Heath, Robert, Sir (1575 -1649)
Sir Robert Heath was the son of Robert Heath, barrister of Braxted in Kent. Educated at Tonbridge Grammar School and St John's College, Cambridge, where he was admitted pensioner 26 June 1587, matriculated in 1589, and was admitted at Clifford's Inn in 1591, and at the Inner Temple 23 May 1593. He was called to the bar in 1603, and was a Bencher (1617) and Treasurer (1625) of his Inn. Recorder of London 1618 1621, he was elected Member of Parliament for London 1620 1622; and for East Grinstead 1624 1626. He was knighted 28 January 1621, and was Solicitor General 1621 1625 and Attorney General in 1625. He conducted the principal Star Chamber prosecutions 1629 1630, was Chief Justice of Common Pleas 1631 1634; King's Serjeant 1636; Justice of the King's Bench 1641 1643; and Chief Justice of the King's Bench in 1643, but was impeached by Parliament in 1644, and his place declared vacant. In 1646 he went to France and died in Calais in 1649. He presented books to St John's College, Cambridge in 1630.