Name: Moyle Finch
Suffix: 1st Bt
Birth: ABT 1556 in Eastwell, Kent
Death: 18 DEC 1614 in Eastwell, Kent
Burial: St Mary?s, Eastwell
HONO: 29 JUN 1611 Created Baronet
Occupation: MP for Weymouth, Kent, & Winchilsea
PCTS: Effigy in V&A Museum
MEM: V&A Museum, London: Effigy on tomb, originally at St Mary?s church, Eastwell
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Change Date: 6 MAY 2009
MP for Weymouth 1575-83, Kent 1593, & Winchilsea 1601.
Sir Moyle Finch (d. 1614), who was created a baronet in 1611, whose widow Elizabeth (daughter of Sir Thomas Heneage) was created a peeress as countess of Maidstone in 1623 and countess of Winchilsea in 1628
The tomb to Sir Moyle Finch (1551 - 1614) and his wife, Elizabeth (1556 - 1634), who became Viscountess of Maidstone in 1623 and subsequently, Countess of Winchilsea in 1628. Originally the monument had eight marble columns supporting a canopy. The bases of those columns can still be seen on the monument although they were removed in 1756, long before the Church became unsafe. The monument was carved by Nicholas Stone who was the most important English sculptor or the early 17th century.
Finch's heir, Moyle, created a baronet 27 May 1611, married in 1574 Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Thomas Heneage of Copt Hall, Essex; inherited Eastwell on his mother's death in 1587; obtained a license to enclose her one thousand acres of land there, and to embattle his house, 18 Jan. 1589, and died 14 Dec. 1614.
His widow was created, in consideration of her father's services, Viscountess Maidstone, 8 July 1623, and Countess of Winchilsea, 12 July 1628, both titles being created with limitation to heirs male. She died and was buried at Eastwell in 1633.
Her eldest son, Thomas, succeeded her as Earl of Winchilsea.
Her fourth son, Sir Heneage, was speaker of the House of Commons, 1626-31.
Portrait kindly supplied by East Malling Trust.
MINIATURES IN GREAT HALL.
SOUTH WEST CORNER, NEAR WINDOW.
Hm1 (247). Sir Moyle Finch, 1st Bart. of Eastwell, Kent.
Portrait, in black with lace collar and cuffs, left hand on sword, parchment in right.
Date: Unknown. (7 1/2" X 6".) On paper in water colour. Copy by W. E. Brennand.
Married Elizabeth Heneage, and was father of Anne Finch, 1st Lady Twysden. Created Baronet 1611, and was the first Kentish Baronet.
(NOTES ON THE FAMILY OF TWYSDEN AND TWISDEN. By Ronald G. Hatton, C.B.E., D.Sc., F.R.S., and the Rev. Christopher H. Hatton, O.S.B, in Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 58 - 1945 page 59.)
In 1588 the Queen granted Ravenstone, Bucks, in fee to Sir Moyle Finch and John Audley in trust for Sir Thomas Heneage, afterwards her vicechamberlain.
Father: Thomas Finch b: 1512 in Eastwell, Kent
Mother: Catherine Moyle
Elizabeth Heneage b: 9 JUL 1556 in Copt Hall, Epping, Essex
- Heneage Finch b: 15 DEC 1580 in The Mote, nr Canterbury, Kent