Name: John PERROT , of Haroldston, KB, Sir 1
Birth: ABT 1527 in Haroldston, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales 1
Death: 3 NOV 1592 in Tower of London, London, Middlesex, England
Although not all agree, the following post to SGM 14 Aug 2001 by Adrian Channing tends to support the supposition that John was an illegitimate son of Henry VIII by Mary Berkeley:
John Perrot, whose appearance was similar to Henry VIII and claimed to be his son. I understand Henry VIII did not deny it. Perrot was "big" in Ireland, and there is probably an entry in DNB for him. He had an affair with the base daughter of Sir Christopher Hatton which resulted in a falling out between them. I did not know he married. Mary Berkley subsequently married Thomas Perrot from whence he got his name. He has been mentioned here before and you should be able to find more in the archives.
The following post to SGM by John Carmi Parsons 30 Sep 1998 gives a good account of John's offspring:
Henry VIII is said to have fathered by Mary (or Elizabeth) Berkeley, afterwards wife of Thomas Perrott of Istingston and Harroldston, Pembs., a son known as John Perrott (1527?-1592). "Commonly reputed" (_Dict. of Natl Biography_, s.v. "Perrott, sir John") as the king's son, Perrott bore a remarkable resemblance to the king and in later years openly referred to himself as Elizabeth I's brother. He was created K.B. for the coronation of Edward VI in 1547 and, in the official account of Elizabeth I's coronation procession through London, Perrott is the only individual apart from Elizabeth herself who is mentioned by name. He served as Deputy of Ireland for Elizabeth I and in connection with his tenure of that office (not his birth) he was accused of high treason but died in the Tower before he could be convicted (in fact Elizabeth may well have been preparing to pardon him at the time of his death, and later restored his son to his estates).
He married twice:
First to Anne, da. of Sir Thomas Cheyney of Shurland (Kent), and had one son, Sir Thomas Perrot, m. Dorothy Devereux, dau. of Walter, earl of Essex.
Second to Jane dau. of Hugh Pruet of Thorny, Devon, and had another son William (d. unm 1597), a dau. Anne m. John Philips, and a dau. Lettice m. first, Roland Lacharn of St Bride's; second, Walter Vaughan also of St Bride's (from which marriage the present viscount St David's descends).
Sir John Perrott also left three natural children:
1-2. Sir James Perrott (1571-1637) by Sibyl Jones of co. Radnor; and also by her a dau. who m. one David Morgan, gent.
3. Elizabeth, dau. of Sir Christopher Hatton (!), he had a dau. Elizabeth m. Hugh Butler of Johnston.
Perrott's living progeny must be innumerable by now. But few biographies of Henry VIII refer to him and many historians are unaware of his existence. Has anyone any confirming evidence for his paternity?
Sir John was born at Haroldston, Pembrokeshire in 1530, allegedly the illegitimate son of Henry VIII by Mary Berkely, wife of Sir Thomas Perrot. Sir John remained a court favo urite during the reigns of Henry VIII and Edward VI but spent much of Queen Mary's reign abroad. He was granted governorship of Carew Castle at the beginning of Queen Elizabeth's reign and embarked on the great rebuilding of the North front of the castle in the Elizabethan style. He was made Lord Deputy of Ireland in 1584 and a member of the Privy Council. However, he had many enemies and rumours of treason circulated. Haverfordwest merchants were angered by his allowing pirated contraband to land at his ports and caused an investigation by the Privy Council to take place in 1591. Sir John was taken to the Tower of London, tried and convicted of High Treason but it is said that Elizabeth was reluctant to sign his death warrant and he died a natural death there in 1592. [http://www.car ewcastle.com/english/carews_char/cha r.htm]
Captain Sir John Perrot, K.B. Born in 1527 to Sir Thomas Perrot & Lady Mary Berkley. Presumed to be a bastard son of Henry VIII.
Educated at St. Davids in Pembrokeshire, at age 18 was placed in the service of the Marquis of Winchester, William Paulet.
