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  • Michael Heneage (1540–1600) was an English politician and antiquary. He was the Member of Parliament for Arundel, East Grinstead, Tavistock and Wigan.[1]
  • He was a younger brother of Thomas Heneage, and was elected Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, in 1563 (B.A. 1562–3, M.A. 1566).[2]
  • He was chosen M.P. for Arundel in 1571, for East Grinstead in 1572, for Tavistock in February 1588–9, and for Wigan in February 1592–3. With his brother Thomas, Michael was appointed a keeper of the records in the Tower of London about 1578.[3]
  • He lived for many years in the parish of St Catharine Coleman, London, but also possessed some landed property, mainly in Essex. He died on 30 December 1600, having married, on 12 August 1577, Grace, daughter of Robert Honeywood of Charing, Kent. She survived him, and by her he had a family of ten children.[3]
  • He was a member of the Society of Antiquaries, and two papers by him read before the society—‘of the Antiquity of Arms in England,’ and ‘of Sterling Money’—were printed by Thomas Hearne.[4] A manuscript by him, ‘Collections out of various Charters, &c., relating to the Noble Families in England,’ is in the Cottonian Library (Claudius C.I.). [3]
  • The university of Cambridge thanked him for the assistance he rendered to Robert Hare, the compiler of the university records, and Thomas Milles acknowledges his aid in his ‘Catalogue of Honor.’[3]
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  • HENEAGE, Michael (1540-1600), of St. Catherine Colman, London and Essex.
  • b. 1540, 2nd s. of Robert Heneage of Lincoln, auditor of duchy of Lancaster, by his 1st w. Lucy, da. and coh. of Ralph Buckton of Hemswell, Lincs.; bro. of Thomas. educ. St. John’s, Camb. 1559, BA and fellow 1563, MA 1566; G. Inn 1567. m. 1577, Grace, da. of Robert Honywood of Charing, Kent, 6s. 4da.
  • Offices Held
    • ?Usher of the Exchequer 1567; jt. keeper of recs. in Tower of London 1576; member, Antiq. Soc. c.1591.
  • Biography
  • Heneage obtained his seats in Parliament through his brother’s influence, exercised in 1571 through the 12th Earl of Arundel, a friend of Thomas Heneage and later a principal mourner at his funeral; the same patron may have obtained him the seat at East Grinstead in 1572. It is less certain how he came to represent Tavistock in the 1589 Parliament: possibly through his brother’s friendship with Ambrose Dudley, Earl of Warwick. Wigan was a duchy of Lancaster borough and Heneage’s brother, then chancellor of the duchy, most probably nominated him there in 1593.
  • Heneage read two papers to the Society of Antiquaries, and gave his assistance to Robert Hare, compiler of the records of the university of Cambridge. His will, made 29 Dec. 1600 at Hoxton, opens with a long and devout preamble. He set aside £700 as future portions for his young unmarried daughters, Lucy and Katherine. His lease of a house and lands in Flaxfleet, Yorkshire, granted to him and his deceased brother Thomas by the Queen in 1573, was eventually to be divided between his sons Robert and John when they came of age, and his lease in reversion for 40 years of the greenwax in Norfolk and Suffolk was to go to another son, Michael. The eldest son, Thomas, was to have the framework of Heneage’s new house at Ultinghall in Essex, and £100 to clear him of his wardship, to provide for suit of livery and to keep him during his minority. Prominent among his bequests in kind were those of books. Three volumes on marine biology went to his ‘eldest and dearest friend’ Dr. Gilberd (probably the royal physician, author of the first great scientific book published in England); to a daughter, Ann Gyll, and her husband he left his copy of Foxe’s Acts and Monuments. His son Thomas was to have other books. The remainder of his library was to go to ‘such of my said sons as shall be found to be best disposed to learning ... which I suppose will be my son Michael, unto whom I specially wish them’. Heneage appointed as executors his wife and brother-in-law Robert Honywood, and, as overseers, (Sir) Dru Drury and (Sir) Moyle Finch. He regretted that he had not more to leave his wife and children, but hoped that they might be among those who though ‘poor in this world ... God hath chosen to be rich in faith’. Heneage died the next day.
  • DNB (Heneage, Sir Thomas); Lincs. Peds.(Harl. Soc. li), 481-2; CPR, 1566-9, p. 97; HMC 11th Rep. VII, 133, 139; J. Evans, Hist. Antiq. Soc. 12; G. W. Eustace, Arundel, Borough and Castle, 119; PCC 3 Woodhall; CSP Dom. 1547-80, p. 470; C142/265/61.
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  • Grace Honeywood
  • F, #71811, b. circa 1556, d. circa 1620
  • Father John Honeywood d. 22 Apr 1576
  • Mother Mary Atwater b. c 1525, d. 11 May 1620
  • Grace Honeywood was born circa 1556 at Charing, Kent, England. She married Michael Heneage, son of Robert Heneage and Lucy Buckton, on 12 August 1577 at St. Mary le Bow, London, Middlesex, England. Grace Honeywood died circa 1620.
  • Family Michael Heneage b. 27 Sep 1540
  • Child
    • Lucy Heneage+ b. 24 Feb 1586
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  • Michael HENEAGE (Esq.)
  • Born: 27 Sep 1540, London, Middlesex, England
  • Died: 30 Dec 1600
  • Buried: 1 Jan 1600/1601, St. Paul Cathedral, London, Middlesex, England
  • Father: Robert HENEAGE (Esq.)
  • Mother: Lucy BUCKTON
  • Married: Grace HONYWOOD (dau. of Robert Honywood and Mary Waters) 12 Aug 1577, St Mary Le Bow, London, Middlesex, England
  • Children:
    • 1. Anne HENEAGE
    • 2. Mary HENEAGE
    • 3. Thomas HENEAGE (Esq.)
    • 4. Robert HENEAGE
    • 5. John HENEAGE
    • 6. Lucy HENEAGE
    • 7. Catherine HENEAGE
    • 8. Michael HENEAGE
    • 9. Robert HENEAGE
    • 10. Son HENEAGE
    • 11. John HENEAGE
    • 12. Robert HENEAGE
    • 13. John HENEAGE
  • From: HENEAGE (Esq.)1


