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Henry Alexander Webb, I

Birthplace: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
Death: Died in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of John Alexander Webb, Jr. and Margaret Webb
Husband of Grace Arden Webb
Father of Humphrey Webb; Alexander Webb, I; Henry Webb, Jr.; Ann Wilson; Agnes O'Dell / Hill / Arden and 9 others
Brother of William Webb; Sir Henry Alexander Webb,l, IV; Abigail Shakespeare; Mary Arden and Agnes Webb

Occupation: knight
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About Sir Henry Alexander Webb, I

Date of birth has also been erroneously reported to be December 24, 1534.

Date of death has also been erroneously reported to be 1573.

NOTA BIEN: It has been alleged that this Sir Henry was a baronet, but the Baronetage of England was not formed until May 22, 1611.

It was said that Sir Henry Alexander Webb (1510-1544) established the family for all future time, since to him "for valiant deeds of his father", Sir John Alexander Webb, of Oldstock, "who was an officer under Kings Henry VII and VIII", the present generally accepted emblem, or coat of arms, was granted. This heraldic ensigna of rank in the New Nobility, that of the thegus, owe their origin in personal service to the prince then reigning. The New Nobility was accordingly one of office due to meritorious service. The device of hereditary coat of armour, a growth of the twelfth century, did much to define and mark out the noble class throughout Europe. When once acquired by grant of the Sovereign, it went on from generation to generation. They who possessed the right of coat of armour formed the class of nobility or gentry.

Sir Henry Alexander Webb married Grace Arden, sister of Robert Arden. Mary Webb (Shakespeare's grandmother) married Robert Arden, brother of Grace.


Sir Henry Alexander Webb

Though commonly thought to have been the 4th Baronet of Odstock, that distinction would have fallen to his brother William. Presumably the title would come to him if William died without male issue, and I haven't yet found a reference to wife or child for William. I also haven't found any reliable reference to Sir Henry as a Peer of the Realm, which means he was most likely not a Baronet.

Undoubtedly named after Henry VIII--due to the close family association with the royal family--Henry Alexander Webb was born on May 11, 1510. Henry married Grace Arden, daughter of Thomas Arden, of Aston Cantlow parish of Warwick county. The continued close association of the Webb family and royalty are documented in a letter sent by the Queen, Katherine Parr, requesting that grants and privileges due Henry Alexander Webb be fulfilled as promised. Sir Henry and wife Grace had three children: First-born Alexander, Agnes and Robert. Little is known of Agnes and Robert.

'Sir Henry Alexander permanently secured nobility for the family when, on June 17, 1577, he was granted a coat of arms.' Although I have found this statement all over the internet, it is doubtful and a bit dubious. Firstly, I would point out that the grant of arms listed is for 1577, Henry would have been 67 if he had lived that long (notice the date of death...). Secondly, and more importantly, Sir John was not only Henry's father but was also the 3rd Baronet of Odstock. This means that the family was already considered Noble. And third, Henry was known to wear his Arms at tournament and on the field of battle. Hard to do if they are not granted to you until after your death. In this common misconception even the heralds at the UK College of Arms were unable to help clear up the debacle. The Arms appear on numerous 'rolls of Arms' from the time and always list the bearer as Sir Henry Alexander Webb.

The Heraldric blazon or description of these arms is "Gules a cross between 4 falcons Or" and the crest is "Gules demi eagle rising upon a Ducal coronet"

Some sources say 'eaglets' instead of 'falcons'. According to the United Kingdom College of Arms heralds eaglets adorn Sir John's arms, Henry's father. The falcons were a mark of personal distinction between the two men.

A copy of the letter which Katherine Parr sent her council (Cabinet Members) asking them to grant her beloved friend, Sir Henry Webb, the lands and estates that had been mentioned for him, is still in existence.

These lands had been confiscated by the King at the suppression of the monasteries and were located in Dorsetshire, England.

Sir Henry Alexander Webb was usher to the Privy Council of Katherine Parr, Queen Regent of Britian in the 16th century, 6th Queen of Henry VIII of England; to whose influence the future sovereigns Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I owed a great deal.

Among the few exsisting documents connected with the regency of Katherine Parr was one while Henry VIII was conducting the seige of Boulogne in 1544 AD. There is in the Crotonain Collections, a letter to her council, headed: "Katherine, Queen Regent, K.P.; In favor of her trusty and well beloved servant, Henry Alexander Webb, gentlemen, usher of her Privy Chamber". The letter is in regard to some grants and privileges to Henry Alexander Webb, but which had not been fulfilled and it concludes, "we most heartly desire and pray you to be favorable to him at this our earnest request. Given under my Hand and Signet at my Lord, the King's Majesty's Honor of Hampton court, the 23rd of July and the 36th year of his Highness most noble Reign".

Sir Henry Alexander Webb was an usher to Catherine Parr, Queen of England.


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Sir Henry Alexander Webb, I's Timeline

May 11, 1510
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
Age 19
Cherington, Warwickshire, England
December 24, 1534
Age 24
Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
Age 25
Stratford, Warwickshire. England
May 15, 1537
Age 27
Stratford, Greater London, UK
Age 27
Age 33
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
Age 34