Sir George Whyte, Kt.

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George Whyte, Kt.

Also Known As: "George White"
Birthplace: Probably Runwell, Essex, England
Death: Died in Hutton Village, Brentwood, Essex, England
Place of Burial: All Saints' Church, Hutton, Brentwood, Essex, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Whyte and Margaret White
Husband of Katherine Whyte
Father of Richard White
Brother of Dorothy White Stanton; Humphrey Whyte; Anne Sotell; Elizabeth Shepherd; John Whyte and 3 others

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About Sir George Whyte, Kt.

Sir George White jr was the first member of the White family to own and reside at Hutton Hall. He was not born there, though he may have been born in the township of Hutton. He purchased the Hall somewhere around 1570 from agents of the Rich family, acting on behalf of the grandson of Richard Rich, q.v. (Rich had acquired Hutton Hall as part of his payoff for betraying Sir Thomas More, and may never have actually resided there.)


For more on George White, MP:

WHITE, George (c.1530-84), of Hutton, Essex. Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982 Available from Boydell and Brewer

Constituency: LIVERPOOL 1558

Family and Education

  • b. c.1530, 1st son of Richard White of Hutton by Margaret, daughter of (?Sir) Nicholas Strelley of Strelley, Notts.
  • educ.
    • Eton c.1541;
    • King’s, Camb.
      • admitted Aug. 1545,
      • BA 1549/50,
      • fellow 1548-50;
    • Inner Temple
      • admitted Feb. 1552.
  • m. by 1560, Catherine, daughter of William Strode of Newnham in Plympton St. Mary, Devon,
    • 4 sons, 1 daughter [1]

Offices Held

  • Gent. waiter in 1558;
  • escheator, Essex and Herts. 1563-4.[2]


The Whites of Hutton were a cadet branch of the family of that name of South Warnborough, Hampshire. George White probably owed his seat in Lancashire to Sir Edward Waldegrave, who although not yet officially chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster had probably been in control of most of its administration since the death in November 1557 of his uncle Sir Robert Rochester.

White’s aunt, Susan Tonge, was first lady of the bedchamber to Queen Mary and in touch with Waldegrave and other prominent figures, including (Sir) William Petre, to whom the Whites were related by marriage.

The grant of the petty customs of Poole for life on 23 Apr. 1555, in consideration of service, to George White, styled ‘esquire’ and ‘the King and Queen’s servant’, could relate to a member of the White family of Poole, which however does not seem to have included a George at this time; but it was almost certainly George White of Hutton who had received an annuity of £20 for his service at Framlingham at the beginning of the reign and who attended the Queen’s funeral as a gentleman waiter.[3]

Susan Tonge (who was commonly known as ‘Mrs. Clarentius’ or even simply ‘Clarentius’, her husband having been Clarenceux king of arms) had licence at about the time her nephew was sitting for Liverpool to enfeoff Sir Francis Englefield, a kinsman of the Whites of South Warnborough, Sir Edward Waldegrave, and others with four manors in Essex, to her use during her lifetime and with remainder to her nephews, of whom George was to receive Rivenhall and Runwell, John was to have Chingford Paul and Humphrey Chingford Comitis. Although she did not die until about 1566, the brothers seem to have acquired the disposition of the properties before then: on 26 Apr. 1560 George White was licensed to alienate Runwell to two trustees and in 1562 John White conveyed Chingford Paul to his brother George, who three years later passed it to his other brother Humphrey, then described as citizen and merchant taylor of London. George White also acquired the manor of Thundersley in Essex which his aunt had been given by Edward VI in 1553.[4]

The George White who is mentioned as a merchant of the staple between 1558 and 1560 was probably not this Member of Parliament. There were also a namesake in Essex who died only six months before George White of Hutton and had also held land in Thundersley, one who sold property in Suffolk in 1561 and another who acquired some in Buckinghamshire in 1570.[5]

