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Roger Twysden

Also Known As: "Roger Twisden"
Birthdate: (61)
Birthplace: Roydon Hall, East Peckham, Kent
Death: circa November 1603 (56-64)
Pluckley, Kent, UK
Place of Burial: East Peckham, Kent
Immediate Family:

Son of William Twysden and Elizabeth Twysden
Husband of Anne Twysden
Father of Margaret Vane; Sir William Twysden, MP, 1st Baronet of Roydon Hall; Jane Monyns and Elizabeth Ashburnham
Brother of Bennet Twysden; Catherine Twysden; Margaret Dering and Margaret Dering

Occupation: High Sheriff of Kent in 1571
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About Roger Twysden

  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 57
  • Twysden, Roger by Thomas Seccombe
  • TWYSDEN, Sir ROGER (1597–1672), historical antiquary, born in 1597, was the grandson of Roger Twysden (1542–1603), sheriff of Kent, and great-grandson of William Twysden, who married Elizabeth Roydon, eventual heiress of Roydon Hall in East Peckham, Kent. The Roydon estates passed by this marriage to the Twysdens, themselves an ancient Kentish family. The antiquary's father was William Twysden (1566–1629), who in 1591 was married by Alexander Nowel [q. v.], dean of St. Paul's, to Anne (d. 1638), eldest daughter of Sir Moyle Finch of Eastwell, Kent, and sister of Sir Heneage Finch [q. v.] .... etc.
  • .... But he was spared any outward sign of the disapproval of the Cabal ministry, for on 27 June 1672, while riding through the Malling woods on his way to petty sessions, he was suddenly attacked with apoplexy, and died the same day. He was buried at East Peckham. He married, on 27 Jan. 1635, Isabella, youngest daughter and coheiress of Sir Nicholas Saunders of Ewell in Surrey; she died, aged 52, on 11 March 1656–7, and was buried in East Peckham church on 17 March (her holograph ‘Diary,’ 1645–51, comprises Addit. MSS. 34169–72). Sir Roger gives an affecting picture of her last hours, and sums up: ‘She was the saver of my estate. Never man had a better wife, never children a better mother.’ They had issue (1) Sir William, third baronet (d. 27 Nov. 1697), grandfather of Philip Twysden, bishop of Raphoe (from 1747 until his death on 2 Nov. 1752), whose daughter Frances married in 1770 the fourth Earl of Jersey, and as ‘Lady Jersey’ is conspicuous in ‘Walpole's Correspondence;’ (2) Roger, who died without issue in 1676; (3) Charles, a traveller in the east, who died in 1690; and three daughters: Anne, who married John Porter of Lamberhurst, Kent; Isabella (d. 1726); and Frances, who married Sir Peter Killigrew of Arnewick, and died in 1711.
  • .... etc.
  • Among the Roydon manuscripts that have been since printed are (i.) ‘An Account of Queen Anne Bullen from a Manuscript in the Handwriting of Sir R. Twysden, 1623, with the Endorsement, “I receaued this from my uncle Wyat, who beeing yonge had gathered many notes towching this Lady not without an intent to have opposed Saunders”’ (Twysden's grandfather, Roger, had married Anne, eldest daughter of Sir Thomas Wyatt [q. v.], the rebel). This was privately printed about 1815. The original manuscript has some interesting notes by Sir Roger upon the margin. (ii.) ‘Certaine Considerations upon the Government of England,’ first edited for the Camden Society in 1849, with a most able ‘Introduction’ by John Mitchell Kemble [q. v.], the historian. Of more interest than these, however, is (iii.) Twysden's own manuscript journal, formerly among the papers at Roydon House, and now in the British Museum (Addit. MSS. 34163–5), entitled ‘An Historical Narrative of the two Houses of Parliament, and either of them their Committees and Agents' violent Proceedings against Sr Roger Twysden.’ This document, which constitutes the main authority for the middle portion of Twysden's life, was first printed (with a facsimile of the front page) in the ‘Archæologia Cantiana’ (1858–61, vols. i–iv.).
