Bridget Willoughby (c.1566 - 1629) MP

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Birthplace: Wollaton, Northamptonshire, England
Death: Died in UK
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About Bridget Willoughby

  • Visitation of England and Wales (1893)
  • http://www.archive.org/details/visitationofengl30howa
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/visitationofengl30howa#page/1/mode/1up/search/Bridget
  • CHART- Pedigree of Willoughby. Middleton. [Vol. 9, p. 128.]
  • 2. Robert Willoughby of Bore Place, esquire; aged 34 in September 1545; died before 11 August 1558. mar. Dorothy Willoughby, dau. of Sir Edward Willoughby of Wollaton, co. Nottingham, knight, by Anne his wife, dau. and heir of Sir William Filliol; marr. before 20 July 1544. ch: Thomas Willoughby of Bore Place, esquire.
    • 3. Thomas Willoughby of Blore Place, esquire; admitted to Lincoln's Inn 30 April 1558; executor to will of his grandmother, Bridget Willoughby, 18 August 1558; Sheriff of co. Kent 1590. Administration (with will undated) granted 5 July 1596 (P.C.C. 53 Drake). marr. Katharine Hart, da. of Sir Percival Hart of Lullingstone Court, co. Kent, knight, by Frideswide his wife.
      • 4. Sir Percival Willoughby of Wollaton, co. Nottingham, and of Middleton, co. Warwick, knight; of Furnival's Inn, Barrister-at-Law, admitted to Lincoln's Inn 16 November 1579; knighted at Worksop 20 April 1603; M.P. for Tamworth 1 March 1603/4 and 5 April 1614; died 23 August 1643, bur. at Wollaton. M.I. marr. Bridget Willoughby, dau. and coheir of Sir Francis Willoughby of Wollaton and Middleton, knight, by Elizabeth his 2nd wife, dau. of Sir John Littleton of Frankley, co. Worcester, knight; marr. before 6 January 1586/7; aged 31 and more at her father's death 16 November 1596; died 16 July 1629, bur. at Wollaton. M.I. ch: Sir Francis Willoughby of Wollaton, co. Nottingham, and of Middleton, co. Warwick, knight; of Magdalen College, Oxford, matriculated 26 June 1607, aged 17; of Lincoln's Inn, admitted 13 November 1609; (?) knighted at Plymouth 28 September 1625; died, aged 76, 7 December 1665, bur. at Middleton. M.I. marr. Lady Cassandra Ridgeway, dau. of Thomas, 1st Earl of Londonderry, by Cicely his wife, sister and coheir of Henry Macwilliam; died, aged 76, 15 July 1675, bur. MIddleton. M.I., Theodosia, marr. at Wollaton, co. Nottingham, 9 January 1609/10; living 16 September 1641. marr. Roland Mynors of Treago, co. Hereford; died in 1651., Edward Willoughby of Cossal, co. Nottingha, esquire; of Magdalen College, Oxford, matriculated 26 Jun 1607, aged 15; of the Inner Temple, admitted November 1609; executor to will of his brother Henry 23 September 1641; died 3 August 1642. Inq. p.m. taken at Nottingham 1 September 1642 (C. Vol. 209, No. 58.) marr. Elizabeth Atkinson, dau. of John Atkinson, gent; marr. at Wollaton 24 January 1614/5, marriage settlements dated 20 January; living 1 September 1642., Henry Willoughby of Wollaton, co. Nottingham, gent; of the Inner Temple, admitted November 1612, barrister-at-law 1620; died aged 47, 18 September 1641, bur. at Wollaton. M.I. Will dated 16 September 1641, proved at York 23 September 1641 (unregistered)., Percival Willoughby of Derby, physician; born at Wollaton in 1596; educated at Rugby, Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford, matriculated 23 Mar 1620/1, aged 22, B.A. 1621; Extra-Licentiate of the College of Physicians 20 February 1640/1; died, aged 89, 2 October 1685, bur. in St. Peter's, Derby. M.I. (See "Dictionary of National Biography," Vol. LXII., page 57.) marr. Elizabeth Coke, dau. of Sir Francis Coke of Trusley, co. Derby, by Elizabeth his 1st wife, dau. of Sir George Curson of Croxall, co. Derby, knight; bapt. at Trusley 11 November 1599; died, aged 67, 15 February 1666/7, bur. in St. Peter's Derby. M.I., Robert Willoughby, living 16 September 1641., Elizabeth, marr. at Wollaton, co. Nottingham, 22 January 1609/10; living 16 September 1641. marr. Sir John Gell of Hopton, co. Derby, baronet; born at Carsington, co. Derby, 22 June 1593; of Magdalen College, Oxford, matriculated 16 June 1610; Sheriff for co. Derby 1634; created a baronet 29 January 1641/2; Governor of Derby for the Parliament 5 January 1642/3; present with the regiment he raised at the capture of Lichfield, and battle of Hopton Heath 1643; found guilty of plotting against the Commonwealth 27 September 1650, and imprisoned until April 1653; died in St. Martin's Lane, London, 26 October 1671, bur. at Wirksworth, co. Derby. M.I. Will dated 24 May to 31 July 1671, proved 11 November 1671 (P.C.C.) He marr. 2ndly Mary, dau. of Sir Francis Radcliffe of Ordsall, co. Nottingham, knight. (See "Dictionary of National Biography," Vol. XXI., page 113.)., Bridget, died at Doveridge, co. Derby, 30 June 1624. marr. Nicholas Strelley of Strelley, co. Nottingham, esquire; Administration granted at York 21 January 1608/9. 1st husband., marr. Henry Cavendish of Doveridge, esquire; marr. at Doveridge 20 November 1610, marriage settlements dated 14 October; died 23 December 1624. Inq. p.m. taken at Derby 3 October 1625 (C. Vol. 421, No. 132). 2nd husband.

