Sir John Pilkington (d. 1479)
Sir John Pilkington (d. 1479), king's knight of the body, chamberlain to Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Benefited rapidly from royal patronage after the accession of Edward IV. MP Yorkshire 1472-5, 1478. Sheriff Lancs. 1462-3, 1464-7. Numerous positions of profit, mainly in Yorkshire but also elsewhere. He was jointly created Chamberlain of the Exchequer in April 1477 (with Hastings who got a licence to crenellate in 1474 qv.)
Was convicted of rape in 1450 but pardoned in 1452. Committed Yorkist. Fought at Wakefield and taken prisoner; fought at Tewkesbury and then knighted.
At John's death his estate was valued at over £600. His main home had been at Wakefield, where he sought burial in a chantry chapel that he had founded, and where he had built himself a new house, Pilkington Hall, which he received licence to crenellate in 1477 (along with three other houses) and which he bequeathed to his widow for life on condition that she spent most of her time there. (Horrox)
Biographical source include;
- Goodchild, John, 16 July 2008, 'Pray for his Soul: A Medieval Adventurer, Sir John Pilkington of Wakefield' Talk given at the Pilkington Chatry in Wakefield Cathedral for the Wakefield Historical Society.
Rosemary Horrox, 2004, Pilkington family (per. c.1325c.1500) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press) online copy (subscription may be needed)
Pilkington, John, 1912 (3edn), History of The Pilkington Family of Lancashire p. 70-76 online copy