Charles Blount, 5th Lord Mountjoy

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Charles Blount

Birthplace: Tournai, Hainaut, Walloon Region, Belgium
Death: Died in Hooke, Dorset, UK
Place of Burial: London, Greater London, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of William Blount, 4th Baron Mountjoy and Alice Blount
Husband of Anne Blount
Father of James Blount, 6th Baron Mountjoy; William Blount and Francis Blount, MP
Brother of Lady Catherine Blount and Edward Blount
Half brother of John Browne, MP; Anne Petre; Matthew Browne; Elizabeth Browne; William Browne and 4 others

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About Charles Blount, 5th Lord Mountjoy

Charles Blount, fifth Baron Mountjoy (1516-1544), courtier and patron of learning

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Charles was born on 28 June 1516 in Tournai.

About August 1530 Charles Blount married Anne, daughter of Robert, second Baron Willoughby de Broke. Her mother was Dorothy, daughter of Thomas Grey, fourth marquess of Dorset, who had become the fourth wife of Charles's father. Succeeding to the title after his father's death in 1534, Mountjoy was regular in his attendance in the House of Lords. In May 1537 he was one of the peers summoned for the trial of lords Darcy and Hussey and he was also on the panel of 3 December 1538 for the trial of Henry Pole, Lord Montague, and Henry Courtenay, marquess of Exeter, his own brother-in-law. His country house was at Apethorpe, Northamptonshire, and in London he lived in Silver Street.

After the dissolution of Syon Abbey in 1539 Mountjoy granted asylum at his London house to the pious, learned, and outspokenly conservative priest Richard Whitford, who had been patronized by his father. Whitford remained in the household until his death in 1542 and may have acted as tutor to Mountjoy's children. Like his father, Mountjoy was deeply interested in the humanist educational programme and he tried to engage the learned scholar and educationist Roger Ascham, then teaching at Cambridge, as a tutor to his eldest son and secretary to himself. Although Ascham did not take the position ? and he also refused a similar offer from Margaret Roper ? he admired Mountjoy and referred in flattering terms to his learning, likening his household for its patronage of learning to that of the Medici. Mountjoy left 40 marks in his will to provide lectures for the children of Westbury under the Plain, Wiltshire, for the succeeding two years.

Mountjoy drew up his will on 30 April 1544, just before embarking for France with the expeditionary force. In it he admonished his children to ?kepe themselfes worthye of so moche honour as to be called hereafter to dye for ther maister and countrey? (PRO, PROB 11/30, fol. 343). He also composed his own epitaph in English verse. Present with Henry VIII at the siege of Boulogne he died on 10 October of that year at Hooke, Dorset (formerly the home of his mother), probably from illness contracted on campaign. In his will he reckoned his assets, in money, goods, and debts owed to him, at nearly £2100. He was buried at St Mary Aldermary, London. His widow remarried and lived until 1582.

Charles BLOUNT (5° B. Mountjoy)

Born: 28 Jun 1516, Tournay, France

Died: 14 Oct 1544, Hook, Dorset, England

Father: William BLOUNT (4° B. Mountjoy)

Mother: Elizabeth SAY (B. Mountjoy)

Married: Anne WILLOUGHBY (B. Mountjoy) 1530 Hook, Dorset, England


1. James BLOUNT (6º B. Mountjoy)

2. John BLOUNT (b. ABT 1535, Newport, Devonshire, England)

3. Francis BLOUNT

4. William BLOUNT (b. ABT 1539, Newport, Devonshire, England - d. 1574. in Sp.)

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Charles Blount, 5th Lord Mountjoy's Timeline

June 28, 1516
Tournai, Hainaut, Walloon Region, Belgium
Age 16
Newport, Devonshire, United Kingdom
Age 18
Age 22
October 10, 1544
Age 28
Hooke, Dorset, UK
London, Greater London, United Kingdom