John Spencer, Lord Mayor of London

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John Spencer, Lord Mayor of London

Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Northamptonshire, England
Death: March 3, 1610 (72)
London, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Spencer, of Waldingfield
Husband of Alice Spencer
Father of Elizabeth Spencer

Occupation: Merchant
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About John Spencer, Lord Mayor of London

Sir John Spencer (died 1610) was a successful English merchant and lord mayor of London.

He was the son of Richard Spencer of Waldingfield [1] in Suffolk, came to London, and as a merchant was nicknamed "Rich Spencer". His trade with Spain, Turkey, and Venice was substantial, and he was accused in 1591 of engrossing, with two other merchants, the whole trade with Tripoli. Queen Elizabeth I is said to have visited him at Canonbury House in 1581, a property he bought from Thomas Wentworth, 2nd Baron Wentworth in 1570.

By his wife, Alice Bromfield, Spencer had an only child, Elizabeth, who in 1598 was sought in marriage by William Compton, 2nd Lord Compton. Spencer strongly disapproved of the match, but Compton's influence at court enabled him to procure Spencer's imprisonment in the Fleet Prison in March 1599 for ill-treating his daughter. The young lady was ultimately carried off by her lover from Canonbury House in a baker's basket. The marriage quickly followed, but Spencer gave his daughter no marriage portion. When, in May 1601, his daughter became a mother, he showed no signs of relenting. But some reconciliation apparently took place soon afterwards, it is said, through the intervention of Elizabeth.

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Northamptonshire, England
Age 45
London, England
March 3, 1610
Age 72
London, England