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Margaret 1st wife Blount

Also Known As: "Margaret /Blout/"
Birthplace: Swainswick, Somersetshire, England
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Simon Blount, Sir and Eleanor Blount
Wife of John Hussey, 1st Baron Hussey of Sleaford
Mother of Sir William Hussey, MP and Gilbert Hussey

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About Margaret Blount

Margaret Blount, October 3, 1474-1509, was the daughter of Simon Blount of Bitton, Gloucestershire (1452-1477) and Eleanor Daubeney. She became the first wife of Sir John Hussey of Sleaford, Lincolnshire (1465/6-June 29, 1537), later created Baron Hussey, in August 1492. Their children were Sir William (1494-January 19, 1557), Thomas, and Gilbert, and possibly Giles and Anne, although the latter two are also listed as the children of Hussey’s second wife, Anne Grey, in some genealogies.


  • Margaret Blount1
  • F, #34653, b. 3 October 1474
  • Father Sir Simon Blount b. c 1450, d. 1477
  • Mother Eleanor Daubeny2 b. c 1451
  • Margaret Blount was born on 3 October 1474 at Stainswick, Somersetshire, England.2 She married Sir John Hussey, Baron Sleaford, son of Sir William Hussey, Chief Justice of the King's Bench and Elizabeth Berkeley, before 4 August 1492.2
  • Family Sir John Hussey, Baron Sleaford b. 1466, d. 27 Aug 1537
  • Children
    • Sir William Hussey3 b. c 1493, d. 19 Jan 1556
    • Sir Giles Hussey3 b. c 1495
    • Elizabeth Hussey3 b. c 1497
    • Sir Gilbert Hussey3 b. c 1499
    • Reginald Hussey3 b. c 1501
  • Citations
  • 1.[S10726] Unknown author, The Hussey Connection to the Plantagenet Lineage, by Roy Leggitt.
  • 2.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. VII, p. 17.
  • 3.[S11581] Burke's Dormant & Extinct Peerages, p. 294.
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  • John Hussey, 1st Baron Hussey of Sleaford (1465/1466 – 1536/1537) (sometimes "Huse") was Chief Butler of England[2] from 1521 until his death.[3] He was a member of the House of Lords, and a Chamberlain to King Henry VIII's daughter, Mary I of England.
  • Hussey was born in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England, son of William Hussey, an English judge and Chief Justice of the King’s Bench. His mother was the former Elizabeth Berkeley.[4] Hussey's siblings included Sir Robert Hussey (d.1546), the father of Elizabeth Hussey, the 'Mistress Crane' at whose home at East Molesey the first of the Marprelate tracts, Martin's Epistle, was printed in October 1588; Elizabeth Hussey, who married Richard Grey, 3rd Earl of Kent; and Mary Hussey, who married William Willoughby, 11th Baron Willoughby de Eresby.
  • In 1497, at the Battle of Blackheath, Hussey was knighted. Six years later, he was made "Knight of the Body", bodyguard to King Henry VII, followed by an appointment as "Master of Lyfield Forest", Rutland in 1505 and Comptroller of the Household in 1509. On 16 August 1513, at the battle of the Spurs, he was promoted to Knight banneret.
  • In 1493 Hussey was appointed Sheriff of Lincolnshire and by 1513 he was custos rotulorum for the county. On 6 July 1523, he was elected Member of Parliament as a knight of the shire for Lincolnshire. Three years later, 5 February 1526, he was appointed a judge. On 3 November 1529 he was re-elected to Parliament as knight of the shire for Lincolnshire but received a Writs of Summons on 1 December 1529 to the House of Lords as 'Johannes Hussey de sleford, chivaler'. In June 1530, Hussey was named Lincolnshire Castle's Commissioner for Gaol Delivery, and later that same year, Hussey sold some of his large holdings (the Somersetshire manors of Batheaston, Bathampton, Bathford, Twerton; the Wiltshire manors of Compton Bassett, Comerwell, and North Wraxall).[5]
  • On 10 September 1533, Lord Hussey attended the christening of princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth 1), daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and carried the canopy over the 3-day old child with George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford, Lord Thomas Howard, and William Howard, 1st Baron Howard of Effingham.
