After serving as a soldier in France in the service of the Duke of Brittany in 1368 he was made deputy Captain of Brest (1382–1397) and Captain of Guînes (1399–1401) with responsibilities for maintaining the truce between England and France. He served as a Member of Parliament for Hertfordshire in 1391. During this time he allied himself with Henry Bolingbroke, the future King Henry IV.
When Bolingbroke ascended the throne Norbury was made Lord High Treasurer of England (1399–1401), Keeper of the Privy Wardrobe (1399–1405) and a member of the Privy Council. In 1406 he was acting as an ambassador to negotiate a further truce with the French.
Marriages and childrenEdit
He married twice:
- Firstly to a certain Petronilla, by whom he had issue including:
- Secondly he married Elizabeth Butler, a daughter of Sir Thomas Butler, MP, and widow of Sir William Heron, jure uxoris Baron Saye, MP, of Eshott and East Duddoe, Northumberland, by whom he had issue including:
Death and burialEdit
He died in 1414 and was buried at the Greyfriars, London.
- "NORBURY, John (d.1414), of Hoddesdon and Little Berkhampstead, Herts". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
- Ashdown-Hill, John, "Lady Eleanor Talbot’s Other Husband: Sir Thomas Butler, heir of Sudeley, and his family", pp. 2-3
- 'Parishes: Stoke d'Abernon', in A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 3, ed. H E Malden (London, 1911), pp. 457-462