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John Spencer

Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: Wormleighton, Warwickshire, England
Death: Died
Place of Burial: Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir John Spencer, MP and Katherine Spencer, Lady
Husband of Mary Margareta Catlyn and Anne Clark
Father of Robert Spencer, 1st Baron Spencer of Wormleighton and Mary Ballard (Spencer)
Brother of Margaret Spencer; Katharine Spencer; Lady Mary Spencer; Elizabeth Carey, Baroness of Hunsdon; Richard Spencer, Sir, MP and 5 others

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About Sir John Spencer (c.1549-1600) MP

  • Sir John Spencer (c. 1549 – 9 January 1600) was an English landowner, sheriff and MP from the Spencer family.
  • He was born the son of Sir John Spencer of Althorp, Northamptonshire, and his wife Katherine Kitson, daughter of Sir Thomas Kitson of Hengrave, Suffolk. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge and trained in the law at the Middle Temple. He succeeded his father in 1586, inheriting estates at Wormleighton, Warwickshire and Althorp, Northamptonshire, and was knighted in 1588.
  • He was appointed a JP for Bedfordshire in 1577, for Northamptonshire in 1584 and High Sheriff of Northamptonshire for 1578–79 and 1590–91.
  • He was elected MP for Northampton in 1572.
  • Spencer died 9 January 1600 and was buried in St Mary the Virgin Church, Great Brington, the parish church for Althorp.
  • Spencer married Mary, the only daughter and heiress of Sir Robert Catlin, who brought him estates in both Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. They had one son, Robert, who became the first Baron Spencer.
  • Spencer was a direct ancestor of Lady Diana Spencer.
  • From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Spencer_(died_1600)
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  • Sir John Spencer1
  • M, #105261, d. 9 January 1599/0
  • Last Edited=7 Dec 2008
  • Sir John Spencer was the son of Sir John Spencer and Katherine Kitson.2 He married Mary Catlin, daughter of Sir Robert Catlin.2 He died on 9 January 1599/0.1
  • He was invested as a Knight in 1588.2 He leased the house at Great Brington, Northamptonshire to Robert Washington before 16 April 1599.3
  • Child of Sir John Spencer and Mary Catlin
    • 1.Robert Spencer, 1st Baron Spencer of Wormleighton+1 b. 1570, d. 25 Oct 1627
  • Citations
  • 1.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume XII/1, page 159. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 2.[S9] Charles Kidd and David Williamson, editor, DeBretts Peerage and Baronetage (London, U.K.: DeBrett's Peerage, 1999), volume 2, page 1870. Hereinafter cited as DeBretts Peerage, 1999.
  • 3.[S60] Charles and Hugh Brogan Mosley, editor, American Presidential Families (London, U.K.: Alan Sutton and Morris Genealogical Books, 1994), page 49. Hereinafter cited as American Presidential Families.
  • From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p10527.htm#i105261
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  • SPENCER, John (c.1549-1600), of Newnham, Warws. and Althorp, Northants.
  • Family and Education
  • b. c.1549, 1st s. of Sir John Spencer† of Althorp by Katherine, da. of Sir Thomas Kitson of Hengrave, Suff.; bro. of Richard and William. educ. Trinity Coll. Camb. 1561, M. Temple 1564. m. 1566, Mary, da. and h. of Sir Robert Catlin, 1s. Robert. suc. fa. 1586. Kntd. 1588.1
  • Offices Held
    • J.p. Beds. from c.1577, Northants. from c.1584; sheriff, Northants. 1578-9, 1590-1, commr. musters by 1593-7; steward of Higham Ferrers, Daventry, Long Buckby and Passenham from 1592.2
  • Biography
