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John North, Sir

Birthplace: Kirtling, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Death: Died in London, Middlesex, England
Place of Burial: United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Roger North, 2nd Lord North and Winifred North (Rich)
Husband of Dorothy North
Father of John Dudley North, 3rd Baron North; John Dudley North, 3rd Baron North; Elizabeth North; Roger North; Gilbert North and 1 other
Brother of Thomas North; Sir Henry North, Kt., MP; Mary North; Christian North; Ethelreda Drury and 1 other

Occupation: M.P. for Cambridgeshire, Nobleman, Sir
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About John North, Sir

Family and Education b. c.1551, 1st s. of Sir Roger North, 2nd Lord North, and bro. of Henry. educ. Peterhouse, Camb. 1562, Trinity Coll. 1567, MA 1572; G. Inn 1572; travelled (Italy) 1576-8. m. Dorothy, da. and h. of Dr. Valentine Dale, 4s. 2da. Kntd. 1596.2

Offices Held

Free burgess and alderman, Cambridge 1572; commander in Netherlands 1582, in Ireland c.1596; j.p. Suff. from c.1591.3

Biography As a boy, North was put under John Whitgift at Cambridge for instruction in ‘good learning and christian manners’, and moved to Trinity College when Whitgift became master there—a strange upbringing for the heir of a puritan like Lord North. About the time of his 21st birthday he was created an MA of his university (perhaps the degree was honorary), and made an honorary alderman of Cambridge. After a period on the continent he went to the Netherlands, serving under Sir John Norris. In May 1582 he was in England, with a commission from the Duke of Anjou to raise eight companies of 150 men for the defence of the Netherlands. His regiment fought at Ghent in September the same year. North was a brave and efficient soldier, but his relations with Sir John Norris were bad. His movements during the period 1579 to 1588 are not easy to trace. Presumably he spent time in England between campaigns in the Low Countries. In 1581 he was returned to Parliament at a by-election for Cambridge, where his father was high steward, leaving no trace upon the records of that session. In the following Parliament he took his seat for the first time as knight of the shire for Cambridgeshire, and was named to committees for revising statutes (23, 24, Feb. 1585), considering ropes (23, 24, Feb.), the subsidy (24 Feb.), and draining the fens (22 Mar.). His name is again absent from the journals of the 1586 Parliament, but as senior knight for Cambridgeshire in both 1586 and 1589 he was entitled to attend the subsidy committees appointed on 22 Feb. 1587 and 11 Feb. 1589. On 26 Feb. 1589 he served on a committee for the bill concerning captains and soldiers, and spoke on the first reading. He was appointed to a second committee on the subject on 19 Mar. North was a member of the committee for the final conference with the Lords at the end of this Parliament (29 Mar.) urging a declaration of war with Spain. For one reason or another—perhaps because of his frequent absences abroad—he was not elected for the county in 1593, but it is surprising that he should have had to go outside Cambridgeshire. Lord North had written to Cambridge corporation asking for a nomination before the 1593 election, but the town returned two local men, and John North found a seat at Orford—perhaps again through his father’s influence, although a local patron (probably one of the Wingfields) may have been directly responsible for his return. He does not appear to have contributed to the proceedings of the House in this Parliament.4

His military career had taken on a new phase after Lord North’s appointment as governor of Flushing in 1586. He had his own troop of 150 men in the town by September 1587, but before the end of the year he was writing to the Earl of Essex from a civil prison at Dordrecht explaining that he had been imprisoned for taking the Earl’s part in a dispute against one Webbe, a follower of the Earl of Sussex, who had cast aspersions on Essex’s reputation. After his release he may have come back to England, but the ‘Mr. North’ referred to in Dr. Dee’s diary as having visited Poland, and returned home in time for the Armada fighting, was probably his younger brother Henry. By 1596 John North was in Ireland, where on Easter day he was knighted at Christ Church, Dublin. In the May he returned to England, and in July was claiming the patronage of a benefice in Wales. He died in London 5 June 1597, and was buried the following day at St. Gregory’s by St. Paul’s. His widow, described by Dudley Carleton as ‘like a star among the fairest ladies’, remarried in 1604.5

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603 Author: N. M. Fuidge Notes 1. Did not serve for the full duration of the Parliament. 2. CP, ix. 654-5. 3. DNB; Neale, Commons, 165-6; CSP For. 1581-2, p. 618 et passim; Cal. Carew Pprs. iii. 244-5. 4. Strype, Whitgift, i. 14; CSP For. 1581-2, passim; 1582, pp. 33-4; 1583, pp. 299-300; 1583-4, pp. 124, 204; Neale, Commons, 165-6; D’Ewes, 355, 356, 371, 409, 431, 439, 448, 454. 5. Cam. Soc. xix. 19; CSP For. 1587 (Apr.-Dec.), pp. 104, 335; Chamberlain Letters ed. McClure, i. 31; Cal. Carew Pprs. iii. 244-5; HMC Hatfield, vi. 257-8, 270-1; PCC 58 Cobham

 Sir John North was the son of Roger North, 2nd Lord North and Winifred Rich.1 He married Dorothy Dale, daughter of Dr. Valentine Dale.2 He died on 5 June 1597.2
    Sir John North was educated at Peterhouse College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.2 He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.2 He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Cambridgeshire in 1584.2 He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Cambridgeshire in 1586.2 He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Cambridgeshire in 1588.2 He was invested as a Knight in 1596.2

Child of Sir John North and Dorothy Dale

Dudley North, 3rd Lord North+1 b. 18 Sep 1582, d. 16 Jan 1665/66


[S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003). Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.

[S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, volume 2, page 1690.

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John North, Sir's Timeline

Kirtling, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
August 25, 1581
Age 30
Kirtling, Cambridgeshire, ENG
September 18, 1582
Age 31
London, Middlesex, England
September 18, 1582
Age 31
London, United Kingdom
- 1584
Age 33
Cambridgeshire, England
March 13, 1585
Age 34
London, London, , England
October 28, 1588
Age 37
London, London, , England
- present
Age 37
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Age 40
London, London, , England
April 9, 1592
Age 41
London, Middlesex, , England