John Sutton V

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Sir John de Sutton V (February 1380 – 28 August 1406)[1] was the 4th Baron Sutton of Dudley[2] and heir to Dudley Castle. He was the son of Sir John de Sutton IV, 3rd Baron Sutton, and Joan[3] (d.1408).[2] John married Constance Blount (d.11 October 1432),[4] daughter of Sir Walter le Blount of Barton who was killed at the Battle of Shrewsbury in c.1402, whose death was immortalized by Shakespeare.[5]

John V is a descendant of the first Lord Dudley, Sir John de Sutton II (c.1310–1359) the first to be summoned to the Parliament of England as Baron Sutton in 1342.[6] From 1397 to 1406, John V held lands derived from the Earls of Powis, upon the death of his great grandmother[2] Isabel de Cherleton. In 1401, during the second year of King Henry IV of England's reign, John V did homage for the lands, including Castle Dudley.[7][4] After John V's death, the Blounts had a stake in Dudley lands when his mother-in-law, Donna Sanchia de Ayala (d.1418),[8] took custody of his first child John VI,[9][10] who was age six, as well as being granted John V's valuable estates.[11] Widowed, Constance was eventually sued by Robert Erghom for her dower in the King's chancery by which she defaulted several times on the King's grant of Dudley manor.[12]

John V was succeeded by John Sutton VI, 1st Baron Dudley. By Constance, his other children included Thomas Sutton of Dudley, and Elizabeth Sutton of Dudley.[13] He is also said to have had a child, Humphrey Dudley.[5]



  1. ^ Beall 2004, p. 85, #35.
  2. ^ a b c Cokayne 1890, p. 182.
  3. ^ Jane or Joan (Beall 2004, p. 85, #34), or Johanna (Burke 1866, p. 521). Not to be confused with Joan Clinton (Beall 2004, p. 85, #33), (Salt 1888, pp. 59-0).
  4. ^ a b CAA 1880, pp. 63–4.
  5. ^ a b Salt 1888, p. 64.
  6. ^ Chisholm 1910, p. 636.
  7. ^ Salt 1888, p. 63.
  8. ^ Constance' mother, Donna Sanchia de Ayala (d.1418), was the daughter of Don Diego Gómez, Alcalde of Toledo and Inés Alfonso de Ayála
  9. ^ Beall 2004, p. 85.
  10. ^ Darwin, Kenneth; Ulster Genealogical & Historical Guild (1990). Kenneth Darwin, ed. Familia : Ulster genealogical review. Belfast: Ulster Historical Foundation. p. 26. ISBN 0901905461. 
  11. ^ Castor 2000, pp. 211–12.
  12. ^ SRS 1900, pp. 143–4.
  13. ^ Burke 1866, p. 521.


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