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Sir John Pollard (d. August 1557) was a Speaker of the English House of Commons. He became Speaker in 1553 and he was knighted only a few weeks before his death.

Life

He was second son of Walter Pollard of Plymouth, by Avice, daughter of Richard Pollard of Way, Devon. John Pollard may have been the Pollard who, without Christian name, is mentioned as entering at the Middle Temple on 3 June 1515; but it may be that this entry is that of Lewis Pollard, son of Sir Hugh Pollard and grandson of Sir Lewis Pollard the judge. John was appointed autumn reader of the Middle Temple in 1535, and became serjeant-at-law in 1547.

After 1545 he received, perhaps through the influence of a relative, Richard Pollard, who had taken part in the suppression of the monasteries, a grant of the manor of Nuneham Courtney, where he afterwards lived. He was relieved by patent of 21 October 1550 from his office of serjeant-at-law, in order to become vice-president of the council for the Welsh marches. He was elected member for Oxfordshire in the parliaments of 1553 and 1554, and for Wiltshire in that of 1555. He may have been knighted on 2 October 1553, but is described as merely armiger in the returns of 1554 and 1555.

He was chosen Speaker of the House of Commons in 1553, and held the office till the close of the parliament of 1555. He died in August 1557, and was buried on 25 August. He married Mary, daughter of Richard Gray of London, but left no issue. His estates passed mostly to his brother Anthony, after the death of his widow.

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This article incorporates text from the entry Pollard, John in the Dictionary of National Biography (1885–1900), a publication now in the public domain.

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