: 1609 in London d: 17 Jan 1656 m: 20 Nov 1647 in Norfolk Co., VA
............................. *2nd Husband of Temperence Flowerdieu:
.................................. +Francis West b: 28 Oct 1586 m: 1628 d: Feb 1634
............................. 4 Stanley Flowerdieu
............................. 4 Mary Flowerdieu
............................. 4 Unknown Flowerdieu
........ 2 Anna Appleyard b: 1525 in Bracon Ash, Norfolk
.............. +James Bigot b: Abt. 1524 in Bracon Ash, Norfolk m: Abt. 1545 in Bracon Ash, Norfolk
........ 2 Bridget Appleyard b: 1526 in Bracon Ash, Norfolk

The Mystery of Amy Robsart by Andrew Lang

"Amy Robsart was the only daughter of Sir John Robsart and his wife Elizabeth, nee Scot, and widow of Roger Appleyard, a man of good old Norfolk family. This Roger Appleyard, dying on June 8, 1528, left a son and heir, John, aged less than two years. His widow, Elizabeth, had the life interest in his four manors, and, as we saw, she married Sir John Robsart, and by him became the mother of Amy, who had also a brother on the paternal side, Arthur Robsart, whether legitimately born or not."

"We have seen that Appleyard, Amy's half-brother, was at Cumnor during the inquest. Yet, in 1567, he did not know, or pretended not to know, what the verdict had been. 'Leicester's Commonwealth' says 'she was found murdered (as all men said) by the crowner's inquest,' as if the verdict was not published, but was a mere matter of rumour--'as all men said.' Appleyard's behaviour need not detain us long, as he was such a shuffling knave that his statements, on either side, were just what he found expedient in varying circumstances."

"The truth stood thus: in 1566-67 there was, or had been, some idea that Leicester might, after all, marry the Queen. Appleyard told Thomas Blount that he was being offered large sums by great persons to reopen the Cumnor affair. Blount was examined by the Council, and gave to Leicester a written account of what he told them. One Huggon, Appleyard's 'brother,' had informed Leicester that courtiers were practising on Appleyard, 'to search the manner of his sister's death.' Leicester sent Blount to examine Appleyard as to who the courtiers were. Appleyard was evasive, but at last told Blount a long tale of mysterious attempts to seduce him into stirring up the old story. He promised to meet Leicester, but did not: his brother, Huggon, named Norfolk, Sussex, and others as the 'practisers.' Later, by Leicester's command, Blount brought Appleyard to him at Greenwich. What speeches passed Blount did not know, but Leicester was very angry, and bade Appleyard begone, 'with great words of defiance.' It is clear that, with or without grounds, Appleyard was trying to blackmail Leicester.
Before the Council (May 1567) Appleyard confessed that he had said to people that he had often moved the Earl to let him pursue the murderers of Amy, 'showing certain circumstances which led him to think surely that she was murdered.' He had said that Leicester, on the other hand, cited the verdict of the jury, but he himself declared that the jury, in fact, 'had not as yet given up their verdict.' After these confessions Appleyard lay in the Fleet prison, destitute, and scarce able to buy a meal. On May 30, 1567, he wrote an abject letter to the Council. He had been offered every opportunity of accusing those whom he suspected, and he asked for 'a copy of the verdict presented by the jury, whereby I may see what the jury have found,' after which he would take counsel's advice. He got a copy of the verdict (?) (would that we had the copy!) and, naturally, as he was starving, professed himself amply satisfied by 'proofs testified under the oaths of fifteen persons,' that Amy's death was accidental. 'I have not money left to find me two meals.' In such a posture, Appleyard would, of course, say anything to get himself out of prison. Two days later he confessed that for three years he had been, in fact, trying to blackmail Leicester on several counts, Amy's murder and two political charges."

Amy Robsart & Cumnor Place by Peggy Inman

 

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