  • Hussey was Chamberlain to King Henry's daughter, Mary, while Hussey's second wife, Lady Anne, was one of Mary's attendants. Though King Henry forbade anyone from calling his daughter, Mary, by the title of Princess, Lady Anne did do so, after which she lost her attendant position around June 1534 and was imprisoned in the Tower of London in August. Asking for the King's pardon, she was released before the end of the year.[3]
  • In addition to his responsibilities at Court and Parliament, Hussey was steward to John Longland, the conservative Bishop of Lincoln,[6] and King Henry's confessor.[7]
  • Hussey was implicated along with his cousin as complicit in the 1536 uprising known as the Pilgrimage of Grace. Though Hussey denied participation in the rebellion, he was accused of conspiring to change laws and depose the king, and that he abetted those who made war on the king in October 1536.[8] The charges may have been levied in part because of Hussey's Catholic sympathies,[9] and because Hussey and his wife, having served 'Princess' Mary, were partisans on her behalf.[10] Hussey was indicted and tried for treason, and found guilty by the House of Lords. He was beheaded in Lincoln in 1536,[1] while his cousin, Thomas Darcy, was executed on Tower Hill.[3]
  • Hussey's statement ("confession") survives.[11]
  • Hussey first married Margaret Blount in 1490 at Mangotsfield, by whom he had three sons:[3]
    • Sir William Hussey, Knt. (c. 1492)
    • Thomas Hussey (c. 1495)
    • Gilbert Hussey (c. 1497)
  • About 1509, he then married Lady Anne Grey (c. 1490, Denbigh – from 1 March 1544/1545 to 11 February 1545/1546), daughter of George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent by his second wife, Catherine Herbert.[12] They had eight children:[3]
    • Sir Giles Hussey (born 1505, who married Jane Pigot, and had issue (descendants include President Richard Nixon (twice), actor James Dean and entrepreneurs J. A. Folger and Peter Folger[13])
    • Joan Hussey, wife of Sir Roger Forster.[14]
    • Elizabeth Hussey, second wife of Sir Robert Throckmorton of Coughton, Warwickshire (d. 1586), and had four daughters and two sons
    • Bridget Hussey (c. 1526 - 13 January 1600/1601, bur. Watford, Hertfordshire, will dated 2 June 1600) probated 12 January 1600/1601), wife of Sir Richard Morrison of Cashiobury, Hertfordshire (d. Strasbourg, 17 March 1556), Henry Manners, 2nd Earl of Rutland before 1563, without issue, and second wife of Francis Russell, 2nd Earl of Bedford on 25 June 1566, without issue; her daughter by first husband Jane Sibella Morrison (d. July 1615, last will dated 6 March 1614/1615 probated 14 July 1615), naturalized as an English subject in 1575/1576, married c. 1571 Edward Russell, Baron Russell (d. bef. June 1572 without issue and intestate and his estate was administered on 30 June 1572, bur. Chenies, Buckinghamshire), son of Francis Russell, 2nd Earl of Bedford and Margaret St John, and after 1572 Sir Arthur Grey, 14th Baron Grey de Wilton, and had issue
    • Anne or Agnes Hussey, who married Sir Humphrey Browne, Justice of the Common Pleas, by whom she was the mother of Christian Browne, wife of Sir John Tufton, 1st Baronet.[15]
    • Dorothy Hussey
    • Mary Hussey
    • William Hussey
  • After his execution, Hussey's home in Sleaford,[1] as well as his other estates were confiscated by the crown.[4] His children were restored to Parliament in 1563 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth, but Hussey's title was forfeited, and the estates were not returned.[3] .... etc.
  • From:,_1st_Baron_Hussey_of_Sleaford


  • HUSSEY, Sir John (1463/65-1537), of Sleaford, Lincs.; Dagenham, Essex and London.
