About John Constable Lee
John Constable Lee was born in 1642 in Virginia, the eldest son of Col. Richard Lee and wife Anne Constable. He was sent to England for his education and returned to Virginia about the time of his father's death, as evidenced by his appearance in court in April, 1664, to received the land his father left to him. He died in 1673 at his home, Mount Pleasant, in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He never married and his estate reverted to his brother Richard Lee, II.
John studied law at Queens College, Oxford, matriculating in 1658. He presented to the school the famed "Lee Cup," a silver pint cup bearing a coat of arms resembling the arms used by the Lees of Langley and Coton, in Shropshire. Oxford still has that silver cup. He fell ill during his stay at Oxford, possibly from small pox, causing many students to miss that term from fear of contagion. This term at Oxford is verified in the letters of tutor Joseph Williamson, who went on to high political office and knighthood.
After returning to Virginia, John served in the militia, rising to the rank of Captain. He served as sheriff of Westmoreland County, and was serving as Burgess for that county when he died. He lived a social bachelorhood in Westmoreland, one of four gentlemen, all neighbors, who built in 1670 a "Banqueting Hall" at the junction of the four properties.
Links to additional material:
- The Queen's College, Volume 2 By John Richard Magrath - a free Google e-Book.