Sir Henry Savile, KB, MP

Male 1502 - 1558  (~ 56 years)


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  • Name Henry Savile 
    Title Sir 
    Suffix KB, MP 
    Born ~ 1502  Thornhill, Dewsbury, West Riding, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Will 15 Feb 1555  [2
    Died 23 Apr 1558  [1, 2
    Person ID I46181  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 10 Mar 2017 

    Father John Savile, (VIII) Knight,   b. ~ 1478, Thornhill, Dewsbury, West Riding, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1504  (Age ~ 26 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Paston,   b. 0___ 1480, Paston, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Feb 1538  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Married ~ 1501  [1, 3
    • mar. 2ly, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir William Paston, Knt., by Jane daughter and coheiress of Edmund Beaufort, Duke of Somerset who was slain at the battle of St. Albans, 1455, and cousin german to the Countess of Richmond, mother of King Henry VII. Mr. Hunter calls this the most splendid marriage of any of the earlier Saviles, as the son was thus a partaker of the royal blood.
    Family ID F16892  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret Barkston,   b. ~ 1503, Thornhill, Dewsbury, West Riding, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married ~ 1519  [1
    Children 
     1. Robert Barkston Savile,   b. ~1524, Howley, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1585  (Age ~ 60 years)
    Last Modified 23 Oct 2022 
    Family ID F16893  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • IX. SIR HENRY SAVILE, Knt., of Thornhill, etc., and of Sothill, ju. ux.; High Sheriff of Yorkshire I537-41; a very important man in the reign of Henry VIII, to whom he steadfastly adhered at the time of the Pilgrimage of Grace; a great supporter of Robert Holdsworth, Vicar of Halifax, and an enemy of Sir Richard Tempest, Knt., of Bolling.1 He died 25 April, 1558 (Dewsbury Reg.), but probably bur. Thornhill.

      Will. - Feb. 15, 1555. Henrye Savyle, of Thornehill, knyghte. I wyll that my bodye be buryed at Thornehill if I die wythein the countie of Yorke, the same buryall and funralles expenses there of to be done by the dystression of my executrix. I wyll that Dorythe Savyle, my dowghter, shall have all my manors, landes, tenementes and heridamentes in the countie of Yorke or ells where wythein the realme of Englande, and shall tayke all the yssues of all the manors, &c., unto the end of fyve yeres next, and that she shall pay all my lawfull debtes and performe all my gyftes, &c., in my will. Also I gyve to Elizabethe my wyffe all my corne in Dewsburye and Emlay peryshes, also all maner of my goodes there, my playtt onelye except, which playtte wythe all my goodes wythein the peryshes of Thornhill and Tankersley I gyve to Edwarde Savyle, my sonne, my corne at Thornhill bothe grovynge and in the laythe excepted. Also I gyve to John Byrkes all money as he nowe owethe me, except suche money as he owethe me for corne. And I wyll that my sayde exectrixe shall appoynt Henrye Bayt to keipe the courtes wythein all my lorde shippes and manors, and yf he dye, wyche God defende, then Henrye Gryce to enyoye the same offyce. I gyve unto the sayde Henrye Batte one yerelye annuyte of fortye shillinges to be payde to hime durynge his lyfe. I gyve Henrye Gryce one yerelye annuyte of fortye shillinges. I gyve unto Henrye Payge all somes of money as he dyd owe me at the fourte day of Aprill last past. I wyll that my executrix shall pay unto George Savyle one hundrethe markes in fyve yeres. I gyve the profyttes of all the landes belongynge to yonge Claton to my cosyn Thomas Savyll of Kyrkbye, he honestlie kepinge the sayde Rycherde in lerneynge. I gyve to the sayde Rycherde his maryage so that he do not marye but by the consent of John Birkes, John Claton of Dewly (? Denby) grannge, and Robert Wheatley, or two of them. Also I dyscharge all wardes dew to me at this day of there

      1 He had an illegitimate son whom he allowed to bear the name of Savile, whose mother was Margaret Barkston, one of the waiting maids of Lady Savile. In this son was centred the talent of the family, and it was a great object to release out of entail as much as possible of his estate, that he might establish a family in the posterity of this son called Robert (Hunter’s Lupset). See the Saviles of Howley.

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      maryages. I wyll that all my landes whiche I have commytted in maryage in the indentors of Henry Savyll of Lup­sett, my wyll fulfylled, yf anye thinge chance to Edwarde Savyll, my son, wythe oute yssew mayle to remayne treulye accordynge to the same commyttes, and also all landes as I have couynanted in maryage in the indentors of couynantes of Robert Savill shall remayne to the true intent of the same couinanttes. Also I gyve unto my dowgter Dorythe my leasses of Waythe and Bolton frome the terme of Ester next to the end of thos yeres that I nowe have in the same so that she suffer my son Thomas Wentworthe and his uncle Thomas Wentworthe durynge the same terme to haue that that they do occupye at this present day paynges lyke rentes for the same as they do to me. And I wyll my dettes and bequestes be truly payd wythe reasonable charges for execution of my wyll. And all the rest of the revynes to be resayved durynge the sayde fyve yeres I gyve to Dorythe Savyle, my dowgter, for the avauncement of hir maryage. Also I gyve Geffray Barmeby and Fraunces his Wyffe all my leas and terme I haue of the Lady Brandon durynge there lyves, and yf they dye durynge the sayd yeares I gyve the rest of the sayde terme to the heyres malle of there two bodyes lawfullye be­gotten. I do mayke the abouesayde Dorythe, my dowghter, my hole executrix. Thes beynge wytnes, Alverye Coppelay, esquyer, Thomas Cockson, preist, Henrye Batte. I mayke the supervisors of my wyll Sir Thomas Gargrave, Sir John Nevyle, and Sir Wyllm Caluerlay, knyghtes, and every one of them to have twentye nobylls for there paynes. No probate annexed (Reg. Test., xv, ii, 387).

