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  • ID: I6165
  • Name: Richard Southwell
  • Prefix: Sir
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1503
  • Death: 11 JAN 1564 1
  • Residence: Woodrising, Norfolk
  • PCTS: Portrait in black and coloured chalks is in Royal Collection. (Illus on web)
  • Note: 2 3

    Heir of his uncle Sir Richard Southwell.
    Also married 1st Thomasine, dau of Roger (or Robert?) Darcy of Danbury.
    Full bio on
    Sir Richard Southwell, was a wealthy man and a prominent courtier in the reign of Henry VIII. It was Richard Southwell who in 1547 had brought the poet Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, to the block, and Surrey had vainly begged to be allowed to "fight him in his shirt". Curiously enough their respective grandsons, Father Robert Southwell and Philip, Earl of Arundel, were to be the most devoted of friends and fellow-prisoners for the Catholic faith.
    Sir Richard, eldest son of Francis, was a great favourite of King Henry VIII. one of the visitors appointed by him of the monasteries in Norfolk, on their suppression; of the privy council to that King, Edward VI. and Queen Mary; master of the ordnance, and armory, and one of the executors to Henry VIII.; high steward of the duchy of Lancashire.
    In the reign of Queen Mary, he made a remarkable speech (1554) in the house of lords, on that Queen's being with child, and an act of parliament thereon passed, about the government of the realm, and the person of the child, in case of that Queen's decease.
    It appears by the account of Ambrose Jermyn, Esq. in the 37th of Henry VIII. that he was lord of the following manors:
    Woodrising, Cranworth, Butler's, or Boteteur's in Letton; Whinburgh cum membris; Westfield, Skoultom, Carbroke, Woodhall, Carbroke Magna, or the preceptory manor, with the impropriate rectory, &c. Saham Toney, Insoken, and Outsoken, Cressingham Parva, Tottington, Campsey, and Mortimer's, Thexton, Morton cum Ringland, Kypton in Wesenham, West Rudham, Tofts, Bircham, Burnham, Lexham's, Geyton, Brancaster, Burnham Thorp, alias Wymondham's, Horsham, and Walsoken, Popinhoe in Norfolk.
    He married first, Thomasine, daughter of Sir Robert Darcy, Knt. of Danbury in Essex, by whom he had an only daughter, Elizabeth, married to George Heneage, Esq.; his 2d wife was Mary, daughter of Thomas Darcy of Danbury aforesaid, by whom he had Richard Darcy, alias Southwell, of Horsham St. Faith's, in Norfolk, Esq. and Thomas Darcy, alias  Southwell, Esq. of Morton in Norfolk; but they being born in the time of his first lady, when Mary, (whom he afterwards married) was his mistress, and so illegitimate.
    Great part of his inheritance, with this lordship, came to his nephew, Thomas Southwell, son of Sir Robert Southwell, by Margaret his wife, daughter and sole heir of Thomas Nevill, 4th son of George Lord Abergavenny.
    Mary, his widow, was living in 1659. This Robert built at Woodrising a large and splendid seat, with a park adjoining, where Queen Elizabeth was entertained in 1578.
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  • Change Date: 26 MAR 2013

    Father: Francis Southwell
    Mother: Dorothy Tendringe

    Marriage 1 Thomasine Darcy
    • Married:
    1. Has No Children Elizabeth Southwell

    Marriage 2 Mary Darcy
    • Married: 1
    1. Has Children Richard Southwell b: 1550 in Of, Danbury, Essex

    Marriage 3 Mistress of Sir Richard Southwell
    • Married:
    1. Has No Children Mary Southwell

    1. Type: Web Site
      Author: Jorge H. Castelli
    2. Type: Book
      Periodical: A genealogical history of the house of Yvery, in its different branches of ...
      Author: James Anderson
      Date: 1742
    3. Type: Book
      Periodical: Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk
      Author: Francis Blomefield
      Date: abt 1775
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