Sir John Whyte White

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Sir John Whyte White

  • Born John Whyte White 1511 in Farnham, Suffolk, England
  • Died June 9, 1573 in Farnham, Surrey, England
  • Son of Robert White and Kateryn Wells
  • Married Sibil White in 1550
  • Brother of Henry Whyte (1506-  ), Thomas Whyte (1508-  ), William Whyte (1509-  ), Leonard Whyte (1512-  ) and Ewstace Whyte (1513-  )
  • Children:
  1. William White (1551-  )
  2. Robert White (1552-1640)
  3. Sir John White II (1555-1645)


Sir John White (Alderman of London) and Mayor of London (1563-64) married Sibil or Sibbell, the sister of Sir Thomas White. Sir John Whyte was Mayor of London during the fifth year of the reign of Elizabeth I.

The Lord Mayor of London is an ancient elective office which dates from the reign of Richard the Lionheart. In the intervening eight centuries, more than 700 men and 1 woman have held this important post. The city of London has always jealously guarded its independence from the Crown and to this day, within the city, the Lord Mayor is second in precedence only to the reigning Monarch. (taken from


Sir John White, General Armory (4th from the top, left column)

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Sir John White, Coat of Arms


or…gold or yellow
ar… argent, or silver, or white
az… azure, or blue
gu… gules, or red
vert… green
purp… purpure, or purple
sa…. sable, or black
erm… ermine
ppr… proper
chev… chevron
engr… engrailed
ramp… rampant
pass… passant
d. … died
m. … married
b. … born
s.p. … sine prole, without issue
d.v.p. … died vita patris
betw. … between
fun.ent. funeral entry
F.E.I. … funeral entry Ireland
visit. … visitation of a county by a herald
reg. … registered
ped. … pedigree

Sir John White, Burial Record (6th down from June on left page)


Will of Sir John White MP, merchant of Aldershot, alderman of St Margaret Lothbury, died 1573

