John Calthorpe, Kt. (c.1431 - 1503) MP

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Birthplace: Probably Calthorp Manor, Norfolk, England
Death: Died in Blakeney, Gloucestershire, England
Occupation: Knight
Managed by: Christoph Alfred von Gleichen
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About John Calthorpe, Kt.

Calthorp Family The Calthorpes; Wm. and Mary Qrtly.; Vol. 2, No. 2; 1893

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The Calthorpes

  William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Papers, Vol. 2, No. 2.
  (Oct., 1893), p. 106-112.
                               THE CALTHORPES (1)
  In 1622, a youth by the name of Christopher Calthorpe, came with Lieutenant Purfray to

Virginia in the ship Furtherance(2). In Blomefield's "History of Norfolk" and Le Neve's "Pedigrees of Knights", his family is traced through many generations.

                                     I.
  Richard1 Calthorpe, Esq., of Ingham, died and buried at Cockthorp, 17 Henry VI, son of

Sir William Calthorpe and Elizabeth, his wife. He married Margaret, dau. of Wm. and sister and heir of John Irmingland of Stiveky. Issue:

                                    II.
  John2 Calthorpe, Esq., of Cockthorp, one of the founders of the Carmelites of Blakeney,

and buried in the Church there, 1503. He married Alice, daughter of John Astley of Melton Constable, Esq: buried by her husband. Issue:

                                   III.
  Christopher3 Calthorpe, Esq., of Stirston, 7th and 18th Henry VIII, lord in his wife'

right. He married Alianore, dau. and co-heir of Robert Bernard, Esq., of Stirston, and of Anne his wife, dau: and heir of Thomas Pygott of Stirston. Issue: _______________________________

  (1) The name is variously written Calthrope, Calthorp, Calthrop, &c.
  (2) Hotten's "Immigrants to America", p. 247.

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                                    IV.
  James4 Calthrope, Esq., ao 2d Mary.  He married Elizabeth, dau: of Robert Garnish of

Kenton in Suffolk, Esq.; (remarried to Sir Jerome Bowes of London, 13th Elizabeth). Issue:

                                    V.
  Christopher5 Calthorpe, Esq., of Stirston, 1560.  He married Joan, dau: and co-heir of

Roger Rookwood, Esq., of Fishley.

                                    VI.
  Sir James6 Calthorpe, of Stirston, &c.  Ao 30th Elizabth and 9th James I.  He married 

Barbara, dau: of Francis Bacon, Esq., of Hesset in Norfolk. She is buried in Cockthorp Church. Issue:

                                    VII.
  A. Sir Henry7 Calthorpe, third son, from whom those of Ampton, Suffolk Co., are descended.

His son was Sir James8 Calthorpe of Ampton, Suffolk, knighted by Cromwell in 1656. He married Dorothy, dau: of Sir James Reynolds, Kt, one of the Cromwell's Admirals. They had Reynolds9 Calthorpe, Esq., 3rd son, of Elvetham, Hants. He married 1st Priscilla, dau: of Sir Robert Reynolds, Knt., of Elvetham, and widow of Sir Richard Knight, of Chawton, Hants. She died 29 August, 1709; buried at Elvetham. Issue by Reynolds Calthorpe, a son10, born 6 Nov., 1689, and died 10 April, 1714, and buried at Elvetham. Reynolds Calthorpe, Esq., married 2dly Hon: Barbara Yelverton, only dau: of Henry, 1st Viscount Longueville and sister of Talbot, Earl of Sussex. Issue, Barbara10 married 1714 to Sir Henry Gough, and Sir Henry Calthorpe10, Knight of the Bath, who died in 1788, devising his estate to his nephew, Sir Henry

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Gough, Baronet, on his assuming the additional name of Calthorpe.

  B.  Philip7, second son, lived at Gressenhall and married the dau: of ----- Wade of -----

and had issue, Sir Lestrange Calthorpe.

  C.  Christopher7 Calthorpe, esq., eldest son, of Blakeney, who married Maud, daughter and

co-heir of John Thurton, Esq., of Brome, Norfolk. They had James8, CHRISTOPHER8, Edward8, Oliver8 and two daughters. Of these:

  1.  James8 Calthrope, Esq. of East Barsham, Norfolk, died 1652, buried at Barsham.  1st

wife Mary, dau" and sole heir of Will Farmer, esq., of East Barsham. She gave her estate to her husband. 2d wife, Catharine, dau: of Sir Edward Lewknor of Denham, Suffolk, married 30 July, 164, and buried 1677, at Barsham. Issue: Sir Christopher9, Knight of the Bath. He died at East Barsham, 7 Feb., 1717-18, and was buried at Fakenham in the churchyard. He married Anna Maria, dau: of Wm. de Grey, Esq., of Merton, and his son by her, Christopher10 Calthorpe, died, aged 13 years, Nov., 1720.

  2.  CHRISTOPHER8, "went into Virginia, married and hath issue".
  3.  Edward8 "hath issue".
  4.  Charles8 "had 2 wives, left no issue".
  5.  Oliver8, d. s. p.
  In the "Gentleman's Magazine" for Dec., 1833, pp. 503, 504, is an account of the Parish of

Aldeby, Norfolk, Eng.

