Edward Montagu (judge)
He was appointed Lord Chief Justice of the Court of the King's Bench in 1539, which office he resigned in 1545 when he was constituted Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas. He was a member of the Privy Council of King Henry VIII of England, who appointed him one of sixteen executors of his last will, and governor to his son Edward. During the crisis of 1553 when Edward VI was induced to alter the succession in favour of Lady Jane Grey, Montagu had sufficient courage to protest at the patent illegality of the proceedings. However, he was unable to withstand the ferocious bullying of the Duke of Northumberland who called him a traitor and threatened him with physical violence, and soon withdrew his protest. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London on Mary's accession but bought his way out.
He bought the manor of Boughton, near Kettering, Northamptonshire and built the family seat of Boughton House on the site.
He married three times, firstly to Agnes Kirkham, secondly to Cicely Lane. By his third wife Elenor, daughter of John Roper of Well Hall, Eltham, Kent he had eleven children, the eldest son Sir Edward Montagu was father of:
- Edward Montagu, 1st Baron Montagu, ancestor of the Dukes of Montagu.
- Sir Walter Montagu.
- Henry Montagu, 1st Earl of Manchester, ancestor of the Dukes of Manchester.
- Sir Charles Montagu.
- James Montagu, Bishop of Winchester.
- Sir Sidney Montagu, ancestor of the Earls of Sandwich.
- Elizabeth Montagu who married Robert Bertie
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