  • b. 1463/65, 1st s. of Sir William Hussey of Sleaford and Dagenham by Elizabeth, da. of Thomas Berkeley of Wymondham, Leics., bro. of William Hussey I. m. (1) by Aug. 1492, Margaret (d. June 1509), da. and h. of Simon Blount of Mangotsfield, Glos., at least 2s. inc. William Hussey II; (2) Anne, da. of George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent, at least 1s. Thomas II 4da., 1 other s. suc. fa. 8 Sept. 1495. Kntd. 17 June 1497, banneret 1513; cr. Lord Hussee or Husey, adm. Lords 1 Dec. 1529.4
    • Surveyor, possessions late of George, Duke of Clarence, Lincs. 1481; steward, manors of Belvoir, Leics., Bottesford, Friston, Lincs. 1486 (with Sir Reginald Bray) 1496-1503, Grantham and Stamford, Lincs., sole 1503, Folkingham, Ruskington, Lincs., Caythorpe, Leics. 1509, jt. (with s. William) 1510, Boston, Lincs. 1510; sheriff, Lincs. 1493-4; esquire of the body 1494, knight 1503, troner and peiser, Boston 1494; j.p. Lincs. 1495-d., Essex 1506-13, Kent 1506-9, Hunts. 1510-d.; commr. array, Lincs. 1496, inquiry, duchy of Lancaster 1505, musters, Greenwich 1512, mint 1512, subsidy, Lincs. 1623, 1514, 1515, 1523, 1524; master of wards 9 Dec. 1503-13; steward, duchy of Lancaster, Long Barrington and Long Sutton, Lincs. 1504-24; collector petty customs, Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorks. 1505, gauger 1506; King’s councillor 1505; comptroller, the Household 1509; custos rot. Lincs. by 1513; chief butler 1 June 1521-d.; chamberlain, household of Princess Mary 1533-d.5
  • Sir William Hussey, who had been made chief justice of the King’s bench by Edward IV, was confirmed in his appointment by Henry VII (although his brother Gilbert Hussey lost the receivership of Guisnes) and retained it until his death. His son John may have received some legal education at Gray’s Inn but was never to practice as a lawyer. Early in Henry VII’s reign he entered the royal household, probably under the sponsorship of Sir Reginald Bray, a lifelong friend (and perhaps kinsman) of his father with whom he would later hold several stewardships: he was present at the peace negotiations with France in 1492, the meeting with the Archduke Philip and the reception of Catherine of Aragon. From Bray he gained the administrative experience which qualified him to become the first master of the wards, although his mentor had died shortly before: in that capacity he emerged as one of the directors of the household organization and a highly regarded royal adviser, but without incurring the obloquy which attached to some of that group. At the accession of Henry VIII, when he had been comptroller for only a few months, he was confirmed in all his offices: the rumour current in 1510 that he had lost his mastership of the wards proved groundless as he kept it for three more years.6
  • Hussey had made proof of his allegiance to the house of Tudor as early as 1487 when he fought on the King’s side at Stoke; ten years later he took part at Blackheath where he was knighted on the field; and in 1513 he served with distinction during the Tournai campaign, being then made a banneret. His duties at court did not prevent him from taking an interest in the affairs of his home county, where even before his father’s successful career his family had enjoyed some standing; in 1493 he was pricked sheriff and two years later he succeeded to his father’s place on the local bench. By 1508, when the King visited him (albeit at Dagenham), he was probably the most influential man in the shire and already a parliamentary patron in several of its constituencies.7
  • In 1514 he accompanied Henry VIII’s sister, Princess Mary, to Paris for her marriage to Louis XII, and thereafter he attended all the important state occasions at home and abroad. Unlike his more elderly colleagues he was not opposed to the Continental involvement of Wolsey’s time, and he was entrusted with the care of many foreign diplomats in England. Although seemingly one of Wolsey’s closest adherents, he did not suffer any setback at the cardinal’s fall. In the summer of 1529 he appeared as a witness against the papal dispensation allowing the King’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, and in the following year he signed the petition to the pope for a divorce. It was doubtless as much for his loyalty in the ‘great matter’ as in recognition of his long service that in 1529 he was raised to the peerage. There was as yet, or for some time to come, no hint that he was suspect: he continued to receive New Year’s gifts from the King, became chamberlain to Princess Mary, and was present at both the coronation of Anne Boleyn and the christening of Princess Elizabeth, when he was one of the canopy bearers. He also witnessed the submission of the clergy. The religious changes following the Divorce were eventually to trouble his conscience but seem never to have strained his allegiance, he himself confessing shortly before his death that the limit of his disloyalty was a decision of 1534 never to become a heretic.8
