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George Lascelles, MP

Birthplace: Sturton, England
Death: November 1558 (55-64)
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Lascelles and Dorothy Sandford
Husband of Dorothy Paynell Lascelles
Father of Anne Molyneux; Elizabeth Lascelles; Sir Brian Lascelles, MP; Dorothea Lascelles; Hercy Lascelles and 4 others
Brother of John Lascelles

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About George Lascelles, MP

. by 1499, 1st s. of Richard Lascelles of Sturton by Dorothy, da. of Sir Brian Sandford. m. Dorothy, da. of Geoffrey Paynell of Boothby Pagnell, Lincs., 5s. inc. Brian Lassells† 4da. suc. fa. 4 Sept. 1520.1

Offices Held Commr. oyer and terminer, Notts. 1538, relief 1550; j.p. 1547; comptroller, household of 2nd Earl of Rutland 1552-3, 1554-5 or later.2

Biography Born into a branch of the Yorkshire family which had settled in Nottinghamshire by the 14th century, George Lascelles came of age at about the time he inherited his patrimony. Inheriting lands valued at £20 a year, he was to transmit to his son Brian an estate worth thrice that figure. His main acquisition, the manor of Sturton, which was granted to him in 1540 after the execution of its owner, Thomas Lord Darcy, may be viewed as a reward for his services during and after the rebellion of 1536, including his part in Darcy’s downfall: his testimony to the collaboration between Darcy and Robert Aske told heavily against Darcy. His support of Cromwell, with whom he was in contact when commissioned to dissolve Lenton priory in 1538, was in line with his brother John’s position in the minister’s household, although not with the outlook of their cousin, the conservative Christopher Lascelles. It is likely that George Lascelles leaned towards the Protestant views which, carried to extreme lengths, were to bring John Lascelles to a martyr’s death in 1546: the influence of the Hercy family (after whom he was to name one of his sons) would have worked in that direction, as would the association with Richard Whalley which may have led to Lascelles’s taking service with the 2nd Earl of Rutland.3

It was during his first term as comptroller of Rutland’s household that Lascelles was returned to his only Parliament. As a supporter of the Duke of Northumberland and lord lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, the earl doubtless wielded a decisive influence at the election; Lascelles’s fellow-knight, William Mering, who also sat for the only time, was a kinsman of Lascelles and a dependant of Rutland. Under Mary, Lascelles seems to have shared the earl’s loss of favour. Although he had himself ridden to Newark to proclaim the Queen, his suing out of a pardon at the time when he was pleading the earl’s cause before the Council may have been more than the conventional acquittance; he was dropped from the commission of the peace and given no part in local administration throughout the reign. His death in November 1558 deprived him of the prospect of rehabilitation. The absence of a will suggests that he may have died unexpectedly, perhaps of the disease then widespread.4

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558 Author: C. J. Black Notes 1. Date of birth estimated from age at fa.’s i.p.m., Notts. IPMs, i (Thoroton Soc. rec. ser. iii), 119; Vis. Notts. (Harl. Soc. iv), 58-60; C142/124/152. 2.LP Hen. VIII, xiii; CPR, 1547-8, p. 88; 1553, p. 357; HMC Rutland, iv. 371, 373. 3.LP Hen. VIII, xii-xv; C1/1242/9-11, 1376/81; M. L. Robertson, ‘Cromwell’s servants’ (Univ. California Los Angeles Ph.D. thesis, 1975), 514; D. Wilson, A Tudor Tapestry, passim; HMC Rutland, iv. 312. 4.HMC Rutland, iv. 373, 375-6; CPR, 1554-5, p. 356; C142/124/152.

Name: George Lascelles Name: George Lasscells Sex: M Birth: ABT 1499 Residence: Gateford, Notts Residence: Sturton le Steeple, Notts Death: NOV 1558 Residence: Gaytford, Nottinghamshire Residence: Sturton, Nottinghamshire 1 2 3 4


   Son of Richard Lascelles of Sturton by Dorothy, daughter of Sir Brian Sandford; succeeded his father in Gasford or Gatford or Gaytford, Notts (probably Gateford, now a suburb of Worksop) in 1520; acquired the manor of Sturton (le Steeple), Nott s after the execution of its owner Thomas, Lord Darcy; Member of Parliament for Nottinghamshire in March 1553; Comptroller of the Household of the Earl of Rutland; called John in the Molineux Memoir.

Father: Richard Lascelles Mother: Dorothy Sandford

Marriage 1 Dorothy Paynell


   Has No Children Bryan Lascelles b: 1531 in Sturton, England
   Has Children Anne Lascelles
   Has Children Elizabeth Lascells
   Has No Children Millicent Lascelles
   Has No Children Dorothy Lascelles
   Has No Children Hercy Lascelles
   Has No Children John Lascelles
   Has No Children Gervase Lascelles
   Has No Children George Lascelles


   Author: Gisborne Molineux, F.R.C.I.
   Title: Memoir of the Molineux Family
   Abbrev: Molineux Family
   Publication: Privately published, 1882
   Date: 10 AUG 2013
   Page: page 40
   Author: John Holland
   Title: The History, Antiquities, and Description of the Town and Parish of Worksop in the County of Nottingham
   Abbrev: Holland's Worksop
   Publication: J. Blackwell, Sheffield, 1826
   Date: 10 AUG 2013
   Page: page 170
   Author: Stanley T. Bindoff
   Title: History of Parliament: The House of Commons 1509-1558.
   Abbrev: House of Commons 1509-1558
   Publication: Secker and Warburg, London, 1982
   Date: 22 MAY 2015
   Page: I.495
   Author: George William Marshall, LL.M.
   Title: The Visitations of the County of Nottingham in the Years 1569 and 1614, with many other descents of the same County.
   Abbrev: Vis. Notts in 1569 & 1614
   Publication: Harleian Society, Volume IV, London, 1871
   Date: 7 SEP 2016
   Page: pages 42 (Bassett), 59 (Lascells) and 74 (Molineux) 
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George Lascelles, MP's Timeline

Sturton, England
Of, Dorking, Surrey, England
Sturton, Gateford, Nottinghamshire, England (United Kingdom)
Sturton, England
November 1558
Age 60