Sir John Lyttelton (1520–1590)

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Sir John Lyttelton (ca. 1520-15 February 1590) was a prominent landowner from the Lyttelton family during the Tudor period.


John Littleton was the son of John Littleton (c. 1500–1533) and Elizabeth, the daughter and coheir of Gilbert Talbot of Grafton.[1][2]

Littleton was of age in 1541.[3] He was made constable of Dudley Castle and keeper of the old and new parks there in 1553. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth at Kenilworth in 1566. He was a member of the Council of Wales and the Marches, a Deputy Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace for Worcestershire.[citation needed]

He purchased the manor of Halesowen (formerly of Halesowen Abbey) from Lord Robert Dudley afterwards Earl of Leicester in 1558.[4] He bought the manor of Hagley from John St. Leger in 1565.[5] These together with Frankley and Upper Arley (which he inherited) were the core of the family estate. Save that Upper Arley devolved away from the male line, this has remained in the hands of the family ever since, though parts were sold off in the 20th century.

Family and descendants

He married Bridget Pakington (b.1522), the daughter of Sir John Pakington, by whom he had a daughter, Elizabeth Littleton (1546 – 4 June 1594), who in 1564 married Sir Francis Willoughby (d. 16 November 1596) of Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire.[6]

He was succeeded by his son Gilbert (c.1570–1599), who was the father of John († 1601) and Humphrey († 1606).


  1. Bernard & Birch 1738, p. 118.
  2. John Littleton (c. 1500–1533) was the son Sir William Littleton (1450–1507), knighted after the Battle of Stoke, eldest son and heir of Sir Thomas Littleton (d.1481), justice and author of Littleton's Tenures (Baker 2007).
  3. Jeayes 1893, no. 436.
  4. VCH 1913a, pp. 136–146[verification needed]; Jeayes 1893, nos. 440–401.
  5. VCH 1913, pp. 130–136, footnote 64: "Feet of F. Div. Co. Trin. 7 Eliz." .
  6. Emerson 2013.


Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Russell
Custos Rotulorum of Worcestershire
before 1577–1590
Succeeded by
Sir John Pakington