Oliver St John, 3rd Baron St John of Bletso

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Oliver St John, 3rd Baron St John of Bletso (c. 1540–1618) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1588 until 1596 when he inherited the peerage as Baron St John of Bletso.

St John was a son of Oliver St John, 1st Baron St John of Bletso, and Agnes Fisher.[1] He was High Sheriff of Bedfordshire in 1585. In 1588 he was elected Member of Parliament for Bedfordshire.[2] He was High Sheriff of Bedfordshire again in 1589 and was re-elected MP for Bedfordshire in 1593.[2] He succeeded to the barony on the death of his brother John without male issue on 23 October 1596.[1] He was Lord Lieutenant of Huntingdonshire from April 1597 until his death.

St John married Dorothy Reid, daughter of Sir John Rede or Reid, of Odington, Gloucestershire. His eldest son Oliver inherited the Barony and became Earl of Bolingbroke. His other sons Alexander, Anthony and Beauchamp were all MPs[3]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
George Rotherham
Thomas Snagge
Member of Parliament for Bedfordshire
With: Edward Radclyffe 1566-1589
George Rotherham 1593-1596
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Radclyffe
Oliver St John
Peerage of England
Preceded by
John St John
Baron St John of Bletso
Succeeded by
Oliver St John