      Inq. p. m. - 25 Aug., 5 and 6 Phil. and Mary (1558). This Inquisition is very imperfect, but a little information can be extracted. It was taken at Pontefract before Thos. Gargrave, ..... Nevile, Knt., Francys Frobisher, Wm. Hawmond. The Jury say he was seised with his wife Elizabeth in her right in the manors of Soythyll, Rowtonstall, Laxton, Hadlesay, Daryngton and Emley, and of 10 watermills, 1 windmill, ..... acres of pasture, 80 of wood, 4,000 of heath and furze, ¹20 rent in the above and in Chydsell, Myrfeld, Stansfeld, Dewsbury and Ovenden, and the advowson of the parish church of Emley, with remainder to Edward Sayvell, their son and heir, and in default of his issue to Elizabeth and her heirs.

      Sir Henry before his death, in consideration of a marriage between Henry Sayvell of Lupset, Esq., his kinsman, and Margaret Fuller, one of the daughters and heiresses of Thos. Fuller, late of Islington, Esq., granted an estate in Hunsworth to the said Henry, Knt., and heirs, and in default of issue to the same Henry Sayvell, Esq., and heirs, in default to Robert Sayvell and heirs, remainder to Sir Henry Sayvell. By the same deed he would make sufficient estate. In consideration of a marriage between Robert Sayvell and Anne Thymbleby, widow, he granted to Humfrey Browne, Knt., and Francis Ascough, Knt., he would have an estate made in the manors of Elland, etc., to the use of Sir Henry, Knt., remainders to Robert Sayvell, the heirs of Thomas Sayvell, late of Lupsett. In consideration of a marriage between Edward Sayvell, his

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      son and heir, and Mary, one of the daughters and heiresses of Richard Leigh, Knt., he granted to said Edward and Mary and their heirs the manors of Tankersley and Southourome, the park of Southourome called Eland Park, and ..... of Myrfeld, Thurleston, and Estryngton, with all his lands in the said places by deed 3 Feb., 2 and 3 Phil. and Mary (1555-6), by virtue whereof they are still possessed.

      He died 23 April last. These manors are held of the King and Queen as of their lordship of Wakefield, now parcel of the Duchy of Lancaster - Wadsworth and Stansfeld by rent of 2s. yearly, worth ¹30. Ovenden by rent 5s., worth ¹26 10s. Skircote and Halifax, rent 2s., worth ¹13 6s. 8d. Shelf by rent 2s., worth ¹8. Rysheworth, Shakelton, Heptonstall and Northland, Northowrome, Hunshelfe by rent 2s., worth ¹22. Brygehouse in free socage by fealty only, worth 8s. beyond a rent of ¹5 6s. 8d. (to the chantry priest of Thornhill). The manors of Eland, Southowram and Gretland, and messuages there, are held of the King and Queen of their honor of Pontefract, parcel of the Duchy of Lancaster, for the third part of a knight's fee and rent of 6s., worth ¹56. The manor of Myrfeld for 20th part of a knight's fee, worth ¹5. The manor of Thornhill by 4th part of a knight's fee and rent of 16s. 8d., worth ¹80. The manors of Gylcerr and Bothomley, worth ..... Haddlesey, worth ¹3. Darton manor, worth ¹13. Thurleston, worth ¹4. The manor of Wyke held of the King and Queen of their manor of Bradford, parcel of the Duchy of Lancaster, and that an annual rent of ¹5 6s. 8d. was paid yearly, having been granted by the ancestors of said Henry to a chantry priest in Elland church, worth ¹5 6s. 8d. The manor of Estrington is held of the Bp. of Durham, worth ¹29. Hunsworth is held of Henry and Ellen Tempest of their manor of Tonge, worth ¹80. Laxton held of the Bp. of Durham, worth (?) ¹33. Hanging heaton, Chydsell of the manor of Wakefield, worth ¹5. Stainland, Barkisland, and Over Lyndley, worth ¹6.1

      Mar. Elizabeth, daughter and coheiress of Thomas Sothill, of Soothill; remar. Thomas Gascoigne, of Barnbow, Esq. They had issue -

      Edward Savile,2 of weak intellect, aged 20 years 20 weeks and 12 days at his father's death; bapt. Dewsbury, 16 Feb., 1538-9; bur. 16 Feb., 1603-4, Thornhill; mar. 1st, Mary, daughter and heiress of Sir Richard Leigh, Knt., of St. Albans, before his father's death in 1555; she was divorced; mar. 2ly, Elizabeth, daughter of Geoffrey Barnby (Whitaker).
      1 Mr. Whitaker has printed a list of the estates in Loidis and Elmete, p. 312, not quite corresponding with the above. He makes the total ¹489 14s., consisting of 300 messuages, 300 tofts, 10 water mills, and 22,080 acres, not including the extensive wastes and commons perhaps amounting to as much more.
      2 He lived in obscurity, and it is said he was under the influence of the Earl of Shrewsbury. A settlement of the es­tates was made 28 Sept., 1559, which transferred them at Edward's death to the Lupset Saviles.

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  • Sources 
    1. [S9755] "Sir John Savile, 1st Baron Savile" 9-Generation Ahnentafel, http://www.ourfamilyhistories.org/ahnentafel.php?personID=I.

    2. [S10618] "Sir Henry Savile", biographical notes, which were abstracted, downloaded and published Thursday, March 9th, 2017 by Dav.

    3. [S10641] "John Savile" Profile, Pedigree & Will, which was abstracted, downloaded and published Sunday, March 13th, 2017 by David.