John Carminow

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John Carminow or Carminowe (c. 1516 – 1592) was an English politician.[1]

He was the eldest son of Thomas Carminow, of Respryn, a gentleman of the bedchamber to Henry VIII,[1] and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Cheeseman, Cofferer of the Household to King Henry VII, and sister to Robert Cheeseman.[2]

His younger brother, Nicholas Carminowe, was the MP for Launceston (Dunheved) and Bodmin.[3]

He was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Cornwall (5 October 1553 – 5 December 1553) and Truro (1563–1567). He was High Sheriff of Cornwall for 1558–59.[2]

In spite of being described as ‘an old fornicator, a common drunkard, corrupt, ignorant’ he was a Justice of the Peace from 1569 until his death.

He married Margaret, daughter of Christopher Tredinnick, and they had 3 sons, including George and Oliver, MP for St. Mawes, and subsequently for Truro and Tregony and a daughter, Mary.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Carminow Family History on Pat Patterson's Pages - Pat Patterson's Genealogy Pages".
  2. ^ a b "Carminowe, John (c.1516-92), of Fentengollen, nr. Truro, Cornw". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  3. ^ "History of Parliament". Retrieved 2 November 2011.