JACKSON, John (d.1623), of St. Dunstan-in-the-West, London.

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

1st s. of John Jackson of Edderthorpe by Helen, da. of John Wilkinson of Bolton upon Dearne, Yorks. educ. I. Temple 1581 or 1582, called 1590. m. 1594, Elizabeth (d.1610), da. of John Savile, later baron of the Exchequer, 4s. 4da. suc. fa. 1590. Kntd. 1604.1

Offices Held

J.p. Yorks (W. Riding) by 1594; assistant attorney in the north 1597, attorney 1603-8; recorder, Doncaster; recorder, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 1607.

Bencher, I. Temple 1605, Autumn reader 1606, treasurer 1615-16.


Although no connexion between this man and Liskeard has been found, members of the Middle and Inner Temple often represented Cornish boroughs in Elizabeth’s reign. Perhaps Jackson’s father, an ‘attorney in great practice’, had court connexions, or perhaps Jackson himself had influential friends in London. The John Jackson who matriculated at St. John’s, Cambridge in 1576 was probably another man. In April 1597 when William Paler, the attorney at York, was growing infirm, Matthew Ewens and Edward Drew wrote to the 2nd Earl of Essex asking him to put Jackson’s name before the Queen:

not meaning the dispossessing of the now attorney, but that the place by way of assistance may be well provided, and that Mr. Jackson may succeed Mr. Paler, when God shall please to call him away.

Mr. Paler was called away on 7 Dec. that year, but Jackson had to wait some years for the appointment, Cuthbert Pepper being granted the office in 1598.2

Little information survives about Jackson’s domestic life. During his period of service in the north he bought the manor of Hickleton, Yorkshire. In August 1622 he was a j.p. in the county, but towards the end of his life he was living in the parish of St. Dunstan-in-the-West, London, where he and his wife were buried. He died 26 Oct. 1623. His will, proved only a few days after his death, shows him as a wealthy man, able to leave £1,600 to a daughter, and £1,000 to a grand-daughter, on their marriages. It gives details of lands descending to his eldest son and heir, John.3

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: N. M. Fuidge


  • 1. Dugdale’s Vis. Yorks. i. 11-12.
  • 2. C66/1421; CSP Dom. 1598-1601, p. 5; Reid, Council of the North, 253 n, 489; HMC Hatfield, vii. 162, 252; R. Welford, Hist. Newcastle, iii. 184, 186.
  • 3. Vis. Yorks; APC, July 1621-May 1623, p. 309; C142/398/123; PCC 120 Swann.