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Hugh Cholmondeley

Also Known As: "Hugh Cholmondeley"
Death: Died
Place of Burial: Saint Oswald's Church, Malpas, Cheshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Richard Cholmondeley and Elizabeth Brereton
Husband of Eleanor Cholmondeley; Anne Cholmondeley, Lady and Mary Griffith
Father of Sir Hugh Cholmondelay, the Younger and Frances Wilbraham
Brother of Anne Cholmondelay; Richard Cholmondelay; Katherine Cholmondeley; Agnes Cholmondeley; Randel Cholmondelay and 1 other
Half brother of Elizabeth Mainwaring; Margaret de Mainwaring; Katherine Davenport and Maud Samford

Occupation: Five times sheriff of Cheshire
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About Sir Hugh Cholmondeley

Hugh Cholmondeley (soldier)

Sir Hugh Cholmondeley (1513 – 6 January 1596) was an English soldier.

Cholmondeley was the second son of Richard Cholmondeley (not to be confused with a cousin, Richard Cholmondeley) and Elizabeth Brereton. The Cholmondeley family had held the lordship of Cholmondeley in Cheshire since the time of the Norman conquest. He succeeded his elder brother who died in 1539.

He fought against the Scots in 1542 and for this he was knighted by King Henry VIII. In 1557 he raised one hundred men at his own expense and joined the Earl of Derby in his expedition against an invading Scottish army. Apart from his military career he was also High Sheriff (six times) and Deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire and High Sheriff of Flintshire (1582).

Cholmondeley married twice: firstly heiress Ann Dorman, daughter of George Dorman of Malpas and mother of his children and secondly Mary, daughter of Sir William Griffith and widow of Sir Randall Brereton of Malpas. Cholmondeley died in January 1596 and was buried at Malpas. He was succeeded by his son Sir Hugh Cholmondeley the younger, MP for Cheshire in 1585, knighted in 1588 and High Sheriff of Cheshire for 1589.

Sir Hugh the younger (1552-1601) married Mary Holford and had five sons and three daughters. Their eldest son Robert was created Earl of Leinster in 1646; another son, Hugh, was the ancestor of the Marquesses of Cholmondeley; while yet another son, Thomas, was the ancestor of the Barons Delamere. His wife Lady Cholmondeley gained fame in her own right for her lawsuit against her uncle George Holford over the inheritance of her father's estates.