  • Michael Heneage
  • Birth: Sep. 27, 1540 London, Greater London, England
  • Death: Dec. 30, 1600 London, Greater London, England
  • Esquire Michael was Auditor and Keeper of the Records of the Tower of London. A member of Parliament from Wigan. Husband of Grace Honiywood,and father of Anne, Mary, Thomas, Robert, John, Lucy, Catherine and Michael.
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  • Parents:
  • Robert Heneage (1500 - 1556)
  • Lucy Buckton Heneage (1501 - 1546)
  • Children:
    • Lucy Heanage Read (1586 - 1621)*
  • Sibling:
  • Thomas Heneage (1532 - 1594)*
  • Michael Heneage (1540 - 1600)
  • Burial: Saint Paul's Cathedral, London, City of London, Greater London, England
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 48409834
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Sir Michael Heneage married Grace Honeywood daughter of Robert Honeywood and Mary Waters on the 12th August 1577 at St Mary Le Bow, London.


  1. Dictionary of National Biography, Michael Heneage "He died on 30 Dec. 1600, having married, on 12 Aug. 1577, Grace, daughter of Robert Honeywood of Charing, Kent. She survived him, and by her he had a family of ten children (Cooper, Athenæ Cantabr. ii. 293)."



Ancestor of John Hancock:

  • 4th Great Grandparent: Grace Honeywood (1556-1620)
  • 3rd Great Grandparent: Anne Heneage (1579-1621)
  • 2nd Great Grandparent: Thomas Gill (1616-1705)
  • Great Grandparent: Samuel Gill (1655-1730)
  • Grandparent: Mary Gill (1686-1715)
  • Parent: Mary Hawke (1711-1783)

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Grace Heneage's Timeline

February 24, 1556
Charing, Kent, England
October 10, 1579
Age 23
St Catherine Clm,London,Middlesex,England
Age 23
Of, London, Middlesex, England
January 21, 1581
Age 24
St Catherine Clm, London, Middlesex, England
February 28, 1583
Age 27
St Catherine Clm, London, Middlesex, England
March 7, 1585
Age 29
Kent, England
February 24, 1586
Age 30
Maidstone, Kent, England
April 30, 1588
Age 32
London, Middlesex, England
September 20, 1589
Age 33
Of, London, Middlesex, England