John Spencer

John Spencer (bef. 1544 - 1610)

Privacy Level: Open (White)
Sir John "Rich Spencer" Spencer
Born before in Waldringfield, Suffolk, Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1569 (to 3 Mar 1610) in London, Middlesex, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in London, Middlesex, Englandmap
Profile last modified 13 Feb 2020 | Created 5 Jun 2013 | Last significant change: 13 Feb 2020
04:51: David Urquhart edited the Biography for John Spencer (bef.1544-1610). (bio text edit) [Thank David for this]
This page has been accessed 733 times.
The Birth Date is a rough estimate. See the text for details.



England Orphaned Profile
This profile has been improved by a member of the England Project's "Orphan Trail".
Suffolk flag
John Spencer was born in Suffolk, England.

John Spencer was born before 1544, and was the son of Richard Spencer of Waldingfield in Suffolk.[1]

John made his way to London, was a member of the Clothworkers Company, and made his fortune during the profitable Cloth trade, in Europe, which, as it happens, was also, in high demand in London, during the same period , and also, obviously, when close tie's were cemented with Spain, Turkey and Venice.[2]

John married, the twice widowed, Alice Bromfield in London, about 1569, and their only child Elizabeth was born about 1574.

With his wealth, he purchased Canonbury Manor, or Tower, as it is known,[3] which, at the time was one of the tallest buildings in London,[4] and Crosby Place in 1583.[5] The family moved with London's high society, and entertained at both addresses.[6]

John passed away, suddenly, in London, on Wednesday, 3rd March 1610, "as he was pullinge on his netherstockes in the mornynge"[7] and was buried at St Helen'S Church, Bishopsgate, London.[8]"

Research Notes

  • To add to the mystery, John is also named as Roger Spencer, Lord Mayor of London in 1594, and was probably born in Great Waldingfield.[9]
  • I have found reference here, to Alice Wyncoll, who was either the mother of John,[10] or the second wife of Richard and therefore, John's step-mother.[11]
  • The reference to "children of my daughter Alice Spencer" who dies in 1544, makes it obvious that John had other siblings or half siblings, and was definitely born before 1544.[12][13]Urquhart-93 00:28, 30 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Canonbury Tower passed to Elizabeth and his husband and still remains in the Compton family.[14]


  1. Wikisource contributors, "Spencer, John (d.1610) (DNB00)," Wikisource ,,_John_(d.1610)_(DNB00)&oldid=4874005 (accessed October 29, 2018).

See Also:


  • Wikipedia, Worshipful Company of Clothworkers: Crest pic.
  • The Manor of Canonbury: Impressionist by Art UK.
  • Burial Monument, Sir John Spencer Family. Flickr Photo.
  • Thanks to David Compton for starting this profile. Click the Changes tab for the details of contributions by David and others.

More Genealogy Tools

Sponsored Search

Is John your ancestor? Please don't go away!
 star icon Login to collaborate or comment, or
 star icon ask our community of genealogists a question.
Sponsored Search by

No known carriers of John's DNA have taken a DNA test.

Have you taken a DNA test? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.


Leave a message for others who see this profile.
There are no comments yet.
Login to post a comment.

John is 18 degrees from Peter Roberts, 16 degrees from Emma Smith and 8 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.