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  • Biography of Sir Percival Willoughby (d 1643)
  • Percival was the son of Sir Thomas Willoughby (d 1596) of Bore Place, Kent, a first cousin of Sir Francis Willoughby of Wollaton, and his second wife Catherine Hart. Percival went abroad soon after his arranged marriage to his cousin Bridget Willoughby, and on his return the couple lived alternately with their respective in-laws. By 1595 Percival and his family were living at Middleton. His father-in-law's second marriage that year threatened to disinherit Percival from his expected estates, but Sir Francis and his new wife had just one child, a daughter, who soon died. As no will had been left, Percival had to engage in lawsuits in order to clarify the division of the estates between Bridget and her sisters. He eventually inherited the six principal manors of Wollaton, Sutton Passeys, Cossall, Trowell, Middleton and Kingsbury, plus other estates in Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire. In addition, he inherited most of his own father's estates in Kent, although these were also disputed by family members.
  • Percival and Bridget moved into the new Wollaton Hall in 1599. In 1603 Percival was knighted, and entertained Queen Anne and Prince Henry at Wollaton Hall. Sir Percival was elected as a Member of Parliament in 1604. Hoping to raise some money to help pay his extensive debts, in 1602 Percival leased a coal mine at Strelley in partnership with Huntingdon Beaumont. He built the first railway in Britain there, using wooden rails, in 1605, but the pit was unprofitable. He also invested in a company aiming to set up farms in Newfoundland, and in a Wollaton glassworks company.
  • Sir Percival suffered many years of ill health after the death of his wife in 1629. He died in August 1643.
  • Family
  • He married Bridget, daughter of Sir Francis Willoughby, in 1580 (d 1629), and had:
    • Francis, later owner of the Wollaton estate (1588-1665)
    • Edward, m Elizabeth Atkinson. Entered Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1607. Inherited the manors of Kingsbury and Cossall. His descendants lived at Aspley Hall near Nottingham. In the 18th century they included:
      • •Francis Willoughby of Aspley, m Mary
        • •Edward Willoughby of Aspley, m Margaret Bird (d 1795) in 1736
          • •Robert Willoughby
            • •Admiral Sir Nesbit Josiah Willoughby (1777-1849)
          • •Richard
          • •James
          • •Cassandra
          • •Frances
          • •Mary, m George Alexander in 1763
    • •Thomas. Sent to Newfoundland in 1616
    • •Henry. Lawyer.
    • •Percival (d 1685). Entered Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1621, and practised as a doctor in Derby. Author of Observations in Midwifery: as also The countrey midwifes opusculum or vade mecum ; edited from the original MS, by Henry Blenkinsop (Warwick, 1863) [Mi LP 79/1-8]
    • •Robert
    • •Theodosia m Rowland Mynors c.1610
    • •Bridget m 1stly Nicholas Strelley in 1606, and 2ndly Henry Cavendish in 1615
    • •Elizabeth m John Gell in 1609
    • •1 other daughter, died young
  • Archive Collections
  • •Title deeds, settlements, estate and legal papers relating to Sir Percival's ownership of the Willoughby estates are part of the Middleton Collection held in Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham.
  • Published Sources
  • Correspondence and details relating to Sir Percival Willoughby are contained within Cassandra Willoughby's two-volume history of the Willoughby family, part of the Middleton Collection held at Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham (reference Mi LM 26-27), and published as :
  • •Chandos, Cassandra, Duchess of, History of the Willoughby Family . Published in Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Report to the Commissioners on the Manuscripts of Lord Middleton Preserved at Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire (1911) [King's Meadow Campus East Midlands Collection Em. D2 HIS]
  • •Chandos, Cassandra, Duchess of (ed. Wood, A.C.), The Continuation of the History of the Willoughby Family (The University of Nottingham, 1958) [King’s Meadow Campus East Midlands Collection Not 4H.V38 WIL]
  • http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/manuscriptsandspecialcollections/collectionsindepth/family/middleton/biographies/biographyofsirpercivalwilloughby(d1643).aspx

