Hussey was knighted at the Battle of Blackheath in 1497. Six years later, he was "Knight of the Body" to Henry VII, followed by an appointment as "Master of Lyfield Forest", Rutland in 1505 and Comptroller of the Household in 1509. He was promoted to Knight banneret on 16 August 1513 at the battle of the Spurs.
In 1521 he was made chief butler of England. In 1529 he was summoned by writ to the House of Lords as 'Johannes Hussey de sleford, chivaler'.
He was a signatory to the document sent from England begging the papal sanction to Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon, and was one of those at the queen's trial who gave evidence as to her previous marriage with Prince Arthur. He was appointed in 1533 as chamberlain to the illegitimized "Princess" Mary, and his allegiance to her father seems about the same time to have begun to waver.
Hussey and his cousin were implicated in the Pilgrimage of Grace of 1536. Though Hussey denied participation, he was accused of conspiring to change laws and depose Henry VIII, and abetting those who made war on the king in October 1536.
The charges may have been levied in part because of Hussey's Catholic sympathies, and because Hussey and his wife, having served 'Princess' Mary, were partisans on her behalf.
After being indicted and tried for treason, Hussey was found guilty by the House of Lords and beheaded at Lincoln in 1536.
Marriages and Children
The order of wives is disputed in various sources.
Hussey married Margaret Blount supposedly in 1490 at Mangotsfield. They had three sons:
Sir William Hussey, Knt. (c. 1492)
Thomas Hussey (c. 1495)
Gilbert Hussey (c. 1497)
Sir Giles Hussey (c. 1495/1505 - d. ante 22 Oct 1535).
m. Jane Pigot (b. 1501)
m. (c.1509) Anne Grey (c. 1490 Denbigh – btw 1 Mar 1544/5 - 11 Feb 1545/6), dau. of George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent and Catherine Herbert. Issue: 8:
Elizabeth m. (2nd wife) Sir Robert Throckmorton of Coughton, Warwickshire (d. 1586).
Bridget (c. 1526 - 13 Jan 1600/1, bur. Watford, Hertfordshire, will dated 2 Jun 1600. probate 12 Jany 1600/1).
m. Sir Richard Morrison of Cashiobury, Hertfordshire (d. Strasbourg, 17 Mar 1556).
m. (ante 1563) Henry Manners, 2nd Earl of Rutland. No issue.
m. (as second wife 25 June 1566) Francis Russell, 2nd Earl of Bedford. No issue.
Anne or Agnes m. Sir Humphrey Browne, Justice of the Common Pleas.
↑ Jane Sibella Morrison (d. Jul 1615, last will dated 6 March 1614/5 probate 14 Jul 1615), dau. of Bridget and Morrison, naturalized as English subject in 1575/1576.
m. (c. 1571) Edward Russell, Baron Russell (d. bef. June 1572). No issue and intestate; his estate was administered on 30 June 1572, bur. Chenies, Buckinghamshire), son of Francis Russell, 2nd Earl of Bedford and Margaret St John, and after 1572 Sir Arthur Grey, 14th Baron Grey de Wilton, and had issue.
↑ Issue: Christian m. Sir John Tufton, 1st Baronet.
↑ Wikipedia citing: Angerville, H.H. (1959). Living Descendants of Blood Royal, 1. World Nobility and Peerage. Print. (see snippet).
CAUTION: The identity of the wife of Roger Forster of Hunsdon is not certain. Most pedigrees simply refer to her as an unknown "Hussey of Sussex." Cavanagh (2014), also states there is no proof that Lord Sleaford had a dau. named, "Joan," (p. 21).
Eden, R. & Cole, G. (1897). History of the Manor and Township of Doddington, pp. 79. J. Williamson. Google Books.
Anne Grey married Sir John Hussey, Baron Sleaford, son of Sir William Hussey, Chief Justice of the King's Bench and Elizabeth Berkeley, after 18 May 1509. Anne Grey died between 1 March 1545 and 11 February 1546
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