Name: John Hedworth
Prefix: Sir 1
Note: Age in 41 Eliz (1599)
Death: 1642 1
Burial: 6 FEB 1643 1
Residence: Harraton, co Durham
Occupation: ?A man of indolent temper and weak intellect?
Note: 2 1 3|
Change Date: 23 JUL 2011
Heir to his grandfather, and first named in entail 41 Eliz, then aged 12.
Married 1st Jane, dau and heir of Sir William Gascoigne, Kt, and had (no surviving issue):
Francis, bap. 1613 Oct 17, died young.
Ralph, bap. 1619 Jan 21, died young.
Catharine, bap. 1616 Mar 17, died young.
Elizabeth (twin with Ralph), bap. 1619 Jan 21, died young.
Knighted at Whitehall 14 March 1603.
?A man of indolent temper and weak intellect?
In 1599 Harraton Colliery was owned by a Sir John Hedworth. This one?
Was involved in all the difficulties which his father?s mismanagement had created for him.
The indolent temper of John Hedworth (afterwards knighted), who succeeded to the estate as first named in his grandfather's settlement, nearly ruined the family. The age in which this easy knight lived, the eve of the civil wars, was one of deep speculation, intrigue, and adventure, and the broad lands and deep mines of Harraton became an obvious prize.
Sir John, ?a careless man in managing of his estate, and one very easily persuaded with for very small and inconsiderable sums to lease or grant away his lands,? succeeded in due time in shuflling off the coil of his temporal inheritance, and driven from the house of his ancestors, was obliged to seek refuge in an obscure farm at Rugely wood; one of his domestics, who descrted him not in the hour of need, deposes ?that the whole of his master's allowance was forty shillings weekly, and two ten pounds yearly; that this was ill paid, and that Sir John was like to have starved had his neighbours not assisted him.? The old knight died in 1642, and left his son John Hedworth, who was barely of age, inextricably involved in the web which his father's indolence had allowed to be spun.
There is a potrait of this Sir John at Lambton, (sufficiently identified by the arms and ?1627, Štat. 40,?) a round good-tempered, open countenance; the dress black, and highly ornamented. C. Sharpe.
(The History and Antiquities of the County Palatine of Durham: volume 2: Chester ward. Robert Surtees. 1820.)
Father: Ralph Hedworth
Mother: Jane Rutland
- John Hedworth
- Type: Book
Periodical: History and Antiquities of County & Palatinate of Durham
Author: William Fordyce
- Type: Book
Periodical: The History & Antiquities of the County Palatine of Durham
Author: Robert Surtees
- Type: Book
Periodical: Views of the County of Durham
Author: Mackenzie & Ross
Publication: Mackenzie & Dent