John St John, 2nd Baron St John of Bletso

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John St John, 2nd Baron St John of Bletso (died 1596) was an English peer. The son of Oliver St John, 1st Baron St John of Bletso, and Agnes Fisher, he succeeded to the barony upon his father's death in 1582.[1]

John St John was M.P. for Bedfordshire in 1559 and from 1563 to 1567. In January 1585 he was appointed the keeper of Mary, Queen of Scots, at Tutbury Castle. John was reluctant to accept the commission and argued at length with Lord Burghley before accepting.[2] Bletso was one of the peers who judged the guilt of Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1586. He was Lord Lieutenant of Huntingdonshire from about 1587 until his death.

St John married, about 1575, Katherine Dormer, daughter of Sir William Dormer of Wing, Buckinghamshire, by his second wife, Dorothy Catesby, and died on 23 October 1596 without male heirs.[1] He was buried at Bletsoe. He was succeeded by his younger brother. His daughter Ann married William Howard, 3rd Baron Howard of Effingham. His widow died in 1615 and was buried in Westminster Abbey.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "John St. John, 2nd Baron St. John of Bletso". thePeerage.com. 1 January 2009.  Retrieved on 2 January 2009.
  2. ^ Clifford, Arthur, ed., State Papers of Ralph Sadler, vol.2 (1809), pp. 476–479.
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Humphrey Radclyffe
Sir John Gascoyne
Member of Parliament for Bedfordshire
1559–1567
With: Thomas Pigott 1559
Lewis Mordaunt 1563–1567
Succeeded by
George Rotherham
Thomas Snagge
Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord St John of Bletso
Custos Rotulorum of Bedfordshire
1582–1596
Succeeded by
The Lord St John of Bletso
Preceded by
Unknown
Lord Lieutenant of Huntingdonshire
1588–1596
Succeeded by
The Lord St John of Bletso
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Oliver St John
Baron St John of Bletso
1582–1596
Succeeded by
Oliver St John