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Oliver St John, 1st Baron St John of Bletso

Also Known As: "Lord Baron St. John of Beltshoe"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England
Death: April 21, 1582 (55-64)
Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir John St. John, Kt. and Margaret St. John
Husband of Agnes St. John and Elizabeth St. John
Father of Martha Wingate; Judith Pelham; Anne Lytton; Joan Stourton (St. John); John St. John, 2nd Baron St. John of Bletso and 5 others
Brother of Alice Elmes; Margery St John and Lady Margaret Russell, Countess of Bedford
Half brother of Anne Eley; Jane St. John; Charles St. John; Cressida Butler and Mary St. John

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About Oliver St. John, 1st Baron St. John of Bletso

  • Oliver St. John, 1st Baron St. John of Bletso
  • M, #27581, d. before 23 May 1582
  • Last Edited=29 Mar 2013
  • Oliver St. John, 1st Baron St. John of Bletso was the son of Sir John St. John and Margaret Waldegrave.1 He married Agnes Fisher, daughter of Sir John Fisher, before 8 February 1542/43.2 He died before 23 May 1582.
  • He was Member of Parliament (M.P.) –52, High Sheriff Beds and Buckinghamshire 1551, Commissioner of Musters (local defence force) c mid-1560, Lieutenant in Beds for resistance against Northern Rebellion 1569 Beds 1547.2 He was County Bedford (E).2 He was Justice of the Peace (J.P.) (Beds /4) in February 1553.2 On 13 January 1558 so created /9.2 He was created 1st Baron St. John of Bletso in 1559.3 On 28 August 1572 married 2nd by , as her 4th husband, Elizabeth (d after 8 Dec 1602), daughter of Geoffrey Chamber, of Gt and Little Stanmore, Middx, and widow of (a) Reynold Conyers (died 1558–59), (b) Sir Francis Stonor (died c 1566) and (c) Edward Griffin, Atto.2
  • Children of Oliver St. John, 1st Baron St. John of Bletso
    • 1.Anne St. John+4
    • 2.Judith St. John+5
    • 3.Hon. Elizabeth St. John+6
  • Children of Oliver St. John, 1st Baron St. John of Bletso and Agnes Fisher
    • 1.John St. John, 2nd Baron St. John of Bletso+5 d. 23 Oct 1596
    • 2.John St. John, 2nd Baron St. John of Bletso+3 d. 23 Oct 1596
    • 3.Thomas St. John+2
    • 4.Oliver St. John, 3rd Baron Saint John of Bletso+ b. b 1542, d. 1618
  • Citations
  • 1.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume II, page 76. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 2.[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), volume 3, page 3484. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  • 3.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 206.
  • 4.[S15] George Edward Cokayne, editor, The Complete Baronetage, 5 volumes (no date (c. 1900); reprint, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 1983), volume I, page 28. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Baronetage.
  • 5.[S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  • 6.[S47] Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd, editor, Burke's Irish Family Records (London, U.K.: Burkes Peerage Ltd, 1976), Becher, page 100. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Irish Family Records.
  • From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p2759.htm#i27581
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From the English Wikipedia page on Oliver St. John, 1st Baron St. John of Bletsoe:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_St_John,_1st_Baron_St_John_of_Bletso

Oliver St John of Bletsoe, 1st Baron St John of Bletso (died 23 May 1582) was an English peer.

St John was the son of Sir John St John of Bletsoe and Spelsbury (born Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, 1498) and his wife Margaret (née Waldegrave). His paternal great-great-great-grandfather Sir Oliver St John of Bletsoe, Spelsbury and Lydiard Tregoze (d. 1437) was the husband of Margaret Beauchamp of Bletso, great-great-granddaughter of Roger de Beauchamp, who was summoned to Parliament as Baron Beauchamp of Bletso from 1363 to 1379. Since then that title had not been assumed although St John was considered to be the line of heir. In 1558 he was raised to the peerage himself as Baron St John of Bletso, in the County of Bedford.

He was elected as knight of the shire (MP) for Bedfordshire in 1547. He served as High Sheriff of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire in 1551 and from 1560 to 1569 was Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire.

Lord St John of Bletso married Agnes Fisher. He died in May 1582 and was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son John.

