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John Shelton

Also Known As: "Sir John de Shelton"
Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: Shelton, Norfolk, England
Death: November 15, 1558 (50-58)
Shelton, Norfolk, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir John Shelton, Kt. and Anne Shelton
Husband of Margaret Shelton
Father of Sir Ralph Shelton, 23rd Lord of Shelton; Margaret Shelton; Alice Jocyeln; Mary Scudamore; Thomas de Shelton and 2 others
Brother of Sir Ralph de Shelton, of Depeham; Elizabeth de Shelton; Anne Coote; Gabriella Shelton; Emma Shelton and 4 others

Occupation: Sir, Knight, 22nd Lord of Shelton; Knight of the Bath, Lived in Shelton Chancel
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About Sir John Shelton, 22nd Lord Shelton

Family and Education b. by 1503, 1st s. of Sir John Shelton of Carrow by Anne, da. of Sir William Boleyn of Blickling. educ. L. Inn, adm. 1 Mar. 1517. m. c.1530, Margaret, da. of Henry Parker, 10th Lord Morley, 2s. 3da. suc. fa. 21 Dec. 1539. Kntd. 22 Feb. 1547.1

Offices Held

J.p. Norf. 1543-d.; commr. relief 1550; PC 1553-5; sheriff, Norf. and Suff. 1554-5.2

Biography John Shelton’s mother was an aunt of Anne Boleyn, on whose accession she was given the custody of Princess Mary at Hatfield. Shelton was doubtless seen at court while his cousin was Queen but thereafter he was in the main to confine himself to his county. His father, ‘a man of great possessions’, sought to evade the Statute of Uses in their transmission, but after the elder Shelton’s death the matter came to light, the lawyers involved, who included William Coningsby and (Sir) Nicholas Hare, were punished, and an Act was passed in 1541 (33 Hen. VIII, c.26) annulling the ‘crafty conveyances’ resorted to. The legal aftermath was to be troublesome for Shelton but he did not suffer politically: he joined the Norfolk bench in 1543 and after serving in the Boulogne campaign he was knighted at Edward VI’s coronation. Yet it was only with the accession of Mary that he came briefly to the fore: his prompt adherence to her cause brought him an annuity of £60 and a seat on the Council, which he attended with some regularity until March 1555. His election for Norfolk to the third Parliament of the reign must have been approved and was probably supported by the crown, and it was immediately followed by his appointment as sheriff. Predictably, Shelton was not among the Members who quitted this Parliament without leave before its dissolution.3

Shelton had evidently withdrawn from affairs at the centre by March 1556, when the Council thanked him for sending news from Norfolk and told him to report in future to the 2nd Earl of Sussex. He made his will on 12 Feb. 1558 and died on the following 15 Nov., two days before the Queen. His inquisition post mortem mentions only his manor of Carrow, so that he must have disposed of his other lands. He was succeeded by his son Ralph, who married a daughter of Sir William Woodhouse, himself Shelton’s kinsman through his wife Elizabeth Parker.4

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558 Author: Roger Virgoe Notes 1. Date of birth estimated from education. Vis. Norf. (Norf. Arch.), ii. 345-6, 391; DNB (Parker, Henry). 2. LP Hen. VIII, xx; CPR, 1547-8, p. 87; 1553, p. 356; 1553-4, pp. 22, 27; APC, iv and v passim. 3. P. Friedmann, Anne Boleyn, i. 267, 271-2; Blomefield, Norf. v. 267; Hall, Chron. 837; LP Hen. VIII, xix, add.; APC, i. 14; iv. 430 et passim; v passim; Chron. Q. Jane and Q. Mary (Cam. Soc. xlviii), 5; Lansd. 156, ff. 90-94. 4. APC, v. 316; PCC 37 Welles; C142/119/127.

Knighted 22nd Lord of Shelton Held Manors of Shelton, Stradbrooke, Sola, Reeham, Scole, Burgullion, Barningham (Birmingham), Great Snoring, Carrow, Brent Elleigh and others.

Sir John joined Queen Mary at Kenningshall in order to advance her to the throne

22nd Lord of Shelton
Sir John Shelton, married to Margaret Parker (daughter of Henry Parker, 10th Baron of Morley) and older sister to Jane Boleyn, Viscountess Rochford.

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Sir John Shelton, 22nd Lord Shelton's Timeline

Shelton, Norfolk, England
November 1, 1530
Age 26
Shelton, Norfolk, England
Age 31
Shelton, Norfolk, England
Age 41
Shelton, Norfolk, England
Age 46
Shelton, Norfolk, England
May 19, 1558
Age 54
Shelton, Norfolk, England
November 15, 1558
Age 54
Shelton, Norfolk, England