  • A large portion of Twysden's cherished books and manuscripts, many of them annotated, were, together with those of Edward Lhwyd [q. v.], in the library of Sir John Sebright of Beechwood, Hertfordshire, and were sold by Leigh & Sotheby on 6 April 1807. Among the books then acquired by the British Museum is a copy of Sarpi's ‘Historia del Concilio Tridentino,’ London, 1619, with Twysden's autograph signature under the date 1627, and a large number of marginal notes in his own hand; these are pronounced by Lord Acton to be ‘in part of real value’ (1876, manuscript note); among the manuscripts is an excellent one of Ovid's ‘Metamorphoses,’ which was used by Thomas Farnaby [q. v.] for his edition of 1637. Sir Roger possessed the rare unexpurgated edition of John Cowell's ‘Interpreter’ (Cambridge, 1607); this he interleaved, and his valuable ‘Adversaria’ are described in ‘Archæologia Cantiana’ (ii. 221, 313).
  • [Kemble's Introduction to Twysden's Government of England (Camden Soc.), 1849; Proceedings in Kent in 1640, ed. Larking, for the same society, 1862; Betham's Baronetage, i. 126–9; Cotton's Baronetage, i. 214; Carew's Works, ed. Ebsworth; Berry's Kent Genealogies, p. 310; Burke's Extinct Baronetage; Hasted's Kent, ii. 213, 275, 728; Harleian Miscellany, vol. x.; Nichols's Progresses of James I; Gent. Mag. 1859, ii. 245; Brydges's Restituta, iii.; Cotton's Fasti Eccl. Hib. iii. 356; Evelyn's Diary, ed. Wheatley, ii. 188; Gardiner's Hist. of England, x. 182 sq.; Notes and Queries, 2nd ser. x. 471; Archæologia Cantiana, i–iv., v. 89 n., 105, 110, viii. 59, 69, x. 211, 213, xviii. 124, 138; Addit. MSS. 34147–78 (Twysden family of East Peckham Collections); Brit. Mus. Cat. The name Twysden is conspicuous by its absence from the Encyclopædias, from the Britannica downwards.]
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  • Roger Twysden
  • Birth: unknown
  • Death: 1603
  • Sir Roger Twysden, High Sheriff of Kent and reportedly Baron of Twysden. Born 19 Sep 1542 (the same day as his wife Ann Wyatt) at Royden Hall, East Peckham, Kent, England & died Nov 1603 Pluckey, Kent, England. The title passed to Ann & Roger's son William, who in turn passed the title to his son Roger.
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  • Ann Wiat Twysden (1542 - 1592)
  • Burial: St Michael Churchyard, East Peckham, Tonbridge and Malling Borough, Kent, England
  • Plot: Memorial in the nave.
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 45618262
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  • Anne WYATT
  • Born: 1542
  • Died: 1592
  • Father: Thomas "The Younger" WYATT (Sir)
  • Mother: Jane HAWTE
  • Married: Roger TWYSDEN of Pickham (Sir) (b. 1538)
  • Children:
    • 1. William TWYSDEN (1° Bt. of Roydon Hall) (d. 8 Jan 1628) (m. Anne Finch)
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  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 63

