Name: Richard Robins or Robbyns 1 2
Death: 28 SEP 1558 3
Residence: Godmanchester, Hunts
Occupation: Founder of Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Godmanchester
Change Date: 20 NOV 2012
On the 20th of September 1558, at the very start of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, a certain Richard Robins of the town of Godmanchester, 'being seeke of bodie but hole of mynde and parfite remembraunce' made his last will and testament. In it he willed that enough of his lands as necessary were to be sold to raise the rent or value of £20 per annum with which a Free Grammar School was to be endowed in Godmanchester under the supervision of a Cambridge College to be appointed by Thomas, Bishop of Lincoln. He further requested that the schoolmaster was to be a priest so that every Friday and Sunday mass could be said for amongst others, his own soul, the souls of his two deceased wives, his parents and 'all christian soules'. The school master and the scholars had to agree to keep all 'orders, statutes and rules' as set down by the Bishop. Shortly after making his will Richard Robins died, little knowing that legal complications were to result, continuing for nearly 30 years and only being settled when the case was brought before the Star Chamber.
In May 1561, during a lull in the legal battle and at the request of the townspeople, Queen Elizabeth I issued letters-patent granting her name to the school.
Died 8 or 9 days after making will.
Called Richard Robbyns in a deed relating to his son in law.
- Agnes Robins
- Text: Tryce pedigree
from Ken Sneath <email@example.com>
(Probably from Visitation of Hunts?)
- Type: Book
Periodical: The Visitation of the County of Huntingdon
- Type: Book
Periodical: The history of Godmanchester
Author: Robert Fox