John Byron (died 1600)

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Sir John Byron
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Sir John Byron, Kt. in 1599, unknown artist.
Born c. 1526
Died 1600
Nationality English
Occupation Politician and Knight
Title Sir
Spouse(s) Alice Strelley
Children 7, including Sir John Byron
Parent(s) Sir John Byron
Elizabeth Costerdine

Sir John Byron Kt (ca. 1526 – 1600) was an Elizabethan English nobleman, landowner, politician, and knight. He was also known as Little Sir John with the Great Beard.


Byron was the son of Sir John Byron (died 1567) by his second wife, Elizabeth Costerdine and lived at Clayton Hall, Manchester, and later Royton, both then in Lancashire[1] and later still at Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire, which he inherited from his father. He was High Sheriff of Lancashire in 1572 and High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire in 1596. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I of England in 1579.


He married Alice Strelley and had four sons and three daughters. His eldest son was Anthony who died before him in 1587 and thus he was succeeded by his son Sir John Byron (died 1623).[2] One of his daughters was married to Sir Thomas Hutchinson of Owthorpe, Nottinghamshire.


  1. ^ Stott, Frances (1994). Looking Back at Royton. Oldham Arts and Heritage. p. 5. ISBN 0-902809-29-6.
  2. ^ Burke, Bernard (1869). "Byron". A genealogical and heraldic dictionary of the peerage and baronetage of the British Empire. p. 169.