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Sir John Hebdon

Sir John

One of the most successful family members of the early 17th century was Sir John Hebdon (1612-1670). Who was probably descended from the Burwash (Sussex) family.

JOHN Hebdon was born about 1612 in London. After 20 years serving British interests in Russia, he became Envoy to the Russian court of Czar Alexis and was knighted by Charles II in 1663. As well as his diplomatic duties, part of Sir John's remit was the procurement and shipment of arms for Alexis, including cannons, gunpowder and other weapons. The links with Merchant Taylors and the arms trade suggests a connection with the Burwash Hebdons who had a well established business as arms manufacturers to the Crown.

SIR John and his wife Lady Phillipa had six children, JOHN HEBDON b.1635, RICHARD b.1639; (died 1668), THOMAS, ROBERT, MARY and ELIZABETH.

Sir John lived in Tooting, on or near the site of the present Springfield Hospital. Today, HEBDON ROAD exists just south the hospital. He died in June 1670 and his memorial is in Tooting Church. To see Sir John's Family Tree Chart, click here. John R. Hebden has written a book about the life of Sir John Hebdon. and for publication details see below.

A portrait of Sir John Hebdon by the Dutch artist Ferdinand Bols painted about 1653. (Reproduced courtesy of Helen Campbell Foundation, Houston Texas)

Sir John book

Sir John Hebdon Kt 1612-1670 His History and family

by John Reid Hebden

John Reid Hebden has written a book about the colourful life of Sir John Hebdon, from his modest beginnings and his rise to power, wealth and influence. A tree chart of Sir John's family is included. Paperback cover, Illustrated.

Publisher: J. R. Hebden (Jan 2003) Price:  £2.00

ISBN-13: 978-0954450205   ISBN-10: 0954450205

Language: English   Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 14 x 0.4 cm