John Mundy (mayor)

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Sir John Mundy (died 1537) was a member of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and was Lord Mayor of London in 1522.


Sir John Mundy was born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, the son of William Mundy.[1] The Mundys descend from Godfrey, Count of Mondaye, a Norman noble from Mundeyville, who was one of the proven companions of William the Conqueror and fought at the Battle of Hastings.[citation needed] Once established in England, originally the family was known as Mondaye, later as Munday, and by the time of Sir John, as Mundy.


In 1515 Mundy served as a Sheriff of London. in 1522 he became Lord Mayor of London. He was knighted by King Henry VIII in 1529 (some say 1523).[2]


In 1516 he purchased from Lord Audley the manors of Markeaton, Mackworth and Allestree, all now part of the City of Derby.

Marriages and issue[edit]

Sir John Mundy married twice, firstly to a lady named Margaret, whose surname is unknown. He married secondly Juliana Browne (d.1537), the daughter of his mayoral predecessor, Sir Sir William Browne (d.1514), and granddaughter of two mayors, John Browne and Sir Edmund Shaa, by whom he had five sons and four daughters.


  • Vincent Mundy of Markeaton, his heir.[3]
  • George Mundy of Markeaton, who died without issue.[3]
  • Christopher Mundy of Markeaton, who died without issue.[3]
  • Thomas Mundy of Markeaton alias Wandsworth, the last Prior of Bodmin Priory.[4][3][5][6] Before the Dissolution of Bodmin in 1539 Prior Thomas granted favourable long leases on most of the priory's possessions to his friends and relatives, including Rialton to his brother John Mundy[7] and Padstow to his niece Joanna Prideaux.[8]
  • John Mundy of Markeaton and Rialton, Cornwall. He was admitted to the Middle Temple and married Joan Man, by whom he had progeny including:
    • Katherine Mundy, who married Lawrence Kendall, esquire, of Withiel, Cornwall.[4][3]
    • Joanna Mundy, wife of William Prideaux (d.1564)[9] of Trevose, St Meryn, Cornwall, who on 20 October 1537 received a 99-year lease of the manor of Padstow from Thomas Munday, the last Prior of Bodmin.[10] William's nephew Sir Nicholas Prideaux (1550-1627), MP, built Prideaux Place in 1592 within the manor of Padstow.


  • Margaret Mundy of Markeaton, who married firstly Nicholas Jennings, a member of the Worshipful Company of Skinners and a Sheriff and Alderman of the City of London; secondly, as his third wife, Edmund Howard, Lord Deputy of Calais, younger son of the Duke of Norfolk and therefore became stepmother to Queen Katherine Howard, fifth wife of King Henry VIII by whom she had no issue; and thirdly Henry Mannox. Although Steinman conjectured that Margaret Mundy's third husband was the Henry Mannox, executed in 1541, who had been music master to Katherine Howard in her youth, and had been involved in sexual indiscretions with her which later contributed to her downfall,[11] Bindoff established that Margaret Mundy's third husband, Henry Mannox, made his will on 18 March 1564, in which he disinherited both Margaret and his son.[12] Margaret (née Mundy) was one of the most influential women in Tudor England. She was buried at Streatham, Surrey, on 22 January 1565.[13][3]
  • Mildred Mundy of Markeaton, who married, by dispensation dated 27 June 1538, Sir John Harleston (18 May 1511 – 28 February 1569) of South Ockendon, Essex.[14][3]
  • Elizabeth Mundy of Markeaton, who married Sir John Tyrrell (d.1574) son of James Tyrrell of Gipping, Suffolk. Who is best known for allegedly confessing to the murders of the Princes in the Tower under Richard of York's orders[3]
  • Anne Mundy of Markeaton, who married Thomas Darcy (c.1511-1557) of Tolleshunt Darcy, Essex.[3]


He died in 1537.


Sir John Mundy's descendants built Markeaton Hall and served as High Sheriffs and Members of Parliament for Derbyshire, (e.g. Francis Noel Clarke Mundy). His direct descendants today have the surname Markeaton-Mundy. They include Simon Godfrey Mundy, Duke of Markeaton, Charles Markeaton-Mundy, Count of Mondaye and Chancellor of Foreign Affairs of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St.John of Jerusalem, Ecumenical Knights of Malta, Ivan Joseph Mundy, Charis Maria Mundy, Sandra Markeaton-Mundy, Countess of Checkendon.


  1. ^ The Universal Magazine, September 1749, p. 140
  2. ^ Notes and Queries by William John Thoms, John Doran, Henry Frederick Turle, Joseph Knight, Vernon Horace Rendall, Florence Hayllar. Pub 1850
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Burke 1835, p. 25.
  4. ^ a b Richardson II 2011, p. 473.
  5. ^ Maclean 1877, pp. 349-57.
  6. ^ Smith 2008, p. 383.
  7. ^ Acorn Archive
  8. ^ Delderfield, Eric R., West Country Historic Houses and their Families, Newton Abbot, 1968, p.120, Prideaux Place
  9. ^ "The Visitation of the County of Cornwall in the year 1620," p. 152, online at
  10. ^ Acorn Archive
  11. ^ Steinman, pp. 56–57.
  12. ^ Bindoff 1982, p. 564.
  13. ^ Richardson II 2011, p. 418.
  14. ^ Richardson II 2011, pp. 361-2.


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