Constable, John (1526 - 1579)

Born / Died

Birth Date: 1526-00-00
Death Date: 1579-05-25


Ward of Sir Michael Stanhope (d 1552) of Shelford, Nottinghamshire, Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire East Riding and Beddington, Surrey 25 Oct. 1543--7


Marriages/Other Unions

  1. Type: marriage
    Union began: n.d.
    Union ended: n.d.
  2. Type: marriage
    Union began: n.d.
    Union ended: n.d.


From Neville, Katherine ( - )

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

From Scrope, Margaret ( - )

  1. Male offspring: Constable, Joseph (n.d.)
  2. Male offspring: Constable, Francis (n.d.)
  3. Male offspring: Constable, Ralph (n.d.)
  4. Male offspring: Constable, John (n.d.)

Primary Title



  • Knight
    Assumed 1553-10-02
    Vacated 1579-05-25

Details of Offices

Began Ended Notes
MP, Yorkshire: East Riding 1553-3 n.d.
MP, Yorkshire: East Riding 1553-10 n.d.
JP, Yorkshire: East Riding 1553/4 1562 Removed from office
MP, Yorkshire 1555 n.d. Possibly held this office; probably held by Sir Robert Constable of Everingham, Yorkshire East Riding
MP, Yorkshire: East Riding 1558 n.d.
MP, Yorkshire: East Riding 1563 n.d.
Member, Council in the North, England 1566 1567
Sheriff, Yorkshire 1566-11-18 1567-11-18
JP, Yorkshire: East Riding 1569 1579 Restored to office

General Lands Note

Licence to enter lands 10 Dec. 1547

Details of Properties


  • Burton Constable Hall, Yorkshire: East Riding
    Acquired: 1547
    Divested: 1579-05-25


  • Yorkshire: East Riding: 'Raynswell alias Romswell,' Benningholme Grange and lands in Beverley
    Acquired: 1554-06-18
    Granted to Constable and mother
  • Yorkshire: East Riding: Halsham
  • Yorkshire: East Riding: Penthrop and 'Plowland'
  • Yorkshire: North Riding: Hackness Manor
    Acquired: 1563/4-03-19
    Divested: 1578-05-01
    Purchased; sold

Events Naming Patron

Event Date Location Troupe
Performance 1575-1576 Town Hall, Grimsby , Lincolnshire Sir John Constable's Players

Patronized Troupes

Troupe Name Patron Troupe Type # of events
Sir John Constable's Players Constable, John (1526 - 1579) Players 1

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