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Thomas Windebank (Windebanke), Kt.

Birthplace: Hurst, Berkshire, , England
Death: Died in London, Middlesex, England, UK
Place of Burial: Haynes Hill, Berkshire, UK
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Son of Sir Richard Windebank and Margaret Verch verch Griffith
Husband of Frances Windebank
Father of Thomas Windebank; Francis Windebank; Mildred Reade; Helen Windebank and Anne Windebank
Half brother of Sir Thomas Windebank of Hougham

Occupation: Clerk of the Signet to Queen Elizabeth I and King James I, Knighted by James I at Whitehall
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About Thomas Windebank (Windebanke), Kt.

Birth: 1549 Berkshire, England Death: Oct. 24, 1607 Scrivelsby Lincolnshire, England

Son of Sir Richard Windebank & his wife Margaret Verch Griffith. Married Frances Dymoke Aug. 26, 1566 at Scrivelsby, (dau. of Sir Edward Dymoke and Anne Tailboys Dymoke), the month before her father died.) Father of Anne Windebank (Reade) wife of Henry, Francis (Secretary of State, Thomas 1582-Nov 1607 and Mildred 1585-1656 who married Robert Reade. He was buried on 25 November 1607 at St. Martin-in-the Fields Churchyard, Westminster, London, England. Sir Thomas Windebank was Clerk of the Signet & Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council. Born at Haines, Hillhurst Parish, Berkshire, England. He was invested as a Knight on 23 July 1603. "He owed his fortunes largely to his Lincolnshire neighbour, Sir William Cecil, who secured his appointment to the fourth stall in Worcester Cathedral in 1569 and sent him, as a travelling companion, to his son, Thomas (afterwards Earl of Exeter). Many of Windebank's letters, describing his vain efforts to keep his charge straight and teach him French, and their travels in France and Germany during 1571 and 1572, are extant in the Public Record Office. He also took every opportunity of sending his patron lemon trees, myrtle trees and tracts on canon and civil law."

After his return, he was made clerk of the signet, and occasionally acted as clerk of the Privy Council. He continued his friendly relations and correspondence with Lord Burghley until the latter's death and, afterwards, with Sir Robert Cecil.

He was knighted by James I on 23rd July 1603, settled at Haines Hill in St. Nicholas Hurst (Berkshire) and died on 24th October 1607. He married Frances, younger daughter of Sir Edward Dymoke of Scrivelsby in Lincolnshire, by whom he left one son, Sir Francis, and three daughters. Of the latter, Mildred (d. 1630) married Robert Reade of Linkenholt near Andover in Hampshire, and was 3x great grandmother of President George Washington

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 Frances Dymoke Windebank (____ - 1611)

 Mildred Windebank Reade (1584 - ____)*
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Burial: St Martin-in-the-Fields Churchyard Westminster Greater London, England

Created by: Kaaren Crail Vining Record added: May 03, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 51937239

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Thomas Windebank, Kt.'s Timeline

January 20, 1548
Hurst, Berkshire, , England
August 20, 1566
Age 18
Lincolnshire, , England
Age 17
Scrivelsby, Lincolnshire, , England
August 21, 1582
Age 34
London, Greater London, England
August 21, 1582
Age 34
London, London, , England
August 12, 1584
Age 36
Haines, Hillhurst Parrish, Berkshire, England
February 1, 1596
Age 48
Hurst Parish, Beckshire, England
October 23, 1607
Age 59
London, Middlesex, England, UK
Berkshire, UK