John Wynyard, Esq.

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John Wynyard, Esq., son of George Wynyard, Gent., died at Hampton Court, Middlesex, England, 20 January 1605/6.1,2

John married Susanah Stonehouse, daughter of George Stonehouse and Elizabeth Gibson, at St Giles Cripplegate, London, England, 6 December 1574.1,3

Groom of the Wardrobe to Queen Elizabeth and James I, John is mentioned twice in King James' "Discourse of Powder-Treason:" The lord chamberlain, accompanied by Lord Monteagle, "having viewed all the lower rooms, he found , in the vault, under the upper house, great store and provision of billets, faggots, and coals; and enquireing of Whyneard, keeper of the Wardrobe, to what use he had put those lower rooms, & cellars? He told him, that Thomas Percy had hired both the house, and part of the cellar, or vault, under the same; and the wood and coal therein were the said gentleman's own provision."

The King "detested to be thought suspicious or jealous of any of his good subjects" and Thomas Percy was thought to be one of those, "being his kinsman and most confident familiar." To avoid unjustly casting suspicion on Percy and others should he or they be innocent of the suspicions, the King and his counselors "concluded that nothing should be left unsearched in those houses; and yet, for the better colour and stay of rumour, in case nothing were found, it was thought meet, that, upon a [false] pretence of Whyneard's missing some of the King's stuffe, or hangings, which he had in keeping, all those rooms should be narrowly ripped for them."

The search did in fact find 36 barrels of gun powder.4,5

For more details about the gunpowder plot, the conspirators, and their fate, please see this Wikipedia article. Search the page for "Whynniard" to find several references to John Wynyard.

John Wynyard, Esq. left a will dated 25 November 1605 and proved 3 Feb 1605/6 mentioning (among others)
Edward Stonehouse of Lyadley, honored brother
Susan Stonehouse his [Edward's] daughter
daughter Denise Adams
Susan and Francis, daughters of Denise
Son John Wynard
Son William Winiard
…as the same wa granted unto me by our late Soverigne Ladie Queene Elizabeth
daughter Francis Wyniard
daughter Dorothie Wyniard
wife Susan [also named sole executrix]
Sir James Stonehouse, Knt. my brother Robert Taylor Esquire and my son in law [?] Adams gent as supervisors and overlords of his will.2


Susanah Stonehouse b. say 1556, d. bef. 28 Dec 1621
  • John Wynyard+6 b. 11 Aug 1576, d. 1634
  • Elizabeth Wynyard7 b. 20 Dec 1577
  • William Wynyard8 b. 2 Aug 1579
  • Denise Wynyard2 b. say 1580
  • Frances Wynyard2 b. aft. 1584
  • Dorothy Wynyard2 b. aft. 1584
This person was last edited on11 Mar 2022


  1. [S271] Rev. C. W. Bingham, "The Family of Wynyard," Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica New Series, 2 (1877): 269-272, at 270, further cited as Bingham, "Wynyard Family."
  2. [S949], England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858 (on-line database & images), Johis Whnard, 1605, Original data: Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Series PROB 11, Kew, England: The National Archives, further cited as PCC Wills & Probate.
  3. [S2429], London, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, (on-line database and images), original data: London Metropolitan Archives, England London and London Church of England Parish Registers, DRO/009/A/01/002.
  4. [S271] Bingham, "Wynyard Family," 269.
  5. [S2451] Robert Barker, "His Majesty's speech in this last Session of Parliament concerning the Gunpowder-Plot…," The Harleian Miscellany; or, A Collection of Scarce, Curious, and Entertaining Pamphlets and Tracts, as Well in Manuscript as in Print, Found in the Late Earl of Oxford's Library, Interspersed with Historical, Political, and Critical Notes 3 (1809): 5-34, at 19-20, further cited as Barker, "Harleian Miscellany."
  6. [S271] Bingham, "Wynyard Family,."
  7. [S2429] "London, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812," City of London, Saint Giles Cripplegate, 1561-1606, 53.
  8. [S2429] "London, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812," City of London, Saint Giles Cripplegate, 1561-1606, 60.