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John Arundell, MP

Nicknames: "John Arundel"
Birthplace: Bideford, Devonshire, England
Death: Died in Ewias Lacy,Herfordshie,,England
Immediate Family:

Son of Vice-Adm Sir John Arundell, MP; John Arundel; Annora (Eleanor) Lambourne and Annora Arundel
Husband of Margaret Arundel and Margaret de Burghersh
Father of Sir John Arundell, VII, Kt.
Brother of Sir Renfrey Arundell; Sir Thomas Arundell, of Tolverne; Philippa Bodrugan and Joan Arundell, Abbess of Canonsleigh

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About John Arundell, MP

Family and Education b.c.1392, 1st. s. of (Sir) John Arundell I*. m. by 1417, Margaret (c. 1376-c.1421), er. da. and coh. of Sir John Burghersh* of Ewelme, Oxon., wid of Sir John Grenville* (d.1412) of Bideford, 1s.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Cornw. Mich. 1412-6 Nov. 1413.

Commr. of oyer and terminer, Devon Nov. 1412; inquiry Jan. 1414 (lollards).

Biography As the eldest son of Sir John Arundell, John junior stood to inherit one of the richest estates in Cornwall. His marriage gave him a share in the Burghersh estates, which, in November 1417, were divided between his wife Margaret and her younger sister, Maud, whose husband was the influential Thomas Chaucer*. Margaret’s inheritance, thus allotted, included moieties of the manors of Stratford St. Andrew (Suffolk), Hatfield Peverell (Essex), East Worldham (Hampshire), the keeping of the forest of Woolmer and Alice Holt, estates at Ewelme, Swyncombe and Nuffield (Oxfordshire), the advowson of Stratford and lands in Cambridgeshire and Buckinghamshire. As well as this, the Arundells held the manor of Ravensbury and more than 700 acres of land in Surrey, together with part of the manor of Skendleby and rents at Partney (Lincolnshire). Moreover, the marriage brought Arundell into kinship with one of the foremost political figures of the day, for Chaucer was cousin to the Beauforts, chief butler of England and five times Speaker of the Commons.1

While still a very young man Arundell was appointed by Henry of Monmouth, prince of Wales, as sheriff of Cornwall, and he continued to hold office after the prince’s accession as Henry V. Doubtless he owed much to his father’s position as steward of the royal duchy of Cornwall. In May 1414 his father became sheriff of Devon and as such presided at the shire court of 23 Oct. which elected John junior as knight of the shire to the November Parliament. On 9 Feb. 1415 the latter stood surety for one of Chaucer’s friends, John But*, then granted the keeping of certain duchy property. Also he was present at the Cornish elections in February 1416 when his father was elected to Parliament for the eighth time. In 1418, along with (Sir) John Colshull II* and others, he was given livery of estates which the late John Whalesborough* had entrusted to them as feoffees. The 1419 Cornish elections to Parliament, at which he and his younger brother, (Sir) Thomas Arundell, were chosen, were again conducted by their father as sheriff. On 4 Nov., during the Parliament, the two brothers were their father’s sureties in a grant of the wardship of Colshull’s lands and the marriage of his heir. On 8 Feb. 1420 John sealed an indenture for one year’s service in France with six men-at-arms and 18 archers, argeeeing to be at either Southampton or Dover for embarkation in April. However, he returned home within the year, for he was present at the Cornish elections on 17 Mar. 1421, then witnessing the return of his father. His brother Sir Thomas was sheriff when he and his father were elected together for the Parliament of 1422.2

Arundell died on 4 Dec. 1423. The wardship of all the estates which, by the courtesy, he had held of the inheritance of his wife (who had died about two years before) were granted jointly to his brother-in-law Thomas Chaucer and Thomas Haseley* (the clerk of the Crown in Chancery and an Oxfordshire neighbour of Chaucer’s) during the minority of his son John, who was only two years old. The boy became heir to his grandfather’s lands in 1435, whereupon no less than 1,000 marks was even then paid at the Exchequer for the wardship and marriage. In 1442 young John became the ward of William de la Pole, earl of Suffolk (Chaucer’s son-in-law), who promptly married him to his niece, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas, Lord Morley. After proving his age in May 1443, he was given seisin of estates in ten counties.3

