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John Hayward (abt. 1587 - 1636)

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Sir John Hayward
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Sir John Hayward was the second son of Sir Rowland Hayward by his second wife, Katherine Smythe[1].

John Hayward was a beneficiary of the will of his grandmother, Alice (Judde) Smythe, the will made on 10 Jul 1592[2].

John Hayward was a beneficiary of the will of his father, Sir Rowland Hayward, the will made on17 Nov 1592 and proved on 04 Mar 1593/1594[3] and noted on the memorial to his father at St Alphage, City of London[4].

John Hayward of Salop was knighted at Windsor on 23 Jul 1609[5].

Sir John Hayward was the Executor of the will of his mother, Lady Katherine (Smythe) Scott, the will being made in Jan 1616/1617[6].

He married before 25 Feb 1624[7] Anne, daughter of Sir Michael Sondes of Throwley, Kent. She was the widow of Gabriel Livesey of Hollingbourne, Kent[1].

In 1624 he was High Sheriff of Kent[1].

In 1631 he and his wife Anne were recorded in a case of arrears of rent during the minority of Anne's son, Michael Livesey[8].

He died without issue on 11 Apr 1636[1].

Summary of the Will of Sir John Hayward, 1636

In his will made on 15 Aug 1635 and proved on 17 Jun 1636 he was recorded as “Sir John Haywarde of Rochester in the Countie of Kent knight”[9]. His will was to be “buried in the vault which is in or neere the Church of St Alphage London neere unto the Tombe of my father Sir Rowland Hayward”.

He made charitable bequests to the poor of St Alphage, City of London; to the scholars and school of Bridgnorth was was founded by his father; and to the poor of Saltash, Cornwall.

He made a bequest to his eldest sister, Lady Buller, for her life, of a guilt bason and ewer which had been his mother’s. After the death of Lady Buller the bason and ewer were to be inherited by his nephew, Francis Buller. He made a number of other bequests including to:

His nephew, John Buller, fourth son of Sir Richard Buller, £100;

His nephew Anthonie Buller, £100;

His nephews Thomas Sondes, Rowland Sondes, Audley Sondes and Nicholas Sondes, to each of them £100;

His sister the Lady Mary St Ledger, all his plate and goods which were then in her keeping;

To Rowland St Leger, Audley St Leger, and Haywarde St Leger, sons of his sister the Lady St Leger £100 to each of them;

His nephew Anthonie St Leger £10;

His sister Anne Crayforde and to William Crayford, George Crayford, Richard Crayford and John Crayford her sons, £5 pounds each;

His wife Dame Ann Hayward, £10; and

John Tanner his godson £10, and to his god daughter the daughter of his nephew Parker, £10.

He named his brother in law Sir Richard Buller knight, his nephew Francis Buller esq, Henry Clarke Esq., and Edmond Parbo the elder of Sandwich gent, his Executors.

Sentence of the Will of Sir John Hayward, 1636

Following the will is a Sentence (in latin) of the same date. It appears that the will was disputed by the Testator’s sisters, Lady Katherine Sondes, Lady Mary St Leger and Anne Crayford[10].


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Hayward, Sir John (c.1591-1636), of Acton Burnell, Salop; later of Hollingbourne and Rochester, Kent. Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1604-1629, ed. Andrew Thrush and John P. Ferris, 2010. [1]
  2. Will of Alice Smythe, Widow of London. 11 May 1598. PROB 11/91/377. National Archives.
  3. Will of Sir Rowland Hayward. 1594. PROB 11/83/228. Transcript by Nina Green, 2014.
  4. The History and Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster, Borough of Southwark, and parts adjacent. 1753.
  5. Shaw W A (1906) The Knights of England. A complete record from the earliest time to the present day of the knights of all the orders of chivalry in England, Scotland, and Ireland, and of knights bachelors, incorporating a complete list of knights bachelors dubbed in Ireland. Vols I & II. London. Reprinted 1971.
  6. Will of Katherine Scott of Nettlestead, Kent. 12 March 1617. PROB 11/129/289. National Archives.
  7. Ecclesiastical cause papers : Plaintiff: Packe; Defendant: Lady Ann Livesey als Hayward wife of Sir John. 25 Feb 1624. DCb/J/J/34/2. Canterbury Cathedral Archives.
  8. Order of the Court of Wards and Liveries that Sir John Hayward and Anne his wife show cause why they should not pay arrears of rent owed to Archbishop Abbot during the minority of Michael Livesey his majesty's ward, 27 January 1631. MS 942. Lambeth Palace Library.
  9. Will of Sir John Hayward of Rochester, Kent. 17 June 1636. PROB 11/171/361. National Archives.
  10. Sentence of John Hayward of Rochester, Kent. 17 June 1636. PROB 11/171/362. National Archives.
  • Hayward, John, knight: Kent. Inquisition Post Mortem. 13 Charles I. C 142/779/5. National Archives.
  • Brown, A. (1897). The Genesis of the United States. Houghton Mifflin. eBook.[2]

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