John Sainty (civil servant)
He is the son of Christopher Lawrence Sainty, of Clayton Priory, Hassocks, Sussex, and his first wife Nancy Lee Miller, of Madison, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois. He is married to Frances Sherlock and has three sons:
- Christopher Sainty, presently Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Rome,
- Henry Sainty, Solicitor, and
- Edward Sainty.
Sainty is also the elder half-brother of the genealogist and art dealer Guy Stair Sainty.
After serving as the Private Secretary to the Leader of the House and Clerk of the Journals of the House of Lords, he was appointed Clerk of the Parliaments in 1983, retiring in 1990. He was knighted in the 1986 Queen's Birthday Honours, when he was made a Knight Commander of the Bath (KCB). He was later appointed a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research and has published numerous articles and studies of office holders under the Crown. He was also a Commissioner of the Historical Manuscripts Commission prior to its merger with the Public Record Office to form The National Archives.
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