Pemberton, Robert, Esq.: of Rushden, Northamptonshire

Sir Robert Pemberton ( – 1492) elected Knight of the Northamptonshire in 1477 and Sheriff of the Shire in Nov 1480. He was also Usher of the chamber to King Edward IV (reigned 1461 – 1483) and evidently served in a similar capacity to King Richard III (reigned 1483 – 1485).

Robert is the son of William Pemberton of Somershall, Lancashire. His children include William Pemberton, b. 1468 and d. 1536, who married Sybil, daughter of Robert Pateshall of Riseley, Bedfordshire.

The offices of Sheriff and Knight are recorded in the Notes to Chart 9 in the book Pemberton Pedigrees by Major-General R. C. B. Pemberton and edited by his son the Rev. Robert Pemberton, Rector of Ingatestone, Essex, The Sidney Press, Bedford, 1923. Complete imaging of this out-of-print book is in the soft library of the Pemberton Family World Wide organisation.

The office of Usher ot the Chamber is recorded in the Calendar of Close Rolls Edward IV May 1476, and reads: “To the bailiffs of the town of Northampton for the time being. Order to pay Robert Pemberton esquire, one of the ushers of the king’s chamber, 9£ 2s 6d”.