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Michael Robinson  •  Link

Per L&M Companion:

kt. (1677 (1633-92) Fellow of Magdalene College 1652-?55; M.P. for High Wyckombe 1673-9; for Cambridge University 1689-90, 1690-2; Attorney General 1681-7. Once Pepys's Chamber-fellow at Magdalene ( http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1… ). An able lawyer with a reputation for subservience to the court (redeemed by his defence of the Seven Bishops, 1688) and for pedantry. His wife (m. 1665) was Margaret, daughter of Ralph Sukley of Islington.

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

Sir Robert Sawyer, a lawyer of as ill reputation as his father, has had for his attendance this session 1000l. and is promised (as he insinuates) to be attorney general, and speaker of the House of Commons.
---A Seasonable Argument ... for a New Parliament. Andrew Marvell, [1677] 1776.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Robert Sawyer (Attorney General)
Sir Robert Sawyer, of Highclere (1633–1692) was the Attorney General for England and Wales (1681–1687) and, briefly, Speaker of the English House of Commons.

Robert was a younger son of Sir Edmund Sawyer, of Heywood Lodge, at White Waltham, in Berkshire, who was Auditor of the Exchequer. He attended Magdalene College, Cambridge,[1] where he was a contemporary of Samuel Pepys and later became a benefactor of the library there. Upon leaving university, he became a barrister of the Inner Temple and took part in a number of well-known cases. He later became treasurer of Inner Temple.

Sawyer was elected MP for High Wycombe in 1673 and was knighted four years later.[2] He was elected speaker in 1678, but had to resign in under a month because of health problems. Three years later he was made attorney-general. Sir Robert prosecuted members of the Rye House Plot and also Titus Oates. He returned to private practice, and scored a great triumph as defence counsel in the Trial of the Seven Bishops

Sawyer settled at Highclere in Hampshire where he built the house that preceded the present castle. He died on 30 July 1692 and was buried in the old church there.

He married Margaret Suckeley and their daughter Margaret Sawyer married Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke. Their descendants the Earls of Carnarvon eventually inherited Highclere. He also had a son George, and through George's daughter Catherine was ancestor of the Marquess of Anglesey.

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