People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Robert Burnell, bishop of Bath and Wells, chancellor (d.1292)

Robert Burnell was probably the son of Roger Burnell (d. 1259×), from whom he might have inherited the manor of Acton. His family probably originated in Shropshire. He had three brothers, two who were killed in 1282 fighting against the Welsh, and a third, Hugh (d. 1286), whose son, Philip, was Robert?s heir. He was a senior clerk for Prince Edward of England and was soon one of his 'four lieutenants'. He was also archdeacon of York by 1273. He replaced Walter of Merton as chancellor upon Edward?s coronation and in January 1275 he was elected bishop of Bath and Wells. He had several illegitimate children, including Amabilla, who married Andrew Hengham, Joan, who married Ralph of Grendon, and Master William Burnell, dean of Wells. He died at Berwick on 25 October 1292 and was buried at Wells; he had amassed eighty-two manors around England, which passed to his nephew, Philip (d.1294).
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Bath and Wells

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Date Short Summary Role Witnesses Source
15 Feb. 1282 Announcement that he has received attorneys for Alexander Comyn, earl of Buchan and Elizabeth, his wife Addressee 2/5/29 (TNA, C 47/22/3/8)
16 Jun. 1291 X 10 Aug. 1291 ERA undefined (transaction) 5/1/0 (CDS, ii, no. 535d)
11 Sept., 1292 X ERA undefined (transaction) 5/6/0 (CDS, v, no. 114)
Saturday 25 Oct. 1292 Statement that the king's seal was taken to Wells along with the body of the bishop of Well named person (transaction) 2/14/1 (Stevenson, Docs., i, no. 296)
circa 25 Oct. 1292 ERA undefined (transaction) 5/3/0 (Rot. Scot., i, 10b (4))