ROGERS, Sir John (by 1507-65), of Bryanston, Dorset.
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Family and Education
b. by 1507, 2nd s. and h. of Sir John Rogers by 1st w. Elizabeth, da. of Sir William Courtenay of Powderham, Devon. m. lic. 27 Jan. 1523, Catherine, da. of Sir Richard Weston of Sutton Place Surr., 16s. (11 d.v.p.) inc. Richard† and Thomas† 4da. (2 d.v.p.). suc. fa. June 1535/Feb. 1536. Kntd. July 1538/Jan. 1540.2
J.p. Dorset 1528-d.; steward, duchy of Lancaster, Dorset 1531-d., hundred of Kings Somborne, Hants. by 1561; steward, Blandford Forum, Dorset by 1565; commr. musters, Dorset 1544, 1546, benevolence 1544/45, chantries, Dorset, Som. 1548; sheriff, Som. and Dorset 1552-3.3
John Rogers was granted livery of his father’s lands in February 1536. He was executor of his father’s will, drawn up on 9 June 1535, the overseers being his father-in-law, Sir Richard Weston, and Richard Phelips. As John Rogers junior he had been on the commission of the peace for Dorset since 1528 but it was only after his succession to his inheritance that he became prominent in the county, his new importance being recognized and enhanced by the knighthood which came to him by 1540.4
In 1536 Rogers was called upon to help suppress the northern rebellion. A year later he attended Prince Edward’s christening and in 1540 the reception of Anne of Cleves. In 1544 he went with the Dorset contingent to the siege of Boulogne. His services to the King were rewarded by a grant, for £739, of the dissolved house of the Black Friars in Melcombe Regis and other former monastic property in Dorset; in May 1546 he received a further grant, of a lordship in Dorset forfeited by the Marquess of Exeter, for which he paid £514 and in 1552 a lease of the lordship of Street in Somerset. He had a large family to provide for and seems to have fallen into difficulty, selling or mortgaging sizeable properties to Thomas White III of Poole, Robert Oliver of London and others. His troubles were to worsen and he was to die insolvent.5
Roger’s parliamentary career spread intermittently over three reigns and 14 years. His election as junior knight of the shire in 1545 and 1547, on both occasions with the powerful Sir Thomas Arundell, answered to his own combination of court favour and local standing. The ‘Mr. Rogers’ to whom a bill was committed in the second session of the Parliament of 1547 is thought to have been his namesake Sir Edward Rogers. Hi