Sir John Byron, Jr.

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Sir John Byron Junior (ca. 1526 – 1600) was an Elizabethan English landowner and knight. He was also known as "Little Sir John with the Great Beard".

He was the son of Sir John Byron, Sr. and lived at Clayton Hall, Manchester, and later Royton, both then in Lancashire[1] and later still at Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire, which he inherited in 1576.

He was High Sheriff of Lancashire in 1572 and High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire in 1596. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I of England in 1579.

He married Alice Strelley and had 4 sons and 3 daughters. His oldest son was Anthony who died before him in 1587 and thus he was succeeded by John, who was later created a Baron Byron. [2] One of his daughters was married to Sir Thomas Hutchinson of Owthorpe, Nottinghamshire. Their daughter Margaret Hutchinson is an ancestor of Andrew Jackson


  1. ^ Stott, Frances (1994). Looking Back at Royton. Oldham Arts and Heritage. p. 5. ISBN 0-902809-29-6. 
  2. ^ Byron By John Nichol, Project Gutenberg E Books, Pages 3–10