Sir John Talbot

Owner 1677-1714

Born : 7th June 1630

Died : 13th March 1714


Son of Sharington Talbot (d.1677) and Jane Lyttelton, Sir John Talbot was an English soldier, politician, and landowner, who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1660 and 1687. Son of Sharington Talbot, he was first elected Member of Parliament for Worcestershire in the Convention Parliament in 1660. 1 Subsequently he also served at various times as MP for Knaresborough (1661), Chippenham (Mar 1679) and Devizes (1685).

He is said to have been the first person to receive King Charles II upon his landing in England at the Restoration 2 and was later knighted by King Charles II at Whitehall on 6 June 1660. 3

In January 1668 he was a second for Francis Talbot, 11th Earl of Shrewsbury in a duel with George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, in which he was injured and the Earl of Shrewsbury suffered injuries, from which he subsequently died. This was recorded in the diaries of Samuel Pepys

Married to :

  1. Elizabeth Keyt, m. 11 Dec. 1653 d. 1656. Their children were :
    • Sharington
    • Elizabeth
    • Frances
  2. Barbara Slingsby m. 2 Aug. 1660. There were five children from this second marriage, including :
    • John
    • Thomas
    • Anne, who married Sir John Ivory.

As all Sir John's male heirs had died before his passing in March 1714, the Lacock Estate passed to Anne's son, John Ivory.

  1. W R Williams, Parliamentary History of the County of Worcestershire, 1897

  2. J. Britton, The Beauties of Wiltshire: displayed in statistical, historical, and descriptive sketches, London, 1825, vol. III, p.236

  3. William A. Shaw, The Knights of England, volume II (1906) page 227

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Sir John Talbot
After Peter Lely (1618-1680)