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Col. Henry Washington

Birthdate: (49)
Death: March 09, 1664 (49)
Place of Burial: Richmond, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir William Washington, Kt., of Packington and Thistleworth and Anne Washington
Husband of Elizabeth Washington
Brother of Elizabeth Legge (Washington)

Occupation: Governor of Worcester, Royalist officer.
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About Col. Henry Washington

Henry Washington was baptised on 21 March 1615 and was buried 9 Mar 1664, Richmond, Surrey, England.

  • Parents: son of Sir William Washington and Anne Villiers.


  1. Elizabeth Pakington, daughter of Sir John Pakington, 1st Bt. and Frances Ferrers.1 She married      Colonel Samuel Sandys 2nd.


  1. Mary. Died: 13 Jan 1680. No marriage or children.
  2. Penelope. Died: 1697. No marriage or children.


  • Sir William's eldest, and, I think, only surviving son was Col. Henry Washington, the brave and resolute Governor of Worcester, for the King. He was buried at Richmond, Surrey, 9 March, 1663-4, leaving four daughters and a widow, Elizabeth, who was afterwards married to Samuel Sandys of Ombersley, Esq. One of the daughters, Mary Washington, of St. Martin's in the Fields, spinster, made a nuncupative will, 13 January, 1680, leaving everything to her mother, Mrs. Sandys, who renounced, with consent of her busband, and admon., with the will annexed, was granted to Catherine Forster, a sister of the deceased, 5 May, 1681.

Source: An examination of the English ancestry of George Washington ..., Volume 165 By Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters, Page 35


"In the history of the civil wars, another of the family, named Henry Washington, is renowned for the resolute and spirited manner, in which he defended the city of Worcester against the forces of the Parliament in 1646.

  • Sir Henry Washington was made Governor and Colonel of Worcester. In the Herald's College it appears, that the last entry of this gentleman's family was made there in the year 1618, at which time the name of Henry Washington, son and heir of William Washington of Packington, in the county of Leicester, occurs; who, on the following grounds, is conjectured to have been afterwards the Governor of Worcester. First, the name of Henry does not occur at all in any other pedigree of Washington. Secondly, his mother was half-sister to -the famous George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, which accounts for his great attachment to the King. An uncle of this Henry Washington, mentioned in the entry of the College of Arms above cited, is supposed to have been the ancestor of the renowned General George Washington." Source:


  • [S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 2, page 1757. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  • [S60] Charles and Hugh Brogan Mosley, editor, American Presidential Families (London, U.K.: Alan Sutton and Morris Genealogical Books, 1994), page 50. Hereinafter cited as American Presidential Families.



From his biography in Prince Maurice's Regiment's website:

Colonel Henry Washington, born in 1615, was the son of Sir William Washington of Packington, Leicestershire and Anne Villiers, half-sister of George, Duke of Buckingham. He appears to have had some continental military experience prior to 1640 by which time he was a Captain in the Earl of Northumberland’s Captains-General’s regiment on the Scottish border (Washington and the Earl of Northumberland were neighbours in Isleworth, Middlesex as were a number of officers of the Earl’s regiment). By early 1642 Washington was a Captain in the Lord Lieutenant’s (Monck’s) Regiment, due for service in Ireland. But before he departed for Ireland and while still resident at his home in Isleworth, Washington was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel to Ussher, a prestigious appointment for a 27 year old. He took full command of the regiment after Ussher’s death at Litchfield in April 1643 and remained at its head until the regiment’s demise in July 1646.

Washington distinguished himself at Edgehill and Bristol, and although he received no knighthood in recognition, (he did though later inherit his father’s), he was made governor of the vital City of Worcester in 1645 which he refused to surrender to the Scots. A well-known royalist, he was kept under close surveillance throughout the interregnum. With the Restoration he was made Major of the King’s Foot Guards, dying in 1664 aged 49. He left a wife, Elizabeth and four daughters. His widow later married Prince Rupert’s close friend, Colonel William Legge.

NB: Henry Washington was a cousin of the Washington who left for America.

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Col. Henry Washington's Timeline

March 21, 1615
March 9, 1664
Age 49
March 9, 1664
Age 49
Richmond, Greater London, England, United Kingdom