DUDLEY, John (by 1526-80), of Stoke Newington, Mdx.
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Family and Education
b. by 1526, 2nd s. of Thomas Dudley of Yanwath, Westmld. by Grace, da. and coh. of Sir Lancelot Threlkeld of Threlkeld, Cumb. and Yanwath; bro. of Thomas†. m. by 1574, Elizabeth, da. of William Gardiner of Grove House, Chalfont St. Giles, Bucks., 1da.1
Servant of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland and Sir Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, jt. (with Charles Foxe) clerk of the signet to council in the marches of Wales July 1565-d.; gov. mines royal 1568, Highgate g.s., Mdx. at d. 2
A Member of the second Edwardian Parliament bearing the name John Dudley could hardly fail to be a kinsman of the Duke of Northumberland, under whose aegis that Parliament was called and its composition to some extent determined. Apart from his son, who received a summons to the Lords in virtue of his earldom of Warwick, Northumberland’s nearest kinsman and namesake was his second cousin of Yanwath near Penrith. This John Dudley may have already attached himself to Northumberland, who as warden-general of the marches visited Carlisle in July 1552. To his kinship with the duke he could add important regional connexions, notably through his Clifford grandmother.