Sir John Pennington, Sheriff of Cumberland

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John Pennington, Knight, of Muncaster

Birthplace: Muncaster, Cumberland , England
Death: Died in Muncaster, Cumberland , England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir John Pennington, of Muncaster and Elizabeth Pennington, of Derwentwater
Husband of Joan Pennington and Isabel Pennington
Father of William Pennington; William Pennington; Sir John Pennington IV; Elizabeth Strickland; Margaret Isabell Leybourne and 3 others
Brother of Anne Curwen
Half brother of William Pennington, II

Occupation: Sheriff of Cumberland in 1510
Managed by: Gwyneth McNeil
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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: 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”.


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Sir John Pennington, Sheriff of Cumberland's Timeline

Muncaster, Cumberland , England
Age 30
Ulverston, Lancashire, UK
Age 32
Muncaster, Cumberland, England
Age 36
Age 52
May 3, 1512
Age 78
Muncaster, Cumberland , England