Transcript by Peter Tipton 10 Oct 2006

1 In the name of god Amen I John White Knight and Alderman of London being
2 whole of body and perfect mynde praise be unto Almightie god make and ordaine this my
3 present testament the xxixth of Maye in the yeare of oure Lord god A thousand five hundreth seventie and
4 three in manner and forme following / First I bequeath my soule to Almightie God with assured hope
5 and trust of remission of my synes through the death and passion of his onlie son oure savioure
6 Jesus Christ / And I will my bodie to be buried decentlie at the parrishe churche in Aldershot on ye northe
7 side of the channcell there, and some discriet learned man to make a sermond at my buriall, or verie
8 shortlie after upon a hollidaie, And that there be sett in the wall nighe that place where my bodie is
9 buried in the wale the plate of Brasse with my arms and my wieves with the tyme of my departure to
10 be added to the same with the border of Alliblaster stone alredie made for it together to be sett up within a convenient
11 tyme after my buriall by the discresion of myne executors with other thinges ##ydent therunto / Item I will
12 that all mt Debts which I owe in right and conscience to be paid / And I will after my Debts Funeralles and
13 other necessarie charges be paid and Deducted, that my goodes moverbles Debts Chattells and suche as are to be
14 acompted for moveables as well in the countrie as also where shalbie equallie Devided into three partes
15 according to the laudable custome of the cittie of London of the which one third parte to be to Dame Katherin
16 my wife And the second part to be distributed suche of my children as are not advanced and not
17 maried, my meaning is that those that are alredie advanced or in my lief tyme are married shall not have
18 any of that second parte aforesaid And my owne third parte to be for the accomplishement of my legacies
19 herafter followinge First I give unto Robert White my sone my lease of the parsonage of Aldershott with
20 the terme of yeres yetto come And also my twoe leasses the one in reversion after the other of those three
21 mylles of Farneham, the boorne myll the malte myll the willen myll with the appurtenances to them
22 belonginge with all proffittes and comodities in the said lease expressed I s### with the whole terme of yeares
23 yetto come upon this condicion that he the saied Robert White his heires executores and assignes do discharge
24 my mansion house in London, and the fouer tenements thereunto adioyinge situate in Lotheburie in London
25 aswell of one yerlie Annunitie or payment of xviP xiiis iiiid payeable oute of the same h###singe to
26 Mrs Marye Wilford Widow during her naturall lief And also after her decease during the
27 naturall lief of my saied wief to paie iiiiP xiiis iiiid there to be paied out of my said houses after
28 the Death of Mrs Wilford aforesaied to the Master and wardens of the fellowship of the merchantailers
29 in London And my will is that the doe in consideration of this my gift of theis leases to my sone Robert White that he do well
30 and trulie answer and paie the same anuities duringe the whole tyme afore expressed as he will answer afore god at
31 the daie of iudgement / And if my some Robert White or his executors or assignes refuse to paie the saied anuities or
32 anye of them during the tyme above expressed and lymited aswell to Mr MaryeWilford Wydowe as the iiiiP x111s iiiid
33 to the Master and wardens of the fellowship of the marchant tailers for the tyme being onlie duringe my wives lief
34 and do not paie them Then my will is that my sone in laweMr Lawrence Husey shall have those there leases of the three mylles of Farneham. and the other lease of the parsonage of Aldershott upon the same condition to answer and duelye to paie
35 aswell the xvP xiiis iiiid to Mrs Maire Wilford duringeher naturall lief, as the iiiP xiiis iiiid to the Master and
36 wardens of the fellowshipe of merchantailors in London/ And after the decease of Mrs Marie Wilford and of mt wief
37 to have the same leases to his prop use and the same to bestowe upon anye one of hs Daughters wich he had by my
38 Daughter his late wief. Item I give and bequeath unto Willm White my sone my lease and terme of yeres wich I
39 have to come in the mannor and farme of Seale in the Countie of Surry with all the proffitts and comodities there
40 unto belonginge Item I will and bequeath to Katherin my Daughter my riche Juell sett with stones in golde for a tablet (?)
