FITZWILLIAM, John (aft.1526-68), of Milton, Northants.
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Family and Education
b. aft. 1526, yr. s. of Sir William Fitzwilliam of Gaynes Park, Essex, and Milton by Anne, da. of Sir Richard Sapcote of Elton, Hunts.; bro. of Sir William II ?unm.
Jt. (with bro.) bailiff and steward, Fotheringay manor from 4 Nov. 1553; muster-master Northants. c.1560.
The younger sons of Sir William Fitzwilliam not being adequately provided for by their father, two of them, John and Brian, sought their fortunes as soldiers. John saw service in the Scottish wars of Edward VI, being captain of a band of 100 arquebusiers in 1549, and receiving a £50 annuity in January 1551, renewed under Mary. In April 1558 he was sent with 200 soldiers to Ireland, where he did good service during the following months, returning to England early in Elizabeth’s reign. In 1560 the Duke of Norfolk was expecting him on the Scottish border. By 1566, however, he was back in Ireland, repulsing an ass