Political offices

  • Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire (1560–1569)
  • Preceded by Unknown
  • Succeeded by Unknown

Peerage of England

  • Baron St John of Bletso (1558–1582)
  • Preceded by New Creation
  • Succeeded by John St John

References

History of Parliament ST JOHN, Oliver (by 1522-82) of Bletsoe, Beds

Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.

Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages

www.thepeerage.com

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  • ST. JOHN, Oliver (by 1522-82), of Bletsoe, Beds.
  • Constituency:
  • Bedfordshire Date: 1547
  • Family and Education
  • b. by 1522, 1st s. of Sir John St. John of Bletsoe by 1st w., and bro. of John†. m. (1) by Feb. 1543, Agnes, da. of Sir John Fisher, gd.-da. and h. of Sir Michael Fisher (d. Feb. 1549) of Clifton, Beds., 4s. inc. John II† and Oliver II† 6da.; (2) by 28 Aug. 1572, Elizabeth, da.of Geoffrey Chamber of Stanmore,Mdx., wid. of Sir Walter Stonor (d.1551) of Stonor, Oxon., of Reginald Conyers (d.1560) of Wakerley, Northants., and of Edward Griffin (d.1569) of Dingley, Northants. suc. fa. 19 Dec. 1558. cr. Baron St. John of Bletso 13 Jan. 1559.1
  • Offices Held
  • Gent. waiter extraordinary, household of Prince Edward by 1547, royal household 1547; commr. relief, Beds. 1550, musters 1560, eccles. causes, dioceses of Lincoln and Peterborough 1571, 1575; sheriff, Beds. and Bucks. 1551-2; j.p. Beds. 1554-8, q. 1558/59-d., Cambs., Hunts. 1562-d.; custos rot. Beds. 1558/59; ld. lt. 1569.2
  • Biography
  • Oliver St. John began his career in the household of Prince Edward, and on the accession of his master he entered the royal household. His own court connexion combined with his father’s influence explain his return as one of the knights for Bedfordshire to the first Parliament of the reign, although as yet he had no experience of local affairs. The designation ‘junior’ on the election indenture leaves no doubt that it was he and not his uncle and namesake who was then returned. All that is known of his part in the Commons is that on 21 Feb. 1549 he was licensed to be absent for three days, presumably on account of problems arising from his wife’s succession to the Fisher inheritance in the midlands. If he was re-elected to the King’s second Parliament, it was not for Bedfordshire, but he could have obtained a seat for almost any borough. From 1550 he figured increasingly in county administration and from 1554 he served as a magistrate.3
  • Ennobled shortly after his father’s death St. John demonstrated his allegiance to Elizabeth in both public and private matters. His second marriage to a widow well provided for by two of her three previous husbands further enriched him. He made his will on 20 Apr. 1582 and died the following day.4
  • Ref Volumes: 1509-1558
  • Author: N. M. Fuidge
  • Notes
  • 1. Date of birth estimated from marriage. Vis. Beds. (Harl. Soc. xix), 53-55; CP; VCH Beds. ii. 277, 323; CSP Dom. 1595-7, p. 359; PCC 19 Mellershe, 22 Tirwhite; R. J. Stonor, Stonor , 216; C142/120/12.
  • 2. Roy. 7, C16, f. 94; LC2/2, f. 53v; CPR , p. 351; 1553-4, p. 17; 1560-3, pp. 433, 435, 437; 1569-72, pp. 277-8; 1572-5, p. 551; Coll. State Pprs. ed. Haynes, i. 559-60; State Trials , ed. Howell, i. 957.
  • 3.CJ , i. 8.
  • 4.APC , iv. v, vii, x, xiii; CPR , 1558-60, p. 74; 1563-6, pp. 43, 361; PCC 5 Bucke, 19 Mellershe, 32 Holney; HMC Var. iii. 87-88; Selden Soc. xii, 64 seq.; St.Ch.3/3/22, 7/34; C142/198/1; PCC 22 Tirwhite.
  • From: http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1509-1558/member/st-john-oliver-1522-82
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  • Sir Oliver St. John, 1st Baron St. John of Bletsoe, Sheriff of Bedfordshire & Buckinghamshire1,2,3
  • M, #47486, b. circa 1522, d. 21 April 1582
  • Father Sir John St. John, Sheriff of Bedfordshire & Buckinghamshire, Justice of the Peace for Bedfordshire & Huntingdonshire4,5,6 b. b 1495, d. 19 Dec 1558
  • Mother Margaret Waldegrave1,4,5,6 b. c 1492
