DANNETT, Leonard (by 1530-91), of Dannett's Hall, Bruntingthorpe, Leics.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Mar. 1553

Family and Education

b. by 1530, 1st s. of Sir John Dannett by Anne, da. and h. of Thomas Ellinbridge of Merstham and Croydon, Surr. educ. M. Temple, adm. 11 May 1551. m. (1) Frances Clopton; (2) Christiana; s.p. suc. fa. 6 Apr. 1542.1

Offices Held

Escheator, Warws. and Leics. Jan.-Nov. 1561; j.p. Leics. 1561-84/87, Warws. 1573/74-82; commr. eccles. causes, dioceses of Lincoln and Peterborough 1571.2


Leonard Dannett came of a family long established in Leicestershire. His grandfather and father both served in Henry VIII’s household and both made advantageous marriages, Gerard Dannett to a sister and coheir of Sir Edward Belknap and John Dannett to a Surrey heiress; the first of these yielded lands in Warwickshire and elsewhere, as well as kinship with (Sir) William Shelley, and Sir Robert Wotton of Boughton Malherbe, Kent, who married Mary Belknap’s sisters, and with Sir Anthony Cooke, while the second brought the three Surrey manors of Albury in Merstham, Chaldon, and Croham in Croydon. Dannett’s uncle Thomas Dannett also married into a Surrey family, and his aunt Elizabeth was the second wife of Sir John Arundell of Lanherne.3

Dannett was about 12 years old when his father died. If he was brought up by his mother at Merstham he may well have received his schooling with his cousin Thomas Copley, a grandson of Sir William Shelley, who lived at nearby Gatton. Dannett was to follow Copley at the inns of court, his admission to the Middle Te