Sir John Clopton, Sheriff of Suffolk & Norfolk

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John Clopton

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Suffolk, England
Death: 1497 (74)
Long Melford, Suffolk, England
Place of Burial: Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford, Suffolk, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir William Clopton, Knight, of Kentwell and Margery Clopton
Husband of Alice Darcy
Father of Sir William Clopton, Lord of Castlynes; Edmund Clopton, Knight of Rhodes; Anne Clopton, SUFFOLK and Dorothy Clopton
Brother of William Clopton of Kentwell Hall; Alice Harleston; Elizabeth Cavendish, SUFFOLK; Catherine Denston; Margery Clopton and 1 other

Occupation: Wool merchant, soldier, Sheriff, Sheriff/Esquire
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About Sir John Clopton, Sheriff of Suffolk & Norfolk

Information from: The Families of LOU DRAPER & CHARLIE MARTIN of Johnson and Henry Counties, Missouri" by James M McMillen, Arlington, Texas

Published in .pdf format 13 January 2010

John Clopton of Kentwell (1423–1497), married Alice, daughter of Sir Robert D'Arcy (grandson of Sir Henry D'Arcy, who in the 14th Century was a sheriff of London and later its lord mayor) and Alice (daughter and heiress of Henry FitzLangley of Maldon, Essex).

John was Sheriff of both Norfolk and Suffolk (1452 and 1456). In 1461 he was arrested with five others—John de Vere, earl of Oxford, his son Aubrey de Vere, Sir Thomas Tuddenham, Sir William Tyrrell, and Sir John Montgomery. They were committed to the Tower of London by Edward IV for “corresponding treasonably” with the wife of Henry VI after Edward had deposed Henry. John was able to make peace, while all the rest were beheaded. To prove his support for the king, and probably as a condition of his release, John set about raising an army to protect Suffolk against any invading army led by the former queen.

John was summoned to London in 1483 to be made a Knight of the Bath at the Coronation of Edward V, which never took place (Edward V was one of the princes who legend tells us was murdered in the Tower of London).

Records indicate that John was never knighted.

A wealthy wool merchant, John rebuilt and greatly enlarged Holy Trinity Church in Long Melford in 1486. Rebuilt is probably the wrong word, for most of the original church was torn down and the much larger present church replaced it. He, family, and friends are pictured there in medieval stained glass, which was removed and stored during World War II to prevent its being damaged. John and Alice's tomb stands beside the high altar. John is also thought by some to have built the first parts of the present Kentwell Hall.

Issue of John Clopton and Alice D'Arcy were:

Sir William Clopton, son and heir

Sir Edmund Clopton, Knight of the Rhodes

Edward Clopton

Anne Clopton, married Thomas Rookwode

Dorothy Clopton, married Thomas Curson.


Baptized at Long Melford's Holy Trinity Church (currently Kentwell Hall). Benefactor of Holy Trinity Church (present day Kentwell Hall). Also, Sheriff of Suffolk. Inducted into the Order of the Knights of the Bath; the second highest Order of Chivalry in England. Buried beside his wife. Located between the Chantry Chapel & the Chancel. The top of the tomb is now used as a credence table for Holy Communion services at the High Altar. An arch covers the space above it on which are frescoes of the family. There is also a picture painted on the underside of the arch of Jesus holding a cross saying, 'Everyone who lives and believes on me shall never die'.

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Sir John Clopton, Sheriff of Suffolk & Norfolk's Timeline

1423
1423
Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Suffolk, England
1445
1445
Age 22
Long Melford, Suffolk, England
1452
1452
Age 29
1452
- 1456
Age 29
Norlflok and Suffolk, England
1456
1456
Age 33
1458
1458
Age 35
1497
1497
Age 74
Long Melford, Suffolk, England
1497
Age 74
Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford, Suffolk, England

Buried beside his wife.