- Born: 1531, Huntsworth, Somerset
- Marriage: Amie Games in 1560
- Died: 10 June 1607 aged 76
Of Wellington, Somerset. Lord Chief Justice of the Kings Bench 1592 -
1607. Sentenced to death Sir Walter Raleigh, Mary Queen of Scots and Guy Fawkes. According to local legend, Sir John is reputed to have been rewarded
for his controversial life by being thrown from his horse into
Popham's Pit, a deep local bog, dying horribly, and descending to
Hell. He is named on his wife's grave stone in the nearby Wellington Church.
However, according to legend his body does not lie there: Every New
Year's Eve his ghost is supposed to emerge from Popham's Pit and
take one cock's step nearer to the grave. Until he has reached it, legend says that his soul will not Rest in Peace.
Noted events in his life were:
1. He signed a will on 21 September 1604.
2. He had an estate probated on 17 June 1608.
John married Amie Games, daughter of Robert Games and Unknown, in 1560. (Amie Games was born in Glamorgan and died before 1604 in Wellington, Somerset.)