John Cheyne, Baron Cheyne
John was the third son of John Cheyne (or Cheney) of Shurland Hall in Kent, by his wife, Eleanor, daughter and sole heiress of Sir Robert Shottesbrooke of Faringdon in Berkshire (now Oxfordshire). He was the uncle of Thomas Cheyne, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and grand-uncle of Tudor soldier and MP, John Cheyne.
He was present when the Treaty of Picquigny was signed in 1475, and remained behind as a hostage of King Louis XI of France until King Edward IV had gone back to Calais and thence to England. He fought in 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth Field, where he was unhorsed personally by Richard III, and at the Battle of Stoke in 1487. He was made a Knight of the Garter and was called to parliament as Baron Cheyne.
He lived at Faulston Cheyne in Wiltshire and Enborne in Berkshire. Nicknamed the "Vigorous Knight" by contemporaries, he was a massive man of redoubtable strength. A 21" thighbone found in his tomb puts his height at 6 feet 8 inches.
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