41 beinge of pear fashion if she die within age or afore mariage I will that Juell of golde and stones to Marie
Husey my god Daughter / Item I give to Chideock Rooe when he cometh of xxist years of age xli I give to
42 everie of my maide servants xiiis iiiid suche as taketh ##### Item I give to John Iver and his wief my servants xls between them / if they deal trulie with my executors after my Death Item I give to the poore people of my warde
43 in London iiili/ Item I give to the poore people i Aldershot xls The residue of my owne third parte i give and
44 bequeath betwene my iiii yonge children Willm John Thomas & Katherin if any of the die the ######## to
45 ##### their parte or portion amonge them/ Item I give to the pensioners (?) of Ludgate Newgate and the ii
#ownters xxs
46 a peceAnd as consideringe all my Mannors lanes and tenementes and hereditaments that I the saied John White
47 Knight have within the realme of England I doe declare this my last will and testament in manner & forme
48 following Item I will that Dame Katherin my wief have for terme of her lief peaceablie her jointure that I
49 made her at the tyme of her marriage, And to the mending thereof I will that she shall have dureing her lief
50 the twoe meadowes in Frymley which latelie I purchased of one Russell of porbict (?) towards the bringing upp
51 of oure children ^ And I will and give unto my sone John White and to the heire of his bodie lawfully begotten
52 after the decease of his mother all that my Dwelling house with the iiii tenementes to the same belonging within
53 the parishe of St Bartillmews in London, with all manner of proffittesand commodites when he shall come to the
54 full age of xxi yeres and not afore / And to that house I leave to remaine for ever all the wainscott in the
55 parlour, And all the wainscott in the garden parlour, And all the wainscott in the small parlour on ye west
56 syde of the yarde/ And for Defaulte of suche yssue to be and remaine to William White my sonne And to the
57 heires of his body lawfully begotten, And for defaulte of suche is yssue to be and remaine to Robert Whire
58 my sone and to his heires for ever / And more I give and bequeath to my sone Thomas White all that my
59 Capitall house with all the tenementes and other commodities of Worcester Place sett lieing and being in Thames ^
60 Stete in London afyer the Decease of …blank… Jones wief late the wief of Thomas Prissemener (?) Deceased he
61 to have the same to him and to the heires of his bodie lawfullie begotten / And for Defaulte of such issue
62 to be and remaine to my sone William White and to the heires of his bodie lawfully begotten / And for Default of
63 suche yssue I will the same to be and remaine to mt sone Robert White and his heires for ever / And all the
64 residue of my landes I give and bequeath to my sone Robert White for ever provided allwaies and my will
65 is that if John William and Thomas or any of them doe at anye tyme after the Date herof During their
66 lives naturall bargaine and sell the premisses or offer anye parte of the premisses to be solde or alienated
67 from their heirs contrairie to the meaninge of this my last will and testament, That then and from thens
68 forthe I will that Robert White my sone and his heires shall enter and stand seised of the premisses to
69 passe acording to the true entent and meaning of this my resent last will and testament / And if all my
70 fouer sonnes shoulde fortune to die without heires, then I will that all my landes that I have within this
71 Realme shalbe equallie divided into three partes, one parte to be to my Daughter Huseys children, one other
72 parte to be to my Daughter Offely to ###### after her to her children / And one other parte to be to my
73 Daughter Katherin White And if anye of them fortune to Die without yssue the parte of them to be to
74 the survivours of those three Daughters and to their heirs. And for Defaulte of such yssue to the
75 right heirs of my brother Robert White of Farneham / All other my Landes which I have not here apointed
76 I give unto my sone Robert White, and to the heirs of his bodie lawfullie begotten/ For Defaulte
77 of suche yssue to be to my sone William White and to the heirs of his bodie begotten/ And for Defaulte of suche yssue to be and
78 remayne to my sone John White and to the heirs of his bodie lawfullie begotten/ For Defaulte of such yssie to my sone
79 Thomas White and to the heires of his bodie lawfullie begotten/ And for Defaulte of such yssue to my Daughters and
80 their heires as is above Declared, And Whereas Mrs Q