He possessed great physical strength, a violent disposition and a reputation for brawling. Because of this he owes a personal introduction to King Henry VIII, he was involved in a fracas with two yeoman of the guard. King Henry made him a Promise of Preferment, but King Henry died before he could fulfill it.
Made a Knight of the Bath in 1547 by Edward VI. Highly skilled in knightly exercises he secured a place with the Marquis of Northampton when he visited France in June 1551 to secure a marriage between Edward VI and Elizabeth the infant daughter of Henry II of France. Henry II was fascinated with Sir John and offered him considerable inducements to stay there, Sir John demurred and returned home.
He ran up very extravagent debts but because of the friendship between Sir John & Edward VI most were paid by the crown. Sir John stayed by the Kings side until the end of his reign. He entertained Edward VI with stories of his misspent youth and served as a man of the King's bedchamber.
When Mary arrived on the throne thing started to become dicey for Sir John. He was denounced by countrymen of his for housing heretics in his home in Wales. His uncle Robert , Edward VI's greek tutor, and Alexander Nowell, later made the Dean of Lichfield. Because of this he spent time in Fleet Prison. He was detained only for a short time and then was sent to serve under the Earl of Pembroke in France, and was present at the capture of St. Quentin in 1557. He returned to England only months before the death of Mary. Being staunchly Protestant he refused to assist the Earl of Pembroke in hunting down heretics.
When Elizabeth ascended the throne he was chosen as one of the four men to carry her canopy of state at here coronation. Soon afterwards he was made Vice-Admiral of the seas about the south of Wales, keeper of the gaol in Haverfordwest and because of Pembrokes influence was granted Carew Castle. He began extensively re-modeling the castle and it became one of the grand Tudor mansions of the day. While at his estates he probably sponsored piracy and fisheries off Newfoundland.
He was mayor of Haverfordwest in 1570. Following these appointments he was made a member of Parliament, a member of the Council of Marches and had become the most powerful person in his county. During this time he became involved in numerous lawsuits and because of his intense love of litigation made a number of enemies of his powerful neighbors. In 1571 he was sent to Ireland to be President of Munster and to restore order. And after 2 1/2 years of intensive action was able to do so. He returned to England without the Queens leave pleading ill health. Actually it was because of disatisfaction with the Queens decision to restore the Earl of Desmond, Essex's interference with his tenantry, and irritation at the Privy Council reprimanding him for conduct in the matter of a French merchant ship that he had detained.
He returned to England in July of 1573 and received a gracious welcome from Elizabeth. In spite her wishes for him to stay. He was shortly thereafter made a member of the Privy Council and again appointed mayor & gaoler of Haverfordwest. At the time of the faire he was being eyed for Comissioner of Piracy.
He was married to Lady Ann Cheney, no date given, they had a son Thomas, approx 1563. He also had an illicit affair with Elizabeth Hatton, Sir Christopher's illegitimate daughter, the product of the affair was the child Elizabeth.
A few character notes about John Perrot. Currently he is a widower of about 7-8 years. His son is in the Huntington household to be raised as a proper gentleman. Sir John i s viewed as something of a troublemaker and somewhat mouthy but he was also well respected for his abilities both on and off the field of battle. He was a very able administrator when he put his mind to the task. He was on very friendly terms with Sir William Cecil, the Earl of Essex, the Sidney's, Henry & Phillip, and Sir Francis Walsingham. He was still on good terms the Earl of Pembroke and Archbishop M atthew Parker. [http://www.tir-nan-og.com/bristol /st-george/Characters/1999/sir_john_perrot_1999.htm]
Father: Henry VIII Tudor King of ENGLAND b: 28 JUN 1491 in Greenwich Palace, Kent, England
Mother: Mary BERKELEY b: ABT 1504 in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England
Sibyl JONES b: ABT 1527 in Radnorshire, Wales
Elizabeth HATTON b: ABT 1540 in Holdenby, Northamptonshire, England
Jane PRUET , widow of Lewis Pollard b: ABT 1535 in Thorry, Hartland, Devon, England
in 2nd husband 2nd wife
Anne CHENEY b: ABT 1530 in Shurland House, Eastchurch, Sheppey, Kent, England
in 1st wife
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