ROGERS, John II (d.1611/12), of Canterbury, Kent.

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 Richard Rogers, dean of Canterbury and suffragan bishop of Dover (d.1597), by Anne, da. of Thomas Digges of Newington. educ. ?G. Inn 1579. m. Mary Alcock, wid. of one Webbe.

Offices Held

Freeman, Canterbury 1598.


The identification of the son of the dean as the MP for Canterbury in 1601 is conjectural, but likely, even though the dean was dead before the Parliament was called. The Canterbury MPs were appointed to two committees in the 1601 Parliament—for fustians, 4 Dec., and for silk weavers, 10 Dec. The Rogers family came from Sutton Valence in Kent, but the dean was a younger son and does not appear to have inherited property there. John Rogers may have been the man who entered Gray’s Inn in 1579 (a reasonable date), but, apart from his appearance in the Kent visitation in 1594, nothing is known about him. He is not mentioned in his father’s will and disappears from the Canterbury civic records after his election as a freeman of the city. Through his sister Sara’s marriage to Thomas Boys he was related to John Boys, his fellow-Member for Canterbury in 1601. No will has been found. Rogers was buried in Canterbury cathedral 2 Jan. 1612. His wife was also buried there, 10 June the same year, and his mother 23 July 1613.

Vis. Kent (Harl. Soc. lxxv), 25, 143; D’Ewes, 668, 676; J. M. Cowper, Freemen of Canterbury, 323; PCC 61 Cobham; Reg. Canterbury Cathedral (Harl. Soc. Reg. ii), 113.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: M.R.P.