81 me During her lief, naturall I will that Robert White and his heires do yerlie paie the same And Whereas I have
82 a statute of John Over the younger of Farneham if anye parte thereof maie be recovered I will the same to be equallie
83 Devided betwene all my children that are now unmarried that is to seae/ Robert/ William/ John Thomas and Katherin White
84 And of this my last will and testament I ordaine and make my sone in law Mr Lawrens Husey and Robert
White &
85William White my sonnes my executors to whome I give tenne pounds a pece for their paines desyring them to Doe for me
86 therin as they would I should doe for them And I ordeine Willm Townrowe grocer my overseer to whome I give Five
87 marks, And to this my present last will and testament I have sette my hand and seale the twentie and nyenthe Daie of
88 Maye one thousand five hundreth seventye three/ John White / By me Lawrence Huse Mary Offley / By me Willm
89 Jackson By me Chidiock Roe / The marke of John Darke

Probate granted to Lawrence Husy, Robt White and Willm White executors, 20 August 1573


Sir John B. Whyte, Sr. – Obituary

A Knight with Coat of Arms, Farnham, died 9 0f June 1573, Knighted 1614. Sir John White, Knight, grocer, Mayor of London, from 1563- 1564 and of Aldershot in the county of Southton. Married 1st Sibbell, the daughter of Robert White of South Warnborow, in the county of Southton, He married 2nd Catherine, daughter of John Soday, of London. Coat of Arms; Three covered cups and three marlets upon a chevron.
” The Lord Mayor of London” has certain very remarkable privleges which have been religiously guarded and must be of great antiguity. It is only necessary to mention these here, but each of the privileges requires an exhaustive examination as to its origin. they all prove the remarkable position of Old London and mark it off from other cities of modern Europe. Shortly stated, the privieges are four:
1. The closing of the Temple Bar to the sovereign.
2.The Mayor’s position in the city, where he is second only to the King.
3. His summons to the Privy Council on accession of a new sovereign.
4. His position of butler at the coronation banquets.
‘ The terms of the judgment on a futher claim are as follows: The Court considers and adjudges that the Lord Mayor has by usage a right, subject to his Majesty’s pleasure to attend the Abbey during the coronation and bear the crystal mace”
” The two great Military Orders, the Knight’s Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem and the Templars, followed the Augustian rule and were both settled in London, and the original village of Clerkenwell grew up around the buildings of the Knights ( Enc, Brit, 11th Edition)
In 1521, at the age of 11, he was admitted scholar at Winchester. His health began to fail and on July 7 he was released to live with his brother, Alderman John White, near Bartholomew Lane. He was shortly after allowed to retire to the house of his sister, wife of Thomas White, at South Warnborough, Hampshire, where he died 12 January, 1560. He was buried in Winchester Cathedral on January 15.”
“24 January, 1460, Bishop Wainflete granted to John White and Robert White, his son, for their lives, the office of Parks and Keepers of the Old and Little Park, and of his Chace of Farnham adjoining the Parks, with a fee of two pence a day for each Park, and the usual commodities and profits to the Chase belonging.” (Page 136.)
“Wood, in his Athenae, says that John Whyte, brother of Sir John Whyte, Lord Mayor of London in 1563, was son of Robert Whyte of Farnham, son of John of the same place, who was son of Thomas Whyte of Purvile in Hants; was born at Farnham, and was bred at Winchester School, of which he became Master about 1534. He was afterwards made Warden and Bishop of Lincoln on the deprivation of Dr. John Taylor, the temporalities being restored to him May 2, 1554. He was translated to Winchester on the death of Stephen Gardner, in 1557. He was a zealous Papist, and much in favor with Queen Mary. Fox has recorded several of his Discourses, and that which he held with Bishop Ridley at Oxford when he was about to be burnt in 1555. He preached a Sermon on the death of Queen Mary, taking for his text, Eccles. iv: 2, in which he spake of her virtues in the strongest terms, and was so much affected that he could not proceed. Recovering himself, he said she had left a sister to succeed her, of great worth also, whom we were bound to obey; ‘for,’ saith he, ‘the living dog is better than the dead lion; but I must still say with my text, I have praised the dead rather than the living; for certain it is, Mary hath chosen the better part.’ Queen Elizabeth was highly offended, and he, having threatened to excommunicate her, as Watson, Bishop of Lincoln, did, was deprived of the Bishoprick in June, 1559, when he retired to his sister’s house at South Warnborough in Hants and died there on the 11th of January following. He was a benefactor to New College, Oxford. He is reputed to be a man of austere life, eminent for piety and learning, an eloquent orator, a solid divine, a nervous preacher, and, as Camden tells us in his Annals of Elizabeth, a tolerable poet for the time. He published two books against Peter Martyr, a book of epigrams, and Verses on the Marriage of King Philip and Queen Mary.” (Manning and Bray’s Hist. of Surrey, p. 177.)
JOHN WHITE, LORD BISHOP OF WINCHESTER, was born at Farnham, educated at Winchester (in Wyckham’s school there), admitted perpetual fellow of New College, Oxford, in 1527; graduated to M. A. in March 23, 1533-4, being appointed in 1534 to Mastership in Winchester School in place of Richard Tuchiner. Afterwards he was Rector of Cheyton, near Winchester; then made Warden of Winchester College in 1541; sent to the Tower for his Papal proclivities in 1550 under King Edward VI., restored to liberty by Queen Mary; made Bishop, first of Lincoln in 1554, and, second, of Winchester in 1556. He preached Queen Mary’s funeral sermon in 1559, and used certain expressions in it, which gave mortal offense to Elizabeth. After bestowing much praise upon Mary he proceeded to say she had left a sister to succeed her, a lady of great worth also, whom they were now bound to obey; for, saith he, “melior est canis vivus leone mortuo” (a living dog is better than a dead lion)–certainly not a very elegant compliment to Queen Elizabeth. He was again committed to custody, and actually threatened, together with another Romanizing Bishop (Watson), to excommunicate the Queen, so was deprived of his bishoprick in 1559. He was allowed to retire to his sister’s house at South Warnborough in Hampshire. Strype, the historian, says, “He died of ague Jan. 12, 1559 or 1560, at Sir Thomas White’s place in Hampshire, and on the 15th was carried and buried at Winchester.” (Memorials, Vol. II, p. 265, Note.)
Fuller, the historian, speaks of him thus, “John White was born in this county (Hants) of a worshipful house; began on the floor and mounted up to the roof of spiritual dignity in this diocese.” (Fuller’s “Worthies,” Vol. I, p. 405.)
“The White’s of Hampshire–of Puroyle–sent their sons both to Winchester and New College, Oxford. This was usual as keeping up family, school and academical associations. Generation after generation we find the members of the same family resorting to the same public schools and colleges, as if it was the family tradition carefully to be observed, that its members should go where their fathers themselves had been educated. Another John White (Century White), born at Henlan, in Pembrokeshire, in Wales, about 1590, goes to College at Oxford, where WELSHMEN at that day invariably went, namely to Jesus College, just as they do even now.” (Rev. John Holding’s MS.)
NOTE.–“There is every reason to believe that the Patriarch’s family was a branch of the great Roman Catholic family of Hampshire.” (Mrs. Frances B. Troup.)




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