BRETT, John (c.1558-1620), of London; later of Edmonton, Mdx.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. c.1558, s. of Robert Brett, merchant taylor of London, by Elizabeth, da. of Reginald Highgate of Essex. educ. Clement’s Inn; M. Temple 1575. m. Margaret, da. of Henry Robinson, brewer, of London, 1s. 4da. suc. fa. 1586. Kntd. by 1608.

Offices Held

J.p. Mdx. by 1603.


Brett’s wife inherited property from her mother, including lands at Cransley in Northamptonshire bought from Sir Thomas Cecil in 1595, and it was to her connexion with the Owens of Condover that he appears to have owed his return for Much Wenlock. In 1595 he was concerned in a conveyance of the council house at Shrewsbury,1 so he clearly had professional connexions in Shropshire as well.

He died 28 Feb. 1620 in London, administration being granted to his widow. Under a settlement made in 1616 his lands passed to his son after marriage portions had been provided for his four daughters.2

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: Patricia Hyde


  • 1. Vis. London (Harl. Soc. i), 47; Bridges, Northants. ii. 88; C142/383/99; 209/55; Mdx. County Recs. ed. Jeaffreson, ii. 5, 36; J. Nelson, Hist. Islington, 291-2; Trans. Salop Arch. Soc. (ser. 3), ii, 320.
  • 2. C142/383/99; PCC admons. 1620.