Sir John Mordaunt 30 Dec 1465 - 11 Sep 1504
Sir John's effigy is in the church at Turvey (his armour was also kept in Turvey Church for
His parents were William Mordaunt and Margaret.. John Mordaunt inherited the estate on his
father's death in 1481. He was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for life in the
reign of Henry VII. He claimed he was eleventh in descent from the family founder, Osbert.
He fought, and was wounded, at the battle of Barnet with the Earl of Warwick and also saw
action at Bosworth Field and was a commander at the battle of Stoke (1487) - on King
Henry's side of course (the Lancastrian king). He was speaker of the House of Commons from 1487. He became a sergeant-at-law on 10 September 1495, a Kings Sergeant on 25 November 1496 and was MP for Bedford county. Around 1499 he was attorney to Prince Arthur and the Chief Justice of Chester. He was knighted in 1502/3 and appointed High Steward of the University of Cambridge in 1504. He was also a member of the Privy Council and granted special privileges by the Pope. In 1520 he went with King Henry VII to the Field of the Cloth of Gold and was knighted.
Sir John's wife was Lady Edith, the daughter and heiress of Sir Nicholas Latimer of Duntish in Dorset. She was the widow of John Greene of Stotfold.