John De La BERE

Born: 1559

Died: 25 Feb 1636

Father: Kynard De La BERE

Mother: Eleanor HUDDLESTON

First son of Kynard De La Bere by Eleanor, dau. of Sir John Huddleston of Millom, Cumb. and Southam; bro. of Richard. Educ. M. Temple from New Inn, called 1584.

It is not clear how De La Bere came to be returned at Devizes. He was related to several Wiltshire families, and his brother Richard, another lawyer, had many connexions in the county.

De La Bere occupied his estate by virtue of a lease from his father, who outlived him. In 1597 he was involved in a lawsuit against his cousin William Huddleston, on whose account it was objected that justice was not being done,

'by reason that the De La Beres’ ancestors came out of Wales and they were akin to some of the council [in the marches of Wales] who had the greatest authority and did the most rule in her Majesty’s courts.'

In 1602, together with Nicholas Overbury he acquired lands in Oddington, Gloucestershire and, in the last year of his life, he was appointed to an inquiry into charitable uses in the county and city of Gloucester. In Parliament, he was named to a committee concerning glass works on 24 Mar 1589. The bill was committed to him, and he reported the progress of the committee to the House on 24 Mar. He died in 1607. In his will, made 13 May and proved 19 Nov of that year, he expressed the hope that his brother Richard, heir and sole executor, would be assisted by God:

'against the malice of those great ones that have done me manifest and apparent wrong; leaving the revenge to the pleasure of Almighty God.'

Vis. Glos. (Harl. Soc. xxi), 49; Bristol and Glos. Arch. Soc. Trans. xvii. 199; l. 295; D’Ewes, 450, 452; Townshend, Hist. Colls. 27; Gloucester Recs. 67; PCC 81 Huddleston.


W.J.J.: DELABERE, John (bef.1559-1607), of the Middle Temple, London and Southam, Glos.

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