  • CHOLMLEY (CHOLMONDELEY), Sir Hugh (by 1513-97), of Cholmondeley, Cheshire.
  • b. by 1513, 2nd s. of Richard Cholmley (d.1517/18) of Cholmondeley by Elizabeth, da. of Sir Randall Brereton of Malpas; bro. of Ralph. m. (1) Amy or Anne (d.1571), da. of Sir George Darman or Dorman of Malpas, 3s. inc. Hugh† 1da., (2) Mary, da. of Sir William Gruffydd of Penrhyn, Caern., wid. of Sir Randall Brereton of Malpas, s.p. suc. bro. 1539. Kntd. 11 May 1544.2
  • Offices Held
    • Commr. musters, Cheshire 1544, 1569, 1570, Denb. 1550, chantries, Cheshire, Lancs. and Chester 1548, relief, Salop and Cheshire 1550, goods of churches and fraternities, Cheshire 1553, eccles. causes, diocese of Chester 1562, piracy, Cheshire 1565; other commissions 1570-86; j.p. Cheshire 1547, q. by 1562, Salop 1582; sheriff, Cheshire 1547-8, 1554-5, 1565-6, 1572-3, 1588-9, Flints. 1582-3; member, council in marches of Wales 1560, v.-pres. 1569-71; dep. lt. Cheshire 1569, 1585, 1587; custos rot. 1579-d.3
  • Cholmley had a long, but colourless career; little of a personal nature has come down about him and most of the other references to him are workaday. He was a second son but his elder brother died childless in 1539 leaving him the inheritance when he was in his mid twenties. Called upon in 1544 to supply 50 men (only two of his neighbours had to furnish more) for the Scottish war, he himself commanded double that number and so bore himself during the attacks on Edinburgh and Leith that he was among those knighted at Leith by Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford.4
  • When he was preparing to set out for the north in March 1544 Cholmley had written to Hertford’s right-hand man John Thynne, who was already at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, ‘if you lie upon a bottle of hay that you will be content to let me have part with you like as it hath pleased you to do all times when we have been together’. How and when the friendship between the two had originated can only be guessed at: Thynne’s family home at Church Stretton in Shropshire was perhaps too far from Cholmondeley for it to have begun in their boyhood and no other early connexion between them has been found. For Cholmley to have known Thynne thus well, however, could have contributed towards his return for the shire to the Parliament of 1547, especially if, as is likely, his election was followed almost immediately by his being pricked sheriff: true, he belonged to the small group of leading gentlemen who claimed the knighthood of the shire in turn, but nearly all of them had also served with Hertford in Scotland and they may have been content to take their lead from him. Of Cholmley’s part in the proceedings of this Parliament nothing is known, but since it was to be the only one he attended in the course of a long life he perhaps neither took to the Commons nor made any mark there.5
  • Outside Parliament Cholmley was to render the crown lengthy and varied service. In 1557 he renewed his experience of border warfare by joining the army led against the Scots by the 3rd Earl of Derby. Under Elizabeth he became a member of the council in the marches, of which he was made vice-president in 1569 when (Sir) Henry Sidney went to Ireland: he was discharged from the council after 1571 but reinstated in 1575, and according to the council’s historian ‘there is no evidence that he played any very remarkable part in its history’. A like passivity seems to have characterized his religious outlook: having evidently conformed under both Edward VI and Mary, he was reported by his bishop in 1564 to adhere to the Anglican settlement, and 15 years later his religious disposition drew the comment, ‘No man knoweth, but obedient’. After his son and namesake’s knighting in 1587 it becomes difficult to distinguish between the two, but in view of the father’s age it was probably the son who was discharging the duties then associated with the name. The father’s monumental inscription in Malpas church, however, makes it clear that it was he who was once again pricked sheriff in 1588. Cholmley was well into his eighties when he died at his home on 16 Jan. 1597.6
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  • Sir Hugh Cholmondeley1
  • M, #216572, d. 1577/78
  • Last Edited=13 Mar 2007
  • Sir Hugh Cholmondeley was the son of Richard Cholmondely and Elizabeth (?).2,3 He married Anne Dorman, daughter of George Dorman.1 He died in 1577/78.1
  • He held the office of Sheriff of Cheshire.3 He held the office of Sheriff of Flintshire.3 He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.) of Cheshire.3
  • Child of Sir Hugh Cholmondeley and Anne Dorman
    • 1.Sir Hugh Cholmondeley+1 b. 1513, d. 23 Jul 1601
  • Citations
  • 1.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume III, page 200. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 2.[S37] BP2003 See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • 3.[S37] BP2003. [S37]
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  • Sir Hugh Cholmondeley
  • M, #44552, b. 1514, d. 6 January 1596
  • Father Richard Cholmondeley, Esq. d. 1518
  • Mother Eleanor Dutton
  • Sir Hugh Cholmondeley was born in 1514 at of Cholmondeley, Cheshire, England. He married Anne Dorman, daughter of Sir George Dorman and Agnes Hill, circa 1550. Sir Hugh Cholmondeley died on 6 January 1596; Buried 31 Jan 1596 at Malpas, Cheshire.
  • Family Anne Dorman
  • Child
    • Sir Hugh Cholmondeley, Sheriff of Cheshire+ b. 1552, d. 23 Jul 1601
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Sir Hugh Cholmondeley's Timeline

Age 40
Malpas, Cheshire, England
Age 42
Chester, Cheshire, England
January 6, 1596
Age 84
Saint Oswald's Church, Malpas, Cheshire, England