Atherton, John (1557 - 1617)

Born / Died

Birth Date: ca. 1557
Death Date: before 1617-05-23 (burial date)

Marriages/Other Unions

  1. Type: marriage
    Union began: n.d.
    Union ended: n.d.
    Note: Union also produced 2 daughters
  2. Type: marriage
    Union began: n.d.
    Union ended: n.d.
    Note: Union produced 1 other son and 3 daughters


From Conyers, Katherine ( - )

  1. Male offspring: Atherton, John (n.d.)

Details of Offices

Began Ended Notes
JP, Lancashire 1577 1578
Sheriff, Lancashire 1582-11-20 n.d.
JP, Lancashire 1586 n.d.
MP, Lancashire 1586 n.d.
MP, Lancashire 1589 n.d.

General Lands Note

The Athertons owned extensive property in southern Lancashire by Elizabeth I's reign

Details of Properties


  • Atherton Hall, Lancashire
    Acquired: before 1573-07-08
    Divested: 1617-05-23


  • Lancashire
  • (city-county) in Yorkshire: York Manor
  • Yorkshire
  • Yorkshire: North Riding: Fryton Manor
  • Yorkshire: North Riding: Hovingham Manor
  • Yorkshire: North Riding: Slingsby Manor

Events Naming Patron

Event Date Location Troupe
Performance 1584-1584 York (Unknown), York , York (city-county) in Yorkshire Mr Atherton's Bearward
Performance 1587-1587 Smithills Hall, near Bolton , Lancashire Mr John Atherton's Musician

Patronized Troupes

Troupe Name Patron Troupe Type # of events
Mr Atherton's Bearward Atherton, John (1557 - 1617) Performing Animals 1
Mr John Atherton's Musician Atherton, John (1557 - 1617) Musicians 1

Owned Venues

Venue Name County Venue Type
Atherton Hall Lancashire Private Residence

Bibliographic Sources

Hasler, P.W. The History of Parliament: The House of Commons, 1558–1603. 3 vols. London: HMSO, 1981.
List of Sheriffs for England and Wales from the Earliest Times to AD 1831. Public Record Office Lists and Indexes 9. London: HMSO, 1898.
Quintrell, B.W. Proceedings of the Lancashire Justices of the Peace at the Sherrifs Table During Assizes Week, 1578–1694. Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire 121. np: Printed for the Record Society of Lancashire & Cheshire, 1981.
Somerville, Robert. Office-Holders in the Duchy and County Palatine of Lancaster from 1603. Chichester: Phillimore, 1972.
The Victoria History of the County of Lancaster. The Victoria History of the Counties of England. 8 vols. London: Archibald Constable, 1906–14.