Ancestral Family Topic 7048

 7048   Rev. Robert Batte (1560-1617)
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Rev. Robert Batte, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, Rev. Robert Batte might describe his life as follows.

I was baptized 6 July 1560. The third son of John Batte and Margaret Wood. Expecting to receive little inheritance, I enrolled at Brasenose College, a divinity school at Oxford, 9 November 1579 and received a B.A. on 6 February 1582/3 and an M.A. from University College 29 April 1586.
I wrote a letter home to my parents in 1595 that notified them that my brother Edward, another divinity student, broke his arm, and reported that most of the students had been sent home because of a smallpox epidemic. Queen Elizabeth was likely to fire our Bishop of London. Seems he told her Majesty that he had no interest in a lady in court, but then married her after the queen appointed him bishop. We had some good news from the Indies where Captain Hawkins had pounded the Spanish. I closed with, “Your loving and obedient son Robert Batte.”
Most clergy began to preach after receiving their M.A. In fact many never went to a university at all. Yet I remained at University College to study theology, becoming a fellow and vice-master. A vice-master was a senior Fellow in the College who could stand in for the Master when necessary. I received my B.D. 27 January 1594/5, and was “licensed to preach” 27 October 1595.
I became rector of Newton Tony in Wiltshire. Married twice, I had 5 sons and 8 daughters. When my father died in 1607, I inherited four manor houses and a dozen other properties because my older brothers left no heirs. Yet I continued to live in Wiltshire and rented them out.
As “an unworthy minister of the gospel of Christ perceiving weakness and infirmities…,” I made my will in 1617.

Robert’s 1st wife was Alice Lockey whom he married at Newton Tony 5 Oct. 1597. We do not know how long he had known Alice. Fellows were forbidden to marry so they could not have married many years earlier. Robert and Alice were the parents of 3 girls, Margaret, Elizabeth, and Martha Batte before she died and was buried at Newton Tony 21 Aug. 1603.
Batte married 2nd Elizabeth Parry, the daughter of Rev. Roger Parry and his wife, Mary, of Hinton-Ampner, Hertfordshire, in Newton Tony Parish 7 Feb. 1603/4.
Elizabeth and Robert were the parents of Thomas, Mary, John, Elizabeth, Henry, William, Mary, Catherine, Rebecca, and Robert Batte, all born in the Parish of Newton Tony, Wiltshire, England.

His letter home
Robert wrote this letter home to his father in 1595. Portions of the letter are missing.

To my very loving father John Batte at Okewell in Birstall Parish give these.
Sir, my dutie remembered unto to you and my mother requesting both your prayers for Gods Blessings to be continued and multiplied upon me. You shall understand that this quarter being at an end, I have taken iii li. X s [£3.10s] of James Briggs for the discharge of my brothers battles and expences. The excessive deareness of corne with us and all other vitailes as also the mishape of breaking his arme, w[hi]ch one way and another doth stand him in thirtie shillings and above, are causes that his Charges will arise to a higher reckoning then [than] I wish they should; but necessitie hath no lawe. God be thanked his arme is well and without danger, albeit as yet he have not the full use of it, w[hi]ch there is no doubt will come in time when the Bone is firmely knitt and made strong.
The small pockes [smallpox] doe still continue amongst us and doe endanger many whereupon most of our schollars are send home unto their friends.
The Bishop of London our countryman Mr. Fletcher, is alreadie deprived of his jurisdiction and like to lose his Bishoprike, as we heare by reason of a dislike w[hi]ch her Majestie hath conceyved of his late marriage w[i]th a ladie in the Courte. There was some talke of it before he was made byshop and her Majestie, hearing thereof, asked him whether there were any such thing or noe. He denying it, her Majestie willed him that if it was not past, it should go no further, w[hi]ch he promised it should not. But immediately after his installing he went on and married her, whereupon her Majestie hath taken high displeasure against him and me thinketh worthily.
It is come hither likewise for newes that one Captain Hawkins hath mett w[i]th the Spanish revenues out of the Indies and Hath sent for aide to bring him homewards safely with it. It is said to be the greatest thing that ever came into England.
Tell my sister Mary that I heare her brother William is very well recovered of his hurte and was suter for a thing of… thowsand M[ar]kes by yeare that everyone that departeth the realme?… into partes beyond the sea he should have sixpence, and… heare have prevailed.
I looke to receave the bookes and other?… things w[hi]ch I left behind me, by… Thomas Briggs by whom. … writt unto you. Howbeit if they be not yet sent, then I pray let James bring them at this time.
Thus, requesting you to remember my hartie commendations unto my Brother Richard, my sisters and all the rest of my friends w[i]th you. I commit you unto the most mightie protection of the Almightie who continue his loving favour towards you and yours alwayes. Farewell in hast this iith [2nd] of March,
Your loving and obedient sonne Robt Batte

Captain Hawkins was Sir John Hawkins (1532-1595), a famous Elizabethan sea captain and treasurer of the English navy. He had commanded a squadron that defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588.
Sister Mary was Robert’s sister-in-law Mary Batte, the widow of Henry Batte.
Her Majesty was Queen Elizabeth.

