William Dormer: Birth: Bef 1560. Death: 17 May 1575
Robert Dormer: Birth: Bef 1616.
Robert Dormer: Death: 1651
Note: Letters of Sir Francis Englefield to Duchess of Feria in 1570 show plainly how Sir Robert Dormer, in his "�i�old age�/i�" was in danger of falling away from the Roman Catholic interest. He was said to be beset by heretics (such as the Earl of Bedford ) so that one letter quoted "�i�he breathes their spirit�/i�" and "�i�the use of ill company and all lack of good occasions of reviving a man's slow devotion to good things, in time corrupts the mind, affection and soul�/i�". It was hoped at the same time that his son's marriage with a daughter of Lord Montague would make him a "�i�pillar to that family that shall succeed in that realm�/i�". This marriage did not make Sir Robert an open recusant but it kept him within the old circle and all his children married into Roman Catholic families. Between 1577 and 1586 there was an increase in recusants throughout the country due largely to the activities of Jesuits and seminary priests. In 1585 Sir Robert as High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire was ordered to draw up a list of recusants for the shire "�i�that they may be compelled to pay their fines and provide horses for the queen's service�/i�". 22 names were included representing 15 families. Created a Bart. 10 Jun 1615. Baron Dormer of Wing 1615.
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