Sir John Needham
Sir John Needham, judge, was the third son of Robert Needham (d 1448) of Cranage, Cheshire. John's mother was Dorothy, daughter of Sir John Savage of Clifton, Cheshire. On 28 Dec 1441, John was elected for Newcastle-under-Lyme, being returned for that constituency in 1446-7, and 1448-9. On 6 Oct 1449 he was elected member for London, for which in the same year he was common sergeant. On 1st Feb. 1453 he was called to the degree of the coif, and on 13th July in the same year was appointed king's sergeant; probably this last appointment was temporary, for in 1454 he was again made king's sergeant 'pro hac vice tantum'. His arguments in this capacity are reported in the year-books until 9th May 1457, when he was appointed justice of common pleas. He retained his post under edward IV, received a fresh confirmation of it and was knighted on 9th Oct 1470, when Henry VI was restored, and was again appointed in May 147, after Edward IV's return. He was a trier of petitions from england and Wales in 1461, 1468, 1472-3 and 1477. He frequently acted as justice of assize in Yorkshire and Lancashire and was chief justice of Cheshire. His judgments are recorded in the year-books as late as 1479, and he died on 25 April 1480. He was buried at Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, where a monument was erected with an inscription to his memory.
Sir John married Margaret, the youngest daughter of Randal Manwaring of Over-Peover, Cheshire. He left no issue and settled his lands in Holme, Cheshire, which he had purchased in 1471 from Thomas Chickford, with all its estates, on his next brother Robert Needham of Atherley. He also had a seat at Shavington, Shropshire, which subsequently descended to the Earls of Kilmorey
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