  • So prominent a man doubtless sat in Parliament regularly, but the loss of so many early 16th century names means that Hussey is known to have been elected only three times. In 1515 he and Sir Nicholas Vaux took a ‘memorandum ... concerning certain Acts of Parliament’ from the Commons to the Upper House: presumably he was sitting for Lincolnshire, where he was afterwards appointed a commissioner for the tax which he had helped to grant and where he was to be returned twice more. In 1523 he caused ‘sore discontent’ when during the long drawn-out debate on the subsidy bill he moved to please the cardinal somewhat, ‘Let us gentlemen of fifty pound lands and upwards, give to the King of our lands 12d. of the pound, to be paid in three years’.He remarked to his associate Lord Darcy on 6 July that they were so occupied with ‘common causes in the Parliament’ that Hussey had had no time to press his and Darcy’s own matters. Six years later he attended the House for four weeks before taking his place in the Lords on 1 Dec. 1529. Beyond his presences and absences little is known about his part in the Upper House: he absented himself from the sixth session early in 1534, and on 30 Jan. 1536 he wrote to Cromwell, ‘as one who is not able to ride or go’, to be excused from the forthcoming eighth session because he feared he would not reach London alive. He did, however, manage the journey from Lincolnshire for the short Parliament of June-July 1536. It is not known who took Hussey’s place in the Commons: a list of suggested replacements, probably compiled late in 1532, mentions three names, those of Robert Hussey, the new peer’s brother, William Skipwith and Sir Robert Tyrwhitt. As Skipwith was to be knighted in 1533 or 1534, and was to be returned for the shire in 1539, he was probably the one chosen.9
  • It was as a sick man that Hussey had made his will on 22 Oct. and three months later had excused himself to Cromwell: whether he was still suffering from the effects of this illness in the following summer is not clear. Shortly after his return to Sleaford from the Parliament of 1536, rebellion broke out in Lincolnshire. He tried to raise the county for the King, but his efforts evoked little support and the Council had to call upon the 4th Earl of Shrewsbury to restore order. Hussey joined Shrewsbury with 200 men well horsed and harnessed, but on the Council’s orders he was not allowed to lead them any further, being conveyed instead to London to defend his own ill success. His answers satisfied the King and he was allowed to go free, informing Darcy of his good fortune early in November. It was this continuing association with a man who so conspicuously failed to resist the concurrent rising in Yorkshire that was to prove fatal to Hussey: arrested in the following spring, he was imprisoned in the Tower, condemned for treason at Westminster, and executed at Lincoln on or shortly before 8 July, the day on which Cromwell mentioned his death in a letter. In 1539 an Act of attainder (31 Hen. VIII, c.15) was passed retrospectively against him, Darcy and the Marquess of Exeter; his forfeited lands were said to be worth about £5,000 a year. His children were restored in blood under Edward VI and Elizabeth, but the attainder was never reversed.10
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  • Collectanea topographica et genealogica (1834)
    • No. XIV.
  • Sir Giles Daubeney. = Dame Jane, dau. of Philip Lord Darcy.; ch: William (m. Alice Stourton) Daubeney; = Dame Alice Daubeney.; ch: Avice (m. John Flynt & John Lisle) Daubeney; = Mary, dau. of . . . . Leke.; ch: Dame Jane (m. Sir Robert Markham), . . . . Daubeney.
    • William Daubeney. = Alice, dau. of Jenkin Stourton. (m2. Robt. Hill); ch: Giles (m. Eliz Arundell), Alianor (m. Simon Blount & Rd. Newton), James (m. Elizab. Painsfoot) Daubeney.
    • Avice, first wed. to John Flynt, after to John Lisle.; ch: Tho., Mary Lisle.
    • Dame Jane, wedded to Sir Robert Markham.; ch: Dame Margaret (m. Sir Harry Willoughby), . . . . Markham.
      • Giles Lord Daubeney [so created March, 1486]. = Eliz dau. of Sir John Arundell.; ch: Henry (Earl of Bridgewater), Cecily (Lady Fitzwarine) Daubeney.
      • Alianor, first wed. to Simon Blount,; ch: . . . (m.John Husee) Blount; aft. to Rd. Newton, Esq. for the King's Body.; ch: dau. of Richard Newton.
      • James Daubeney, wed. Elizab. dau. and heir of Robert Painsfoot.; ch: Giles, Elizabeth, . . . . Daubeney.
        • . . . . wedd. to John Husee, son and heir of the Lord Husse, Chief Justice.
        • Dau. of Richard Newton.


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October 3, 1474
Swainswick, Somersetshire, England
Age 16
Caythorpe, , Lincolnshire, England
Age 22
Age 34