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Henry Skipwith, 1st Baronet Prestwold

Birthplace: Prestwould, Leicestershire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: November 1655 (66)
Prestwould, Leicestershire, England (United Kingdom)
Place of Burial: Stapleford, Broxtowe Borough, Nottinghamshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir William Skipworth, MP and Lady Margaret Cave
Husband of Anne Skipwith; Blandina Penven and Lady Ann Skipwith
Father of Lady Diana Dale; Elizabeth Dale; Sir Henry Skipwith, 2nd Baronet; Thomas Skipwith; Lady Diana Dale and 2 others
Brother of Jane Skipwith; Elizabeth Pate; Thomas Skipwith; Anne Skipwith; George Skipwith and 3 others

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About Sir Henry Skipwith, 1st Baronet Prestwold

Sir Henry Skipwith was born May 21, 1589 at of Prestwold, Leicestershire, Leicester, England. He was the son of Sir William Skipwith of Cotes and Prestwold, Leicestershire, and his first wife Margaret Cave.

Sir Henry Skipwith married twice:

  • (1) Amy, daughter of Sir Thomas Kempe of Olantigh, near Wye, Kent. Amy was the mother of all his children. Amy died in 1631 and was buried at Prestwold on 7 September 1631.
  • (2) Blandina, widow of John Acton of Elmley Lovett, Worcestershire. Blandina died intestate at Greenwich, London in 1660.

Sir Henry died in 1655 and was buried in the old church at Stapleford, Leicestershire, on 7 November 1655.

Sir Henry Skipwith was a very distinguished poet of the Elizabethan period. He was Knighted 19 Jul 1609, at Whitehall, and succeeded his father, Sir William Skipwith, 3 May 1610. He was created a baronet 20 Dec 1622. He was named Sheriff of Lincolnshire.

Sir Henry had been commissioned by King Charles I to raise troops against the Parliament forces under Oliver Cromwell. Because of this, he nearly lost his life, and his son Grey felt compelled to seek refuge in Virginia.

In 1649 Sir Henry was forced to lease his estate in Leicestershire, to Sir Christopher Packe who bought it in July 1653. Sir Christopher, an adherent of Oliver Cromwell became Lord Mayor of London in 1655.

Among the royalists who sought refuge in Virginia after the death of King Charles I, were Sir Grey Skipwith, his older sister Diana, and her eventual husband, Edward Dale.

Sir Grey was the second son of Sir Henry Skipwith, Baronet of Prestwold, Leicestershire, whose ancestry goes back in an unbroken line to the time of the Conqueror.

The English ancestry of Major Dale is uncertain, but there is evidence that he may have been "of" a Dale family from Brigstock, Northamptonshire, and London.

These early immigrants to America belonged to a class of emigrants to Virginia, who, Mr. Philip Alexander Bruce in his Social History of Virginia in the Seventeenth Century says: "Enjoyed an influence in the social life of the Colony which was out of proportion to their mere number. Some of these men, as we have seen, were persons of rank in England; others were untitled officers in the royal armies, and with few exceptions all were sprung from the English landed gentry. They brought with them to Virginia the tastes and habits of the society in which they moved, and to which they belonged by birth as well as by association, the society of the English country gentleman."

They settled on the Rappahannock, but on different sides of it; Sir Grey Skipwith in what is now Middlesex County, and Major Dale in Lancaster. Major Dale soon began taking a prominent part in county affairs and from 1655 to 1674 was clerk of Lancaster county; from 1669 to 1684 a Justice, or Commissioner of the County Court; in the years 1670, 1671, 1679, and served in the House of Burgesses.


  • Sir Henry Skipwith, 1st Baronet Skipwith1,2,3,4,5
  • M, #52489, b. 21 March 1590
  • Father Sir William Skipwith, Sheriff of Leicestershire6,3,5 b. c 1564, d. 3 May 1610
  • Mother Margaret Cave6,3,5 b. c 1567
  • Sir Henry Skipwith, 1st Baronet Skipwith was born on 21 March 1590 at of Prestold, Cotes, Leicestershire, England.6,3,5 He married Amy Kempe, daughter of Sir Thomas Kempe and Dorothy Thompson, circa 1616 at of Wye, Kent, England; They had 4 sons (William, Sir Henry, 2nd Baronet; Thomas;, & Sir Grey, 3rd Baronet) and 3 daughters (Elizabeth; Diana, wife of Major Edward Dale, Gent; & Anne).7,1,2,3,4,5 Sir Henry Skipwith, 1st Baronet Skipwith was buried on 7 November 1655 at Stapleford, Leicestershire, England; He married (2) at St. Mary's Woolnoth, London, on 2 May 1639, to Blandina Penwin, daughter of John Penwin of Badgeworth, Somerset.8,3,5
  • Family Amy Kempe b. 6 Aug 1591
  • Citations
  • 1.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 659-660.
  • 2.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 277.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 36.
  • 4.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 280.
  • 5.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 640.
  • 6.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 659.
  • 7.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 556.
  • 8.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 660.
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  • Sir Henry Skipwith, 1st Bt.1
  • M, #578411
  • Last Edited=8 Sep 2013
  • Sir Henry Skipwith, 1st Bt. is the son of Sir William Skipwith and Margaret Cave.2 He married Anne Kempe.1
  • He was educated Queens' College Cambridge.1 He was Diana, married Major Edward Dale, four times High Sheriff Lancaster Co, Va.1 He lived Prestwould.1 He was also known as 1st Baronet [U.K. Life Peer].1 He was knighted , Leics: Sheriff 1636, Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.) 1641, Commissioner of Array, Gentleman Privy Chamber to CHARLES I, royalist Civil War, declared a delinquent by Parl and fined £1,114 (some £45,000 in early-2000s terms), the Prestwould esta in 1609.1 On 20 December 1622 so created.1 In 1660 married 2nd Blandina (died ), dau of John Pennen, of Badgeworth, Somerset, and widow of John Acton, of Elmley Lovat, Worcs, goldsmith to CHARLES I, and by his 1st wife had, with an eldest son (William, b 1613, died without issue ) and three daught.1 In 1696 Anne, died unmarried ).1
  • Children of Sir Henry Skipwith, 1st Bt. and Anne Kempe
    • 1.Sir Henry Skipwith, 2nd Bt.2
    • 2.Sir Grey Skipwith, 3rd Bt.+2
  • Citations
  • 1.[S37] Volume 3, page 3641. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • 2.[S37] See. [S37]
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Sir Henry Skipwith, 1st Bart. of Prestwould, Co. Leicester. Created baronet December 1622. Sold Prestwould 1653.



Sir Henry Skipwith was created a Baronet by King James I, and was seated at Prestwould in Leicestershire.He was one of the Commissioners of Array for Leicestershire, and was sheriff for that county, 1 636-1637. He was Gentleman of the Privy Chamber and was a zealous Royalist. He was knighted at Whitehall and succeeded his father, Sir William Skipwith, May 3, 1610.

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Sir Henry Skipwith, 1st Baronet Prestwold's Timeline

May 21, 1589
Prestwould, Leicestershire, England (United Kingdom)
Virginia, Indiana, USA, Indianapolis, Marion County, IN, United States
September 16, 1615
Prestwold, Leicestershire, England (United Kingdom)
Prestwold, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom
May 21, 1621
Preswold, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom
May 27, 1621
Prestwould, Leicestershire, England
January 13, 1622
Prestwold, Leicestershire, England (United Kingdom)
December 20, 1622
Age 33