|Encyclopaedia of Murder
by Colin Wilson and Patricia Pitman:
"... but Booth was shot by a Sergeant Corbett, who said he had had orders from the Almighty, April 26th 1865."
Bucks Local Records Vol II
1786 June 20th Yesterday came on the case of Mr Fox against Mr Corbett, a returning officer, for a false return of the Westminster Poll. Mr Corbett was cast in
£2000 damages and costs.
9 November 1666: To Mrs Pierce's by appointment where we find good company; a fair lady, my Lady Prettyman and mrs Corbet, Knipp ...
May 1764: Simon Greenacre of Hickley, Norfolk, aged 74 years, took Hannah Corbett as his 5th wife, aged 61 years. So that he might not be encumbered with the demands of her former husband's creditors he took her quite naked at one of the principal crossways after which they went to church where the ceremony was performed. The road leading from his house to the church, which is upwards of half a mile, was strewn with flowers.
The Green Beret
by Hilary St George Saunders:
(This is not an exact extract as some of the original had no bearing on this particular incident which covered several pages.)
In the Adriatic, off the Yugoslavian coast are the Dalmation Islands. In 1943 in response to Tito's urgent appeals the Allies dispatched a small expedition. It was felt that it was essential that the German were not allowed to establish themselves on the islands.
On 27 January Commando soldiers landed on Hvar, one of the Dalmation islands and carried out a reconnaisance.
On 3/4 February, No. 2 Troop landed and attacked. Following the action Private Tuck was left behind with what was thought to be a mortal wound near his heart.
Two other men of the Commando who were missing were also left behind and two days later they were fortunate to fall in with Major S Corbett who had stayed on the island to watch a naval bombardment.
As the three men went down to the Partisan ferry boat, Private Tuck staggered into their arms with a hole in his chest almost as big as a fist. He had crawled three miles in 48 hours to reach the place from which he knew the ferryboat left and had lived upon his emergency chocolate rations, with melted snow to drink.
Major Corbett washed his wound with rakia, a very powerful spirit locally distilled.
The party was brought back to the U.K. where Private Tuck recovered and in due course returned to duty.
Life of the Country House
by Mark Girouard
In the 1590's the Earl of Shrewsbury turned up at a Garter feast at Windsor attended by Sir George Booth and Sir Vincent Corbet, two landed knights of ancient lineage who were happy to wear his livery.
1662 April 19: Baxter, late Lieut. of ye Tower, Corbett, and Okey, traitors convict, executed at
Haliwell's Filmgoer's Companion
Leonora Corbett 19071960. British stage actress who made films: Heart's Delight, 1932; The Constant Nymph, 1933; Friday the Thirteenth, 1933; Farewell Again, 1936; etc.
by Andrew Barrow
January 1960: 'there was a huge gathering at Romsey Abbey for the marriage of Lady Pamela Mountbatten and Mr David Hicks, who wore a specially made
weddingsuit described by his tailor, Mr Corbett, as 'divine'.
13 September 1960: 'it was announced that twenty year old Auberon Waugh had been rusticated from Christchurch, Oxford for failing his exams. He was currently on holiday in Italy and said to be toying with the idea of a journalistic career. 'Auberon worked as hard as most' said Lord Rowallan's son Robert Corbett, who had also been rusticated.'
Dictionary of National Biography:
"John Corbet, son of William, a portioner, during 1641 rebellion was 'hewn to pieces by two swineherds in the very arms of his wife." (Editorial Note: portioner = holder of a small feu
feu = a vassal's tenure who in place of military service gives grain or money)
History of Gloucester 1712
EBBERTON (Ebrington next village to Quinton). Manor afterwards came to the Corbets.
