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John Stourton, 1st Baron Stourton

John Stourton, 1st Baron Stourton (19 May 1400 / c. 1404 – 25 November 1462) was an English soldier and politician.

Life

He was born at Witham Friary, Somerset, the son of Sir William de Stourton (abt 1373-18 Sep 1413), Speaker of the House of Commons, and Elizabeth Moigne.

Stourton served as High Sheriff of Wiltshire in 1426, 1433 and 1437, Somerset and Dorset in 1428 and of Gloucestershire in 1439. He was returned to Parliament as knight of the shire for Wiltshire in Dec 1421, 1425 and 1432 and for Dorset in 1423. He was knighted c.1430.

He was also Treasurer of the Household from 1445 to 1453 and fought for five years in the wars in France and Normandy, acting as Lieutenant of Calais from 1450 to 1451. In 1448 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Stourton, of Stourton in the County of Wiltshire.

Family

Lord Stourton married Margery or Marjory, daughter of Sir John Wadham, about 1431. They had:

He died in November 1462 and was succeeded in the barony by his son William.

References

  • STOURTON, John II (1400-62) of Stourton, Wilts
  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
  • Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages
  • Lundy, Darryl. "FAQ". The Peerage. 
Peerage of England
Preceded by
New Creation
Baron Stourton
1448–1462
Succeeded by
William Stourton
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