  Sept. 8, 1609, the manor and lordship alias Aldeby Hall, and the meadow and pasturage of

the clerk of Thorpe, were purchased by John Thurton of Brome, in the same county, gent. Mr. Thurton died very soon after the purchase, and for the better

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assuring this property to his heirs an indenture tripartite was made Oct. 1st, 1609, between Edw. Parker, Lord Morley, &c. (from whom the manor had been bought) and Christopher Calthorpe, of Stirston, in Norfolk, esquire, and his wife, Maud, one of the daughters and co-heirs of the above Jno. Thurton, gent; and Edward Hanchett, of Uphall, in the Co. of Hertford, Esquire; and Elizabeth his wife, another daughter and co-heiress, of hte second part - and Sir James Calthorpe of Cockthorp, in Norfolk, Knight, and Thomas Hanchett, Esq., of the 3d part. On June 10, 1610, by another deed, Edward and Elizabeth Hanchett sold their moiety to Christopher Calthorpe for L1600.

  Mr. Calthorpe soon afterwards removed from Stirston to Aldeby, and considerable improvements

were made in the Parish, by draining certain marsh lands containing about 450 acres. He was eldest son of Sir James Calthorpe of Cockthorp, knt., by Barbara, daughter of John Bacon

(Francis Bacon?_ of Hesset, in Suffolk, Esq. Maud his wife was eldest daughter and co-heir of the above John Thurton by Grace, eldest daughter and co-heir of Ralph Shelton, of Brome in Norfolk, by whom he had several children. On the death of his father, he removed to Cock- thorp, and, by deed 2d Sept. 17 James I., he enfeofed Sir William de Grey and others in trust in his manor of Aldeby, to sell it for the payment of his debts and the portions of his younger children, a trust executed in 22d year of same reign. He died March 14, 1625, in his 44th year, and was buried at Cockthorp, being the last member of his family who resided there, James Calthorpe, Esq., his eldest son of whom a portrait is given in Blomefield's "History of Norfolk", vol. vii, p. 56, having settled at East Barsham in that Co. In compliance with their trust, de Gray &c. made a re-

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versionary grant of the estate of Aldeby to Henry Calthorpe, of the Middle Temple, Esq., on his payment of L2200. Henry Calthorpe, afterwards Sir Henry Calthorpe, knt., died August 1st, 1637, leaving an only son, James, who inherited this property, and from whom it descended to Jas. Calthorpe, Esq., his eldest son and heir.

  In the "Dictionary of National Biography" (London, 1886) is a sketch of the life of Sir

Henry Calthorpe (1586-1637), 3d son of Sir James and Barbara Calthorpe, who entered Middle Temple, and early had a large practice. On the death of his father in 1615 he inherited considerable estates in his native Co., but continued to devote himself to his profession and shortly after the marriage of charles I, was appointed Solicitor General to the Queen, after whom one of his daughters was named. When, in Nov., 1627, the five gentlemen were thrown into prison for refusing the forced loan, he was counsel for Sir Thomas Darnell, being associated with Noy, Braston and Selden. In the proceedings against the seven M. P.'s in 1630, Calthorpe was counsel for Benjamin Valentine, one of the three who held the speaker down in his chair. He is stated to have shown conspicuous ability, though his sympathies were with the court party. In Dec., 1635, he was chosen recorder of London, the corporation having been specially requested by a letter from Charles I. In 1636, he was made attorney of the

Court of wards and liveries. "He was now in his fifty-first year and his path seemed clear to the highest legal preferments, but death came upon him in the full vigor of his powers in August, 1637". From him the present Lord Calthorpe (surnamed originally Gough) is lineally descended.

  Christopher Calthorpe, who came to Va. was a relative of President Nat. Bacon, of the

Virginia

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Council. The grandmother of the first was Barbara, dua. of Francis Bacon of Hesset, while the grandmother of the latter (marrying of course a Bacon) was Elizabeth, another (?) daughter of Francis Bacon of Hesset; while Nathaniel Bacon, "The Rebel", married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Edward, son of Edward, and grandson of Ambrose Duke, of Benhall and his wife, Elizabeth Calthorpe. See, also, the Bacon pedigree in the paper on Henry Woodhouse, who also came to Virginia, for a match with Calthorpe (April Quarterly No. 4, 1893). In the Heraldic exhibition at the "Society of Antiquarians" in 1863, there was seen a roll of vellum, beautifully illuminated with the Calthorpe arms and crest, the former quartering Bacon, Wythe, &c. The descend of the Calthorpes was given from Sir William Calthorpe, 1461, to Sir Philip Calthorpe who married Anne, dau: of Sir William Boleyn; and the relationship of the family to Queen Elizabeth is shown(1).

  In the Church of Deepdale Manor is a window in the nave with arms of Calthorpe, impaling

three cups argent(2).

  The arms of the Calthorpes are - chequy or and az., a fesse erm; Crest. a boar's head,

couped at the neck azure, bristled and tusked or., between two woodmen with clubs over their shoulders, all ppr.

  In a collection of drawings by Holbein of portraits, temp. Henry VIII, are those of Sir

Thos. More; Sir Thomas Wyatt; Elizabeth, daughter of Sir ________________________________________________

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Sir John Calthorpe, Kt.'s Timeline

1431
1431
Norfolk, England
1453
1453
Age 22
Melton Constable, Suffolk
1453
Age 22
Burnham Thorpe,Norfolk,England
1454
1454
Age 23
Of, Cockthorpe, Norfolk, England
1459
1459
Age 28
Barnham Thorpe, Norfolk, England
1460
1460
Age 29
Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk, England
1460
Age 29
Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk, England
1462
1462
Age 31
Of, Cockthorpe, Norfolk, England
1464
1464
Age 33
Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk, England
1466
1466
Age 35
Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk, England