CONSTABLE, Sir John (by 1491-1554/56), of Kinoulton, Notts.
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Family and Education
b. by 1491, 4th s. of Sir Marmaduke Constable of Flamborough, Yorks. by Joyce, da. of Humphrey Stafford of Grafton, Worcs. and Blatherwycke, Northants.; bro. of Sir Marmaduke I. m. by Feb. 1521, Jane, da. and coh. of Henry Sothill of Lincs., 3da. Kntd. 11 May 1544.1
Commr. tenths of spiritualities, Notts. 1535; j.p. 1538-d.2
John Constable may have been one of the ‘seemly sons’ of Sir Marmaduke Constable who fought alongside their father at Flodden, where two of his brothers were knighted. Five years later his father named him an executor of the will by which he was to receive lands at Tibthorpe near Great Driffield in the East Riding as well as 300 sheep and 100 marks in plate, but by then he had probably made the marriage which was to domicile him in Nottinghamshire. His wife, since 1505 a ward of Sir William Pierrepont, with whom Constable had been joined in a recognizance in 1512, brought him, besides several Yorkshire manors, Kinoulton; later he added nearby Herteswell Grange when Swineshead abbey, to which it belonged, was dissolved.3
Constable’s public activities in his adopted county seem to have begun with his valuing of Beauvale priory with Sir John Markham in 1535 and continued with his appointment to commissions of gaol delivery and to the bench. In 1541 he supervised the depositions in the case of the Strelley inheritance, when it was decided by the ‘common voice of the county’ that the lands should descend to the male heir. He also became one of the county’s leaders in war. In 1542 and 1544 he attended the musters with 20 men, a