ROTHERAM, George (1541-99), of Someries, nr. Luton, Beds.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. 1541, 2nd s. of Thomas Rotheram of Someries by Alice, da. of Thomas Wellesford or Wilford, citizen of London. educ. G. Inn 1561. m. (1) Jane, da. of Christopher Smythe of Annables, Herts., 2s. 1da.; (2) Elizabeth, da. of Richard Barnes, mercer, of London, at least 1s. suc. fa. 1562, gd.-fa. 1565.

Offices Held

J.p. Beds. from c.1569, sheriff 1575-6, 1590-1, commr. musters.1

Biography

There were two branches of the Rotheram family in Bedfordshire, the senior of Someries, the junior of Farley. The Elizabethan knight of the shire should not be confused with his namesakes of Farley, one of whom, for example, died in 1579, and another in 1593. Rotheram’s father died in his own father’s lifetime, and while George was under age. The boy’s mother remarried, and his wardship was sold (for £26 13s.4d.) to Christopher Smythe, his future father-in-law. He was licensed 9 Oct. 1564 to enter into his lands as his mother’s son and heir from the time of his majority. An elder son, Thomas, was certified lunatic in 1552, and may have died young. The estates that came to Rotheram from his father—the manors of Kempston, Shillington and Houghton Conquest, valued by the court of wards at £39 6s.8d.—were augmented by those he inherited from his grandfather, who died in 1565, and whose marriage into the St. John family of Bletsoe augmented Rotheram’s own status in Bedfordshire. Rotheram was five times knight of the shire. He is not mentioned in the records of the House until 24 Feb. 1585 when he was put on the subsidy committe