BLOUNT, John (by 1471-1531), of Knightley, Staffs. and Kinlet, Salop.
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Family and Education
b. by 1471, 1st s. of Sir Thomas Blount of Kinlet by Anne, da. of Sir Richard Croft of Croft Castle, Herefs.; bro. of Robert II and Walter II. m. 1 Aug. 1492, Catherine, da. and coh. of Hugh Peshall of Knightley, 3s. Sir George, Henry and William 5da. suc. fa. c.1525. Kntd. Nov./Dec. 1529.2
Esquire of the body by 1509; parker, Cleobury, Salop 1519, jt. steward of the lordships of Bewdley, Worcs. and Cleobury Mortimer, Salop 1519; j.p. Staffs. 1520-6, Salop 1529-d.; sheriff, Staffs. 1526-7, Salop 1530-d.3
The gentle family of Blount had long possessed property in Staffordshire as well as in Shropshire, and its holding there was enlarged by John Blount’s marriage to a local heiress. During his father’s lifetime he occupied his wife’s family home at Knightley, and it was in Staffordshire that he first held office as a justice and sheriff. However, it is only after the death of his uncle and namesake (d.bef. Feb. 1519) that we can be sure that the John Blount named to Staffordshire commissions is the Member. He carried little weight in Shropshire until he succeeded to the headship of the family, but thereafter he was one of the leading figures in the county.4
Apart from the details of his marriage, its settlement (24 Feb. 1491) and celebration at Kinlet, nothing has come to light about Blount until 1504, when he was bound over with several kinsmen and neighbours in a series of recognizances. His grandfather Sir Richard Croft stood close to Henry VII and he doubtless assisted Blount to procure a post in the Hous