OVERDO, Robert I, of Appleby, Westmld.
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Family and Education
Although he was one of the most experienced parliamentarians to represent Appleby during our period, little is known about Robert I, who remains a rather shadowy figure. He was, no doubt, closely related to John Overdo, his colleague in three of the later Parliaments to which he was returned, and to Robert II*, who may well have been his son. On at least one occasion, in 1373, Robert I stood surety for another burgess, Robert Goldington†, on his return to Westminster. He was later involved in a lawsuit there, being sued, in 1378, along with Thomas Olifant and the vicar of Moorland in Westmorland, for a debt of 40 marks in the court of common pleas. Interestingly enough, the plaintiff, Thomas Appleby, was represented by Adam Crosby*, who also sat for the borough at this time.2