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. They had eight sons and seven daughters:

His eldest son Oliver inherited the Barony and became Earl of Bolingbroke. Of his remaining sons, John and Dudley died young, while the remaining five all became Members of Parliament.[3]

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
George Rotheram
Thomas Snagge
Member of Parliament for Bedfordshire
1588–1596
With: Edward Radclyffe 1588–1589
George Rotheram 1593–1596
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Radclyffe
Oliver St John
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Charnocke
High Sheriff of Bedfordshire
1585–1586
Succeeded by
Richard Charnocke
Preceded by
Ralph Astrye
High Sheriff of Bedfordshire
1589–1590
Succeeded by
George Rotheram
Preceded by
The 2nd Lord St John of Bletso
Custos Rotulorum of Bedfordshire
1596–1618
Succeeded by
The Lord Wentworth
Lord Lieutenant of Huntingdonshire
1597–1618
Succeeded by
The 4th Lord St John of Bletso
The Earl of March
Peerage of England
Preceded by
John St John
Baron St John of Bletso
1596–1618
Succeeded by
Oliver St John