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421 Authors: J. S. Roskell / L. S. Woodger Notes 1. CCR, 1419-22, pp. 162-3; 1429-35, pp. 335-7; 1435-41, pp. 2, 18; CFR, xiv. 398; CPR, 1429-36, pp. 589, 451; Trans. Devon Assoc. xvi. 684-5; C139/11/29. 2. C219/11/4, 8, 12/3, 5, 13/1; CPR, 1413-16, p. 281; CCR, 1413-19, pp. 420-1; E101/70/3/644; E404/36/20. 3. CFR, xv. 51, 72-73; CPR, 1429-36, p. 497; CCR, 1441-7, pp. 103-4; C139/11/29, 112/68; Parochial Hist. Cornw. ed. Polsue, iii. 295.

John Arundell

•Born about 1392 - of,Bideford,Devonshire,England

•Died on 4 December 1423

•Age at death: possibly 31 years old


•John Arundell ca 1372-ca 1436

•Annora (Eleanor) Lambourne ca 1374

Marriages and children

◦Married about 1415, of,Bideford,Devonshire,England, to x x

•Married about 1420, of,Ewias Lacy,Hertford,England, to Margaret Burghersh ca 1398-1424, with

•John 1421-1473



Generation Seven

7. SIR JOHN7 ARUNDELL (John6, John5, John4, John3, Ralph2, Renfry1) of Bideford,

son of (6) Sir John6 and (VR-2) Annora (LAMBOURNE),

was born circa 1394, and died on 4 Dec. 1423.

He married (1st) ELIZABETH ROCHEFORT. He married

(2nd) (HA-2) MARGARET BURGHERSH of Ewias Lacy, Hertfordshire, England, daughter of (HA-1) Sir John, who was born circa 1398, and died in 1424.

Child of: Sir John7 ARUNDELL and Margaret BURGHERSH: + 8 i. SIR JOHN8 ARUNDEL, b. on 7 Jan. 1421 in Bideford; m. (

1) ELIZABETH MORLEY; m. (2) (IV-2) CATHERINE CHIDIOCK on 5 March 1451.


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 Spouse:  Margaret Burghersh  Family 


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 John Arundell was the son of Sir John Arundell and Eleanor Lamborne.1 He married, firstly, Elizabeth Rochford.1 He married, secondly, Margaret Burgersh, daughter of Sir John Burgersh.1

Child of John Arundell and Margaret Burgersh

Sir John Arundell+1


[S21] L. G. Pine, The New Extinct Peerage 1884-1971: Containing Extinct, Abeyant, Dormant and Suspended Peerages With Genealogies and Arms (London, U.K.: Heraldry Today, 1972), page 8. Hereinafter cited as The New Extinct Peerage.



    John Arundell was the son of Sir John Arundell and Eleanor Lamborne. He married, firstly, Elizabeth Rochford. He married, secondly, Margaret Burgersh, daughter of Sir John Burgersh.

Child of John Arundell and Margaret Burgersh

   * Sir John Arundell+

-------------------- John FitzAlan, 13th Earl of Arundel (1385–1421) was an English nobleman. He was the son of John FitzAlan, 2nd Baron Arundel , and Elizabeth le Despenser , and became Baron Arundel on his father's death in 1390 and Baron Maltravers on his grandmother's death in 1405. In 1415 his cousin Thomas FitzAlan, 12th Earl of Arundel died, leaving FitzAlan as his closest male heir. The Earldom of Arundel had been entailed to heirs male, and so the next year FitzAlan was summoned to parliament as Earl of Arundel. However the inheritance was challenged by Thomas Mowbray, 1st Duke of Norfolk , who was married to the late Earl's eldest sister. The dispute was not settled during their lifetimes, and John was subsequently summoned to Parliament as Baron Maltravers, not Earl of Arundel. He married Eleanor Berkeley, and was succeeded by his son John FitzAlan, 14th Earl of Arundel , who eventually made good the claim to the earldom. They also have another son, William FitzAlan, 16th Earl of Arundel , who married Joan Neville, daughter of Richard Neville, 5th Earl of Salisbury .

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John Arundell, MP's Timeline

Bideford, Devonshire, England
Age 28
Ewias Lacy, Hertfordshire, England
January 7, 1421
Age 29
Vale de Lanherne, Cornwall, England
December 4, 1423
Age 31
Ewias Lacy,Herfordshie,,England
December 4, 1423
Age 31