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Sir John Spencer, Lord of Wormleighton

Also Known As: "Lord of Wormleighton"
Birthdate: (59)
Birthplace: Southam Stratford-on-Avon, West Midlands, UK, CV47, England
Death: Died in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Robert Spencer, I and Anna Focke Smyth
Husband of Anne Spencer and NN Smyth
Father of Sir Robert de Spencer, of South Mylles; Jane Spencer; Eliabeth Spencer and Anne Spencer
Brother of Sir Robert Spencer; Thomas F Spencer and Henry Spencer

Occupation: Knight
Managed by: James Fred Patin, Jr.
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About Sir John Spencer, Lord of Wormleighton Birth: 1460 Wormleighton Warwickshire, England Death: Apr. 14, 1522 Althorp Northamptonshire, England

Sir John Spencer, Kt, of Snitterfield & Wormleighton was born before 1490. He was the son of William Spencer of Rodburn, Warwicks and Elizabeth. He married Isabel Graunt before 1506. To this union five children were born; Sir William Spencer, Kt, of Wormleighton & Althorp, Northants, Jane, Anthony, Isabel, and Dorothy.

Sir John established the wealth whereby his family was to prosper. He acquired Althorp in Northamptonshire on September 3, 1506 from the Catesby family and Wormleighton estate in Warwickshire in 1508 from William Cope. He began the Spencer family sheep farming, his flock reportedly totaling around 20,000 at its greatest. He built Wormleighton Manor for himself and sixty relatives, this was to be the Spencer family seat till the 1640's, when much of it was destroyed by the Royalist in the English Civil War.

Henry VIII, honored Sir John Spencer with a knighthood due mostly because of his riches and loyalty.

Sir John chose to be buried in Brington, near Althorp and had a family vault built on the north side of the chancel of Brington church. This family vault is still in use today by the Spencer family. (bio by: KRW)

Family links:

 Isabel Graunt Spencer

 William Spencer (____ - 1532)*
 Jane Spencer Knightly (1497 - 1561)*
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Burial: St Mary the Virgin with St John Churchyard Great Brington Daventry District Northamptonshire, England