Roger Corbet was seized thereof and had Grant of Free Warren in Ebberton and Coates (6 E 3
6th year of the reign of Edward III 1333)
Sir Robert Corbet dyed seized of Ebberton and Hidcote (hamlet in parish). (2 H 4
2nd year of reign of Henry IV 1401)
Another Sir Robert Corbet dyed seized thereof. (5 H 5 5th year of reign of Henry V
(Editorial Note: FREE WARREN: In a stated area the right to preserve and hunt furred or feathered creatures except boar or deer. SEIZED: Legal occupation of)
A Guide to the Shropshire Records, 1952
Salop County Records:
Horse racing took place at Shawbury Heath in Shropshire and in 1770 (George III's time) correspondence occurred between Mr Richard Hill of Hawkestone (patron of Shawbury) and the Corbets.
Mr Hill said that on information from the Vicar he had sent out a warrant to arrest the prinicipal persons taking part in the Shawbury Wakes and complained of 'horrid oaths, drunkeness and other impieties'. He was especially concerned about a puppet show stuffed with the most abominable profaneness. He pointed out that all horse racing under œ50 was illegal and threatened to bring the case to the Assizes. The penalty there of œ200 would ruin the offenders, he said, unless Mr Corbet influenced his tenants to prevent the Wake.
Mr Corbet resented this interference and made counter accusations saying that Mr Hill had come by his patronage by subterfuge. He complained that the Vicar was constantly spying and reproaching and it was his (Corbets) duty to afford his tenants all the Protection in his power. He felt there had been no unusual disorder that year and he would take Mr Hill to law for holding conventicles and to treat as
lawbreakers any of his (Hills) own tenants who took part.
(Editorial Note: Assizes: A County Court presided over by judges in circuit, who administered the Common Law. Royal writs could be bought by freeholders to use with persons they were in dispute with to make them come to court.
Conventicles: secret, illegal or forbidden religious meetings.
Some Feudal Lords and their Seals
The de Walden Library:
"PETER CORBET OF CAUS. Sea, 1301 two caws (or corbyns) for Corbet and Caus; the shield suspended from a tree and between the customary wingless wyverns.
Summoned to Parliament 13 September 1302 to 14 March 1321/2; Peter 2nd. Lord Corbet of Caus, on the death of his father in 1300, was summoned to the Parliament of Lincoln, St Hilary,
1320 January 1300/1 And as Dominus de Cauz, joined in the letter to the Pope (12 February) by the Barons as well on their part as that of the 'Communities' of England and attaches his seal. Served in the Scottish wars and was summoned to attend musters at Carlisle,
BerwickonTweed and NewcastleonTyne, 1302 1322. Earnestly requested (2 August) to attend muster at Berwick on 8 September 1310. Requested 15 July 1311 to proceed with as many followers as he can raise, against the Scots who, under Bruce, were ravaging the North. Two months after Bannockburn (24 June) (when Edward II marched with an army of 100,000 to relieve the English garrison at Stirling Castle, but was defeated by Bruce before the castle) he was ordered (30 August) to continue stationed in northern parts during the winter campaign. By writ 21 April 1321 he was requested to
cooperate in suppressing disturbances and to refrain from attending illegal confederacies or assemblies in consequence of the disturbances in the Marches, caused by the 'pursuit' of the Despencers. (Who were the king's favourites.)
Ordered (12 November) to abstain from attending the meeting of the 'Good Peers' illegally convened by the Earl of Lancaster, to be held at Doncaster. Enjoined 6 February 1322 to raise as many
menatarms and footsoldiers as he can and (14th) to muster at Coventry to oppose the rebels and adherents of the Earl of Lancaster. The battle of Burroughbridge was fought on 17 March. Commanded to raise 300
footsoldiers from his lordship of Caus and to muster at Newcastle June 1322. In this year his lordship stated to be in the King's hands, 'Petrus de Corbet defunctus'.
(Authorities Parliamentary Writs I,549; II, div.3.317; Dr Birch's catalogue of seals, Brit. Museum, 8, 941.)
(Wyvern: (or wivern) a fictitious monster, winged and two legged, allied to the dragon and the griffin. Chambers Twentieth Century Dictionary.)
