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Roger Flower (d. 1428?) was Speaker of the House of Commons of England for periods between 1416 and 1422.[1]


He was son of William Flower, sheriff of Rutland in 1386-7, by Elena his wife. He was returned to parliament for the county of Rutland in 1396-7, again in 1399, 1402, 1404, and 1413-14. He was one of the feoffees of the Brigitine nunnery founded by Henry V in 1414. Still representing Rutland county, he was chosen speaker four times—in 1416, 1417, 1419, and 1422, something unprecedented except in the case of Thomas Chaucer.

He was a lawyer. Besides his ancestral manor of Oakham in Rutlandshire, he held estates in Leicestershire. The probate of his will being dated 20 June 1428, Flower presumably died in that year.


His first wife was Catherine, daughter and heiress of William Dalby of Exeter. His wife, Cecile, daughter of Anneys Sainon, survived him. He had four sons, Robert, Roger, John, and William, and two daughters, Anneys and Joan, the latter being married to Sir Henry Plesyngton of Burley in Rutland, grandson of Sir Robert Plesyngton, chief baron of the exchequer in the reign of Richard II.


This article incorporates text from the entry Flower, Roger in the Dictionary of National Biography (1885–1900), a publication now in the public domain.



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