Matching family tree profiles for Sir John Conyers, of Stockburn, Knt.
About Sir John Conyers, of Stockburn, Knt.
John CONYERS Knight
- Born: probably Sackburne, Durham, England
- Buried: Sockburn Church, legs crossed, shield by his side
- Father: Geoffrey CONYERS Knight
- Mother: ¿?
- Married: ¿?
- Humphrey CONYERS (Sir)
In medieval times a Sir John Conyers is said to have slain a dragon or "worm" that was terrorising the district. The stone under which the Sockburn Worm was reputedly buried is (or at least until recently was) still visible, and the falchion with which it was said to have been slain is in Durham Cathedral Treasury.
Dragonslayer - the "Jabberwocky" connection
"Sr Jo Conyers of Storkburn Knt who slew ye monstrous venoms and poysons wiverms Ask or worme which overthrew and Devourd many people in fight, for the scent of poyson was soo strong, that no person was able to abide it, yet he by the providence of god overthrew it and lyes buried at Storkburn before the Conquest, but before he did enterprise it (having but one sonne) he went to the Church in compleat armour and offered up his sonne to the holy ghost, which monument is yet to see, and the place where the serpent lay is called Graystone."
(From British Museum MS Harleian No. 2118, fo. 39, circa 1625-49)
Sir John Conyers, of Stockburn, Knt.'s Timeline
Stokeburn, Durham, , England
Sockburn, Darlington, UK
Durham, , England
Durham, County Durham, UK