(Editoral Note: Edward I (Longshanks)son of Henry III 12721307. Edward II son of Edward I,
Peter was the grandson of Thomas who married Isabel de Valletort. His father was Peter and his mother, probably, Joan Mortimer. He is thought to have three brothers: Thomas, who married Joan de Plunkenet (daughter of Henry de Bohun). He died without issue 1285; Reginald and Edward, who also died without issue.
Peter married Beatrice de Beauchamp, and he died without issue. She remarried Sir John de Leybourne, and also died without issue.
The Barony of Caus then passed to his father's son, John, by his second marriage to Alice le Waffe. Upon Peter, the father's death she remarried Roger Mortimer of Chirk. John, the son of Peter and Alice, died before 1347 and again, without issue. He being the last Baron of Caus.)(Notes in italics are editorial additions.)
Advertisement in Birmingham Gazette, 26 July 1824
"Sale of Household Furniture, capital Brewing vessels, Milking Cows, fine Store Pigs, etc,etc.
To be SOLD by AUCTION, by J Rodaway, on Friday next, the 30th day of July, all the neat Household Furniture, Fixtures, excellent Brewing Utensils, three famous milking Cows, Store Pigs, etc, upon the premises belonging to Mr Corbett, Retail Brewer, near the top of Smallbrook street, Birmingham; particulars of which will appear in catalogues, to be distributed in due time, or may be had of the Auctioneer, 38 Edgbaston street, Birmingham.
The sale to begin at half past ten in the forenoon, under the usual conditions.
N.B. The Licence, with connections of the ale and milk business, will be sold at twelve o'clock precisely.
by Edwin Course
Many of the Bexleyheath line stations may be associated with particular people .... Eltham Park with Mr (Archibald) Corbett and so forth. Examples of this type of linkage are in fact common in the London suburban area. Mr Corbett, for instance, had another estate at Hither Green, near Catford, and although a station had been opened there in 1895, the access from his direction was very poor. He therefore paid the railway to provide a new entrance and other improvements to encourage commuters to settle on his estate.
p 214: Subsequently two more stations were added (to the Bexleyheath line). After Mr Corbett (later created Lord Rowallan) had inspired Eltham Park, he arranged with the S.E. & C. or the construction of a rather elaborate passenger station about half a mile east of Well Hall in the centre of his estate. The close relationship between population statistics and the opening of a new station tell its own story.
Landlords of London
by Simon Jenkins
(Book Club Associates)
The opening of four tracks to Ilford from Liverpool Street, for instance, led to the 1891 population of 1,000 to grow to 41,000 just ten years later. Here a prominent local developer, Archibald Corbett, contributed œ1,000 towards a new station from the Great Eastern Company and even guaranteed them œ10,000 a year in season tickets into the bargain.
Genealogical Gleanings of England:
Richard Warde of Cannons Ashby, NTH, will dated 12.9.1630, proved 10.11.1631: ... a bond from Mrs Ann Corbett and Mr Miles Corbett, her son, of Sprowston in Norfolk for the mending of the stone cawsey (causeway?) that leadeth from Overthrap to
General Dictionary of New England Vol. 1:
Abraham Corbett, Portsmouth, disaffected to Massachusetts in 1665, when the royal commissioners came to New England. Occassioning much trouble. Belkn. I
602. Clement, Boston, m.7.3.1655, Dorcas, daughter of Thomas Buckmaster.
Shell Guide to England
16th century. Moreton Corbet ... is a quiet village now ... but when the famous Shropshire family, the Corbets, lived here, it must have throbbed with life. The village's history is that of the family. In the church of St Bartholomew, with its Norman chancel, are many memorials to past Corbets including a fine coloured tomb of Sir Robert and his wife (1513) and, in contrast, a graceful monument to four young Corbet boys, all in different coloured marbles. Outside in the churchyard is a bronze sculpture in memory of 13 year old Vincent Corbet who died at Eton in 1904. But perhaps the most striking memorial to the Corbets is the shell of their 17th century castellated mansion which stands near the church, gaunt but still impressive. Begun in 1606 but never finished, it is open to view.
