Sir John Pennington, Sheriff of Cumberland

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John Pennington, Knight, of Muncaster

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Muncaster, Cumberland , England
Death: May 3, 1512 (74-82)
Muncaster, Cumberland , England
Place of Burial: Copeland Brough, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir John Pennington, of Muncaster, Knight and Elizabeth Pennington, of Derwentwater
Husband of Joan Pennington and Isabel Pennington
Father of William Pennington; Sir John Pennington IV; Elizabeth Gascoigne; Margaret Isabell Leybourne; Ellen Pennington and 2 others
Brother of Anne Curwen

Occupation: Sheriff of Cumberland in 1510
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About Sir John Pennington, Sheriff of Cumberland

Sir John Pennington

  • Birth: abt 1442 - Muncaster,,Cumberland,England
  • Death: May 3 1512 - Muncaster,,Cumberland,England
  • Parents: John Pennington, Elizabeth Radcliffe
  • Wife: 1) Joane Ogle, widow of Robert Ogle; Isabel Broughton

Sheriff of Cumberland

Made a Knight in Scotland during an expedition in 1482.

The Luck of Muncaster is said to have been given to Sir John Pennington in 1464 by King Henry the VI. According to the story, the King gave the bowl to Sir John to thank the family for giving him shelter after his defeat at the Battle of Hexham.

It is said that Henry told the Penningtons that “as long as this bowl remains unriven, Penningtons from Muncaster never shall be driven” or in modern English, “don’t break the bowl and you’ll keep the Castle”.


  1. Frederick Lewis Weis, GPC 7th ed. (W). Ancestral Roots Certain American Colonists, - WEIS - A2
  2. "Pennington Pedigree"


Birth: about 1434 Death: May 3, 1518

Family links:

 John Pennington
 Elizabeth Radcliffe Pennington

 Isabel Broughton Pennington*
 Joan Eure Pennington (____ - 1507)*

 Margaret Pennington Leyburne*
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Burial: Saint Michael and All Angels, Muncaster Parish Chu Muncaster Copeland Borough Cumbria, England

Created by: Todd Whitesides Record added: Jan 24, 2014 Find A Grave Memorial# 124043456

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Muncaster, Cumberland , England
Age 30
Ulverston, Lancashire, UK
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Muncaster, Cumberland, England
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May 3, 1512
Age 78
Muncaster, Cumberland , England