  • The Spencers’ administration of their Northamptonshire and Warwickshire estates was admired and often emulated by gentlemen all over England. Sheep from their pastures were purchased for breeding and it is probable that the family’s success as farmers was rarely equalled in the century. Spencer himself, however, in the years before his father’s death was frequently in debt, perhaps because he had been over-ambitious in his purchases of land, or because of too lavish hospitality. The estate was not freed from the burdens of his debts and his father’s legacies until 1590.3
  • The family was well-known to most of the important men of the day. Three of Spencer’s sisters married noblemen: George Carey, 2nd Baron Hunsdon, the Queen’s cousin; Ferdinando Stanley, 5th Earl of Derby; William Stanley, 3rd Baron Monteagle. His father refers to the honourable favour shown to him and his family by Burghley and Sir Walter Mildmay. A man so powerfully connected might come into Parliament for a neighbouring borough more or less when he liked, and the reason for Spencer’s having himself returned is probably to be found in the subject of his only recorded participation in the business of the House, when he managed in committee a bill to assure certain lands his father had sold to (Sir) Christopher Hatton I, 14 Feb. 1576. Spencer did not bother to sit in later Parliaments, though his two younger brothers and his son did. Spencer obtained no court or central government appointments, and in comparison with such men as Sir Richard Knightley and Sir Edward Montagu he played a minor role in county life.4
  • Spencer died on 9 Jan. 1600. His main contribution to the expansion of the estates to a size which was to support an earldom in his grandson’s time, came through his marriage. Mary Catlin brought him the vast estates in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire which her father had built up from the profits of a successful legal career. Besides these, his own purchase of the manor of Sandys and the rectory of Dunton in Bedfordshire were insignificant. As he had only one child, his will is mainly concerned with small legacies to his servants, to those who had cared for him in his last sickness, which may have been of some length, and to his minister Thomas Campion. He was buried, as he had requested, in Brington church.5
  • Ref Volumes: 1558-1603
  • Author: S. M. Thorpe
  • Notes
  • 1. C142/215/258; Baker, Northants. i. 109; M. Finch, Five Northants. Fams. (Northants. Rec. Soc. xix) ped. ii.
  • 2. Harl. 5968, no. 139; Musters, Beacons and Subsidies ed. Wake (Northants. Rec. Soc. iii), 34, 35; HMC Buccleuch, iii. 33; HMC Montagu, 25; Somerville, Duchy, i. 587, 591.
  • 3. J. H. Round, Studies in Peerage and Fam. Hist. 281; H. R. Trevor Roper, The Gentry 1540-1640 (Econ. Hist. Rev. Supp. 1), 12; Finch, 38, 51-2 seq.
  • 4. PCC 1 Spencer; CJ, i. 105; CSP Dom. 1581-90, p. 207; 1595-7, p. 210; APC, xxii. 123, 442, 546; xxiii. 258, 286; xxiv. 454; xxv. 157, 392; xxviii. 47; HMC Montagu, 24, 25; HMC Buccleuch, iii. 33, 36, 39, 48, 49, 50-4.
  • 5. Finch, 50-1, app. iv; C142/262/129; PCC 95 Kidd; Baker, Northants. i. 97.
  • From: http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1558-1603/member/spencer-john-1549-1600
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  • Catherine KYTSON
  • Born: ABT 1525, Hengrave, Suffolk, England
  • Died: BEF 8 Nov 1586
  • Buried: Brington, Northamptonshire, England
  • Father: Thomas KYTSON (Sir Knight)
  • Mother: Margaret DONNINGTON (C. Bath)
  • Married: John SPENCER of Wormleighton (Sir) 1545, Hengrave, Suffolk, England
  • Children:
    • 1. Anne SPENCER (B. Mounteagle/B. Compton/C. Dorset)
    • 2. Catherine SPENCER
    • 3. Elizabeth SPENCER (B. Hundson /B. Eure of Witton)
    • 4. Alice SPENCER (C. Derby)
    • 5. John SPENCER of Wormleighton (Sir)
    • 6. Mary SPENCER
    • 7. Margaret SPENCER
    • 8. Thomas SPENCER
    • 9. William SPENCER of Yarnton (Sir)
    • 10. Richard SPENCER
    • 11. Edward SPENCER
  • From: http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/KYTSON.htm#Catherine KYTSON1
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John Spencer is an ancestor of "Sir Winston Churchill" !

