John Hunt (gentleman)
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Hunt was the second son of John Hunt, esq., of Lyndon, one of the ancient family of Le Hunt. His mother was Amy, daughter of Sir Thomas Cave of Stanford, Northamptonshire. He was born at Morcott in Rutland, whence he was sent to Eton College, and afterwards to King's College, Cambridge, where he was admitted a scholar 27 August 1565, but left the university without taking a degree.
In the parliament which met 2 April 1571 a man of this name sat as member for Sudbury. If this is the same John Hunt, then he may have benefitted from the influence of a relation of his mother, Sir Ambrose Cave, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
Of the total of £375 raised for the Queen's government by the landed gentry of Rutland in 1589, the most important proprietor, Sir John Harington, gave £100. Hunt gave £25, an indicator of real wealth. Hunt settled during the latter part of his life at Newton, Leicestershire.
A man of some ability and attainments, he has been claimed to have led a somewhat profligate life. However, he was not the John Hunt, son of Henry Hunt and of Jane, the daughter of Hugh Vere, who in 1611 was accused by Elizabeth, dowager Countess of Oxford, of corrupting her young son Henry de Vere, 18th Earl of Oxford.
- Latin epigrams in collection presented by the scholars of Eton to Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, 1563.
- Latin verses in commendation of Anne, countess of Oxford, 1588, Lansdowne MS. civ. art. 78.