John Byron (died 1600)

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Sir John Byron
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Sir John Byron in 1599, unknown artist.
Bornc. 1526
Colwick, Nottinghamshire
Died1600 (aged 74)
Colwick, Nottingham
Noble familyByron
Spouse(s)Alice Strelley
John Byron
Anthony Byron
Elizabeth Byron
Isabel Byron
Ann Byron
Mary Byron
Alice Byron
Margaret Byron
FatherJohn Byron
MotherElizabeth Costerdine

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

Life and family[edit]

Byron was the son of John Byron 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.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Byron married Alice Strelley, with whom he had three sons and six 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.