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Master of Rolls John Taylor (b. 1480, d. 1534)John Taylor (son of John Taylor and Margaret De Fairsted) was born 1480 in Shadoxhurst, Ashford, Hent, England, and died 1534 in Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland, England.He married Susan Rowland on 06 Oct 1509 in Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland, England, daughter of Rowland.
Notes for John Taylor:
John Taylor (c. 1480 – 1534) was Master of the Rolls from 1527 to 1534. Taylor would have been notable just for the circumstances of his birth; he was the firstborn of healthy triplets who all survived to adulthood, which was virtually unheard of in the 1400s. He went on to a successful career as a priest and civil servant, culminating in a post as Master of the Rolls from 1527 to 1534. John Taylor and Susan Rowland were the parents of Rowland Taylor, prominent Protestant martyr (d. 1555).
About the year 1480 a very unusual event happened in Barton-under-Needwood; triplet sons were born to Joan, wife of one William Taylor who was employed as a game warden in the Forest of Needwood. It was remarkable, 500 years ago, for triplets to be born and to be healthy, for all three live to adulthood was extraordinary. The family, John the first born, his brothers Rowland, Nathaniel and their sister Elizabeth lived in a cottage to the north-east of the Church, where several of the village’s oldest timber-framed cottages still stand. Members of the Taylor family had lived in Barton since 1345, and William and Joan took possession of their cottage in 1471, of which they held the copyhold.
The story of the triplets’ life has something of a folk-tale quality about it Plot (Robert Plot, History of Staffordshire 1686) tells of three babies being presented to King Henry VII as a rarity but this story seems to be somewhat romanticised. The present descendants of the family confidently give 1480 as the date of the triplets’ birth but as Henry VII did not accede to the throne until 1485 it is hardly likely that the King was shown babies. It is far more probable that he was shown three growing lads and saw in them the symbol of the Trinity.
Needwood was not a Royal forest, but a Chase, members of the Royal family frequently came to Tutbury Castle, so it is quite probable that the King was, as the legend suggests, on a hunting foray. So it was that he undertook to educate the three boys if they came to manhood, and indeed he kept his word. From this event the Royal Bounty for Triplets was instigated and only ceased during Elizabeth II reign. All three are said to have entered the learned professions after being educated at a University ‘beyond the seas’, probably in France or Italy. There is note in the Royal Privy purse expenses of 1498 ‘for the wages of the King’s Scoler John Taillor at Oxenford’.
More About John Taylor and Susan Rowland:
Marriage: 06 Oct 1509, Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland, England.
Children of John Taylor and Susan Rowland are:
- +John Taylor, b. 06 Aug 1550, Haverhill, Suffolk, England, d. 21 Mar 1623/24, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England.