Parish Churches of London
by Basil F L Clarke
St Lukes, Redcliffe Square, Kensington. The architect was George Godwin in
18723, who also designed the Square; the builders were Corbett and
Stifford and its Neighbourhood
by William Palin
Aveley: Brett's Manor
"....Lord Dacre's predecessor in this estate, Edward Barrett, had one daughter, Ann, married to Sir Thomas Corbet who had two sons, John and Miles; the latter, we regret to say for the credit of Alveley, a regicide, and as such rightly given up by Holland, and rightly hanged ....
End of page Note:
Some property of his family in Upminster seems to have given rise to the name Corbet's Tey, Tey being the Saxon for enclosure. Mr Wilson in his 'Sketches of Upminster' mentions a traditional origin: "As Queen Elizabeth was on her way to Tilbury, to view her fleet, she passed through this place, she called to one of her attendants 'Corbet, stay!' (Editorial note: There are other places in the area which are named
Who Was Who 1897 1916:
Thomas Lorimer Corbett, d:6/4/1910 was married to the daughter of John Connell of Tooting.
by Arthur Mee
'There is a bust of Richard Corbet who died in 1691, the epitaph telling of his devotion to King Charles, and a plaque to Sir Roland Corbett who gave his life in the Retreat from Mons (1914), his actual sword is hanging below.
The Web of Fortune
p 28: The Articles of Capitulation (Bridgnorth) were considered very reasonable and were signed by four knights for the King, one of them, Sir Vincent Corbet, later to be connected with the Cresswells.
These four were allowed to depart with a horse and two servants apiece, but the common soldiers were marched away 'with only their hands in their pockets'.
Pinkney Park, The Haunted House
......So here there may have been a pair of sisters (unrelated to the Corbets) to fit the legend, but it is quite unfair to pin a murder on them and it is much more likely that the skull (mentioned in an earlier chapter) was a relic from the old chapel destroyed after Mary Tudor's death.....
Aubrey in 1670 mentioned the old small Manor of Pinkney, which proves that the next rebuilding and enlargement was done by the second Sir Thomas Estcourt
(16451702) who was MP for Malmesbury 16738 and MP for Bath 16958.
He married Mary Corbet, daughter of Sir Vincent Corbet Bt, who had featured in the siege of Bridgnorth and whose Castle of Moreton Corbet was burnt during the Civil War, but survived the centuries as a beautiful ruin. (One of his ancestors, Sir Robert Corbet, had been High Sheriff of Salop in 1507 and married a most remarkable lady, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Henry Vernon of Haddon, Co. Derby. She died in 1563 having survived her husband by fifty years and lived to see '233 descendants of her own body', leaving behind her the character 'of an amiable and virtuous lady'.)
The Corbets were of royal Plantagenet descent from Joan of Acre, daughter of Edward I the invincible king, builder of mighty castles, and his first wife Eleanor of Castile; and the arms of Corbet were impaled with those of Estcourt above the doorway of Pinkney Park. Their children were Thomas
(16801704), William, presumed to have died young because he was not mentioned in his father's nor his brother's will, Mary, and Elizabeth who married Richard Cresswell VI.
There is a final story which can be made plausible of in truth two sisters, Mary and Elizabeth, were involved in a tragedy that was hushed up. It is that the skull belonged to an Elizabeth Corbet; and it fits with the aggrandisement of Pinkney at the end of the seventeenth century.
The second Sir Thomas Estcourt married Mary Corbet in 1677 at Lincolns Inn Chapel (London), when her family was living in Queen Street, Covent Garden. She was one of Sir Vincent Corbet's three surviving daughters and had an older sister, Elizabeth, who married Sir Thomas Bolles of Scampton, Lincs....... she died before the third Sir Vincent Corbet Bt, her father's grandson. Mary Corbet's other younger sister, Rachel, lived and died unmarried in Shrewsbury.
