BAKER, John II (by 1531-1604/6), of London.
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Family and Education
b. by 1531, 2nd s. of John Baker I by 2nd w., and bro. of Richard. educ. I. Temple, adm. 29 Jan. 1553. m. (1) Catherine, da. of Sir Reginald Scott of Scot’s Hall, nr. Ashford, Kent, 2s. inc. Richard†; (2) Martha, wid.2
Groom of the chamber by 1552.3
John Baker was given a special admission to the Inner Temple, his father’s inn, in 1553, but he is not again mentioned in the records of the inn. His return for Horsham to the Parliament of April 1554 may be attributed to his father’s friendship with the 3rd Duke of Norfolk, who owned the borough, and although Norfolk was dead before the next election the elder Baker’s influence in Sussex and at court was doubtless sufficient to secure his son’s reelection at Bramber. In these two Parliaments the father sat as knight of the shire for Kent and the elder son Richard successively for Horsham and Lancaster, a family achievement not often matched during this period. The ‘Mr. Baker’ to whom the bill punishing seditious rumours was committed on 19 Nov. 1554 is more likely to have been the father, with his long experience of the Commons, than either of the sons. Not surprisingly, none of the three was to be numbered among the Members who withdrew from this Parliament before its dissolution and who were prosecuted for their offence. It is possible that Baker was re-elected for Bramber to the Parliament of 1555, the name Thomas Baker which appears on the indenture being perhaps a misnomer.