NameRev. John LADYMAN, 2698, F1786
Birthca 1546
Misc. Notes
The Fawcett Index (a list of clergy and north country families) lists:

Vicar of Shelbourne [possibly Shillbottle], Northumberland
Was present at Chancellor Swift's visitation at Alnwick, 29 January 1577/8
Present at General Chapter at Alnwick 30 July 1578
Vicar of Lesbury
[parish adjoining Warkworth], Northumberland 1579-1608. Died 1608.

2. LADEMAN/LADYMAN, John, clerk
Vicar of Shilbolte (Shilbottle, about 40 miles north of Newcastle], Northumberland 1571-1579
Vicar of Warkworth [a coastal village some 5 miles southeast of Shilbottle], Northumberland 1598-1610.

Other sources:
“Lesbury Vicarage: Joh. Ledeman, Cl. 11 May, 1579, p. depr. Taylyour, p. Eliz Regina.--Joh. Emfall, 1608, p. m. Ledeman.”
“Shilbotelle Vicarage: Pr. Eliz. Reg.--Joh.Lademen, Cl. 11 May 1571, p. mort. Ogle”
(i.e: presented to Queen Elizabeth on the death of Ogle - his predecessor. The Monarch was patron of Shilbottle Vicarage).
1579. Christopher Watson, instituted [vicar of Shilbottle] 7th July, after the resignation of Ladyman (Durham Registers, Barnes).
“Warkworth Vicarage: John Ladyman 1598, p. mort. Sykilmore.--Joh. Warwick, A.M. 18 Aug. 1610.”

Research carried out at the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research (University of York) on 8 September 1997 showed that the documents are not in their possession. They suggest that Rev. John probably signed the papers as one of the clerks who carried out the visitation. Furthermore, some of these dates must be incorrect: if John died in 1608 he could not have been vicar of Warkworth until 1610... The parish registers for Shilbottle start only in 1684, Lesbury in 1690 and Warkworth in 1690 - most 16th century registers are lost. Indeed, NCH vol. V p. 185 lists under Warkworth Church: 1598. John Ladyman, presented on the death of Sykelmore [his predecessor]; vicar of Shilbottle, 1571-79; of Lesbury, 1579-86 [Foster, Alumni Oxonienses].

Research undertaken in Northumberland in 1998 at the instigation of Brenda Harper resulted in the following report:

There are few records of him, and there are no parish registers surviving for his days in the parishes he is known to have served in. In chronological order, this is what I have found. Refs. are to the Northumberland County History [NCH]:

c 1571 Curate of Howick [NCH Vol. II p. 360].

Proof of age: When curate of Howick, John Ladyman gave evidence in 1571 at Durham Consistory Court, in a dispute over payment of tithes, between Archdeacon Lever, rector of Howick, and one William Hering. John Ladyman gave his age as 25 [NCH Vol II p.345]. This must have been early in 1571 before he became vicar of Shilbottle.

11 May 1571 instituted vicar of Shilbottle on death of John Ogle, his predecessor. He appeared at the chancellor’s visitation held at Alnwick 1577/8 and on 30th July following, is returned as having duly performed his task upon St Matthew’s Gospel [NCH V p. 435, quoting Ecclesiastical Proc. of Bp. Barnes, pp. 36, 76]. He continued at Shilbottle to 1579.

1579-1586 Vicar of Lesbury

[1586-1598 - no mention in connection with the parishes I looked at. Maybe vicar in another parish, perhaps even in another county??]