John Sir Althorp High Sheriff of Hamptonshire Spencer


1517–1586

Birth 1517 • Fawsley, Northamptonshire, England

Death 08 NOV 1586 • Rockingham / Brington, Northamptonshire, England

When John Sir Althorp High Sheriff of Hamptonshire Spencer was born in 1517 in Fawsley, Northamptonshire, England, his father, Sir, was 21 and his mother, Lady, was 19. He married Lady Catherine Kitson Baroness Spencer in 1545 in Hengrave, Suffolk, England. They had 13 children in 25 years. He died on November 8, 1586, in Rockingham, Northamptonshire, England, at the age of 69, and was buried there.

Birth

John Sir Althorp High Sheriff of Hamptonshire Spencer was born in 1517 in Fawsley, Northamptonshire, England, to Lady Susan Knightley, Baroness Spencer, age 19, and Sir William Spencer, Baron Spencer, High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, age 21.

Fawsley, Northamptonshire, England

1517 • Fawsley, Northamptonshire, England

     

1519

Age 2

Birth of Sister

His sister Jane was born in 1519 in Fawsley, Northamptonshire, England, when John Sir Althorp High Sheriff of Hamptonshire was 2 years old.

Fawsley, Northamptonshire, England

Jane Spencer


1519–1593

   

1519 • Fawsley, Northamptonshire, England

     

1521

Age 4

Birth of Sister

His sister Dorothy was born in 1521 in Fawsley, Northamptonshire, England, when John Sir Althorp High Sheriff of Hamptonshire was 4 years old.

Fawsley, Northamptonshire, England

Dorothy le de Spencer


1521–1575

   

1521 • Fawsley, Northamptonshire, England

     

1523

Age 6

Birth of Sister

His sister Anne was born in 1523 in Fawsley, Northamptonshire, England, when John Sir Althorp High Sheriff of Hamptonshire was 6 years old.

Fawsley, Northamptonshire, England

Anne Spencer


1523–

   

1523 • Fawsley, Northamptonshire, England

     

1525

Age 8

Birth of Sister

His sister Marie was born in 1525 in Fawsley, Northamptonshire, England, when John Sir Althorp High Sheriff of Hamptonshire was 8 years old.

Fawsley, Northamptonshire, England

Marie Spencer


1525–

   

1525 • Fawsley, Northamptonshire, England

     

22 Jun

1532

Age 15

Death of Father

His father Sir William passed away on June 22, 1532, at the age of 36.

Brington, Northamptonshire, England

Sir William Spencer, Baron Spencer, High Sheriff of Northamptonshire


1496–1532

   

22 Jun 1532 • Brington, Northamptonshire, England

     

22 Sep

1532

Age 15

Death of Mother

His mother Lady Susan passed away on September 22, 1532, at the age of 34.

Brington, Northamptonshire, England

Lady Susan Knightley, Baroness Spencer


1498–1532

   

22 Sep 1532 • Brington, Northamptonshire, England

     

1545

Age 28

Marriage

John Sir Althorp High Sheriff of Hamptonshire Spencer married Lady Catherine Kitson Baroness Spencer in Hengrave, Suffolk, England, in 1545 when he was 28 years old.

Hengrave, Suffolk, England

Lady Catherine Kitson Baroness Spencer

1521–1586

 

1545 • Hengrave, Suffolk, England

     

1545

Age 28

Birth of Daughter

His daughter Katharine was born in 1545 in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, England.

Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, England

Katharine Spencer


1545–1639

   

1545 • Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, England

     

1546

Age 29

Birth of Son

His son John was born in 1546 in Wormleighton, Warwickshire, England.

Wormleighton, Warwickshire, England

John Spencer


1546–1599

   

1546 • Wormleighton, Warwickshire, England

     

1547

Age 30

Civil

Northampton 1547-1551 • Northampton

     

1547

Age 30

Birth of Daughter

His daughter Elizabeth was born in 1547 in Hengrave, Suffolk, England.

Hengrave, Suffolk, England

Elizabeth Spencer


1547–1616

   

1547 • Hengrave, Suffolk, England

     

1550

Age 33

Birth of Daughter

His daughter Mary was born in 1550 in Hengrave, Suffolk, England.

Hengrave, Suffolk, England

Mary Spencer


1550–1590

   

1550 • Hengrave, Suffolk, England

     

1551

Age 34

Birth of Daughter

His daughter Margaret was born in 1551 in Wormleighton, Warwickshire, England.

Wormleighton, Warwickshire, England

Margaret Spencer


1551–1626

   

1551 • Wormleighton, Warwickshire, England

     

1553

Age 36

Civil

London, Northampton 1553-1555 • London, Northampton

     

1554

Age 37

Marriage

John Sir Althorp High Sheriff of Hamptonshire Spencer married Lady Catherine Kitson Baroness Spencer in Hengrave, Suffolk, England, in 1554 when he was 37 years old.

Hengrave, Suffolk, England.

