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Shute, Robert (b. ABT 1528, d. APR 1590)

Note: Robert Shute probably matriculated at Peterhouse, Cambridge, in 1542, although it is possible that he attended Christ's College instead. He studied at Grey's Inn beginning in 1550 and was called to the bar two years later. He would remain connected to both Peterhouse and Grey's Inn for many years. He was the Lent reader at Grey's Inn in 1568, Treasurer in 1577 and also double reader that year.

In 1558 he was elected recorder of Cambridge, but the Queen "expressed the wish" that George Freville, appointed a baron of the Exchequer, retain that post. Nonetheless the corporation of Cambridge asked her to confirm their choice and she did so. When Shute was elevated to the bench in 1579, however, Queen Elizabeth I commanded that he retain the post of recorder for life. When the Queen visited Cambridge in 1664, it was Shute who delivered the welcoming speech. One of his most important tasks as recorder was keeping the peace between the town and the university, no easy job.

He served in Parliament, representing Cambridge in the Parliaments of 1571 and 1572. The latter Parliament sat until 1581.

Shute was elevated to the bench as Second Baron of the Exchequer in 1579. His patent required that "he shall be reputed, and be of the same order, rank, estimation, dignity and pre-eminence, to all intents and purposes, as any puisne judge of either of the two other courts." In 1586 he was elevated again, this time to be a judge on the Queen's Bench. He also often served as an assize judge.

There is an article on Robert Shute in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Source: (Individual)
Abbreviation: Hasler
Title: P. W. Hasler, Editor, The House of Commons, 1558-1603 (LOndon: HMSO, 19
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Source: (Individual)
Abbreviation: DNB
Given Name: Robert
Death: APR 1590
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Burgoyne, Thomasine (b. )
Given Name: Thomasine
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Merriam, Robert (b. ABT 1610, d. 15 FEB 1682)
Given Name: Robert
Death: 15 FEB 1682
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Sheaffe, Thomas (b. ABT 1532, d. BEF 6 SEP 1604)
Given Name: Thomas
Death: BEF 6 SEP 1604 Cranbrook, Kent, England
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Harmon, Mary (b. 1536, d. NOV 1609)
Given Name: Mary
Death: NOV 1609 Cranbrook, Kent, England
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Sheafe, Mary (b. ABT 26 SEP 1620, d. 22 JUL 1693)
Given Name: Mary
Death: 22 JUL 1693
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Trowbridge, Thomas (b. , d. BEF 6 MAY 1620)
Given Name: Thomas
Death: BEF 6 MAY 1620
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Hutchings, Johane (b. )
Given Name: Johane
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Prowse, John (b. ABT 1546, d. 11 SEP 1598)
Given Name: John
Death: 11 SEP 1598
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Colwick, Elizabeth (b. )
Given Name: Elizabeth
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Marshall, Robert (b. , d. BEF 9 OCT 1576)
Given Name: Robert
Death: BEF 9 OCT 1576
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Owseley, Joane (b. )
Given Name: Joane
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Bevys, Richard (b. , d. 26 AUG 1603)
Given Name: Richard
Death: 26 AUG 1603
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Price, Elizabeth (b. )
Given Name: Elizabeth
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Leete, Thomas (b. , d. 4 FEB 1582)
Given Name: Thomas
Death: 4 FEB 1582 Oakington, Cambridgeshire, England
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Slade, Edward (b. )
Given Name: Edward
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Shute, Christopher (b. )
Given Name: Christopher
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Burgoyne, Christopher (b. )
Given Name: Christopher
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Freville, Thomasine (b. )
Given Name: Thomasine
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Sheafe, Edmund (b. 17 MAR 1559/60, d. BEF 1 NOV 1626)
Given Name: Edmund
Death: BEF 1 NOV 1626 St. Dunston's, Cranbrook, Kent, England
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