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Edward Devereux, MP, 1st Baronet of Castle Bromwich

Also Known As: "Sir Edward Deveroys Edmund"
Birthplace: Bromwick Castle, Aston, Warwickshire, England
Death: Died in Aston, Warwickshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Walter Devereux, 1st Viscount Hereford and Margaret Devereux
Husband of Catherine Devereux
Partner of Ursula Deveroys
Father of Anne Leighton; Sir Walter Devereux, 5th Viscount Hereford; Grace Devereux; Margaret Devereux; Sir George Devereux of Vaynor & Sheldon Hall and 8 others
Brother of Katherine (Devereux) Baskerville
Half brother of Sir Richard Devereux, MP; The Hon. Sir William Devereux, MP; Walter William Gilliam, Viscount Of Hereford and Henry Devereaux

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About Sir Edward Devereux, MP, 1st Baronet of Castle Bromwich

Sir Edward Devereux, 1st Baronet of Castle Bromwich

Sir Edward Devereux (c1544-1622) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons, and was an English Baronet.

Edward Devereux[1] was born about 1544, and was the son of Walter Devereux, 1st Viscount Hereford by his second wife, Margaret, daughter of Robert Garneys of Kenton in Suffolk. His father established him at Castle Bromwich upon his marriage to Catherine Arden of Park Hall.[2] He inherited little property on the death of his father, but purchased in 1572 from his half-nephew Essex the reversion of the Warwickshire manor of Castle Bromwich, which formed part of the jointure of his mother, Margaret, dowager viscountess of Hereford. Sir Edward built or rebuilt Castle Bromwich Hall in 1599.[2][3]

He was the Member of Parliament for Tamworth from 1588 to 1589.[2] He served as Sheriff of Warwickshire from 1593 to 1594.[2]

Following the execution of his great-nephew the 2nd earl of Essex for treason, Edward Devereux and several relatives were reported to Sir Robert Cecil for holding a clandestine meeting at Wolverhampton. No charges were ever brought regarding this.

Edward Devereux had acquired considerable wealth during his lifetime. For a payment of £1000 to support efforts to suppress a rebellion in Ireland,[3] James I created him Baronet of Castle Bromwich on 25 November 1611 (10 Jac 1).[4] He was knighted the following year. When his son and heir, Walter Devereux, married his second wife probably in January 1615, Edward settled on him the Herefordshire manor of Stoke Lacy.

Following Edward’s death, Walter engaged in a bitter quarrel over his inheritance with his mother, Catherine. The source of their dispute was an agreement made in 1601. As a widow Catherine was to retain possession of Castle Bromwich during her lifetime. In return, she was to pay her son an annual rent of £40; allow him to occupy a designated suite of rooms in the manor house if he wished; and grant him the right to receive the profits of timber on the estate. These arrangements, which had seemed acceptable when they were made, were now regarded by Walter Devereux as distinctly unattractive. Lady Catherine had already been well provided for, both by her husband, Edward, and the 1st Viscount Hereford; between them they had granted her a jointure estate worth £400 p.a. Her lease of Castle Bromwich gave her an additional £120 a year in clear profit. All told, Walter complained, Catherine’s landed income was now of a greater yearly value than the lands and tenements he had as heir of his father. Catherine responded to these complaints in February 1623 by accusing her son in Chancery of making Castle Bromwich the subject of secret conveyances, and of refusing to allow her half the interest on loans made by Sir Edward during his lifetime. As Sir Edward had £21,000 out on loan at his death, the sum involved was substantial. Unfortunately for Walter Devereux, the 1601 lease was valid in law, and consequently Catherine retained Castle Bromwich and most of its contents until her death in 1627.

