Edward Montagu of Boughton

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Sir Edward Montagu (c 1530 - 26 January 1602) was an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1559.

Montagu was the eldest surviving son of Sir Edward Montagu of Boughton House, near Kettering and his third wife Helen Roper, daughter of John Roper. In 1556, he succeeded to eleven manors, a castle,[1] a baronial residence’ and the patronage of eight livings in Northamptonshire on the death of his father. He extended his possessions by a grant of concealed lands in Northamptonshire, and bought the manor of Trafford and woods near Brigstock and property at Newton, Overdean and Woodhall Bedfordshire. In 1559, he was elected Member of Parliament for Northamptonshire. He was a J.P. for Northamptonshire from about 1559 and was Sheriff of Northamptonshire from 1559 to 1560. He was knighted between 1568 and 1570. In 1570 he became Deputy Lieutenant and was Sheriff of Northamptonshire again from 1570 to 1571. He was a commissioner to regulate the ‘export’ of corn in 1572, commissioner for Peterborough cathedral lands in 1574 and commissioner for religious ‘disorders’ for Northampton in 1579. He attended the funeral of Mary, Queen of Scots on 1 August 1587. From 1588 to 1589 he was Sheriff of Northamptonshire again and in 1590 was a commissioner for recusancy in 1590s. He served his fourth term as sheriff of Northamptonshire from 1600 to 1601.[2]

Montagu died at the age of about 70. He was described as an ‘earnest furtherer’ of religion and was known as "the friend of Kettering". Many of his contemporaries remarked on his piety and justice, his wisdom and service to the count.[2]

Montagu married Elizabeth Harrington, daughter of James Harington of Exton, Rutland in 1557. They had eight sons and four daughters.[2] He was father of:


  1. ^ This castle seems to have been known as Boughton Castle — not Broughton Castle, a more famous castle in Northamptonshire.
  2. ^ a b c History of Parliament Online - Edward Montagu
  3. ^ Harleian Society Vol 22, Visitation of Hertfordshire, 1572, 1635
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Walter Mildmay
Sir John Spencer
Member of Parliament for Northamptonshire
With: Sir Walter Mildmay
Succeeded by
Sir Walter Mildmay
Sir William Cecil