John Ireton was knighted by Oliver Cromwell, and purchased the estate of Radcliffe-on-Soar, in Nottinghamshire from Colonel Hutchinson. In 1652 he was appointed a Sheriff of London and in 1658 elected Lord Mayor of London 
In 1660 at the Restoration, he was excepted from the Act of Indemnity, and for a time imprisoned in the Tower of London. An allusion to which circumstance is made by Pepys in his "Diary," under the date 1 December 1661. According to a letter in the State Papers, in 1662 he was removed to the Scilly Islands; but if this be so, he was shortly after liberated, for in a list of thirteen "fanatics" at East Sheen, in 1664, where "conventicles were innumerable," is the name of "John Ireton, Formerly Lord Mayor." in 1685 he was again imprisoned for seditious practices, and, dying in 1689, was buried in London at the church of St. Bartholomew-the-Less.
- Firth, C.H. (1892). "Ireton, Henry". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography. 29. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 42. (see paragraph at the end of the main article)
- Lee, Sidney, ed. (1903). "Ireton, John". Dictionary of National Biography. Index and Epitome. Cambridge University Press. p. 42.
- This article incorporates text from a work in the public domain: Brown, Cornelius (1896). "Attenborough, Kingston-on-Soar, and Bradmore". A history of Nottinghamshire. website of Andy Nicholson. External link in
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