BUTLER, John II (d.c.1613), of Sharnbrook, Beds. and Thoby, Essex.
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Family and Education
o.s. of George Butler of Toft, Beds. educ. ?Queens’, Camb. 1555; ?G. Inn 1559. m. (1), Cressett, da. of Sir John St. John† of Bletsoe, Beds., 2s. 4da.; (2) Mary, da. of James Gedge of Shenfield, Essex, wid. of Christopher Harris, 2s. 2da. suc. fa. 1551.
J.p. Essex 1582-7, 1592-1612.
Butler, of a Bedfordshire gentry family, inherited from his father lands in that county, then settled in Essex, obtaining property in Little Birch and in Thoby, where he was living by 1582. Butler’s brother-in-law was a puritan minister (ordained by Thomas Cartwright) who conducted services at Rochford Hall, residence of Robert Rich, 3rd Baron Rich, who, in November 1587 intervened with Burghley in an attempt to secure Butler’s reinstatement on the commission of the peace. It was presumably Rich’s influence that ensured Butler’s return to Parliament for Maldon after a contest in 1586. On 1 Mar. 1587 he was supposed to deliver a speech on religion written for him by