  • Sir John Spencer
  • M, #322686
  • Last Edited=5 Dec 2008
  • Sir John Spencer is the son of John Spencer.
  • Child of Sir John Spencer and Anne Empson
    • 1.Jane Spencer+
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  • John Spencer, Esq.1
  • M, #75464, b. circa 1427, d. 1499
  • Father John Spencer, Esq. b. c 1390
  • Mother (Miss) Warsted b. c 1395
  • John Spencer, Esq. was born circa 1427 at of Wormleighton, Warwickshire, England. He married Ann Empson, daughter of Peter Empson and Elizabeth Joseph, circa 1460. John Spencer, Esq. died in 1499 at of Hodnel, Warwickshire, England.
  • Family Ann Empson b. c 1440
  • Child
    • Jane Spencer+2,1 b. c 1462, d. 12 Feb 1526
  • Citations
  • 1.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 434.
  • 2.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 202.
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  • 2. Spencer (pre 1603)
  • Spencer, of Althorp, co. Northampton (pre 1603)
  • John Spencer, of Hodnell, co. Warwick
  • stated by Lee to be son of Henry Spencer, of Badby, co. Leicester (d. 1476) (by his wife Isabel Lincolne, dau. (and hrss.?) of Henry Lincolne), son of Thomas Spencer, of Defford, co. Worcester, son of Nicholas Spencer, of Defford, co. Worcester (by his wife Joan Pollard, dau. of Richard Pollard), son of John Spencer, of Defford, co. Worcester (by his wife Alice Deverell, dau. (and hrss.?) of Giles Deverell), son of William Spencer, of Defford, co. Worcester. He died in 1330 and his IPM held at Pershore, co. Worcester, shows him holding a messuage, four virgates of land and two acres of meadow in Defford by socage, i.e. rent, from Geoffrey Dabitot. Despite the pedigree drawn up in 1595 by Richard Lee, Clarenceux King-of-Arms, for Sir John Spencer, this William Spencer was not the son by his second wife of John le Despencer, of Martley, co. Worcester, who died in 1275. John's IPM that year (Chancery Inquisitions 3 Edward I No 2) quite clearly shows that as he had died without surviving issue he was succeeded in his estates by his relative Hugh le Despencer, son of his cousin the famous Hugh le Despencer, Justiciar of England. There is no historical evidence other than Lee's pedigree of John le Despencer having a second wife.
  • born
  • mar. ..... Warsted, dau. (and hrss.?) of ..... Warsted
  • children
    • 1. William Spencer, of Radbourne, co. Warwick
    • 2. John Spencer, of Hodnell, co. Warwick, lessee (tenant) of Wormleighton, co. Warwick 1469, and of Althorp, co. Northampton 1486 (will dated 15 Sep 1496; d. 4 Jan 1496/7; proved CPC 25 Jan 1496/7; IPM 5 Nov 1499), mar. Anne Empson, sister of Sir Richard Empson, Speaker of the House of Commons, and dau. of Peter Empson, of Towcester, co. Northampton, and had issue:
      • 1a. Thomas Spencer, of Hodnell, co. Warwick (b. c. 1493)
      • 2a. William Spencer
      • 1a. Jane Spencer (d. 12 Feb 1525), mar. (1) bef. 1496 as his second wife Sir William Cope, of Banbury, co. Oxford, Keeper of Portchester Castle (b. 1450; d. 7 Apr 1513), and (2) William Saunders, of Banbury, co. Oxford, and had issue by her first husband
    • 3. Thomas Spencer, of Badby, co. Leicester, and Everdon, co. Northampton, mar. Margaret Smith, dau. of ..... Smith, of Old, co. Northampton, and had issue: .... etc.
  • died
  • William Spencer, of Radbourne, co. Warwick
  • born c. 1444
  • mar. Elizabeth Empson (b. c. 1448), sister of Sir Richard Empson, Speaker of the House of Commons, and dau. of Peter Empson, of Towcester, co. Northampton
  • children
    • 1. Sir John Spencer, of Hodnell and Wormleighton. co. Warwick
    • 2. Thomas Spencer, mentioned in his uncle's will 1496, granted arms with his brother John 1504 (Azure a fess Ermine between six Seamews' Heads erased Argent; Crest: A Moor-hen proper)
    • 1. Jane Spencer
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  • The Visitation of the county of Warwick in the year 1619. Taken by William Camden, Clarenceaux king of arms (1877) Vol. 12
    • Spencer - CHART Pg.282-285
  • Pg. 284
  • Joh'es le Despensor tem. E. 1. = ch: Adam, Willm's le Despensor.
  • Willm's Despensor 2 fil. ob. 2 E. 3. = ch: Joh'es (m. _ Deuerell) Despensor.
  • Joh'es Despensor fil. et haeres = . . . . fil. & haer. Deuerell.; ch: Nich'us (m. _ Pollard) Spencer.
  • Nich'us Spencer filius Johannis = . . . . filia Pollard.; ch: Willm's (m. _ Cleere), Thomas Spencer.
  • Thomas Spencer. = ch: Henricus (m. Isabella Lincolne) Spencer.
  • Henricus Spencer. = Isabella fil. et haer. Lincolne ob 18 E. 4.; ch: Joh'es (m. _ Warsted), Thomas, Willm's, Edwardus Spencer.
  • Joh'es Spencer de Wormeleighton et Hadnell. = . . . . filia . . .. Warsted.; ch: Wilm's (m. _ Empson), Johe's Spencer
  • Wilm's Spencer de Wormleighton. = . . . . filia Empson soror Rich. Empson militis.; ch: Joh'es (m. Isabella Gaunt), Thomas Spencer.
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  • Collins's peerage of England; genealogical, biographical, and historical (1812)
  • Sir John Le De Spenser, whose guardianship was commited to Emma his mother. He was of Full age, 40 Henry III. at which time being stiled son of Geffrey, .... etc.
  • ,,,, He died
  • Pg. 381
  • in 1274, and by inquisition taken next year, at Gertre, in com. Leicester, he is found to die possessed of the manor of Beransby, and the moiety of Wigan de la Mre, with several other lands .... He had also restitution of his manors of Castle Carlton, and Cavenby; for by two several inquisitions the same year, he is said to died possessed of them, in right of his wife Joan; but having no issue of her body alive, he held them only by the courtesy of England; and John de Merith entered on the same as his right, by the death of Joan, daughter of Robert de Lou, late wife of the said John De Spencer, cousin of the aforesaid John de Merieth, whose heir he is, and at that time thirty years old.
