Sir Walter St John, 3rd Baronet

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Sir Walter St John, 3rd Baronet (May 1622 – 3 July 1708), of Lydiard Tregoze, Wiltshire, and of Battersea (succeeded in 1657), was an English MP.


He was the sixth son of Sir John St John, 1st Baronet of Lydiate Tregoze and inherited the baronetcy on the death of his nephew Sir John St John, 2nd Baronet (c. 1637–1657), the son and heir of Oliver, the son and heir apparent of Sir John, 1st Baronet. [1]

In 1656, Sir Walter was Member of Parliament for Wiltshire (1656–1658 and 1659); for Wootton Bassett (1660–1679); and again for Wiltshire (1679–1681 and 1690–1695). He was famed for "piety and moral virtues".[2]

In 1700, Sir Walter signed a trust deed that led to the formation of a school which later became the Sir Walter St John's School of Battersea.[3]

Sir Walter died in his 87th year on 3 July 1708, and was buried on 9 July at Battersea.[2] On his death the baronetcy passed to a grandson Henry St John who was created a viscount in 1716.[2]


Walter St John married Johanna St John (pictured), with whom he had thirteen children.

Sir Walter married, in or before 1651, Johanna a daughter of Oliver St John, of Longthorpe county Northampton, Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas (1648–1660) and his first wife Johanna daughter and heir of Sir James Altham. Johanna died three years before Sir Walter. [2] They had thirteen children, but seven of them did not survive to adulthood. His daughter, Anne St. John, married Thomas Cholmondeley (b. 1627).[4]


  1. ^ Cokayne 1900, pp. 24,25.
  2. ^ a b c d Cokayne 1900, pp. 25.
  3. ^ Lysons 1792, pp. 26-48.
  4. ^ Mosley, Charles, editor. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003.


  • Cokayne, George Edward, ed. (1900). Complete Baronetage 1611–1625. 1. Exeter: William Pollard and Co. pp. 25.
  • Lysons, Daniel (1792). "Battersea". The Environs of London: County of Surrey. 1. British History Online. pp. 26–48. |access-date= requires |url= (help)

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Ten members
Member of Parliament for Wiltshire
With: nine others 1656–1658
Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper1659
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Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper
Sir John Ernle
Preceded by
John Pleydell
Sir Baynham Throckmorton
Member of Parliament for Wootton Bassett
With: John Pleydell
Succeeded by
John Pleydell
Laurence Hyde
Preceded by
Thomas Thynne
Sir Richard Grobham Howe
Member of Parliament for Wiltshire
With: Thomas Thynne
Succeeded by
Viscount Cornbury
Viscount Bruce
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Mompesson
Viscount Cornbury
Member of Parliament for Wiltshire
With: Viscount Cornbury
Succeeded by
Henry St John
Sir George Hungerford
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
John St John
St John Baronets
Succeeded by
Henry St John