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  • ID: I1419
  • Name: John King
  • Prefix: Rt Hon Sir
  • Sex: M
  • Death: 4 JAN 1637
  • Burial: 30 MAR 1637 Church of Boyle, Roscommon, Ireland 1
  • Residence: Abbeyboyle, Roscommon, Ireland, and Lichfield, Staffs
  • Note: 1 2 3 4

    Granted Boyle Abbey, Roscommon on lease from Elizabeth I in 1603.
    Under James I [1603-25] Boyle Abbey passed to Sir John King and his successors.
    The building of "a great castle" at Boyle in 1607 by Sir John King must refer ...
    Ancestor of the Earls of Kingston.
    Described himself in his will of 31 May 1636 as of the Close of the Cathedral Church of Lichfield in the County of Stafford, and desired to be buried at Lichfield if he should die in England.
    Many sources have him as son of Edward King, Archibishop of Ireland (1577 - 1629), and Anne Coxsed but I think this has to be an error. Edward King had a son John, but his dates were 13 Feb 1611-3 Dec 1703. He married Sarah Conway. [RH]
    The land in the Boyle area was under dispute for many years with the MacDermot and O'Connor families battling for control of the area.
    The arrival of the King family in 1603 settled the dispute once and for all. John King was granted land by the English Crown, and it was around his family estate that the town of Boyle grew.
    In 1603 John King of Staffordshire was granted land in Roscommon in an area previously fought over by the MacDermots and O?Conors. The 12th century abbey was occupied by troops and part of the complex converted into a fortified home for the King family.
    The original Sir John King, a Staffordshire man, had been granted his land for "reducing the Irish to obedience", achieved in part through violent subjugation and by the enforcement of the notorious anti-Catholic Penal Laws.
    Sir John King, who died in Lichfield Close in 1637, bequeathed 20 to the corporation for the poor. The money was evidently used for loans.
    {If he died in Lichfield why was he buried at Boyle, as Lodge says he was?]
    This may be in error in saying that the John King who had the grantin 1550 was of Lichfield, and a knight:
    ?The King family were originally from Yorkshire, where they were possessed of large estates from very ancient times, as we know from a roll of Parliament of 1314, in which a Richard King is mentioned as of large estates in that county. The Yorkshire connection is accepted by all writers, including John D'Alton, author of The Annals of Boyle, and Mr. Salmon, author of A Short View of the Families of the Present Irish Nobility (published in 1759) and other writers. In the latter account it is stated that the ancient seat of the Kings was Feathercock Hall, near North Allerton.
    A Sir John King of the Close of the Cathedral Church of Lichfield had a grant by demise from Edward VI in 1550 of a term of reversion of lands in the Manor of Skene, extending into Staffordshire and Derbyshire, which he, John King, afterwards assigned to Henry Sacheverell. This Sir John King was probably the father of the Sir John who was our first ancestor in Ireland, for the latter described himself in his will as of the Close of the Cathedral Church of Lichfield in the County of Stafford, and desired to be buried at Lichfield if he should die in England.?Page: D.N.B.; J. Lodge, Peerage of Ireland (1789), iii. 222.
  • _UID: 513E42691BBB4054BA76A6DEFCE25FF186ED
  • Change Date: 6 DEC 2009

    Marriage 1 Catherine Drury b: 1584
    • Married:
    1. Has Children Mary King b: 1602
    2. Has Children Dorothy King
    3. Has Children Robert King

    1. Type: Book
      Periodical: Peerage of Ireland
      Author: John Lodge, Mervyn Archdall
      Date: 1789
    2. Text: Estimate/guesswork by Richard Hodgson <>
    3. Type: Book
      Periodical: Victoria County History of Staffordshire
    4. Type: Book
      Periodical: Kings - Earls of Kingston'
      Author: Robert Douglas King Harman
      Date: 1959
      Location: King House, Boyle. Neil Armstrong, Manager. <>
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