He married Catherine,[4] eldest daughter of Edward Arden of Park-Hall in Warwickshire. They had issue:

  • Ambrose Devereux.[4] Died unmarried in lifetime of his father.
  • Walter Devereux, 5th Viscount Hereford.[4] Succeeded his father.
  • William Devereux.[4] Died unmarried
  • Sir George Devereux of Sheldon-Hall in Warwickshire.[4] He married Blanch, daughter of Sir John Ridge of Ridge in Shropshire. They had issue: George, Walter, Arden, Edward, William, Samuel, and Robert. His grandson, Price Devereux would become the 9th Viscount Hereford upon the failure of the line of his elder brother.
  • Edward Devereux.[4] Died unmarried.
  • Henry Devereux.[4] He married Barbara, daughter of Robert Smalbroke of Yardley, but left no issue.
  • Margaret Devereux.[4] She married Sir Hugh Wrottesley of Wrottesley in Staffordshire
  • Anne Devereux.[4] She married Robert Leighton of Watlesborough in Shropshire.
  • Howard Devereux.[4] She married Thomas Dilke of Maxtoke-Castle in Warwickshire.
  • Grace Devereux.[4]

Devereux died on 22 September 1622.[4] He was buried at Aston in Warwickshire.[4] His wife, Katherine, followed him in death on 20 November 1627, and was buried at his side.[4]



