Edward Montagu (judge)

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Sir Edward Montagu.

Sir Edward Montagu (ca. 1485 – 10 February 1557) was an English lawyer and judge.[1]


He was born the son of Thomas Montagu of Hemington, Northamptonshire and Agnes Dudley, daughter of William Dudley of Clopton, Northamptonshire, and Christiana Darrel.

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:

See also[edit]


  1. ^  "Montagu, Edward (d.1557)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
  • Foss, Edward. Biographia Juridica: A Biographical Dictionary of the Judges of the England from the Conquest to the Present Time, 1066-1870. London: J. Murray, 1870. googlebooks.com Accessed September 16, 2007
  • Collins, Arthur. The Peerage of England: Containing a Genealogical and Historical Account of All the Peers of That Kingdom. London: Printed for H. Woodfall [and 27 others]. 1768. googlebooks.com Accessed September 16, 2007
Legal offices
Preceded by
John Fitz-James
Lord Chief Justice
Succeeded by
Richard Lyster
Preceded by
Sir John Baldwin
Chief Justice of the Common Pleas
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Morgan
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Custos Rotulorum of Rutland
bef. 1544–1557
Succeeded by
Kenelm Digby