John de Kingston

Sir John de Kingston, also known as John de Kyngeston, (died after 1336) was an English knight of the late 12th and early 13th centuries from Somerset. As one of King Edward I's leading commanders, he was Governor of Edinburgh Castle from 1298 to 1300 and from 1301 to at least 1305 (possibly as late as 1310).[1] John and his brother Nicholas were captured during the battle of Bannockburn on 24 June 1314. He was the Sheriff of Somerset from 1315-1317.[2]

Following Edinburgh Castle's recapture by the English, in 1334 de Kingston was once again given charge of the castle.[3]

He also held the offices of the Sheriff of Edinburgh and Senator of the College of Justice, during part of his lifetime.[4]


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  2. ^ Dunning, Robert (1983). A History of Somerset. Chichester: Phillimore & Co. pp. 109–117. ISBN 0-85033-461-6.
  3. ^ Grant, Memorials of the Castle of Edinburgh, p. 280
  4. ^ Chalmers, G (1902). "v. 8". Caledonia: Or, A Historical and Topographical Account of North Britain, from the Most Ancient to the Present Times with a Dictionary of Places Chorographical & Philological. Gardner. p. 164.
Military offices
Preceded by
Walter de Huntercombe
Constable of Edinburgh Castle
Succeeded by
William de Rue
Castle slighted by Scots in 1314
Constable of Edinburgh Castle
Succeeded by
John de Strivelyn
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Matthew Furneaux
Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset
Succeeded by
Nicholas Cheyney