Michael Blount


Michael Blount

Sir Michael Blount (c. 1530–1610) was a Tudor and Jacobean royal official.

Life

He was born in Mapledurham House, Oxfordshire to Sir Richard Blount (1505–1564; Lieutenant of the Tower 1558-1564)

He was High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire in 1576, then of Oxfordshire in 1586 and 1597. He was elected the Member of Parliament for Winchelsea in March 1553 and Marlborough in 1563. [1]

He succeeded Sir Owen Hopton of Cockfield Hall in Suffolk as Lieutenant of the Tower of London in 1590 and held the post for five years until 1595, in December of which year he was briefly imprisoned in the Tower himself.[1] He and his father are buried at St Peter ad Vincula in the Tower, with a fine monument.

Family life

He married Mary Moore (d 23.12.1592, sister of Thomas Moore of Bicester), and they had 11 children:[2]

  • Sir Richard Blount of Maple Durham (b 28.06.1564, d 22.11.1619)
  • Catherine Blount (b 11.04.1563) who married Sir John Croke, Speaker of the English House of Commons
  • Thomas (b 27.04.1567)
  • Charles (b 05.11.1568 - d.1600)
  • Henry (b 17.08.1572)
  • Robert (b 03.02.1573)
  • Maria (b 15.11.1565)
  • Elizabeth (dsp)
  • Anna (dsp)
  • Frances (b 23.02.1569)
  • Elizabeth (b 28.07.1574)

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