Lady Catherine Kitson Baroness Spencer

1521–1586

 

1554 • Hengrave, Suffolk, England.

     

1554

Age 37

Birth of Daughter

His daughter Alice was born in 1554 in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England.

St Martin Church, Stamford, Lincolnshire, England

Alice Spencer


1554–1637

   

1554 • St Martin Church, Stamford, Lincolnshire, England

     

1555

Age 38

Birth of Son

His son William was born in 1555 in Yarnton, Oxfordshire, England.

Yarnton, Oxfordshire, England

William Spencer


1555–1609

   

1555 • Yarnton, Oxfordshire, England

     

1556

Age 39

Birth of Daughter

His daughter Ann was born in 1556 in Dorset, England.

1662467, Dorset, England

Ann Spencer


1556–1585

   

1556 • 1662467, Dorset, England

     

1558

Age 41

Birth of Son

His son Thomas was born in 1558 in Warwickshire, England.

Warwickshire, England

Thomas Spencer


1558–1580

   

1558 • Warwickshire, England

     

1558

Age 41

Birth of Son

His son Charles was born in 1558 in Lincolnshire, England.

1670302, Lincolnshire, England

Charles SPENCER


1558–

   

1558 • 1670302, Lincolnshire, England

     

1559

Age 42

Birth of Son

His son Richard was born in 1559 in Hertfordshire, England.

Hertfordshire, England

Richard Spencer


1559–1624

   

1559 • Hertfordshire, England

     

1561

Age 44

Birth of Son

His son Edward was born in 1561 in England.

Of, Offley, Herfordshire, England

Edward Spencer


1561–1584

   

1561 • Of, Offley, Herfordshire, England

     

1570

Age 53

Birth of Son

His son Robert was born in 1570 in Wormleighton, Warwickshire, England.

Wormleighton, Warwickshire, England

Robert Spencer


1570–1627

   

1570 • Wormleighton, Warwickshire, England

     

14 Sep

1575

Age 58

Death of Sister

His sister Dorothy died on September 14, 1575, when John Sir Althorp High Sheriff of Hamptonshire was 58 years old.

Everdon, Kent, England

Dorothy le de Spencer


1521–1575

   

14 Sep 1575 • Everdon, Kent, England

     

2 Nov

1578

Age 61

Death of Sister

His sister Isabel died on November 2, 1578, in Fawsley, Northamptonshire, England, when John Sir Althorp High Sheriff of Hamptonshire was 61 years old.

Fawsley, Northamptonshire, England

Isabel Spencer


1515–1578

   

2 Nov 1578 • Fawsley, Northamptonshire, England

     

8 Nov

1580

Age 63

Death of Son

His son Thomas passed away on November 8, 1580, at the age of 22.

Brington, Warwickshire, England

Thomas Spencer


1558–1580

   

8 Nov 1580 • Brington, Warwickshire, England

     

1584

Age 67

Death of Son

His son Edward passed away in 1584 at the age of 23.


Edward Spencer


1561–1584

   

1584

     

1585

Age 68

Death of Daughter

His daughter Ann passed away in 1585 in Dorset, England, at the age of 29.

1662467, Dorset, England

Ann Spencer


1556–1585

   

1585 • 1662467, Dorset, England

     

8 Nov

1586

Age 69

Death of Wife

His wife Lady Catherine passed away on November 8, 1586, at the age of 65. They had been married 41 years.

Brington, Northamptonshire, England

Lady Catherine Kitson Baroness Spencer


1521–1586

   

08 Nov 1586 • Brington, Northamptonshire, England

     

8 Nov

1586

Age 69

Death

John Sir Althorp High Sheriff of Hamptonshire Spencer died on November 8, 1586, in Rockingham, Northamptonshire, England, when he was 69 years old.

Rockingham / Brington, Northamptonshire, England

08 Nov 1586 • Rockingham / Brington, Northamptonshire, England

     

Burial

Rockingham, Northamptonshire, England

Rockingham, Northamptonshire, England

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Sir John Spencer (c.1549-1600) MP's Timeline

1549
1549
Wormleighton, Warwickshire, England
1570
1570
Age 21
Wormleighton, Warwickshire, England
1575
1575
Age 26
Southwell, Nottinghamshire, UK
1599
1599
Age 50
1600
January 9, 1600
Age 51
January 16, 1600
Age 51
Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom