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Sir Henry Knollys

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Sir Henry Knollys

  • Birth 1542 Rotherfield Greys, South Oxfordshire District, Oxfordshire, England
  • Death 21 Dec 1582 Netherlands
  • Burial Stanford-on-Avon, Daventry District, Northamptonshire, England
  • Plot Monument
  • Memorial ID 100279852

Sir Henry Knollys was the eldest son and heir of Sir Francis Knollys (Treasurer of the Royal household) and Catherine Carey (Lady of the Bedchamber to Elizabeth I).He married to Margaret Cave daughter and heir to Ambrose Cave. The weding took place at Durham House on the Strand. The wedding attended by Queen Elizabeth. It was celebrated with a ball, a tourney, and two masques. They had two daughters, Elizabeth (c.1579-before 1632) and Lettice (c.1583-1655). He studied at Magdalen College, Oxfordshire, England. where he obtained the reputation of being a very cultivated and religious man. At the age of 21 he was an elected Member of Parliament for Shoreham in 1563 and for Oxfordshire. In 1563he was also named to the Privy Council. The courts of law took over the business of dispensing justice, while Parliament became the supreme legislature of the kingdom. He had joined his half-third cousin - John Norreys, fighting for Dutch independence from Spain. He died in the Netherlands, presumably of wounds or disease, on the day he made his will 21st December 1582. (this bio was prepared by 9th great granddaughter of Sir Henry Knollys)


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  • Maintained by: Todd Whitesides
  • Originally Created by: Audrey DeCamp Hoffman
  • Added: 6 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100279852
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sir Henry Knollys (1542–21 Dec 1582), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100279852, citing St Nicholas Churchyard, Stanford-on-Avon, Daventry District, Northamptonshire, England ; Maintained by Todd Whitesides (contributor 47553735) .