John Spencer (died 1600)
He was born the son of Sir John Spencer of Althorp, Northamptonshire, and his wife Katherine Kitson, daughter of Sir Thomas Kitson of Hengrave, Suffolk. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge and trained in the law at the Middle Temple. He succeeded his father in 1586, inheriting estates at Wormleighton, Warwickshire and Althorp, Northamptonshire, and was knighted in 1588.
He was appointed a JP for Bedfordshire in 1577, for Northamptonshire in 1584 and High Sheriff of Northamptonshire for 1578–79 and 1590–91.
He was elected MP for Northampton in 1572.
Spencer died 9 January 1600 and was buried in St Mary the Virgin Church, Great Brington, the parish church for Althorp.
Marriage and issue
Spencer married Mary, the only daughter and heiress of Sir Robert Catlin, who brought him estates in both Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. They had one son, Robert, who became the first Baron Spencer.
Spencer was a direct ancestor of Lady Diana Spencer.
- "SPENCER, John (c.1549-1600), of Newnham, Warws. and Althorp, Northants". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 2012-11-01.