Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Servant of Edward Manners, 3rd Earl of Rutland, by 1582-7, of Gilbert Talbot, 7th Earl of Shrewsbury, in the 1590s, of Manners fam. again in the 1600s.


This Member’s background has not been established. He may have come from the family of Joye of Renhold, Bedfordshire, who owned the manor house of Salphobury and other property in the district. Whatever his origins he owed his Lincoln seat to Edward Manners, 3rd Earl of Rutland, whose solicitor he was, and whose funeral he attended as a ‘gentleman in ordinary’. Next he attached himself, again as solicitor, to Gilbert Talbot, who became Earl of Shrewsbury in 1590. In a letter to the Privy Council in January 1591, Robert Bainbridge mentioned Shrewsbury’s secretary ‘Joyce, always taken for a papist in the Earl of Rutland his house whom he served’. He was again in the service of the Manners family early in James I’s reign (unless this was another ‘Joyce’), and he may have been the ‘Mr. Joyle’ who in the autumn of 1607 was instructed by the 5th Earl of Rutland to reward an official who had arranged a bull and bear baiting.

Vis. Beds. (Harl. Soc. xix), 49, 133; VCH Beds. iii. 215 n; Beds. N. and Q. iii. 81-2; HMC Rutland, i. 147, 201, 242, 394; iv. 461; J. C. Cox, Three Cents. Derbys. Annals, i. 272; SP12/241/28.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: N. M. Fuidge