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Sir John Lyttelton (1520–1590)

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Name  Sir Lyttelton
Died  February 15, 1590
Role  1520–1590
Children  Humphrey Littleton

Sir John Lyttelton (28 October 1519 – 15 February 1590) was an English nobleman, politician, knight, and landowner from the Lyttelton family during the Tudor period.



John Lyttelton was the son of Sir John Littleton (c. 1500–1533, whose parents were Sir William Littelton and his second wife, Mary Whittington) and Elizabeth (née Talbot, died 1581), the daughter and coheiress of Sir Gilbert Talbot (died 1542), of Grafton, Worcestershire. John Lyttelton's brother, George (1528–1600), became a prominent lawyer; there is a monument to him in St John the Baptist Church, Bromsgrove.

Sir John Lyttelton (1520–1590)

John Lyttelton was of age in 1541. He was made constable of Dudley Castle and keeper of the old and new parks there in 1553. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth at Kenilworth in 1566. He was a member of the Council of Wales and the Marches, a Deputy Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace for Worcestershire.

He purchased the manor of Halesowen (formerly of Halesowen Abbey) from Lord Robert Dudley afterwards Earl of Leicester in 1558. He bought the manor of Hagley from John St. Leger in 1565. These together with Frankley and Upper Arley (which he inherited) were the core of the family estate. Save that Upper Arley devolved away from the male line, this has remained in the hands of the family ever since, though parts were sold off in the 20th century.

Family and descendants

He married Bridget Pakington (b.1522), the daughter of Sir John Pakington, by whom he had a daughter, Elizabeth Littleton (1546 – 4 June 1594), who in 1564 married Sir Francis Willoughby (d. 16 November 1596) of Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire.

He was succeeded by his son Gilbert (c.1570–1599), who was the father of John († 1601) and Humphrey († 1606).


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