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Sir John Perrot

Also Known As: "Thomas"
Birthplace: Haroldstone, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Death: November 03, 1592 (63)
Tower of London, London, Middlesex, England (Died in the Tower of London while awaiting execution.)
Place of Burial: London, London, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Thomas Perrot, Kt., of Haroldston and Mary Pughe
Husband of Anne Perrot and Jane Perrot
Partner of Sibyl verch Rhys Jones
Ex-partner of Elizabeth Hatton, Illegitimate daughter of Sir. Christopher Hatton
Father of Sir Thomas Perrot, MP; Lettice Chichester; Lady Anne Philipps; Elizabeth Butler; John Perrot, II and 3 others
Brother of Jane Philipps and Elizabeth Price
Half brother of Eleanor Jones; Sir Henry Johns; Richard Jones, MP; James Jones and Catherine Jones

Occupation: Captain, Knight, Elizabethan Statesman and Lord Deputy of Ireland, 1584-8, Member of Parliament
Managed by: Patricia Norton Chong
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About Sir John Perrot

John PERROT (Capt. Sir Knight)

Born: ABT 1527, Haroldston, Pembroke, England

Died: 3 Nov 1592

Notes: See his Biography.

Father: HENRY VIII TUDOR (King of England)

Mother: Mary BERKELEY

Married: Anne CHENEY


1. Thomas PERROT (Sir)

Married 2: Jane PRUET (dau. of Hugh Pruet of Thorry and Margaret Wood) (w. of Sir Lewis Pollard)


2. William PERROT

3. Anne PERROT

4. Lettice PERROT

Associated with: Elizabeth HATTON (illegitimate dau. of Sir Christopher Hatton)


5. Elizabeth PERROT

Associated with: Sibyl JONES


6. James PERROT (Sir)

7. Dau. PERROT

8. Thomas PERROT

9. John PERROT

William PERROT

Born: ABT 1555

Died: 8 Jul 1597, St Thomas Court, near Dublin

Notes: unmarried.

Father: John PERROT (Capt. Sir Knight)

Mother: Jane PRUET


Father: John PERROT (Capt. Sir Knight)

Mother: Jane PRUET

Married: John PHILLIPS (Sir Bart) (b. ABT 1560 - d. 27 Mar 1629) (son of Morgan Phillips and Elizabeth Fletcher)


1. Richard PHILLIPS (Sir Bart)

2. Dorothy PHILLIPS (m. Sir Francis Annesley, Viscount Valentia and Baron MountNorris)

3. Olive PHILLIPS (m. Sampson Lort)

Lettice PERROT

Born: ABT 1560

Father: John PERROT (Capt. Sir Knight)

See Peter Bartrum, (August 18, 2017; Anne Brannen, curator)

Family and Education

b. 1528/9, reputed illegit. s. of Henry VIII by Mary, da. of James Berkeley of Thornbury, Glos., w. of Thomas Perrot of Islington, Mdx. and Haroldston; half-bro. of Sir Henry and Richard Jones. educ. St. Davids. m. (1) Anne (d. Sept. 1553), da. of Sir Thomas Cheyne(y)† of Shurland, Kent, 1s. Sir Thomas; (2) by 1566, Jane, da. of Hugh Prust of Hartland, Devon, wid. of Sir Lewis Pollard of Oakford, Devon, 1s. 2da.; at least 1s. illegit. James 2da. illegit. suc. Thomas Perrot 1531. Kntd. 17 Nov. 1549. d. 1592.


History of Parliament Online vol. 1558-1603 and vol. 1509-1558


Of his public life it is sufficient to say that he was made a Knight of the Bath at the coronation of Edward VI, that he was President of Munster from 1570 to 1573, and Lord Deputy of Ireland from 1685 to 1588, that in 1579 he was appointed Admiral of a fleet I'aised for the defence of Ireland, that he was condemned for treason in 1592, and died in the Tower of London in that year. For his Pembrokeshire life : he was born at Haroldston, and lived there until his 18th year, when, in accordance with the custom of the time, he was sent to the household of the Marquis of Winchester, then Lord High Treasurer. Dame Mary, his mother, had dower rights at Haroldston, but Perrot lived there when in the county, until Queen Mary granted him Carew in 1554." He then made Carew his principal residence, and much embellished it.

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BIOGRAPHY: Sir John Perrot was born illegitimately circa 1527. He died in 1592. Sir John Perrot held the office of Viceroy of Ireland. He held the office of Lord Deputy [Ireland] between 1584 and 1588. He lived at Haroldstone, Pembrokeshire, Wales. He is reputed to the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII and a Mary Berkeley, although Weir states that this is highly unlikely.

English aristocracy. His parentage is unknown but it has long been suggested that he was the illegitimate son of Henry VIII and Mary Berkeley, a lady in waiting to the Queen. Sir John was educated at St David's, Pembrokeshire, and at the age of eighteen was placed in the household of William Paule, first Marquis of Winchester. He was introduced to Court in the autumn of 1549 and was created a Knight at Edward VI's coronation. He took part in the 155l negotiations with Henry II of France toward arranging a marriage between Edward VI and infant Princess Elizabeth of France. After Edward's death and the ascendance of Mary I to the throne, Sir John was denounced as a Protestant and was committed to the Fleet Prison before he was allowed to leave the country to join a military expedition in France. He was present at the capture of St. Quentin in 1557. He returned to England a few months prior to Mary's death and with the ascendance of Elizabeth I, Sir John was one of the four gentlemen chosen to carry the canopy of state at the new Queen's coronation. He proved a favorite of Queen Elizabeth who appointed him Vice-Admiral of the seas about South Wales and keeper of the gaol at Haverfordwest, and he became Mayor of Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, in 1570. The Queen appointed Sir John the first Lord of Munster, and he spent almost three years in Ireland subduing rebellion. Weary of Ireland, he returned to England without the Queen's leave in July 1573; pleading ill health, he was allowed to quit his Irish post. In I578 he was appointed Commissioner for Piracy in Pembrokeshire. In 1584 the Queen appointed Sir John Lord Deputy of Ireland and he spent four more turbulent years in Ireland. He was able to return to England in 1588 to find that his enemies at court had ample time to conspire against him, and the throne apparently became alarmed with his power and status. After a short confinement in Lord Burghley's house, Sir John was committed to the Tower of London in March 1591. More than a year later he went to trial on charges of high treason which included contemptuous words against the Queen, and with treasonable correspondence with the King of Spain and the Prince of Parma. He was found guilty and condemned to death on April 27, 1592. A rumor surfaced that the Queen intended to pardon him, but he died of natural causes before the sentence could be executed. His son, Sir Thomas Perrott, was restored Sir John's estates. (bio by: Iola)

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Sir John Perrot's Timeline

November 1528
Haroldstone, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Pembrokeshire, Wales
Haroldstone, Pembrokeshire, Wales
June 28, 1562
Herefordshire, England (United Kingdom)
Pembroke, in Haroldstone, Wales
November 3, 1592
Age 64
Tower of London, London, Middlesex, England