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Sir Edward Fitton

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Sir Edward Fitton

Birth
Gawsworth, Cheshire East Unitary Authority, Cheshire, England
Death 1606 (aged 57–58)
Gawsworth, Cheshire East Unitary Authority, Cheshire, England
Burial Gawsworth, Cheshire East Unitary Authority, Cheshire, England
Plot In the chancel
Memorial ID 62845538 View Source

Edward Fitton the younger, son and heir of Edward Fitton and Anne Warburton. He was disappointed in not succeeding his father as vice-treasurer, he retired to England shortly after having been knighted by Sir William Pelham. His interest in Ireland revived when it was proposed to colonize Munster with Englishmen, and he was one of the first to solicit a slice of the forfeited estates of the Earl of Desmond. On Sept. 3, 1587 he passed his patent for 11,515 acres in the counties of Limerick, Tipperary, and Waterford; but the speculation proved to be not so profitable as he had anticipated, and on Dec. 19, 1588 he wrote to Burghley that he was 1,500l out of pocket and begged that his rent might be remitted on account of his father's twenty years' service and his own. He was most energetic in his proposals for the extirpation of the Irish, but failed to fulfill the conditions of the grant, and was noted as an absentee. He was M.P. for Boroughbridge in 1588. He married Alice,daughter and sole heiress of Sir John Holcroft of Holcroft, Lancashire, who survived him till Feb.5, 1626, and who, after his death in 1606, erected a monument to his memory in Gawsworth Church.
In the chancel is the monument to Dame Alice Fitton who died around 1626. In front of her seated effigy are effigies of her two sons kneeling, one was named Edward and behind her are figures of her two daughters, also kneeling.One of the daughters was Mary, a maid of honor to Queen Elizabeth I and a candidate for the "Dark Lady" of Shakespeare's sonnets.


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  • Created by: Mad
  • Added: 12 Dec 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 62845538
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/62845538/edward-fitton : accessed ), memorial page for Sir Edward Fitton (1548–1606), Find a Grave Memorial ID 62845538, citing St James Churchyard, Gawsworth, Cheshire East Unitary Authority, Cheshire, England ; Maintained by Mad (contributor 47329061) .