LEWESTON, John (1506/7-84), of Leweston, Dorset.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Oct. 1553
Apr. 1554

Family and Education

b. 1506/7, s. of Edmund Leweston of Leweston by Joan, da. of one Gilbert of Compton, Devon. educ. ?L. Inn, spec. adm. 22 Feb. 1532. m. (1) by 1544, Radigund, da. of Thomas Popwell of Strode, Dorset, 1da., (2) Joan (d.1579), da. of Sir Alexander Culpepper of Bedgebury, Kent, wid. of Aldred Fitzjames of Redlynch, Som. suc. fa. 7 Apr. 1522.3

Offices Held

Capt. Portland, Dorset 1546-d.; commr. relief, Dorset 1550; j.p. 1554-d.; regarder, Gillingham forest by 1568.4


John Leweston’s father left him at death property in Leweston and elsewhere in Dorset, and provided for him (if the money was available) ‘as well to the court to London as to the grammar school’; the boy, who was only 15, became a royal ward and in July 1523 his wardship was granted to William Carent, head of a well-known Dorset family.5

Nothing is known of Leweston’s career (which presumably involved military experience) until in February 1546 he was appointed captain of the isle and castle of Portland: the appointment, which was subscribed by Sir John Russell, B