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John Lumley, 1st Baron Lumley

Birthdate: (76)
Death: 1609 (71-79)
Immediate Family:

Son of George Lumley and Jane Knightley
Husband of Jane / Joan(nna) Fitzalan, Lady Lumley and Elizabeth Constable
Father of Thomas Fitzalan; Mary Fitzalan; Charles Fitzalan and Lady Joan Lumley
Brother of Jane Lumley and Barbara Lumley

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About John Lumley, 6th Baron Lumley

John Lumley, 1st Baron Lumley (c. 1533 – 1609) was an English aristocrat, who is remembered as one of the greatest collectors of art and books of his age.

John Lumley, born about 1533, was the grandson and heir of John, Lord Lumley. He was the only son of George Lumley (who had been executed in the lifetime of his father for his role in the Pilgrimage of Grace), by Jane, second daughter and coheir of Sir Richard Knightley of Upton, Northamptonshire.

In a petition to Edward VI Lumley stated that he was a child at the death of his grandfather in 1544, to whose honors he did not succeed because of his own father's attainder, and in 1547 he obtained an Act of Parliament restoring him in blood, and enacting "that he, the said John Lumley and the heirs male of his body, should have hold, enjoy and bear the name, dignity, state and pre-eminence of a Baron of the Realm" whereby he became Baron Lumley (a new Barony being created of that name, in tail male ) and he was summoned to Parliament accordingly from 5 October 1553 to 5 November 1605.

He was made Knight of the Bath on 29 November 1553, and attended at the subsequent coronation of Mary I. He also served as a Commissioner of Claims at the coronations of Elizabeth I and James I.

He was suspected of treasonable dealings with Mary, Queen of Scots, and was imprisoned in 1570 along with the Earl of Arundel, his father-in-law. In October 1586 he was one of the judges at the trial of Mary, Queen of Scots, and also in 1602 of the trial of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex.

Lumley married firstly, before 4 March 1552, Jane, the eldest of the two daughters and coheirs of Henry Fitzalan Earl of Arundel, by his first wife Catherine, daughter of Thomas Grey, 2nd Marquess of Dorset. Joan Lumley was one of the six principal ladies who sat in the third chariot of state at the coronation of Mary I in 1553. She was buried 9 March 1576/7, at Cheam, Surrey (as were three of her children, all of whom died in infancy), near her father’s estate, Nonsuch Palace.

Lumley married secondly, Elizabeth Darcy, daughter of Thomas Darcy, 2nd Baron Darcy of Chiche, by Frances, daughter of Richard Rich, 1st Baron Rich. Elizabeth survived her husband by 10 years and was buried 4 February 1616/7 at Cheam.

Lumley’s seat was Lumley Castle in County Durham. However Queen Mary had sold the Palace of Nonsuch to Henry FitzAlan, 19th Earl of Arundel in 1556, and Lumley inherited it from his father-in-law in 1580. Lumley was a leading Elizabethan connoisseur with a notable collection of books and paintings, and during his tenure developed a major garden at Nonsuch.

In 1592 Lumley remitted to Queen Elizabeth possession of Nonsuch, and so after 36 years it again became a royal palace. When the palace passed to Queen Elizabeth, an inventory of Lumley's goods was prepared. Lumley stayed on at Nonsuch as Keeper of the Palace. After his death in 1609 his library was purchased by James I and became a significant addition to the Old Royal Library – which eventually became the basis of the British Library.

John Lumley died 11 April 1609, aged 76, without any surviving children. At his death the Barony of Lumley (created 1547) became extinct. He was buried at Cheam with his first wife; a tomb and monument there at St. Dunstan’s Church memorialize Lumley and his two wives. The composer John Bull wrote one of his greatest works to Lumley's memory, contained in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, (Pavan and Galliard Lord Lumley). In his will dated 28 January 1606 and probated in 1609, Lumley settled the bulk of his estate on his cousin and heir male.


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  • John Lumley, Lord Lumley1
  • M, #116518, b. 1533, d. 1609
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  • John Lumley, Lord Lumley was born in 1533. He married Joan Fitzalan, daughter of Henry Fitzalan, 19th Earl of Arundel and Catherine Grey.1 He died in 1609.
  • He gained the title of Lord Lumley.1
  • 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 I, page 253. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 2.[S3409] Caroline Maubois, "re: Penancoet Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 2 December 2008. Hereinafter cited as "re: Penancoet Family."
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  • John LUMLEY (6º B. Lumley)
  • Born: ABT 1534
  • Died: 11 Apr 1609
  • Buried: Cheam
  • Notes: Politician and collector. John, Lord Lumley, inherited his grandfather's estates while still an infant. He was restored in blood in 1547, and was created a Baron and Knight of the Bath in 1553, on Sep 29th, two days before the coronation of Queen Mary.
  • The estates, at his death in 1609, were bequeathed to Sir Richard Lumley, a grandson of Anthony Lumley, who was a brother to his grandfather.
  • Father: George LUMLEY (Sir)
  • Mother: Jean KNIGHTLEY
  • Married 1: Joan FITZALAN (B. Lumley)
  • Children:
    • 1. Charles LUMLEY
    • 2. Thomas LUMLEY
    • 3. Mary LUMLEY
  • Married 2: Elizabeth DARCY (B. Lumley)
  • From: LUMLEY (6º B. Lumley)
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  • LLOYD (LHUYD), Humphrey (1527-68), of Foxhall, Henllan, Denb. and of Denbigh.
  • b. 1527, illegit. s. of Robert Lloyd of Foxhall by Joan, da. of Lewis Pigott of Denbigh. educ. Brasenose, Oxf. BA 1547, MA 1551. m. Barbara, da. of George Lumley, sis. and coh. of John Lord Lumley, 2s. 2da.1
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  • Henry FitzAlan, 19th Earl of Arundel KG (23 April 1512 – 24 February 1580) was an English nobleman, who over his long life assumed a prominent place at the court of all the later Tudor sovereigns, probably the only person to do so. .... etc.
  • Henry Fitzalan, 19th Earl of Arundel, was first married to Katherine Grey, daughter of Thomas Grey, 2nd Marquess of Dorset, and Margaret Wotton. By her he had three children:
    • Henry FitzAlan, styled Lord Maltravers (1538–1556)
    • Jane FitzAlan (d. 1576/7), who married John Lumley, 1st Baron Lumley
    • Mary FitzAlan (d. 1557), who married Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, and whose son Philip, eventually inherited the Earldom of Arundel.
  • His second wife was Mary, daughter of Sir John Arundell .... etc.
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  • .... The third creation was in 1547 for George's son, Sir John, who managed to be restored in the blood, but the title became extinct upon his death without children in 1609. .... etc.
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