Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Baynton, Andrew

BAYNTON, Sir ANDREW (fl. 1540), scholar, was son and heir of Sir Edward Baynton, of Bromham-Baynton, Wilts, a favourite courtier of Henry VIII, vice-chamberlain to three of his queens, and a friend and patron of Latimer, some of the correspondence between them (circ. 1530) being printed in Foxe's Martyrs. Andrew, born in 1515–6, was placed by his father to study French under John Palsgrave, the court tutor, and wrote a prefatory letter to his master's book, ‘L'esclaircissement de la langue francaise’ (1530). About the same time he attended Knyvett on his embassy from Henry to the emperor. Succeeding his father (circ. 1544), he was returned to Parliament for Horsham 1547, Westbury 1553, Marlborough 1555, and Calne 1558–9.

[Tanner's Bibliotheca Britannico-Hibernica, p. 82; Foxe's Martyrs; Calendars of State Papers (Henry VIII); Hoare's Wilts (Downton, p. 7); Burke's History of the Commoners, vol. iv.; Return of Members of Parliament.]

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