Wyatt, Thomas (1521?-1554) by Sidney Lee

  • WYATT, Sir THOMAS the younger (1521?–1554), conspirator, was the eldest and only surviving son of Sir Thomas Wyatt the elder [q. v.], by his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Brooke, third lord Cobham. He was brought up as a catholic. He is described as ‘twenty-one years and upwards’ in the ‘inquisitio post mortem’ of his father, which was dated 8 Jan. 1542–3. The Duke of Norfolk was one of his godfathers. In boyhood he is said to have accompanied his father on an embassy to Spain, where the elder Sir Thomas Wyatt was threatened by the Inquisition. To this episode has been traced an irremovable detestation of the Spanish government, but the anecdote is probably apocryphal. All that is positively known of his relations with his father while the latter was in Spain is found in two letters which the elder Wyatt addressed from Spain to the younger, then fifteen years old. The letters give much sound moral advice. In 1537 young Wyatt married when barely sixteen. He succeeded on his father's death in 1542 to Allington Castle and Boxley Abbey in Kent, with much other property. But the estate was embarrassed, and he parted with some outlying lands on 30 Nov. 1543 to the king, receiving for them 3,669l. 8s. 2d. In 1542 he alienated, too, the estate of Tarrant in Dorset in favour of a natural son, Francis Wyatt, whose mother was Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Edward Darrel of Littlecote. Wyatt was of somewhat wild and impulsive temperament. .... etc.
  • On the day appointed for his execution (11 April) Wyatt requested Lord Chandos, the lieutenant of the Tower, to permit him to speak to a fellow-prisoner, Edward Courtenay, earl of Devonshire. According to Chandos's report Wyatt on his knees begged Courtenay ‘to confess the truth of himself.’ The interview lasted half an hour. It does not appear that he said anything to implicate Princess Elizabeth, but he seems to have reproached Courtenay with being the instigator of his crime (cf. Foxe, Acts and Monuments, iii. 41, and Tytler, Hist. of Edward VI and Mary, ii. 320). Nevertheless, at the scaffold on Tower Hill he made a speech accepting full responsibility for his acts and exculpating alike Elizabeth and Courtenay (Chronicles of Queen Jane and Queen Mary, p. 73; Bayley, Hist. of the Tower, p. xlix). After he was beheaded, his body was subjected to all the barbarities that formed part of punishment for treason. Next day his head was hung to a gallows on ‘Hay Hill beside Hyde Park,’ and subsequently his limbs were distributed among gibbets in various quarters of the town (Machyn, Diary, p. 60). His head was stolen on 17 April.
  • Wyatt married in 1537 Jane, daughter of Sir William Hawte of Bishopsbourne, Kent. Through her he acquired the manor of Wavering. She bore him ten children, of whom three married and left issue. Of these a daughter Anna married Roger Twysden, grandfather of Sir Roger Twysden [q. v.], and another Charles Scott of Egerton, Kent, of the family of Scott of Scotshall. The son George was restored to his estate of Boxley, Kent, by Queen Mary, and to that of Wavering by Queen Elizabeth in 1570. He collected materials for a life of Queen Anne Boleyn, the manuscript of which passed to his sister's grandson, Sir Roger Twysden. In 1817 there was privately printed by Robert Triphook from a copy of Wyatt's manuscript ‘Extracts from the Life of Queen Anne Boleigne, by George Wyat. Written at the close of the XVIth century.’ The full original manuscript in George Wyatt's autograph is among the Wyatt MSS., now the property of the Earl of Romney. Twysden also based on Wyatt's collections his ‘Account of Queen Anne Bullen,’ which was first issued privately in 1808; it has little likeness to Wyatt's autograph ‘Life.’ The Wyatt MSS. contain letters and religious poems by George Wyatt, as well as a refutation of Nicholas Sanders's attacks on the characters of the two Sir Thomas Wyatts. George Wyatt, who died in 1623, was father of Sir Francis Wyatt [q. v.]
  • A portrait of Sir Thomas Wyatt the younger in profile on panel belongs to the fifth Earl of Romney, and is in his London residence, 4 Upper Belgrave Street.
