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John Pady (d. c.1230)

Mayor of Oxford 1227–1229

John Pady (or Padi) was the son of Geoffrey Pady. His father was on one occasion referred to as Geoffrey son of Padi, implying that he was the first to bear the surname.

Pady was Mayor of Oxford from 1227 to 1229.

† John Pady probably died in c.1230, as the earliest Mayors of Oxford held office for life and there was a different Mayor by 1232.

He had a son also called John Pady, and this is probably the man of that name who was Bailiff in 1258, 1259, and 1263. Anthony Wood records that he gave a house in St Mildred’s parish near to the church [unclear whether this is St Frideswide’s or All Saints], “that his anniversary of his death might be performed by the canons of this place”.

There are various other people in Oxford called Pady around this period who may have been relations:

  • Anthony Wood mentions that Nun Hall was formerly known as “domus Pady”, “from one that owned it in King Henry III’s raigne”.
  • Christine Pady (who married first the Mayor Laurence Kepeharm and secondly the Bailiff Jordan Rufus) may have been Pady’s sister. She was the daughter of Ralph Pady
  • Philip Pady owned the Mitre Inn in Henry III’s reign and was a witness to a number of charters. He bought land in Cassington before 1252, and was succeeded by John Pady: John’s son was Edmund Pady, and Edmund’s heir was Henry Pady

The surname of Pady has not been found in Oxford since the thirteenth century.

See also:

  • The Surnames of Oxfordshire, p. 27

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Last updated: 25 September, 2018

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