University College work orders
While at University College, his name appeared in some accounts recording expenditures on in-house repairs. Here are some from the school year 1585/6.

Item: to Miles for 2 joyned stooles in Sr Battes chamber… ij s x d
Item: a still of iron in Sr Battes chamber… iiij d
Item: a locket barre for Sr Battes chamber window… ij d
Item: for 8 paving stones for Sr Battes chamber hearth… xvj d
Item: to Miles for one dayes work in Sr Battes chamber and Mr Wardroppers… xij d
Item: for 5 panes in Sr Battes chimney… v d

The title of Sir meant he held still only a B.A. In Latin he would have been called Dominus Batte that tended to be anglicized as Sir Batte. Once he received his M.A. he would become Master Batte.

Robert Batte’s will
This is the will Robert Batte prepared.

Will of Robert Batte
1 December 1617
In the name of God Amen.
I Robert Batte of Newtown tony in the Countie of Wiltesh an unworthie minister of the gospell of Christe perceyving weakness and infirmaties… though for a tyme wormes and Rottennesse do consume yt My worldie goodes I dispose as followethe
ffirst I give unto my brother in Lawe Samuel West tenne poundes of that twentie which is indebted unto me.
To Simon Childe Widoew Noble John Wealthe widdoew Carpenter.
To my servaunt Robert Scott fyve pounds.
The like somme to Adam Giles my man.
To my boy Robert fforde twentie shillings.
I forgive William Piper of Allinton halfe his debt.
To John Crowder in full recompence of suche Legaceys given him by Anthonye Crowther his brother.
To each of my three younger sonnes one hundred and ffiftie poundes.
To each of my daughters unmarried one hundred and fiftie poundes.
My sonne in Lawe Mr. George Parrie and my brother Mr. Richard Batte to be overseers.
My Welbeloved wife Elizabeth Batte sole executrix of my will, dated first December 1617 unto my sonne George Parrie and Richard Batt my Overseers for theire paynes fyve poundes apeece.
By me Robert Batte.

Robert Batte died 16 Jan. 1617/8 and was buried at Newton Tony two days later. The court proved his will 6 Feb. 1617/8. The next year they inventoried his estates, which were extensive. The land holdings were the manors of Oakwell and Heaton, near Bradford, Oakwell Hall in Great Gomersall, and properties in Gomersall, Birstall, Heckmondwike, Birkenshaw, Spen, Frisinghall, Armley, Bramley, Headingley, Burley (Leeds), Hunsworth, and Gildersome. These estates descended to John Batte, the fifth child and eldest son of Robert Batte.
Widow Elizabeth Batte, who married 2nd 4 June 1629 Anthony Rollinson, died in 1633 at “Oakwell” and was buried 1 Aug.

Descendants of Rev. Robert Batte
Information about the children of Rev. Robert Batte, their descendants, and allied families previously found at is now available as Southside Virginia Genealogies. Learn more 
Names found in this topic include the following.
 Margaret (Batte) Parry (1599-),  
George Parry,  
Elizabeth Parry,  
John Parry,  
 Elizabeth Batte (1600-c.1607),  
 Martha (Batte) Ranier (1601-),  
Henrie Ranier,  
 Thomas Batte,  
 Mary Batte (1605-),  
 Capt. John Batte (1606-1653),  
 Elizabeth (Batte) Marsh (1607-1643),  
Dr. Richard Marsh,  
Catherine Marsh,  
 Henry Batte (1609-),  
John Gibbs,  Thomas Boulding,  
 William Batte (1611-),  
Thomas Symons,  
William Batte,   
Henry Batte,   
William Batte,   
William Ewen,  
George Powell,  William Powell,  Ralph Jones,  
William Chambers,  
George Morrel,  Henry Taylor,  
Sarah Thorpe,  William George,   
 Mary (Batte) Eyre Hurst (1612-),  
Reresby Eyre,  Henry Hirst,  
 Catherine (Batte) Mallory (1614-),  
Philip Mallory,   
 Rebecca Batte (1616-1643),  
 Robert Batte (1617-),  

This family topic includes the following notable individuals.
Legislators - colonial and state
William Batte - Virginia  

Selected sources
Brayton, John Anderson. “The Batte Family of Birstall, Yorkshire, and Bristol Parish, Virginia.” The Virginia Genealogist. 42:217-233 (1998). • A refreshing and updated look at the old Batte family records. Covers the family of Robert Batte.

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