  • [Dr. G. F. Nott's memoir (1816) prefixed to his edition of the Works of Sir Thomas Wyatt the elder (pp. lxxxix–xcviii) gives the main facts. An official account of Wyatt's rebellion was issued within a year of his execution, under the title of ‘Historie of Wyate's Rebellion, with the order and maner of resisting the same, etc., made and compyled by John Proctor [q. v.], Mense Januarii, anno 1555,’ reprinted in the Antiquarian Repertory, vol. iii. The account of the rebellion in Grafton's Chronicle is said to be from the pen of George Ferrers. Holinshed based his complete narrative of the rebellion in his Chronicle on Proctor's History, with a few hints from Grafton. A few particulars are added in Stowe's Annals. A full narrative with many documents from the Public Record Office is in R. P. Cruden's History of Gravesend, 1842, pp. 172 sq. See also Loseley MSS. edited by Kempe, 126–30; Diary of Henry Machyn, 1550–63 (Camden Soc.); Chronicle of Queen Jane and Queen Mary (Camden Soc.); Wriothesley's Chronicle (Camden Soc.); Lingard's Hist.; Froude's Hist.; Miscell. Genealogica et Heraldica, ii. 107 (new ser.); Bapst, Deux Gentilhommes-Poètes de la Cour de Henry VIII, pp. 266 seq.; Cave Browne's History of Boxley Parish, Maidstone, 1892; Wyatt MSS. in the possession of the Earl of Romney; information kindly given by the Hon. R. Marsham-Townshend.]
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  • Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger (1521 – 11 April 1554)[1] was a rebel leader during the reign of Mary I of England; his rising is traditionally called "Wyatt's rebellion". He was also the son of the English poet and ambassador Sir Thomas Wyatt.
  • Wyatt was the son of Sir Thomas Wyatt and Elizabeth Brooke, the daughter of Thomas Brooke, 8th Baron Cobham, by Dorothy Heydon, daughter of Sir Henry Heydon and Elizabeth or Anne Boleyn, daughter of Sir Geoffrey Boleyn. He was the grandson of Sir Henry Wyatt and Anne Skinner, the daughter of John Skinner of Reigate, Surrey.[2]
  • .... etc.
  • n 1537, Wyatt married Jane Haute, the daughter of Sir William Haute (d.1539) of Bishopsbourne, Kent, by Mary, the daughter of Sir Richard Guildford.[4] They had five sons, George, Richard, Charles, Arthur and Henry, and four daughters, Joyce, Ursula, Anne, and Jane.[4] Three of their children married and continued the lineage.[3] Anne married Roger Twysden, whose grandson was Sir Roger Twysden. Sir Roger inherited Wyatt the Younger's son George Wyatt's manuscript on Anne Boleyn's life, entitled Extracts from the Life of Queen Anne Boleigne, by George Wyat. Written at the close of the XVIth century.[3]
  • His estates were afterwards partly restored to his son, George. George's son, Sir Francis Wyatt (d. 1644), was governor of Virginia in 1621–26 and 1639–42.[3] A fragment of the castle of Allington is still inhabited as a Grade 1 listed building, near Maidstone, on the bank of the Medway. A great-grandson of note was explorer and interpreter, Captain Henry Fleete of Maryland and Virginia,
  • See James Anthony Froude, History of England.
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  • Sir Thomas Wyatt, Sheriff of Kent1,2,3,4
  • M, #90816, b. circa 1522, d. 11 April 1554
  • Father Sir Thomas Wyatt, Sheriff of Kent, Ambassador to the Emperor1,2,5,6 b. 1503, d. 11 Oct 1542
  • Mother Elizabeth Brooke1,2,5,6 b. c 1505, d. 1560
  • Sir Thomas Wyatt, Sheriff of Kent was born circa 1522 at of Allington, Boxley Abbey, & Newnham Court, Kent, England; Age 21 in 1543.1,2,3,4 He married Jane Haute, daughter of Sir William Haute and Mary Guildford, in 1537; They had 5 sons (George, Esq; Richard; Charles; Arthur; Thomas; & Henry) & 4 daughters (Joyce; Ursula; Anne, wife of RogerTwisden; & Jane, wife of Charles Scott, Esq.).1,2,3,4 Sir Thomas Wyatt, Sheriff of Kent died on 11 April 1554 at Tower of London, London, Middlesex, England; Beheaded for an armed plot against Queen Mary when she was to marry King Philip of Spain. He wouldn't implicate Princess Elizabeth, so he was killed.1,2,3,4
  • Family Jane Haute b. c 1522, d. a 1583
  • Child
    • George Wyatt, Esq.+7,1,3,4 b. 1550, d. b 1 Sep 1624
  • Citations
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 778.
  • [S15] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, p. 905.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 383.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 411.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 382.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 410.
  • [S15] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, p. 905-906.
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Name: Roger Twisden

Sex: M

Birth: 19 NOV 1542 in East Peckham, Kent, England

Death: NOV 1603 in Pluckley, Kent

Change Date: 7 JUL 2005

Note: Roger was Sheriff of Kent in about 1600

Marriage 1 Anne Wyatt b: 19 SEP 1542 in Allington, Kent, England

Note: _UIDF28DED5FC17AD74FA0FBEF7C7392849752A7


Elizabeth Twisden b: 1559
Margaret Twisden b: 1562
Margaret Twisden b: 1564
William Twisden b: 4 APR 1566 in East Peckham, Kent
Bennetta Twisden b: 1570


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Roger Twysden's Timeline

November 19, 1542
Roydon Hall, East Peckham, Kent
Age 21
East Peckham, Kent, England
April 4, 1566
Age 23
Age 36
East Peckham, Kent, UK
November 9, 1603
Age 61
East Peckham, Kent
November 1603
Age 60
Pluckley, Kent, UK
Sheriff of kent