HUTTON, Cuthbert (by 1512-53), of Hutton John, Cumb.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Family and Education

b. by 1512, s. of Hugh Hutton of Hutton John. m. by 1540, Elizabeth, da. and coh. of Sir Robert Bellingham of Burneside, Westmld., 1s. at least 2da. suc. fa. by Feb. 1545.1

Offices Held

Commr. i.p.m., Cumb. 1533, 1543, 1552; sheriff 1534-5; assistant to dep. warden, west marches 1537; dep. Carlisle castle, Cumb. by July 1544; sewer, the chamber in 1546.2


Heir to a modest patrimony in Cumberland, Cuthbert Hutton spent his career largely in the defence of the borders against the Scots and in the administration of the shire. When the north rebelled in 1536 he had to declare his support for the rebels to save his life, but his part in dissuading them from attacking Carlisle earned him the goodwill of the King who a year later made him one of the assistants to (Sir) Thomas Wharton I as deputy warden of the marches. Queen Catherine Parr’s choice of her childhood companion Elizabeth Hutton as one of her household led to Hutton’s advancement at court, where Princess Mary stood godmother to one of his daughters. His election for the shire to the last Parliament of the reign with Wharton’s son Thomas was presumably Wharton’s work, with perhaps support both from the Queen and from the sheriff Edward Aglionby I for whom he deputized at Carlisle castle. Nothing is known of his part in the House, but during the prorogation he obtained a lease of a manor in Essex from the crown and after the dissolution a licence to export 600 cloths. Hutton served in the Scottish war under Edward VI and died on 10 Sept. leaving as heir his son John, an adolescent whose wardship was acquired by his widow. If he made a will, it has not been found.3

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: Alan Davidson


  • 1. Date of birth estimated from first reference. Recs. Barony of Kendal (Cumb. and Westmld. Antiq. and Arch. Soc. rec. ser. iv), 344; LP Hen. VIII, xx.
  • 2. LP Hen. VIII, vi, xii, xv, xviii, xix, xxi; CPR, 1550-3, p. 279.
  • 3. LP Hen. VIII, xii, xvii, xix-xxi; M. E. James, Change and Continuity in Tudor North (Borthwick Pprs. xxvii), 37; Nicolson and Burn, Westmld. and Cumb. ii. 366-7; CPR, 1547-8, p. 246; 1553-4, p. 472; 1555-7, pp. 511-12; 1560-3, p. 148; C142/105/7.