John Spring of Lavenham

Sir John Spring (died 12 August 1547),[1] of Lavenham, Buxhall, Hitcham, and Cockfield, Suffolk, was an English merchant and politician.

Sir John Spring
Died12 August 1547
Burial placeHitcham, Suffolk
Spouse(s)Dorothy Waldegrave
ChildrenSir William Spring
Frances Spring
Bridget Spring
Parent(s)Thomas Spring, Anne King

Family and lifeEdit

John Spring was the son of Thomas Spring of Lavenham (d.1523) by his first wife, Anne King, whose family was of Boxford, Suffolk.[2] He had a cousin, also John Spring,[citation needed] whose daughter, Margaret, married Aubrey de Vere, second son of John de Vere, 15th Earl of Oxford; Aubrey de Vere and Margaret Spring were the grandparents of Robert de Vere, 19th Earl of Oxford.[3]

Spring inherited the Spring family cloth trading business, as well as an extensive estate, following his father’s death. His lands holdings increased when the Spring family were granted former abbey lands after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. During the reign of Edward VI he was referred to as lord of the manor of Leffey.[4] He was knighted at the accession of Edward VI.[5] Spring aided the dukes of Norfolk and Suffolk in suppressing the Lavenham revolt of 1525, by removing the bells from the Church of St Peter and St Paul, meaning the rebels could not be called to arms.[6]

Spring made his last will on 8 June 1544 as 'John Spring of Hitcham, esquire', leaving bequests to his wife, Dorothy, his father-in-law, Sir William Waldegrave of Smallbridge in Bures St Mary, and mother-in-law, Margery (née Wentworth) Waldegrave, his son and heir, William, his son-in-law, Edmund Wright, and his unmarried daughter, Bridget, and expressing the wish that Sir William Drury should 'have the marriage of my son [William] before any other'. The will was proved 21 May 1549.[7]

Sir John Spring was buried at Hitcham.[8]

Sir John Spring's great-great-grandson was made a baronet by Charles I.[9]

Marriage and issueEdit

Spring married Dorothy Waldegrave, the daughter of Sir William Waldegrave,[10] by whom he had a son and two daughters:

Sir John Spring's widow, Dorothy, was buried 10 April 1564. She left a will proved 10 November 1564.[2]


  1. ^ Coppinger 1922, p. 177.
  2. ^ a b Richardson II 2011, p. 62.
  3. ^ Anderson 1993, p. 141.
  4. ^ Coppinger 1922, p. 184.
  5. ^ Betterton & Dymond 1989, p. 51.
  6. ^ Fletcher and MacCulloch 2004, p. 68
  7. ^ Howard 1866, pp. 176–8.
  8. ^ a b Howard 1866, p. 168.
  9. ^ A Concise Description of Bury Saint Edmund’s and Its Environs, London, Longman and Co., 1827, p. 262 Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  10. ^ Burke & Burke 1838, p. 501; Coppinger 1922, p. 177.
  11. ^ Coppinger states that she was the daughter of Sir Anthony Jermyn; Coppinger 1922, p. 177.
  12. ^ Coppinger 1922, p. 177; Howard 1866, p. 168; Betham 1803, p. 60.
  13. ^ John Burke, Bernard Burke, Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies, 2nd edition, London, 1844, p.501 [1]
  14. ^ Richardson II 2011, p. 63.
  15. ^ Wright, Edmund (d.1583), History of Parliament Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  16. ^ Fleetwood, Thomas (1517/18-70), of London, The Vache, Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire, and Rossall, Lancashire, History of Parliament Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  17. ^ Richardson II 2011, p. 62; Howard 1866, p. 168.


  • Anderson, Verily (1993). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England. Lavenham, Suffolk: Terence Dalton Limited. p. 141.
  • Betham, William (1803). The Baronetage of England. Vol. III. London: W.S. Betham. p. 60. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  • Betterton, Alec; Dymond, David (1989). Lavenham; Industrial Town. Lavenham, Suffolk: Terence Dalton Limited. p. 51.
  • Burke, John; Burke, John Bernard (1838). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England. London: Scott, Webster and Geary. p. 510. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  • A Concise Description of Bury Saint Edmund's and Its Environs. London: Longman and Co. 1827. p. 262. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  • Coppinger, Walter Arthur (1922). History of the Parish of Buxhall in the County of Suffolk. London: H. Sotheran. p. 177. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  • Fletcher and MacCulloch (2004). Tudor Rebellions. London: Pearson Education. p. 193.
  • Howard, Joseph Jackson, ed. (1866). The Visitation of Suffolk. Vol. I. London: Whittaker and Co. pp. 165–206. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  • Richardson, Douglas (2011). Everingham, Kimball G. (ed.). Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families. Vol. II (2nd ed.). Salt Lake City. ISBN 978-1449966386.

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