MARTYN, alias ORME, John (d 1627), of Nottingham, Notts.
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Family and Education
Under-sheriff, Notts. 1608-10, 1612-13.3
Freeman, Nottingham by 1624.4
Martyn’s father was an illiterate yeoman from Strelley, about five miles west of Nottingham, who bequeathed him £30.5 Martyn himself became an attorney in Common Pleas, and was practising law in Nottingham from about 1605. Three times under-sheriff of Nottinghamshire, he was accused of extortion, forgery and bribe-taking, but he fought back, and on one occasion accused his opponents of ‘procuring morris-dancers to assault’ him. His legal troubles may partly have arisen because he became entangled in disputes over the inheritance of (Sir) Philip Strelley†, the owner of Strelley manor, who died in 1607, for having been Sir Philip’s solicitor, Martyn was administrator of the estate.6
Martyn’s connection with the Strelleys brought him into contact with the Byrons of Newstead, one of the most important families in Nottinghamshire. By 1607 he was a trustee for the Byron estate, in which capacity he was mentioned in the Byron estate bill, which was laid before Parliament in 1610. Martyn was also connected to Sir Philip Stanhope, later 1st earl of Chesterfield, from whom he rented the manor of East Stoke, near Newark. As tenant of this property he was involved in a dispute with Sir John Holles* in 1613 over the profits of the manor.