Note: son and heir, buried Feb 7 1586/7 will date Jan 5 1586/7 buried at Norton References R. Surtees 1823 The History and Antiquities of the County Palatine of Durham Vols 1-4. The Family of Blackiston of Stappleton-on-Tees by Oxford University Press.
In 1578, John Blakiston had to do homage for his manor, and take the oath of Supremacy: "I, John Blakiston, do utterly testify and declare by my conscience, that the Queen's Highness, is the only supreme governor of this realm, as well as in all spiritual, or ecclesiastical things, or causes as temporal, and therefore, I do utterly renounce and forsake all foreign jurisdictions, powers, and authorities." John Blakiston appears to have had enough sense to see that provided he did not offend the authorities he could remain a secret Catholic and keep his land intact. It was one thing for the Government in London to pass legislation, but for it to insure that these laws were vigorously enforced in remote areas, was entirely another. Certainly there is no evidence to suggest that John Blakiston was further troubled by the Government and he died a much respected figure in 1586, his pragmatism having saved his family from a potentially serious crisis. Unfortunately, his son, William did not follow the same and lost part of his estate.
“25th April 1570. Pardons for all treason, rebellion and other offences committed between Nov. 1 1569 and 31st Jan. 1570. On report of their penitence for their part in the rebellion in the North, testified before the Queen’s Commissioners... Norton Nicholas Blaxton...Roger Netterton, John Blaxton, William Kitchen, Robert Crewe, John Robinson, William Blaxton, Robert Gates, Richard Smyth, Thomas Blaxton...yeomen.”
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