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Subject: John Rotherham of Someries, Luton (+1492)
Date: 11 May 2006 13:59:27 -0700
The History of Parliament, 1439-1509 Biography volume, provides some
interesting particulars in relation to John Rotherham of Luton, elected
MP for Canterbury in 1472, and for Bedfordshire in 1478. He was
educated at Eton, and then went up to King's College, Cambridge -
following in the footsteps of his elder brother, Thomas, afterwards
Archbishop of York. A freeman of Canterbury by 1469, he married Alice
Forster, the daughter of John and Jane Winter of Canterbury; appointed
JP for Bedfordshire in 1472, he was Sheriff of Bucks and Beds in 1476-7
and again 1488-9; died 1492 and left a PCC will.
HoP says his father was "Sir John Rotherham alias Scott", and refers to
Marl MS 4600 and Harl. Soc Pub XIX. This latter is the Visitations of
Bedfordshire where, sub Rotheram, John's father is refered to as "Scott
of Rotherham" (ie no Christian name).
According to the Eton College registers (1441-1698), ed. Sir Wasey
Sterry, John and Thomas (alias Scott) were sons of "Sir Thomas
Rotherham of Rotherham". Unsurprisingly, ODNB simply states that the
identity of their father is unknown (their mother was named Alice).
Interestingly, the registers also add that John Rotheram was admitted
to King's College on 14 September 1448, and that "one of the posthumous
miracles of Henry VI was the cure of his lunatic servant".
I shall post further details of the Winter family of Canterbury