There was plenty of heartburning in the family. Sir Vincent Corbet, 1st Baronet had died in 1656 and in those grim years after the Civil War there were money troubles.
Elizabeth's portion from her father had been double that of her sisters (œ2000 against œ1000) and in 1659 his widow, Sarah
an heiress, created Viscountess Corbet for life, after the Restoration
took action in Chancery against one of her late husband's trustees, his brother in law, Francis Thornes, alleging that he was alienating her son's affections from herself and her family and misappropriating her own and her daughter's trust funds.
The other two trustees resigned in sympathy but Francis Thornes countered by marrying his daughter Elizabeth to her son, the second Sir Vincent Corbet Bt. So here was an Elizabeth, sister in law as well as first cousin of Mary Estcourt, who had no cause to love her.
The second Sir Vincent died of smallpox in London in 1680, leaving a
tenyearold son the third Sir Vincent who died unmarried in 1688, the last of his line. The baronetcy lapsed and the Corbet estates passed to the next male Corbet heir, but thereafter Mary Estcourt considered herself her father's heraldic heiress, which meant that her son would be allowed to quarter the Estcourt arms with those of her Corbet father, and moreover her Corbet nephew's death would have released most of her mother's considerable fortune. It is noticeable in their wills that her son appeared to be more wealthy than his father. But Elizabeth, Lady Corbet, mother of Mary's late nephew was still living. Against the background of the former feud over trust funds, the two ladies may now have quarreled again over money and status.
Mary's star was very much in the ascendant but Elizabeth's was low on the horizon. History has not recorded her beyond 1688. It is only known that she survived father, husband and son, and that her only relation nearer than Mary Estcourt was a young married daughter
mother, incidentally, of the future Jacobite MP, Corbet Kynaston. There is no one to make trouble if she died in tragic circumstances amd Sir Thomas Estcourt, Master in Chancery, was in a position to hush up such a misfortune.
Her head could have been removed surreptitiously, perhaps as a safeguard against blackmail because it showed signs of sudden death
a broken neck? to prevent identification of the body. The affair might even have happened in London and only the head been taken down to Pinkney for the secret burial it refused to accept. The story becomes as fictitious as any other and after more than 250 years those interested can but weigh the facts and possibilities and make their own choice.
Whoever she was in life, a simple reason for her ghost to haunt Pinkney would be the presence of her skull, seperated from her corpse in an age that believed implicitly in the physical resurrection of the body
that the graves would open and the dead arise on the day of judgement. A successful attempt to bury or get rid of it would eliminate any possibility of identification.
Something happened at Pinkney that left an enduring mark on time for the web of fortune spun from its gossamer held no blessing that can be discerned over the next two centuries. Both Mary's sons were to die young, as did her heiress daughter and Pinkney passed to the
Barbara Coulton (Hon. Member of The Corbet/t Study Group) gives a few additional details to items in our last journal.
She says that the extract included in 'By the Sword Divided' by John Adair is quoting from what she calls 'a little masterpiece'. It is Richard Gough's 'History of Myddle' (now Middle). Gough's family, she says, had earlier been in service to the Corbets of Moreton Corbet. He remembered Margaret (daughter of Sir Vincent who died 1623). She married her cousin Thomas of Stanwardine. (He names her incorrectly as Elizabeth.) She afterwards married Sir Thomas Scriven and lived to a good old age (at Frodesley). Gough says he saw her read without spectacles when she was over 80. I must see if the library service is able to provide a copy of this book.
Barbara next deals with Sir Vincent the first baronet who was 'not yet twenty when his father died in May 1637'. He went to his father's college, Queen's at Oxford and Lincoln's Inn. His brother Andrew also went to Oxford in May 1638. Their distant cousin Edward Harley was at Magdalen and the Corbets are mentioned in letters from his mother, Lady Brilliana Harley. Referring to Andrew, she writes 'Use your cosen kindely. I heare his brother [Vincent] goes alonge with the Kinge to Yorke, which he dous, because he esteems it to be the gallentry of a yonge man.' He was knighted and made baronet in January 1642.
