SHEFFIELD, John (d.1614), of Lincs.

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

2nd s. of Edmund, 3rd Baron Sheffield of Butterwick, by his 1st w. Ursula, da. of Sir Robert Tyrwhitt of Kettleby. m. c.1610, Grizel, da. of Sir Edmund Anderson, c.j. of common pleas, 1s. Edmund who suc. gd.-fa. as 2nd Earl of Mulgrave 1646. Kntd. 1605.

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Sheffield was evidently of age by 1601, when he was a party in a suit for debt. As a knight of the shire in 1601 he could have attended the main business committee (3 Nov.) and the monopolies committee (23 Nov.). After twice sitting for his county in Parliament and receiving a knighthood, he may have travelled abroad for some years, re-entering public life on his marriage. Before the influence of his father, of his mother’s relatives and of his wife’s powerful family could gain him further distinction, Sheffield was drowned, with two of his brothers, in the passage of the Humber, December 1614. He probably died intestate, but administration was not granted until his son came of age in 1632.

CP; D’Ewes, 624, 649; HMC Hatfield, xii. 16; HMC Rutland, i. 421; Lincoln Rec. Soc. xvi. 330.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: D.O.