  • Sir Edward Devereux, 1st Bt.1
  • M, #438025, d. 22 September 1622
  • Last Edited=2 May 2011
  • Sir Edward Devereux, 1st Bt. was the son of Walter Devereux, 1st Viscount Hereford and Margaret Garneys.2 He married Catherine Arden, daughter of Edward Arden.1 He died on 22 September 1622.1
  • Sir Edward Devereux, 1st Bt. held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Tamworth from 1588 to 1589.1 He held the office of High Sheriff of Warwickshire from 1593 to 1594.1 He was created 1st Baronet Devereux, of Castle Bromwich, co. Warwick [England] on 25 November 1611.1
  • Children of Sir Edward Devereux, 1st Bt. and Catherine Arden
    • 1.Sir George Devereux+2 d. 1665
    • 2.Anne Devereux1
    • 3.Mary Devereux1
    • 4.Sir Walter Devereux, 5th Viscount Hereford+2 b. 1578, d. b 5 Jan 1657/58
  • Citations
  • 1.[S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 2, page 1876. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  • 2.[S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
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  • Sir Edward Devereux
  • M, #67728, b. 3 August 1558, d. 22 September 1622
  • Father Sir Walter Devereux, 1st Viscount Hereford b. 1491, d. 17 Sep 1558
  • Mother Margaret Garneys b. c 1520, d. a 12 Feb 1594
  • Sir Edward Devereux married Ursula Pitcher DID NOT MARRY.1 Sir Edward Devereux was born on 3 August 1558 at Castle Bromwich, Warwickshire, England. He died on 22 September 1622 at age 64.
  • Family Ursula Pitcher b. c 1565
  • Child
    • Elizabeth Devereux+ b. 3 Apr 1586
  • Citations
  • 1.[S74] Brent Ruesch's Research Notes.
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  • DEVEREUX, Edward (c.1550-1622), of Castle Bromwich, Warws.
  • Family and Education
  • b. c.1550, yst. s. of Walter Devereux, 1st Visct. Hereford, by his 2nd w. Margaret, da. of Robert Garnish of Kenton, Suff. m. Katherine, da. of Edward Arden of Park Hall, 5s. 4da. cr. Bt. 25 Nov. 1611. Kntd. 19 Aug. 1612.1
  • Offices Held
    • Sheriff, Warws. And Leics. 1593-4; j.p.q. Warws. from c.1591.
  • As the youngest son, Devereux inherited little land. In 1572 he purchased from his nephew Walter, 1st Earl of Essex, the reversion of the manor of Castle Bromwich and other property, then held by his mother in dower. He did not come into full possession of the property until her death in 1599, but he had probably lived there as a country gentleman for most of his life. There are few references to his activities, though in the 1590s he had lodgings in London, and he was given an honorary admission to Gray’s Inn in 1595, probably through his great-nephew of the half-blood Robert, 2nd Earl of Essex, with whom his connexion was probably closer than appears from the surviving evidence. This consists only of a report to Cecil in September 1601, after the Earl’s execution, that Devereux and his son had taken part in a suspicious meeting with others of his family and friends at Wolverhampton.2
  • No doubt it was Essex who obtained Devereux his one seat in the Commons. He was not politically active, however, nor a power in his shire. He built up his estates and had a new hall constructed at Castle Bromwich. In his last will, made 25 July 1622, he apologized for not leaving tokens of remembrance to his friends and explained that the jewels and rings he had set aside for that purpose had been stolen. His goods he divided mainly between his wife and eldest son Sir Walter, with only 5s. to his unmarried daughter Grace, ‘by reason of her uncivil behaviour’. The residue went to purchase lands for his grandson Essex Devereux, later Viscount Hereford. Sir Walter, the sole executor, proved the will 3 Oct. 1622. Devereux died 22 Sept. and was buried in Aston church, near Birmingham.3
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  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 14
  • Devereux, Walter (d.1558) by William Hunt ‎
  • DEVEREUX, WALTER, Viscount Hereford (d. 1558), son of John, lord Ferrers, of Chartley, Staffordshire, and Cecily, sister of Henry Bourchier, earl of Essex, was born before 1490 (Doyle), succeeded his father as third baron Ferrers in 1501, and on 7 Dec. 1509 received special livery of the lands of his inheritance, being then under full age (Cal. of Henry VIII, vol. i. No. 736). He was appointed high steward of Tamworth in 1510 (ib. 1354), and joint-constable of Warwick Castle with Sir Edward Belknap in February 1511 (ib. 1499). He accompanied his brother-in-law, the Marquis of Dorset, on the expedition sent to Guipuscoa in 1512, in order to act with the Spaniards in an intended invasion of Guienne (Herbert, History of Henry VIII, p. 127). In the December of that year he was appointed captain of the Imperyall Carrik (Cal. ii. No. 3591), and the next year commanded the Trinitye, receiving 6s. 8d. a day as pay (ib. 4533). While serving under Admiral Sir Edward Howard he took a prominent part in the engagement off Conquêt on 25 April, in which the admiral fell (Herbert, p. 138). On 1 Aug. following he was appointed a member of the council of Wales and the marches. He was made a knight of the Garter in 1523, and served in the ineffectual campaign of the Duke of Suffolk against France. In 1525 he was appointed steward of the household of Mary, princess of Wales, and chief justice of South Wales, and the next year chamberlain of South Wales (Cal. iv. No. 2200), and appears to have been actively engaged in fulfilling the duties of these offices. When Henry made his expedition against France in 1544, he marched in the rear guard of the army under the command of Lord Russell (Herbert, p. 690). He was sworn of the privy council of Edward VI in January, and created Viscount Hereford on 2 Feb. 1550 (Doyle). He died 27 Sept. 1558, and was buried in the parish church of Stowe, near Stafford, under a monument erected during his lifetime (Dugdale). By his first wife, Mary, daughter of Thomas Grey, marquis of Dorset, he had two sons and a daughter. His eldest son, Richard, married Dorothy, daughter of George Hastings, earl of Huntingdon, and predeceased him in 1547, leaving a son Walter, created earl of Essex [q. v.], and other children. His second wife was Margaret, daughter of Robert Garnish of Kenton, Suffolk, by whom he had an only son, Sir Edward Devereux.
  • [Several notices of Walter Devereux, lord Ferrers, will be found in Calendar of Henry VIII, vols. i–vii.; Lord Herbert's Hist. of the Reign of Henry VIII, ed. 1870; Doyle's Official Baronage, ii. 167, where a portrait of Devereux is given from the Stowe monument; Dugdale's Baronage, ii. 177.]
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