James Blount, 6th Baron Mountjoy

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James Blount, 6th Baron Mountjoy (c. 1533 – 1582) was an English peer.

Life[edit]

James Blount was born circa 1533 in Barnstaple, Devon, the eldest son of Charles Blount, 5th Baron Mountjoy (1516–1544) and Ann Willoughby. He inherited his title on the death of his father. He was made a Knight of the Bath at the coronation of Queen Mary (29 September 1553); and was Lord Lieutenant of Dorset in 1559.[1]

He was one of the commissioners who tried the Duke of Norfolk in 1572, and spent the fortune of his family in the pursuit of alchemy. Lord Burghley encouraged him in the manufacture of alum and copperas between 1566 and 1572.[1]

Blount also had a reputation as a supporter of Protestantism, in line with that of his father and grandfather. Henry Bennet lauded him in 1561, mentioning also his patronage of Eliseus Bomelius, and the same year Jean Veron dedicated to him an anti-papal tract.[2][3]

Family[edit]

On 17 May 1558, he married Catherine Leigh, daughter of Thomas Leigh of Durham St. Oswalds, Yorkshire. They had five children: William, Charles, Christopher, Ann, and Edward.[1]

On his death on 10 October 1582, in Hook (near Okehampton), the title passed to his eldest son William Blount, 7th Baron Mountjoy.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1886). "Blount, Charles (d.1545)" . Dictionary of National Biography. 5. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  2. ^ Carley, James P. "Blount, Charles". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/2682. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ Bennell, John. "Bomelius, Eliseus". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/2811. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
Attribution

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainStephen, Leslie, ed. (1886). "Blount, Charles (d.1545)". Dictionary of National Biography. 5. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

Peerage of England
Preceded by
Edward Blount
Baron Mountjoy
1544–1582
Succeeded by
William Blount