GIFFARD, John (by 1534-1613), of Chillington, Staffs. and London.
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Family and Education
b. by 1534, 1st s. of (Sir) Thomas Giffard of Caverswall and Chillington, Staffs. by Ursula, da. of Sir Robert Throckmorton of Coughton, Warws. m. 10 Apr. 1550, Joyce, da. of James Levenson of Lilleshall, Salop, 8s. 6da. suc. fa. 27 May. 1560.1
J.p.q. Staffs. 1573/74-5; sheriff 1573-4.
John Giffard was under 21 when he made his two appearances in the Commons, as junior Member for Lichfield in Mary’s first Parliament and senior Member for Stafford in her second, and in the course of a long life he never sat there again. This early, if unprophetic, start he owed to his lineage: his grandfather Sir John Giffard had been a friend of Catherine of Aragon, and his fat