RADCLIFFE, Sir John (1539-68), of Old Cleeve, Som.
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bap. 31 Dec. 1539, 4th s. of Robert Radcliffe, 1st Earl of Sussex, by 3rd w. Mary, da. of Sir John Arundell of Lanherne, Cornw.; half-bro. of Sir Humphrey Radcliffe. m. Anne, s.p. Kntd. 22 Feb. 1547.1
The 1st Earl of Sussex died three years after the birth of his youngest son John Radcliffe, who was brought up by his mother and her second husband Henry, 12th Earl of Arundel. It was as the son, half-brother and stepson of three earls that Radcliffe was knighted, when only in his eighth year, at the coronation of Edward VI. He received the manor of Cleeve from his father or half-brother and when he was 15 his stepfather was licensed to grant him Northam manor in Devon. His precocious election to