John le Hunt

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John le Hunt, or Hunter (died after 1351) was an English born judge who served briefly as Lord Chief Justice of Ireland. He was the ancestor of the prominent Longueville family of Wolverton (which is now part of Milton Keynes).[1]


He was born in Buckinghamshire, son of Nicholas le Hunt of Fenny Stratford.[2] He accompanied the Justiciar of Ireland, Ralph d'Ufford, to Ireland in 1344 and became a justice of the Court of King's Bench (Ireland).[3] The following year he became Lord Chief Justice of Ireland, but served for only a year, and returned to England soon afterwards.[4]


St. Martin's Church, Fenny Stratford- John le Hunt was born in the village.

He married Margaret (or Margery) de Wolverton, daughter and co-heiress of Sir John de Wolverton of Wolverton.[5] They had one daughter, Joan, who married John Longueville of Billing, Northamptonshire.[6] John was probably a son or brother of Sir George de Longueville, who was murdered in 1357. The Government was sufficiently troubled by the killing to set up a judicial commission of inquiry, headed by William de Notton, who was himself to be Lord Chief Justice of Ireland in 1361, but its outcome is unclear.[7]

Le Hunt was still alive in 1351 when, on the death of her brother Ralph, Margaret and her sister Joan inherited the Wolverton estates; these passed to John and Margaret's daughter Joan, and by descent into the Longueville family, who remained at Wolverton until 1712.[8]

After Hunt's death his widow remarried three times: firstly to Roger de Louth, then Richard Imworth, and finally John Howes; but she is not known to have had any further children by her later marriages.


  1. ^ Samuel Lysons and Daniel Lysons Magna Britannia
  2. ^ Francis Elrington Ball The Judges in Ireland 1221-1921 John Murray London 1926 Vol. 1 p.78
  3. ^ Ball p.78
  4. ^ Ball p.78
  5. ^ Ball p.78
  6. ^ George Baker History of Northamptonshire Vol. II 1826 p.241
  7. ^ "Calendar of Patent Rolls of Edward III 1354-1358"
  8. ^ Baker p.241
Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert de Scardeburgh
Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench for Ireland
Succeeded by
Henry de Motlowe