ROGERS, John I (c.1555-1613), of Bryanston, Dorset.
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Family and Education
b. c.1555, 2nd but e. surv. s. of Richard Rogers and bro. of Andrew. educ. New Inn; M. Temple 1575. m. (1) Jane or Joan (d.1605), da. of Sir John Brown of Frampton, 1s.; (2) 1609, Margaret, da. of (Sir) Arthur Hopton, 1s. Kntd. 1603; suc. fa. 1605.
J.p. Dorset from c.1601.
Rogers presumably practised as a lawyer until he succeeded to the family estates. His last recorded appearance at the Middle Temple was in 1587, though the election return of October 1588, like that of 1586, described him as a gentleman of the Middle Temple. In 1601 he was concerned in land transactions with John Clavell and with a member of the Strode family. He appears to have been patron of the living of Langton in Dorset. He was knighted after he became his father’s heir on the death of his brother Andrew, and he succeeded to the family estates in 1605 when Sir Richard Rogers died aged almost 80. He was head of the family for less than ten years, dying 22 Dec. 1613. In his will, made 1 Dec. in that year, and proved the following 8 Feb., he left bequests to his wife, family and servants, and remembered the poor of Blandford.
Hutchins, Dorset, i. 250, 287; PCC 7 Lawe; M. T. Mins. i. 220, 236, 292; Som. and Dorset N. and Q. vi. 318; Wards 7/49/253; Roberts thesis.