Although his wife, a sister of Richard Strode II, came from a seemingly Protestant family and although he did not suffer with Waldegrave and other Essex gentlemen in Elizabeth’s reign, White was probably a Catholic. His aunt went overseas for a short while soon after Elizabeth’s accession; his brother Humphrey was later described as ‘a conveyor of letters and messages to and from her majesty’s evil disposed subjects ... beyond the seas’; and ten years after his death his eldest son Richard and his third son George were questioned about religion. Richard White married Mary, daughter of Edmund Plowden, and their second son was the famous secular priest Thomas White alias Blacklow.[6]

White made his will shortly before his death on 13 June 1584. He left Hutton to his wife for 40 years on condition that she remained unmarried, and £200 to each of his sons, the eldest of whom was aged 24. Sir Edmund Huddleston and Thomas Tyrrell, both of Catholic families, were each to receive a gold ring. Thomas Tyrrell was perhaps the grandson and heir of Edmund Tyrrell, of whose will White had been an overseer. White was buried in Hutton church where a memorial brass survives.[7]

Author: Alan Davidson


  • 1. Date of birth estimated from probable education. Vis. Essex (Harl. Soc. xiii), 321-2, 521; H. Curtis, Whyte or White Peds. 20-22; N. and Q. clxxi. 167-8, 182; Vis. Devon ed. Colby, 196.
  • 2. LC2/4/2.
  • 3.Essex Rev. 1. 94-98; M. Noble, Coll. of Arms, 115-17; F. G. Emmison, Tudor Sec. 118, 124, 127, 180, 219; CPR, 1554-5, p. 298; Lansd. 156, f. 93.
  • 4.CPR, 1553, p. 28; 1557-8, p. 50; 1558-60, p. 365; 1560-3, p. 380; 1563-6, p. 305.
  • 5.CPR, 1557-8, p. 301; 1558-60, pp. 25, 412; 1560-3, p. 200; 1569-72, p. 144; PCC 21 Watson; C142/203/77. Yet another George White, curate of Bradwell, Essex and perhaps the Etonian, had died between 26 Mar. 1559 and 2 May 1561, PCC 15 Loftes.
  • 6.Cath. Rec. Soc. i. 45; xxii. 123; SP12/248/111; 15/11/45; APC, ix. 269; Al. Cant. iv. 386.
  • 7.Essex Recusant, x. 100-1; C142/204/132; PCC 33 Carew; Mill Stephenson, Mon. Brasses, 123.


From the White Family of Hutton posted by the Parish of Hutton All Saints with Peter:

The first Richard White, living then in Runwell, had the manor of Hutton after Jerome Weston; he married locally, a Tyrell related to the Petres; one of their daughters, Susan, married the Clarencieux King of Arms and became lady in waiting to Princess Mary, officiated at her coronation and was present with a jewel box by Philip of Spain for her efforts at the wedding in Winchester of the couple after Mary had been crowned. At Mary’s death she fled in exile to France.

Her nephew George is the main benefactor for Hutton’s charities.

George White’s heir, Richard, married the daughter of Edmund Plowden, the distinguished lawyer of the Marian and Elizabethan reigns, and their second son Thomas is perhaps the most famous family member. Educated at St. Omer and Valladolid, he was a teacher of philosophy, theology and classics at the English College at Douay. In 1625 he was sent as English representative to Rome, but using various aliases he practised as a priest in this country, to which he returned openly at the Restoration. Quarrelsome but revered and the author of many treatises, the sparring partner of Hobbes and Anthony à Wood, he is buried near the pulpit at St. Martins in the Fields in London. His elder brother Richard had married twice, his second wife being a Weston, the daughter of the Earl of Portland, and it is from this marriage that the American connection stems. As Catholics the couple were residing in Rome, but their children, with other Catholic families such as the Waldegraves and the Westons themselves, tried their fortunes in the American colonies. A brother, George, was the last owner of Hutton Hall with the name of White.

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Sir George Whyte, Kt.'s Timeline

Probably Runwell, Essex, England
Age 17
Newry, Devon, England, (Present UK)
Age 24
Probably Runwell, Essex, England
June 14, 1584
Age 54
Hutton Village, Brentwood, Essex, England
March 4, 1924
Age 54
May 26, 1926
Age 54
November 3, 1926
Age 54
Hutton, Brentwood, Essex, England, United Kingdom