1598-1610 Vicar of Warkworth. NCH Vol. V p. 67 states that a bell was carried out of Warkworth Castle and sold by him, according to a statement laid in 1602:
“there was a bell carryed out of Warkworth castle and sold by Sir John Ladyman, Mr. Percye’s deputie, to a Scottishman for £10, and a token sent by Mr. Percye to one Henrye Finch to carrye the bell to the Scottishman’s ship at Almouth.” (Ann. of the House of Percy, ii. p. 591). [In October 1594, Thomas Percy was appointed constable of Alnwick Castle by his second cousin once removed, Henry Percy, ninth earl of Northumberland (1585-1632). Thomas was born in 1560, the younger son of Edward Percy of Beverley. He seems to have acted as agent for the earl’s northern properties. In 1602, the year of this event, charges of embezzling his master’s money were brought against him, but the investigation which followed left the Earl of Northumberland’s confidence in him unshaken. One of the misdemeanours of which he was accused also involved John Ladyman: “John Wilkinson of Over Busdon says that Mr. Percy had £30 for his farmhold, being but 18s. of ancient rent, besides £4 he gave to Sir John Ladyman and Gabriel Ogle for procuring the bargain at Mr. Percy’s hands (“Informations against Mr. Thomas Percy for divers misdemeanours with his justifications of himself, 1602.” Annals of the House of Percy, ii. p. 591). Ralph, 3rd Lord Eure (1558-1617), was English Middle March Warden in 1596, and in June of that year he reports that a dozen Teviotdale Scots were driving off stolen horses when they were overtaken by a posse led by Thomas Percy, who “rescued them and shot one James Burn a chief man and great rider, quite through the back with a petronell, who is dead thereof... this act is imposed as a foode to [Percy] and his companie that then weare with him”.

Although brought up as a protestant, Percy became in early life an ardent Catholic. From 1604, he was one of the most active organisers of the Gunpowder Plot. When arrested in November of that year, Guy Fawkes described himself as “Percy’s servant”. He died evading capture on 10th November 1605, shot at Holbeach House in Staffordshire. The title “Sir” as applied to John Ladyman is likely to have been an example of the respectful, late medieval manner of referring to beneficed clergy. It can be observed in its heyday in the Paston letters from 15th century Norfolk, and it was already dying out by this time. A search at the College of Arms revealed no instance of any Ladyman (or derived names) accepted by the heralds as entitled to arms].

'James I: Volume 23: August-November, 1606', Calendar of State Papers Domestic: James I, 1603-1610 (1857), pp. 328-36. URL:
Oct. 16 [1606] Bishop and Chancellor of Durham to Salisbury. Send Rowland, son of Susan Digby, and cousin of Sir Everard, apprehended for spreading seditious rumours in the North. [G. Plot. Bk., No. 221.] Inclose,
I. Information of John Ladiman, Vicar of Warkworth, that a suspicious stranger in his parish said, if the King had not promised toleration to papists, he would not have come in so easily. Durham, 30 Sept.

The NCH quotes the following books:
Walker, ‘Sufferings of the Clergy’ part II p. 272
Calendar of State papers Dom. 1603-1610 p. 332
Randal, ‘State of the Churches’

Pilkington, ‘Durham Registers’.

Will of John Laidman: I have searched the Calendar of Wills proved at the Durham Court 1610-1640 without seeing one Laidman will.

Warkworth is a most attractive town, dominated by a wonderful medieval castle built in 1139 by Henry, Earl of Northumberland and son of David I king of Scotland. The main street consists of fine, quiet terraced houses of the 18C and 19C. The whole village is enclosed by a loop of the river Coquet, and its layout is entirely medieval, each house having its own long strip of land running to the riverbank.

The church of St. Lawrence is unique in Northumberland, being a large fairly complete Norman church. Inside (it resembles more a small cathedral than a parish church) there is a vaulted chancel of the 12C, one of the very few extant in England. I was pleased to see that John Lademan [sic] was correctly noted on a board in the church showing the vicars of St. Lawrence.

John Ladyman was probably born about 1530-1550, in the reigns of either Henry VIII or Mary Tudor. In either case, he would have witnessed some of the most violent politico-religious upheavals England has ever known (the Marian persecutions began in 1555, when Bishops Ridley and Latimer were burned at the stake), and John and his descendants obviously backed the right side - whether by conviction or convenience will never be known. His presentation to Queen Elizabeth I in 1571 coincides with the Huguenot persecutions in France and the year that the importation of Papal bulls into England was prohibited.
1Agnes, 5286
Deathaft 1610
Misc. Notes
Newcastle Library, “Howe’s Wills” vol. 1 26 June 1610: John Ladyman clerk, late vicar of Warkworth - to Agnes his ux., A[dministration].

Howe was a Victorian legal researcher. His six volumes of wills contain manuscript extracts of entries from probate act books, assorted bonds, cases at the Durham Commissary Court etc. The material is 16th to early 18th centuries.
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