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Sir John Gresham

  • Birth 1495 Holt, North Norfolk District, Norfolk, England
  • Death 23 Oct 1556 London, City of London, Greater London, England
  • Burial London, City of London, Greater London, England
  • Memorial ID 94953788

Sir John Gresham married twice: First in 1521 to Mary Ipswell. They had 12 children between 1522 and 1538. Their children were: William, Mary, Catherine, James, John, Edmund, Anthony, Ellen, Ursula, Cecily, Elizabeth and Richard. Most of their children died without issue. Their eldest son, William Gresham (1522-1579) was the father of Sir Thomas Gresham of Titsey (he died in 1630). Sir Thomas' sons were Sir John Gresham of Titsey (1588-1643) and Sir Edward Gresham of Titsey (1594-1647).

In 1547, Sir John became Lord Mayor of London and after the end of his term of office continued to serve as an alderman.

On 15 July 1553, Sir John married Catherine Sampson, the widow of Edward Dormer.

In 1555, the year before his death, Sir John founded Gresham's School in his hometown of Holt, Norfolk. He placed endowments of land and money under the stewardship of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers, who have continued to carry out the task entrusted to them until the present day.

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  • Created by: Lauren's Mom
  • Added: 7 Aug 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 94953788
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sir John Gresham (1495–23 Oct 1556), Find A Grave Memorial no. 94953788, citing St Michael Bassishaw Crooked Lane, London, City of London, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Lauren's Mom (contributor 47547915) .