Name: Robert Rogers
Occupation: Master of the Leathersellers Company 1601-02.
CITG: Leatherseller (Master)
Change Date: 19 AUG 2009
Robert Rogers was Master of the Leathersellers Company in 1601-02. Both he and his nephew Christopher Eyre left wills which you probably already know about - if not these would be worth seeking out since they might contain clues about their places of origin, or other family relationships. Unfortunately our apprenticeship and freemen's registers (which sometimes give information regarding parentage or place of origin for Company members) only date from 1629/30 onwards.
According to Penelope Hunting who wrote a history of the Company in 1994, "the Leathersellers' Company has been accredited, erroneously, with almshouses in Hart Street, Cripplegate, and Whites Alley, Coleman Street.
Neither of these foundations were the responsibility of the Company - the confusion has arisen because the founders were members of the Leathersellers' Company: Robert Rogers and his nephew, Christopher Eyre.
Both Rogers and Eyre left bequests to the Company but did not encumber it with the trusteeship of the almshouses they founded. Rogers, who died whilst Master in 1601, did not forget his Company's almspeople, for he left money for coal and alms for the inhabitants of Hasilwood's almshouses at St Helen's, while Christopher Eyre left money for poor freemen and women of the Company".
From a file of miscellaneous information here I have found an old note that Christopher Eyre's will was proved on 11 Jan. 1624 and that there is (or was) a monument to him in the church of St Thomas of Canterbury in Salisbury. He served the office of Third Warden in 1623-24.
Unfortunately I do not think it likely that any of the records here (such as Court minutes and accounts) for this period will be able to shed any light on the places of birth, parentage, etc of these gentlemen.
Father: John Rogers b: 1523
Mother: Elizabeth Webb