Nicholas Newdigate

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Nicholas Newdegate

Birthplace: Westminster, London, Middlesex, England
Death: circa 1564 (39-47)
Probably Oxhey Hall, Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of John Newdegate of Moor Hall and Anne Newdegate
Brother of John Newdegate, MP, of Harefield; Robert Newdigate, MP, of Hawnes; Francis Newdigate, MP, of Hanworth; Anne Gardiner; George Newdegate and 1 other

Occupation: Surveyor, bailiff
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Nicholas Newdigate

NEWDIGATE, Nicholas (1520-64 or later), of Westminster, Mdx. and Oxhey Hall, Watford, Herts.

brief biography

If Newdigate’s appointment as bailiff of Westminster at the accession of Elizabeth was meant as a reward for recent service in the House, it was also to augment his modest fee from the abbey as surveyor and ‘upon colour to avoid Sir Edward North from the same’. The circumstances of the grant are obscure, being known only from allegations made several years later by his successor as bailiff William Bowyer†, but Abbot Feckenham seems to have curried North’s favour by offering him the bailiwick while allowing Newdigate to discharge it ‘upon such conditions as he should challenge nothing thereby’. One of the duties performed by the bailiff was as returning officer at elections and this presumably barred his re-election in 1559 when Westminster abbey was dissolved. The Act for the dissolution (1 Eliz., c.24) safeguarded all grants of office and he continued to exercise his for another year, although Bowyer claimed the grant ‘thereby void in law’. During 1560 Newdigate asked (Sir) Thomas Parry as steward of the abbey’s lands for preferment to the service of Sir Robert Dudley and let Parry have his patent. Shortly before his death Parry sent the patent to the dean and chapter of Westminster with a new one with ‘more granted’ in Bowyer’s name. Newdigate had understood his appointment to be for life, but despite his petition for redress Bowyer kept it. The loss of Newdigate’s position at Westminster seems to have been followed, not by advancement with Dudley, but by a futher decline in fortune, if the only later reference to him found is any indication. On 28 May 1564 the Privy Council ordered the bishop of Chichester to send some of his men to accompany two of the Queen’s servants ‘sent down with Nicholas Newdigate to recover a bag of money of the said Newdigate’s, which he hath left in a place between Chichester and Sidlesham ... that done, Newdigate to return hither in keeping of the Queen’s men again’.4


b. 6 Dec. 1520, 6th but 4th surv. s. of John Newdigate of Harefield, Mdx. by Anne, da. and h. of Nicholas Hilton of Cambridge; bro. of John, Francis† and Robert†. educ. Eton; King’s, Camb. adm. 19 Feb. 1541.1

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December 6, 1520
London, Middlesex, England
Age 43
Watford, Hertfordshire, England