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Mary Scarburgh (Humberston)

Also Known As: "Mary (Humberstone) Skarburghe"
Birthplace: Loddon, Norfolk, England
Death: after circa February 1, 1615
North Walsham, Norfolk, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Humberstone, Esq. and NN Humberstone
Wife of Henry Scarburghe of North Walsham, Gent.
Mother of Henry Scarborough, III; Samuel Scarburgh, Esq.; Maria 'Mary' Stanton; John "called Bartholomew" Scarborough and NOT Edmund Scarburgh
Half sister of John Humberstone of Yarmouth; William Humberstone, MP; Henry Humberstone and Lampitt Humberstone

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About Mary Scarburgh

The Visitacion of Norfolk (1563, 1589 and 1613) claims that she is the daughter of John Humberstone of Norwich and Elizabeth Clarke of Lodden, but there are significant problems with the dating - not least of which is that William Humberstone, MP, supposedly her brother, must have been born circa the 1520s (he married c. 1549 and died in 1574).

The Miles Files try to get around this by hypothesizing a second, undocumented wife - however, John Humberstone *did* have a known second wife, Margaret Lampitt of Suffolk, and had by her one known daughter, Lampitt Humberstone. If we have to hypothesize a third wife, and say that Mary was the child of his old age, this raises questions about the Visitations and their accuracy.

Mary Humberston

  • from Miles Files Last Edited 5 Nov 2014
  • F, b. circa 1560
  • Father John Humberston Esq. b. c 1500
  • Mother (-----) (-----) (2nd wife of John Humberston)2 b. c 1525
  • Birth* circa 1560 Mary was born circa 1560 at Loddon, Norfolk Co, England. 
  • Marriage* circa 1583 She married Henry Scarburgh (II) Esq., son of Henry Scarburgh (I) and Elizabeth (-----), circa 1583 at England.1,3 
  • Will - Husb's* 1 February 1615 Mary was named in her husband's will on 1 February 1615 at North Walsham, Co Norfolk, England. She was shown as Mary Skarburghe my true, faythfull, loving and constant and well belove wife in the will of Henry Scarburghe of North Walsham, Gentleman..4 


  • Henry Scarburgh (II) Esq. b. 1565, d. 24 Aug 1617


  • 1. Henry Scarburgh (III) b. 1590, d. Apr 1609
  • 2. Samuel Scarburgh Esq. b. 1593, d. 20 Apr 1655
  • 3. John Scarburgh Esq.+ b. 1598
  • 4. Mary Scarburgh b. c 1600


  1. [S19] VA Hist Society Jennings Cropper Wise, Col. John Wise, His Ancestors and Descendants.
  2. [S2451] e-mail address.
  3. [S674] Evelyn Kinder Donaldson, Squires & Dames of Old Virginia, p. 257.
  4. [S961] Norwich Consistory Court, Norwich Consistory Court Register 1617.

Her name was Mary. Not Elizabeth. References to "Elizabeth Scarburgh" belong to her mother-in-law.

She was the daughter of a John Humberston(e) who was *not* the same person as the father of William Humberston, MP (the Miles Files make a rare error here).

She and Henry Scarburgh Jr. had four known children:

  • 1. Henry Scarburgh (III) b. 1590, d. Apr 1609
  • 2. Samuel Scarburgh Esq. b. 1593, d. 20 Apr 1655 (never married, no offspring)
  • 3. John Scarburgh Esq.+ b. 1598 ("called Bartholomew" for unknown reasons)
  • 4. Mary Scarburgh b. c 1600 (m. and had children by 1655)
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Mary Scarburgh's Timeline

Loddon, Norfolk, England
July 21, 1590
Age 30
Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
November 4, 1593
Age 33
North Walsham, Norfolk, England
Age 35
North Walsham, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
May 7, 1598
Age 38
North Walsham, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
February 1, 1615
Age 55
North Walsham, Norfolk, England