ROOS, John, of Laxton and ?Egmanton, Notts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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2nd s. of Thomas Roos of Laxton by his 2nd w. Anne Pirton or Pinxton of Notts. m. a da. of Roos of Weston-upon-Trent, Staffs., 1s.

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The main line of the Roos family, which acquired a barony in 1299, died out in the early sixteenth century. The title passed, through an heiress, to the Manners, earls of Rutland, then in 1591 to the Cecils. Thus Roos was not short of influential relations. Perhaps he was in the service of the 5th Earl of Rutland. However, his uncle Peter Roos was a j.p. and small landowner, well known in East Retford, so his local connexions may have been sufficient to account for his return. Roos was presumably the Mr. Rosse on a poor law committee (22 Nov. 1597) and a committee about soldiers and mariners (20 Dec. 1597). A Mr. Rose moved for privilege and was added to the privilege committee, 8 Dec. 1597. He was probably living at Egmanton, near Laxton, in 1614—a man of this name acknowledged a debt of £10 to William Trinder of Nottingham—but after that date he disappears completely. His great nephew Thomas Maxfield was executed as a Catholic priest 1 Jul. 1616.

Vis. Notts. (Harl. Soc. iv), 111-12; Vis. Notts. 1662-4 (Thoroton Soc. rec. ser. xiii), 31; CP; D’Ewes, 561, 570, 575; Nottingham Recs. iv. 404; Wards 7/29/65; Cath. Rec. Soc. xxii. 90 n.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: M.R.P.