Sampson “Sheriff of Kent” Lennard

Sampson “Sheriff of Kent” Lennard

Chevening, Sevenoaks District, Kent, England
Death 20 Sep 1615 (aged 70–71)
Chevening, Sevenoaks District, Kent, England
Burial Chevening, Sevenoaks District, Kent, England
Memorial ID 33583299 · View Source
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Son of John Leonard & Elizabeth Harmon. Married Lady Margaret Fiennes, Baroness Dacre 16 Nov 1564. She being the daughter of Thomas Fiennes, 9th Lord Dacre, and Mary Neville.

In the reign of Elizabeth I & James I Sampson was High Sheriff of Kent from Nov 1590 to Nov 1591; and he was elected a member of several Parliaments: in 1586 for St. Maws; in 1588 for the borough of Christchurch, Hants; in 1592 for St Germans; in 1597 for Rye; in 1601 for Liskeard ; and in 1614 for the county of Sussex.

After his brother in laws death in 1594 he successfully claimed the barony on his wifes behalf, so that she became the 11th Baroness Dacre. They had 13 children, and their younger son, Sir Henry Lennard (1570-1616), succeeded his mother as 12th Baron Dacre.

Sampson and Lady Margaret's home was at Chevening, co. Kent, 15 miles southeast of London, until perhaps 1594, the year of her brother's death, after which they were much at Hurstmonceux Castle, which they greatly embellished and where they entertained lavishly.

At St. Botolph's Church at Chevening is the stately alabaster tomb of Sampson Lennard and Margaret Fiennes.
In the south chancel, a stately tomb of alabaster, on which are the figures of a man in armour, and a lady in her robes, with their heads resting on cushions; at his feet is a brass head out of a ducal crown, and at her's a dog; on the south side are three sons (Henry, George & Thomas) kneeling on cushions, the first in robes, the others in armour; on the north side are five daughters (Anne, Mary, Margaret, Elizabeth & Frances), erected for Sampson Lennard, esq. with his wife Margaret Fiences, lady Dacre, &c. obt. 1615; on the top are six coats of arms with their quarterings.

Under the remarkably fine tomb in Chevening Church, upon which are their life-size effigies has the following inscription for Sampson Lennard: Thanks to Dewayne Gore for translating it from Latin to English.

"Glorious Sampson Lennard rest of our Lord Jesus Christ's coming here, waiting for the armor-bearer, together with his wife Margaret, my dearest Baronissa Dacre (sister and heir of Gregory will become the next soldier le Baron Dacre of the South) to whom 47 years, 4 months, and some days supernumerarios, bound with a chain MATRIMONIAL , sweetly and happily lived out of the same suscepitque 7 children, Henry, Baron Dacre, Gregory, and Thomas survived, all the other four in infancy extinguished, and the five remaining BABY GIRL 6 daughters, one of which perished; piety, the County, hospitality, famous and praise in common good, more majestic than the death of the wife of the king's most noble grace anticipante forward, and honor the son of the first-born le Baron Dacre of the South, with the diploma of illustrious King of Jacob, at the age 71, at the beginning of salvation 1615, September. 20. departed from this life "

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  • Created by: Sonnet Peterson Tidwell
  • Added: 6 Feb 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 33583299
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sampson “Sheriff of Kent” Lennard (1544–20 Sep 1615), Find a Grave Memorial no. 33583299, citing St Botolph's Churchyard, Chevening, Sevenoaks District, Kent, England ; Maintained by Sonnet Peterson Tidwell (contributor 46857957) .