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Sir Robert Sawyer.

Sir Robert Sawyer (1633 - 1692) was the Attorney General for England and Wales 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.

Sawyer was elected MP for High Wycombe in 1673 and was knighted four years later. 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.

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.

References

  1. ^ Sawyer, Robert in Venn, J. & J. A., Alumni Cantabrigienses, Cambridge University Press, 10 vols, 1922–1958.

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