  • Sir Oliver St. John, 1st Baron St. John of Bletsoe, Sheriff of Bedfordshire & Buckinghamshire was born circa 1522 at of Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England.7 He married Agnes Fisher, daughter of Sir John Fisher and Anne Mordaunt, before 8 February 1543; They had 4 sons (John, 2nd Lord St. John; Oliver, 3rd Lord St. John; Thomas, Esq; & Francis) and 6 daughters (Martha, wife of John Cheney, Esq., & of James Colbrond; Judith, wife of Sir John Pelham; Margaret, wife of Nicholas Luke, Esq; Anne, wife of Robert Corbet, Esq., & of Sir Rowland Lytton; Margery; & Agnes).8,3,7 Sir Oliver St. John, 1st Baron St. John of Bletsoe, Sheriff of Bedfordshire & Buckinghamshire left a will on 20 April 1582.3,7 He died on 21 April 1582 at of Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England; Buried at Bletsoe, Bedfordshire.9,3,7 His estate was probated on 23 May 1582.3,7
  • Family Agnes Fisher b. c 1527, d. b 28 Aug 1572
  • Child
    • Oliver St. John, 3rd Lord St. John of Bletsoe, Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Lord Lt. of Huntingdonshire+7 b. c 1543, d. 2 Sep 1618
  • Citations
  • 1.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. XI, p. 333-335.
  • 2.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 115.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 220-221.
  • 4.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 114-115.
  • 5.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 218.
  • 6.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 383-384.
  • 7.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 386.
  • 8.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. XI, p. 334.
  • 9.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. XI, p. 335.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p1580.htm#i47486
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  • Oliver St. JOHN (1º B. St. John of Bletsoe)
  • Born: 1516, Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England
  • Died: 1582
  • Buried: 24 Apr 1582, Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England
  • Father: John St. JOHN (Esq.)
  • Mother: Margaret WALDEGRAVE
  • Married 1: Agnes FISHER (B. St. John of Bletsoe) (b. 1522 - d. 28 Aug 1572) (dau. of John Fisher and Anne Mordaunt) BEF 8 Feb 1542/1543
  • Children:
    • 1. John St. JOHN (2° B. St. John of Bletsoe)
    • 2. Oliver St. JOHN (3° B. St. John of Bletsoe)
    • 3. Martha St. JOHN
    • 4. Judith St. JOHN
    • 5. Margaret St. JOHN
    • 6. Anne St. JOHN
    • 7. Thomas St. JOHN (b. ABT 1553)
    • 8. Margery St. JOHN (b. ABT 1554)
    • 9. Francis St. JOHN (b. ABT 1555)
    • 10. Agnes St. JOHN (b. ABT 1556)
    • 11. Joan St. JOHN
  • Married 2: Elizabeth CHAMBER BEF 28 Aug 1572
  • From: http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/STJOHN.htm#Oliver St. JOHN (1º B. St. John of Bletsoe)
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Family and Education 2nd s. of Sir John St. John† (d.1558), by his 1st w. Margaret, da. of Sir William Waldegrave of Smallbridge, Suff. educ. ?St. John’s, Camb. 1545; I. Temple 1549. ?unm.

Offices Held

J.p. Beds. 1559.

Biography This John St. John is suggested for the 1559 knight of the shire rather than John St. John II, who at 15 would have been a little on the young side, or a namesake who leased part of the honour of Petworth, rather low in status. But the man suggested remains an obscure figure, his name is not on the heralds’ visitation, and his election as county Member merely reflects the standing of his family. He was an executor of his father’s will, under which he received £40 and a gold chain. His name is on the 1559 commission of the peace but not on the next one, and the implication is that he died about 1560.

PCC 45 Welles; CP, xi. 333 seq.; CPR, 1549-51, p. 41; 1555-7, p. 1; 1557-8, pp. 182-3; C142/198/1.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603 Author: N. M. Fuidge Notes

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