Sir John Talbot
Sir John Talbot was the second son of Colonel Sharington Talbot. His elder brother Sharington died in infancy so from a young age he was the heir to the estates owned by his father.
Sir John was knighted in 1660 by Charles II as he was the first person to greet the King when he landed in England at his Restoration. He was a royalist and a prominent public figure, being Justice of the Peace for Worcestershire, Wiltshire, Middlesex and Westminster between 1660 and 1689. He was also an MP for Chippenham for a short time in 1679 and was also a member for Devizes and Ludgershall at different times.
In 1668, he famously acted as second to his kinsman Francis Talbot, 11th Earl of Shrewsbury. In a duel with George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham over the Duke’s mistress. Francis Talbot died in the duel and Sir John was injured.
Sir John married twice: first to Elizabeth Keyt, daughter of Sir John Keyt. They had a son and two daughters. The two daughters, Elizabeth and Frances, died young and his son Sharington was killed in a duel with an artillery officer, probably about the conduct of their troops during the Monmouth Rebellion, aged 29 in 1685, leaving a wife but no children. Sir John’s second wife was Barbara Slingsby, the daughter of Sir Henry Slingsby and Barbara Belasyse. They had five children. Their two sons, John and Thomas, both died within two years of each other and both at the age of 18. Their daughter Anne married Sir John Ivory and because Sir John’s sons had all died without issue Lacock was left to their son John.
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