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Thomas Savage

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Cheshire, England
Death: Died in London, Middlesex, England
Place of Burial: Macclesfield, Cheshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir John Savage, IX, 1st Baronet Savage and Mary Allington
Husband of Elizabeth Savage
Father of John Savage, 2nd Earl Rivers; Jane Paulet; Dorothy Howard, Countess of Berkshire; Edward SAVAGE; Joan Savage and 6 others
Brother of WILLIAM SAVAGE; Edward Savage; William Savage; Philip Savage; Elizabeth Savage and 3 others

Occupation: 1st Viscount Savage of Rocksavage
Managed by: Richard Arthur Neary
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About Thomas Savage

Thomas Savage, 1st Viscount Savage of Rocksavage was born circa 1586.2 He was the son of Sir John Savage, 1st Bt. and Mary Alington.2 He married Elizabeth Darcy, Countess Rivers, daughter of Thomas Darcy, 1st Earl Rivers and Mary Kitson, on 14 May 1602.2 He died on 20 November 1635.2

Thomas Savage, 1st Viscount Savage of Rocksavage gained the title of 1st Viscount Savage of Rocksavage.

Children of Thomas Savage, 1st Viscount Savage of Rocksavage

  • Hon. Jane Savage+1
  • Grace Savage+3

Children of Thomas Savage, 1st Viscount Savage of Rocksavage and Elizabeth Darcy, Countess Rivers

  • Anne Savage+4 d. 16 Jun 1696
  • Hon. Elizabeth Savage
  • Hon. Dorothy Savage+5 b. c 1611, d. 6 Dec 1691
  • Thomas Savage+6 b. 1611, d. 14 Feb 1682

Citations

  • [S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume II, page 210. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.

[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume XI, page 458.

[S15] George Edward Cokayne, editor, The Complete Baronetage, 5 volumes (no date (c. 1900); reprint, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 1983), volume II, page 134. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Baronetage.

[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume III, page 14.

[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 151.

[S1517] Dale Parker Anderson, "re: Purcell Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 8 November 2005. Hereinafter cited as "re: Purcell Family."

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About the painting used as profile picture for Sir Thomas from My Volunteering :

​On Tuesday 25 March, National Trust staff and volunteers hosted a Press Launch Day in the main entrance hall at Melford Hall. They revealed a fascinating story about the recent discovery and acquisition of a portrait of Sir Thomas Savage. Sir Thomas, 1st Viscount Savage, inherited ownership of Melford Hall in 1602. He was an influential man and held the important post of Chancellor to Queen Henrietta Maria, the wife of King Charles I, from the mid-1620s until his death in 1635.


A portrait of Elizabeth, Countess Rivers - Sir Thomas’ wife - has been exhibited at Melford Hall for many years but no portrait of Sir Thomas had previously been traced.

However, three knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers at Melford - John Grey, Trudi Jeffs and Barbara Nessling – were determined to find a painting of Sir Thomas to include in the new Melford Hall story book that they had written.


Volunteers John Grey, Trudi Jeffs and Barbara Nessling


In 2012, whilst searching the internet for references to Elizabeth’s ancestors, John Grey found that a portrait of Lord D’Arcy, Elizabeth’s grandfather, was hanging at Allerton Castle in Yorkshire. The website made reference to a portrait of Sir Thomas Savage hanging next to this picture. In 2012 John visited the Castle to view these paintings. He shared his findings with Dr Lyn Boothman, an archivist working with the tenant of Melford Hall, Sir Richard Hyde Parker. After much research, Lyn discovered how the two portraits had found their way to Allerton Castle. But - apart from confirming that the portrait was of Sir Thomas Savage - there the trail ended.


Nevertheless, this success prompted fresh enthusiasm for the search. In April 2013, Luke Potter, General Manager of Melford Hall, discovered by chance that an imminent auction at Christie’s in London included a painting of Sir Thomas Savage. This painting – originally listed as John Williams, a 17th century Archbishop of York – caused some interest because it showed him sitting with a little red purse bearing the cipher ‘HMR’ (Henrietta Maria Regina). John Williams had never been the Queen’s Chancellor and research by Christie’s revealed that it wasn’t Williams in the picture after all – but Sir Thomas Savage. Comparison with the painting in Yorkshire strongly suggested this was the same man.


With the help of Wendy Monkhouse – the Curator for Melford Hall – Luke ensured that the Trust were able to purchase this painting at auction. Subsequent conservation work has revealed the artist’s signature - Cornelius Johnson – and a date of 1632 which corresponds with the time that Sir Thomas Savage was Chancellor to the Queen.


Thanks to the significant contributions of NT volunteers and staff, a portrait of Sir Thomas Savage can, at last, be displayed at Melford Hall alongside that of his wife Elizabeth – reunited at last.

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Thomas Savage, 1st Viscount Savage of Rocksavage's Timeline

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Cheshire, England
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May 14, 1602
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Rocksavage Hall, Vale Royal, Cheshire, England
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England
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Rocksavage Hall, Halton, Cheshire, England