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Sir Robert Anstruther

Sir Robert Anstruther, diplomat and politician, was buried in the south ambulatory of Westminster Abbey on 9th January 1645. The gravestone was laid down in the late 19th century to record his burial and the inscription reads:

Sir Robert Anstruther of Anstruther Gentleman of the Bedchamber to King James 1st Privy Councillor to King Charles 1st. Ambassador to Germany and Denmark. Died 1645

He was a son of Sir James Anstruther (of Anstruther in Fife, Scotland) and his wife Jean (Scott). Partly educated in Denmark he later became ambassador there and undertook many diplomatic missions in Europe during the two reigns. He married Catherine Swift and they had two sons Robert and Philip (later knighted by Charles II) and a daughter Ursula.

Further reading

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2004

"Diary of Abraham de la Pryme" for an account of him (Surtees Society, 1870)

Buried

9th January 1645

Field

Diplomat

Location

South Amulatory

Memorial Type

Grave

Material Type

Stone

Sir Robert Anstruther
Sir Robert Anstruther memorial

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The Shrine of St Edward the Confessor is one of the most powerful features of the Abbey. To stand in the presence of a man who is both a saint and a monarch is awe-inspiring.

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