John Bray 2nd Baron Bray  25
- Born: Abt 1520
- Marriage: Anne Talbot Baroness Bray / Baroness Wharton  in Jun 1542
- Died: 1557 about age 37
first came to prominence when commanding the forces sent to suppress 'Kett's rebellion <http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/Documents/robert_ket_and_the_norfolk_risin.htm>' of 1548, which, along with a series of uprisings across England over religion and enclosure, threatened the very foundations of Edward VI <http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/aboutEdward.htm>'s government. In 1553, after Edward <http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/aboutEdward.htm>'s death, Bray was one of twenty-six peers who signed letters patent handing the Crown to Lady Jane Grey <http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/aboutJaneGrey.htm>. Bray was particularly mistrusted by Queen Mary <http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/aboutMary.htm>, and lost valuable lands as a result. In 1556 he loudly declared that he wished Elizabeth <http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/aboutElizabeth.htm>, Mary <http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/aboutMary.htm>'s sister, was on the throne instead, for 'he should have his lands and debts given him again, which he both wished for and trusted once to see'. For this personal insult to Mary <http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/aboutMary.htm>, Bray was imprisoned in the Tower of London for a year, and for some time lived under the threat of execution. Mary <aboutMary.htm> in the end relented, being persuaded by Bray's wife, Anne, daughter of Francis Talbot, 5th Earl of Shrewsbury <http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/Bios/FrancisTalbot(5EShrewsbury).htm>, that he should be spared. Mary <http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/aboutMary.htm> could not, however, resist remarking that 'God sent oft-times to good women evil husbands'. Bray in fact repaid Mary <http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/aboutMary.htm>'s mercy with interest. In 1557 he joined the siege of St Quentin, where he contracted a fatal fever. He died soon afterwards at his home in Blackfriars on 18 Nov at three o'clock in the afternoon. An account of his death and elaborate burial is recorded in great detail at the Royal College of Arms.
John married Anne Talbot Baroness Bray / Baroness Wharton  [MRIN: 551615556], daughter of Francis Talbot 5th Earl Shrewsbury  and Mary Dacre Countess Shrewsbury , in Jun 1542. (Anne Talbot Baroness Bray / Baroness Wharton  was born about 1524, died on 3 Feb 1583/84 and was buried in Healaugh, Yorkshire, England.)