Stonor, Sir John
- P. J. Jefferies
Stonor, Sir John (c. 1281–1354), justice, was the eldest son of Richard Stonor, a prosperous freeholder of Stonor, Oxfordshire. Trained as a lawyer, he was called to the bar of the common bench as a serjeant-at-law in 1311 and his rapid promotion shows his outstanding ability, even though he lived in a time of unprecedented opportunities for lay lawyers as the clerical monopoly relaxed. In 1315 he was made a king's serjeant, one of the first group so appointed on a regular basis, and on 16 October 1320 he was appointed one of the justices of the ...