Regarding John's (M:35) piece about Wortley she says that Richard Corbet married Margaret/Margery (Savill?) a widow of Sir Thomas Wortley. Richard was involved in public affairs in Yorkshire and Shropshire. He had been in the household of Prince Edward (Edward VI) in the Marches of Wales. He seems to have married late. In Shropshire he lived at Poynton. His mother was Dame Elizabeth (a Vernon) and she was the matriarch at Shawbury (the dower house) until 1563. His nephew, Sir Andrew, was established at Moreton Corbet.
Barbara says that the Vernon connection explains a visit Richard (MP for Salop and Sheriff of Shropshire) and his wife made to Haddon Hall in Derbyshire which was recorded in the steward's accounts for 1550:
'payde the XXth of Auguste ... for a Capon and iiij
Chekyns for Mr Rycherde Corbetts and ys wyffs soper
that night xd
alsso payde that same daye for whyette breyde for
Mr Corbet and ys wyffe iiijd'
Richard died in July 1566. His tomb was originally at Shawbury but is now at Moreton Corbet church.
My thanks to Barbara for these most interesting comments and additions.
Portrait of Shropshire
by Brian J Bailey
(Robert Hale, London 1981)
Near the village of Hope in Shropshire are hills known as the Stiperstones. The Corbets once were granted this area as hunting land and permission to take wolves with the help of 'man, dogs or traps'.
Sunday Times Magazine November 1989:
'In Villereau, over seven awful years, 'the Crow' set neighbour against neighbour, husband against wife. Now the Crow has apparently been unmasked.'
The article tells of a character often known as 'le corbeau', the crow. He, or she, is a malicious gossip monger or rumour merchant whose chief weapon is the poison pen letter. Some say that every village in the recesses of France has its crow.
by John West
Lay Subsidy Roll for Chaddesleye c 1280:
De Willelmo Corbet xlvjs'.viij.d'
Plate V: Extent of the Manor of Chaddesley which accompanies the Inquisition Post Mortem of Roger Corbett, 1290.
Transcript and translation of the Inquisition post mortem. (SEE UNDER WILLS)
Plate V1: Effigies in St Cassia's Church, Chaddesley Corbett
(i) Effigy of Roger Corbett c. 1290 (son of Ada Corbett. The
family were Lords of the Manor c.1198 to c.1360.
(ii) Effigy of William Corbett c.1306. (The son of the above and
possibly the Rector of the parish. He was involved in the
revolt against the Despencers in 1322. The family lost
precedence soon after, although they continued to live there
until the 19th century.
Page 64:... Peter Corbett was appointed chief Forester of the
royal Midland forests during the reign of Edward I.
The Plague Papers 1576
Letter to the Bailiffs from Richard Prince and Andrew Corbett. Order issued by the bailiffs: all swine and dogs to be avoided out of the town, upon pain of forfeiture of the swine and killing of the dogs; all cats to be killed: streets to be cleansed every Wednesbury and Saturday, and all other places and back lanes once weekly; all mixsomes and watterloades to be made and avoided on pain of imprisonment; fires to be made every other night in divers places in every street on pain of punishment.
(From Owen and Blakeway. No details were supplied (by the researcher) of the place but Richard Prince and Andrew Corbett appear on the tree for the Shropshire Corbetts, so perhaps it refers to Shrewsbury.
Missing Heirs and Next of Kin
(copy at SOG)
Beatrice Corbett born in Cardiff November 1885. Lived with her parents William and Mary Corbett for a very short time at Cardiff and subsequently, by 1894, resided with her father at Trongate, Glasgow. If this person will communicate with Messrs Atchless, Solicitors, she may benefit.
Hannah Corbett, of St John St, Clerkenwell, spinster, June 1747. œ3% annuity 1743.
