Bedfordshire

County

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
Available from Boydell and Brewer

Elections

DateCandidate
2 Jan. 1559THOMAS PIGOTT I
 JOHN ST. JOHN I
1562/3JOHN ST. JOHN II
 LEWIS MORDAUNT
1571GEORGE ROTHERAM
 THOMAS SNAGGE I
1572(SIR) HENRY CHEYNEY
 GEORGE ROTHERAM
1572JOHN THOMSON  vice Cheyney, called to the Upper House
2 Nov. 1584GEORGE ROTHERAM 1
 NICHOLAS LUKE 2
 Thomas Radcliffe
1586THOMAS SNAGGE I
 GEORGE ROTHERAM
1588/9OLIVER ST. JOHN II
 EDWARD RADCLIFFE
1593OLIVER ST. JOHN II
 GEORGE ROTHERAM
19 Sept. 1597 (writ )(SIR) EDWARD RADCLIFFE 3
NICHOLAS LUKE
1601OLIVER ST. JOHN IV
 (SIR) EDWARD RADCLIFFE

Main Article

The leading county family in Bedfordshire during this period was the St. John family of Bletsoe. There is some uncertainty about the identification of the 1559 MP, John St. John I, but he is thought to have been the younger brother of the 1st Lord St. John. In 1563, John St. John II, although only 19, was elected senior knight of the shire over the head of Lewis Mordaunt of Turvey, despite the latter’s considerable family standing and seniority in age. Le