VAUGHAN, John I (d.1577), of London, Surr. and Sutton-upon-Derwent, Yorks.

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

Dates

Mar. 1553
Apr. 1554
Nov. 1554
1559

Family and Education

Yr. s. of Thomas Vaughan of Porthaml, Brec. by Elizabeth, da. of Henry Miles alias Parry of Newcourt in Bacton, Herefs. m. Anne, da. and h. of Sir Christopher Pickering of Killington, Westmld. and Escrick, E. Riding, Yorks., wid. of Sir Francis Weston of Sutton in Woking, Surr. and of Sir Henry Knyvet of East Horsley, Surr., 2s. 2da.4

Offices Held

Page of the chamber by 1533, sewer by 1538; steward, Pembridge, Herefs. 1533; member, council in the north and j.p. many northern counties after Dec. 1558; custos rot. Yorks. (E. Riding) 1566; j.p. Surr. from 1559, commr. musters from c.1576; steward, Penrith, Cumb. 1559; sheriff, Yorks. 1559-60; steward, Galtres forest, Yorks. 1564; keeper, Cawood park, Yorks. 1568.5

Biography

John Vaughan came of a junior branch of the Vaughan family of Porthaml, Breconshire and was a nephew of Blanche Parry, Queen Elizabeth’s gentlewoman, and a distant kinsman of Sir Roger Vaughan, Sir Thomas Parry and Sir William Cecil. He served many years in the royal household, and married about 1549 the heiress to great estates in Yorkshire, Middlesex, Cumberland and Westmorland, who was the widow of two former gentlemen of the privy chamber. During the minority of her eldest son, Sir Henry Weston, she and Vaughan lived at Weston’s house at Sutton, Surrey. Vaughan assumed the position due to the owner of one of the largest estates there and was elected to Parliament for the county at a by-election. In his next three Parliaments he sat for Weston’s borough of Petersfield, and in 1555 was returned for Bletchingley, which was controlled by Sir Thomas Cawarden, formerly his fellow-Member for Surrey, and, like Vaughan, one of Princess Elizabeth’s circle. In this last Parliament he opposed a major government bill and did not reappear in the House of Commons under Mary.

After Elizabeth’s accession, Vaughan bought the manor of Sutton-upon-Derwent and settled in Yorkshire. He presumably came in for Hedon through his local connexions, and no doubt the government was pleased to have a sound protestant returned for a northern borough. Sir Henry Gates, another recent arrival in Yorkshire with protestant views, was appointed to the council in the north at the same time as Vaughan. The two new men frequently engaged in disputes with the older nobility, and by 1565 were allied against Sir John Constable, a man of ancient family and Catholic sympathies. The feud came to a head in 1567 when the president, Archbishop Young of York, admitted Constable to the council, whereupon Vaughan accused the archbishop before the Privy Council of maintaining Constable’s party. On 6 Dec. the Privy Council dismissed Constable.6

On 11 July 1568, Gates, Vaughan and Sir Thomas Gargrave warned Cecil of the danger of a rising in favour of Mary Queen of Scots. Gates was ill when the northern rebellion broke out in November 1569 and was therefore unable to take up his appointment as sheriff. When Vaughan heard that the Earl of Sussex planned to appoint him instead, he wrote hastily to Cecil asking to be excused, saying that it would be his undoing, ‘as I have written to my aunt [Blanche Parry] more at large’. This appeal to his influential relatives may have led to his plea being successful: at any rate he remained absent from the council, ‘sick’, until the danger had passed. He was, none the less, chosen as the person to hand over the rebel Earl of Northumberland to the Queen, much to the annoyance of