  • This Sir John De Spenser, by Anne, his second wife, had two sons, viz. Adam, who died young, and William Le De Spenser, his heir, styled of Belton, and one of the jury at an inquisition taken at Bredon, on june 8th, 1306, concerning the wright of electing a prioress of Langley, in com. Leicester. He resided at Defford, in com. Wigorn, and died possessed thereof about 1328, as appears by an inquisition taken at Pershore, which likewise shews that John was his son and heir, and of full age.
  • Which John was in the retinue of John of Gaunt, .... He had issue by Alice his wife (daughter and heir of Giles Deverell.)
  • Pg. 382
  • Nicholas his son and heir, who by Joan his wife, daughter of Richard Polard, of Kent, had issue two sons, Thomas; and William, who by his wife . . . ., daughter of Gilbert de Clare, had one son John, who married Alice daughter and heir of William Livesay, and died without issue, in the year 1456.
  • Thomas, the eldest son and heir of Nicholas, was father of Henry Spencer, of Badby in com. Northampton, Esq. as appears by a receipt, dated 13 Henry VI. for subsidies then paid to that King.
  • Which Henry took to wife Isabel, daughter and coheir of Henry Lincoln, from whom proceeded four sons, John, Thomas, William, and Nicholas; and died about 16 Edward IV. his last will and testament bearing date 1476, wherein he appoints his sons, John and Thomas, executors, and Isabel his wife overseer. The seal affixt had the arms the family now bear, viz. quartely in the first and third a fret, over all, on a bend, three escallops. He was succeeded by his eldest son,
  • John Spencer, of Hodnell, Esq. who is .... his wife's who was daughter and heir of . . . . Warsted; by whom he had .... etc.
  • Pg.383
  • two sons; first William hereafter mentioned; second, John Spencer, of Hodnell, in com. Warwick, Esq. who died anno 1498, and was buried at Hodnell; he held lands in eighteen several lordships; as appears by his last will and testament, dated on September 15th, 1486; by which he appoints his body to be buried in the chancel of the parish church of Hodenhull, and constitutes his nephew, John Spencer, of Snitterfeild, Esq. son of his brother William, one of his executors; entailing his lands on him in default of issue male of his own son Thomas (from whom Spencers of Hodnell) and in default of issue of him, the said John, to the heirs male of Thomas, the said John's late brother, of whom hereafter.
  • William Spencer, Esq. (eldest son and heir of John) was, in 1 Henry VII. seated at Rodburne in Warwickshire, and having married Elizabeth, sister to Sir Richard Empson, Knight, had issue a daughter, Jane, wife of Stephen Cope .... etc.
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  • Our New England ancestors and their descendants, 1620-1900: historical ... By Henry Whittemore
  • Pg.50
    • Spencer.
  • Collins states further: This family (the Spencers) claim a descent from the ancient Baronial family of De Spenser, of whom Robert de Spenser came over with the Conqueror and was, as his name imports, steward to that monarch. At the time of the Domesday Book he had four lordships in Warwickshire, one in Gloucestershire, fifteen in Lincolnshire and seventeen in Leicestershire.
  • Robert Le De Spenser was father of
    • William De Spenser, after whom was
  • Thurston Le De Spenser, the King's steward, a powerful man, father of Americus le Despenser de Stanley, who married Eldai Blewett.
  • Thurston Spencer, Sheriff of Gloucestershire, 19th, 20th, 22d, Henry III, who died before 1249, who by Lucia __ left
  • Sir Jeffrey (or Galfridus) Spencer, who died about 1251, leaving two sons, Sir Hugh and Jeffrey. Sir Hugh, the eldest, was a great Baron and father of Hugh, Earl of Winchester, and grandfather of Hugh, Earl of Gloucester.
  • Geoffrey Le De Spenser, second son, is stated to have been Lord of Marchley in Worcestershire, and to have died 1242. he was father of John Le De Spenser, who, with others of the family, took part with the Barons in the wars against Henry III, and was taken prisoner at the battle of Northampton. By Ann, his second wife, he had two sons: Adam, who died young, and William.
  • William Le Despenser left a son and heir, John Le De Spenser, who was in the retinue of John of Gaunt, nominal King of Castile, in his voyage to Spain. he was afterward Keeper of the Wardrobe of Henry V, and was with him at the siege of Roan. He had by his wife Alice (daughter and heir of Giles Deverill),
  • Pg.51
  • Nicholas Spenser, whose eldest son and heir was Henry Spenser, who married Isabel, daughter and co-heir of Henry Lincoln, and had four sons, of whom the eldest was John Spenser, who had a son John.
  • Sir John Spencer, eldest son of John, was denominated of Smithfield. On Sept. 3, 1506, he purchased the great lordship of Wormleighton, in co. Warwick. He died April 14, 1522. He married Isabel, daughter and co-heir of Walter Gaunt, Esq., of Snellerfield in Warwickshire, who had issue,
  • Sir William Spenser, who received the honor of Knighthood A. D. 1529, and in 23 and 24 Henry VIII, was Sheriff of Northamptonshire. he died 1532. He married Susan ___, and had .... etc.
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Sir John Spencer, Lord of Wormleighton's Timeline

Southam Stratford-on-Avon, West Midlands, UK, England
Age 23
South Mylles, Bedford, England
Age 28
Southam, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
January 4, 1496
Age 59
Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England
of Wormleighton, Warwicks, England. Bought property from Wm Cope, his son-in-law.