John Peyton (soldier)

Last updated

Sir John Peyton
Sir John Peyton.jpg
A miniature of Sir John Peyton, attributed to John de Critz, painted around 1603
Governor of Jersey
In office
August 1603 1603
Personal details
Parent(s)John Peyton and Dorothy Peyton

Sir John Peyton (15441630) was an English soldier, MP and administrator, as well as the Governor of Jersey. He was born in Knowlton, Kent to John Peyton (died 1558) and Dorothy Peyton, who was the daughter of John Tyndale.

He entered Parliament in 1572 as MP for King's Lynn and was re-elected to the same seat in 1584 and 1593. [1] He was knighted in 1586 and served under Robert Dudley. He was Lieutenant-Governor of Bergen op Zoom from 1586 to 1587 and was a colonel "in the forces for the defence of the queen's person against the threatened attack of the Spanish Armada" in 1588. He was Sheriff of Norfolk for 1588. He served as a deputy lieutenant of Cambridgeshire under Roger North in 1596 and MP for Middlesex in 1597. He was appointed lieutenant of the Tower of London from 1597 to 1603, during which time he gave kind attention to Sir Walter Raleigh when he was imprisoned. He sat in Parliament for the last time in 1601 as member for Weymouth. He later served as Governor of Jersey from 1603 to 1630; a post that was formerly held by Raleigh.

On 8 June 1578, Peyton married Dorothy Bell (died 1603), the widow of Sir Robert Bell (died 1577), co-heiress of Edward Beaupré of Beaupré Hall, Outwell, Norfolk, and his second wife, Catherine Beddingfield. Peyton gained a position in the county of Norfolk from his wife's property and the responsibilities of raising Bell's eight children, together with his only son, Sir John Peyton (1579–1635).

Related Research Articles

Julius Caesar (judge) English judge and statesman

Sir Julius Caesar was an English lawyer, judge and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1589 and 1622. He was also known as Julius Adelmare.

William Brooke, 10th Baron Cobham

Sir William Brooke, 10th Baron Cobham, KG, lord of the Manor of Cobham, Kent, was Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, and a Member of Parliament for Hythe. Although he was viewed by some as a religious radical during the Somerset Protectorate, he entertained Queen Elizabeth I of England at Cobham Hall in 1559, signalling his acceptance of the moderate regime.

Sir Robert Bell SL of Beaupré Hall, Norfolk, was a Speaker of the House of Commons (1572–1576), who served during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

Sir Edmond Bell Of Castle Acre and Beaupre Hall, Norfolk.. He was an MP of Aldeburgh, Justice of the Peace for Norfolk c. 1599, Knighted 1603.

Sir Henry Hobart, 1st Baronet

Sir Henry Hobart, 1st Baronet, of Blickling Hall, was an English politician who succeeded Sir Edward Coke to become Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas.

John Harington, 1st Baron Harington of Exton English courtier and politician

John Harington, 1st Baron Harington of Exton in Rutland, was an English courtier and politician.

Sir James Perrot was a Welsh writer and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1597 and 1629.

Henry Maynard

Sir Henry Maynard (1547–1610) was an English politician and secretary to Lord Burghley, and became a substantial landowner.

Edward Phelips (speaker)

Sir Edward Phelips was an English lawyer and politician, the Speaker of the English House of Commons from 1604 until 1611, and subsequently Master of the Rolls from 1611 until his death in 1614. He was an elected MP from 1584, and in 1588, following a successful career as a lawyer, he commissioned Montacute House to be built as a Summer house for himself and his family. He was knighted in 1603 and one of his major roles was as the opening prosecutor during the trial of the Gunpowder Plotters.

Roger Townshend (courtier, died 1590)

Sir Roger Townshend was an English nobleman, politician, soldier, and knight. He was the son of Sir Richard Townshend and Katherine Browne. He spent much of his career in the service of Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, and Norfolk's son and heir, Philip Howard, 20th Earl of Arundel. He was knighted at sea on 26 July 1588 during the battle against the Spanish Armada.

Sir John Townshend MP, of Raynham Hall in Norfolk, was an English nobleman, politician, and knight. He was the son of Sir Roger Townshend and Jane Stanhope. He was also a soldier and Member of Parliament. He was killed in a duel with Sir Matthew Browne in August 1603.

Sir Carew Raleigh or Ralegh was an English naval commander and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1586 and 1622. He was the elder brother of Sir Walter Raleigh.

Francis Popham (1573–1644)

Sir Francis Popham (1573–1644) of Wellington, Somerset and Littlecote, Berkshire, was an English soldier and landowner who was elected a Member of Parliament nine times, namely for Somerset (1597), Wiltshire (1604), Marlborough (1614), Great Bedwin (1621), Chippenham 1624, 1625, 1626, 1628–29), and for Minehead (1640–1644).

William Coryton

William Coryton (1580–1651) of West Newton Ferrers, St Mellion, Cornwall, was a Cornish gentleman who served as MP for Cornwall in 1624, 1626 and 1628, for Liskeard in 1625, for Grampound in 1640 and for Launceston 1640–41. He was expelled from Parliament for falsifying returns.

Sir Drue Drury was the son of Sir Robert Drury, the grandson of Sir Robert Drury, Speaker of the House of Commons, and the nephew of Sir William Drury. He was an English courtier and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1562 and 1584.

Sir Peter Manwood (1571–1625) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1589 and 1621.

SirBassingbourne Gawdy, of West Harling, Norfolk, was an English lawyer and judge, knight, and Member of Parliament.

John Peyton (1579–1635), of Wells, Norfolk, was an English politician. He was the son of Sir John Peyton (1544–1630), Governor of Jersey and Lieutenant of the Tower of London.

Nicholas Parker (MP) Member of the Parliament of England

Sir Nicholas Parker, eldest son of Thomas Parker of Ratton and Eleanor, daughter of William Waller of Groombridge, was a military commander during the reign of Elizabeth I. He was Sheriff of Sussex in 1586-7, again in 1593-4 and was elected MP for Sussex in 1597.

Sir Robert Southwell (1563–1598), of Woodrising, Norfolk, was an English politician.


  1. "History of Parliament". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 19 November 2011.
Government offices
Preceded by Governor of Jersey
Succeeded by