John Ireton

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John Ireton (1615–1689) was Lord Mayor of London in 1658 and brother of General Henry Ireton.[1]


John Ireton was knighted by Oliver Cromwell, and purchased the estate of Radcliffe-on-Soar, in Nottinghamshire from Colonel Hutchinson.[2] In 1652 he was appointed a Sheriff of London and in 1658 elected Lord Mayor of London [3]

In 1660 at the Restoration, he was excepted from the Act of Indemnity, and for a time imprisoned in the Tower of London.[4] An allusion to which circumstance is made by Pepys in his "Diary," under the date 1 December 1661.[5] 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."[2] in 1685 he was again imprisoned for seditious practices,[6] and, dying in 1689, was buried in London at the church of St. Bartholomew-the-Less.[2]


  1. ^ Lee 1903, p. 88.
  2. ^ a b c Brown 1896.
  3. ^ "Mayors and Sheriffs of London". British History Online. Retrieved 2011-06-23. 
  4. ^ Firth 1892, p. 42.
  5. ^ Brown 1896: See Pepys, Diary, 1 December 1661
  6. ^ Firth 1892, p. 42 cites: Noble, i, 445; Cat. State Papers, Dom. 1661-2, p. 460