Changes of Name
(copy at SOG)
Corbet to D'Avenant 28. 1.1783
Corbett to Morris 11. 1.1821
Corbett to Piggott 29. 5.1890
Corbett to Morris 15. 2.1783
Corbett to Piggott 1865
Corbett to J & HC Soden 7.1865
Corbett to Flint 27.11.1774
Corbett to D H Jacobs of Hyte, Chester.Congregational Minister 22. 5.1889.
Believe it or Not
by Colin J Parry
'the largest number of children (both legitimate and illegitimate) fathered by an English monarch ... among the 25 children of Henry I was:
"Another son, named Reginald de Dunstanville, whose mother was Sibill, daughter of Sir Roger Corbet, was born in 1120, and was created Earl of Cornwall in 1140. Reginald seems to have inherited his father's trait, since, in addition to the four children born to his wife, the daughter of William FitzRichard, he also had four illegitimate children."
The Family of Corbet
ITS LIFE AND TIMES
by Mrs A E Corbett
Extract from the
Times Literary Supplement
Thursday, May 20 1920.
"There are, for example, kitchen lists of the food required for the table of an
oldtime family of Corbets in the Christmas season, (which shows how early turkeys began to be associated with that feast); and references to the routine duties of Elizabethan justices of the peace, (showing that they were expected to undertake duties now left to the Intelligence Department) and to the part played by a rich and travelled seventeenth century Corbet in familiarizing his countrymen with the latest improvements in architecture and the art of building abroad."
The book has several pages of collateral trees which will gives readers a good idea of the complexity of the family.
[This book has been reprinted and Sir John Corbett, seventh Bart. of Moreton Corbett wrote the Introduction to this reprint. A donation of œ1 goes to Moreton Corbet church with each copy sold.
If you want one of this limited edition of 1700 numbered copies then contact Mrs Jane Corbett, 1 Bonneville Gardens, London, SW4 9LB.]
The Life of John Corbett, Esq.
'LIVES OF PARLIAMENTARIANS'
'John Corbet, was, I presume, a relation, probably a near one, to the last person whose life I have given (Miles Corbet the Regicide)
Very little is known of him. He was named one of the king's judges; but he only sat on the fifth day in the Painted Chamber; not from any tenderness of conscience, for he sent message to the commissioners, at their sitting in that place, on January the 22nd, by colonel Harvey, one of them, who delivered it in these words: "that he was desired to signify unto the court in the behalf of Mr John Corbet, member of this court, that his absence is not from any disaffection to the proceedings of this court, but in regard of other special employment that he hath in the service of the state."
Mr secretary Thurloe, in a letter addressed to Henry Cromwell, then
major general of the army of Ireland, dated Fenruary 19, 1655/6, says, "There is some discourse here of sending over to you Mr John Corbet, the lawyer, for a judge, and it is also thought he would do well in the council. It is certain, he is an honest man, and mediocritor doctus; but whether this will be resolved on, or whether he will accept it, I am not able to say."
I have not discovered whether he did go into Ireland in that, or any other capacity. But if he survived the restoration, the business which so occupied his time as to prevent his going to the high court of justice, saved him at least from ruin, if not from death.
Townsend's Diaries, WORCESTER 164063
"One Ursula Corbett of Defford, in the County of Worcester, burnt at Worcester for poisoning her husband, being not married past 3 weeks. An ill fate certainly attends when parents enforce their children to marry against their liking."
Middlesex County Records
12 June 1613: Came and discharged: Elizabeth, wife of William Mousse of St John Street, labourer, Matthew Corbet, shoemaker, and Thomas Jones, cutter, both of the same, for the said Elizabeth, suspected to be a lewd woman, and taken late in the watch between the hours of twelve and one.
Freemen of the City of London 1524-1553
District?: Langbourn 4s.
Thomas Corbett s. of Laurence C. of Pynkeriche, co. Stafford husbandman, appr. of James Stephyns cit. and Skinner. Served with same. Witness same James in presence of Thomas Maughen, Warden. Ad 1 December year aforesaid. Entry M. 17 April 34 Hen.viii Fee 4s. (Note Date: 17 April 1542.)