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  • Percival WILLOUGHBY (Sir Knight)
  • Born: ABT 1560
  • Died: 23 Aug 1643
  • Notes: prominent land owner, businessman involved during his lifetime variously in mining, iron smelting, glass making and as an investor in the Newfoundland Company. He married Bridget Willoughby, evidently his third cousin, the daughter of Sir Francis Willoughby builder of the surviving Wollaton Hall. She as co-heiress of her father, inherited Wollaton Hall and they eventually moved into the new hall. Willoughby was knighted by King James I on 20 Apr 1603 at Worksop and subsequently became a member in King James' first parliament. Percival Willoughby's business partner, Huntingdon Beaumont, was responsible for constructing the Wollaton Wagonway.
  • Willoughby was drawn into the Newfoundland Company venture by John Slany, to whom he was heavily in debt. Appointed to the council which managed the company's affairs in 1610 he sent his third son Thomas to Cuper's Cove in 1612 along with Henry Crout and six apprentices. The orders to the party was to leave the colony and develop Willoughby's own tract which was all that land north of a line drawn between Carbonear and Heart's Content on the Bay de Verde Peninsula. This also included the rich fishing grounds around Baccalieu Island. Bartholomew Pearson and a surveyor named Olney had made the trip to Newfoundland to access its mineral and agricultural potential. Willoughby's main interest lay in the mining potential of Bell Island and was very critical of his parties’ lack of exploration upon their return to England.
  • Willoughby's partnership in 1618 with Thomas Rowley and William Hannam to give them half of his tract for a nominal fee had turned sour. Willoghby's entitlement to the land was becoming increasingly harder to maintain as he could not find anyone to settle on it. Then in 1631 he entered into a partnership with Nicholas Guy, who at the time was living in Carbonear.
  • His eldest son, Sir Francis, succeeded to the estates. He was a soldier, and served in the Low Countries, where he lost large sums of money, and his son met his death. He took part in the expeditions to Cadiz, Rhe, and Rochelle, and there is a letter in the State Papers from William Weld, describing a quarrel between a Sir Francis and Sir Lucius Carey. He died in 1665, in the seventy-sixth year of his age, and was succeeded by his son Francis, the celebrated naturalist. His heir, also named Francis, was created a baronet in 1677, with remainder to his brother, Sir Thomas, who, having represented the county in Parliament, was created Baron Middleton of Middleton, in the county of Warwick, in 1711. From him the present noble owner, the ninth Baron, is descended. Thomas Willoughby does not figure in the family papers after 1621 when he was again at Wollaton. His total omission from the family pedigree (Visitation of Nottinghamshire, 1569 & 1614, p. 185, which includes material collected in 1631) suggests that he might have been disowned by his family. His father, however, was one of the most persistent promoters of the Newfoundland enterprise and maintained his interest in the island as late as 1631.
  • Father: Thomas WILLOUGHBY
  • Mother: Catherine HART
  • Married: Bridget WILLOUGHBY Dec 1580
  • Children:
    • 1. Theodosia WILLOUGHBY
    • 2. Bridget WILLOUGHBY
    • 3. Francis WILLOUGHBY (Sir)
    • 4. Thomas WILLOUGHBY (Sir)
  • From: http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/WILLOUGHBY1.htm#Percival WILLOUGHBY (Sir Knight)1

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  • Sir Percival Willoughby (died 23 August 1643), was a prominent land owner, businessman involved during his lifetime variously in mining, iron smelting, glass making and as an investor in the Newfoundland Company. He married Bridget Willoughby, evidently his third cousin, the daughter of Sir Francis Willoughby builder of the surviving Wollaton Hall. She as co-heiress of her father, inherited Wollaton Hall and they eventually moved into the new hall. Willoughby was knighted by King James I on 20 April 1603 at Worksop and subsequently became a member in King James' first parliament.
  • Percival Willoughby's business partner, Huntingdon Beaumont, was responsible for constructing the Wollaton Wagonway.
  • Newfoundland
  • Willoughby was drawn into the Newfoundland Company venture by John Slany, to whom he was heavily in debt. Appointed to the council which managed the company's affairs in 1610 he sent his third son Thomas to Cuper's Cove in 1612 along with Henry Crout and six apprentices. The orders to the party was to leave the colony and develop Willoughby's own tract which was all that land north of a line drawn between Carbonear and Heart's Content on the Bay de Verde Peninsula. This also included the rich fishing grounds around Baccalieu Island. Bartholomew Pearson and a surveyor named Olney had made the trip to Newfoundland to access its mineral and agricultural potential. Willoughby's main interest lay in the mining potential of Bell Island and was very critical of his parties’ lack of exploration upon their return to England.
  • Willoughby's partnership in 1618 with Thomas Rowley and William Hannam to give them half of his tract for a nominal fee had turned sour. Willoghby's entitlement to the land was becoming increasingly harder to maintain as he could not find anyone to settle on it. Then in 1631 he entered into a partnership with Nicholas Guy, who at the time was living in Carbonear.
  • External links
  • The Family of Willoughby
  • Baccalieu Trail Heritage Corporation
  • Baccalieu Crossroads for Cultures
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percival_Willoughby

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Bridget Willoughby's Timeline

1566
1566
Wollaton, Northamptonshire, England
1580
December, 1580
Age 14
England
1584
1584
Age 18
1629
July 16, 1629
Age 63
UK
1629
Age 63
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK
1635
1635
Age 63
Nottingham, UK
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