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Sir John Savage, knight of the Garter

Also Known As: "Mayor of Vale Royal", "Knight", ""Mayor of Vale Royal" "Knight""
Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Clifton, Rock Savage, Cheshire, England
Death: November 22, 1495 (68-76)
Macclesfield, Cheshire East, England
Place of Burial: Macclesfield, Cheshire East, England, UK
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir John Savage III, of Clifton and Eleanor Elizabeth Brereton, Lady Savage
Husband of Katherine Savage
Father of Sir John Savage V, K.B., K.G.; Robert Savage, Lord of the Ardes; Dulcia Bold; Elisabetha Leeke; Margaret Trafford and 14 others
Brother of Gracia de Savage; Margery de Bromley; Ellen Warburton; Eleanor Savage; Elizabeth Savage and 7 others
Half brother of Alice Dulcia

Occupation: Mayor of Chester, Commander of the left wing of Henry Tudor's Army at Bosworth., Commander of Henry Tudor's left wing at Bosworth
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About Sir John Savage IV, of Clifton

Knighted by Henry VI in 1477. The Savage family were important Cheshire landowners from the late 1370s, when the family acquired lands at Clifton by the marriage of John Savage (d. 1386) to Margaret Danyers.[1] Sir John Savage (d. 1597/8) was the seneschal of Halton Castle, and also served at various times as a member of parliament for Cheshire, mayor of Chester and High Sheriff of Cheshire.[1][2] Rocksavage was built for him on a hillside overlooking the River Weaver. Started in around 1565, the house was completed in 1568.[3][4][5][6] Rocksavage was one of the great Elizabethan "prodigy houses" of Cheshire.[7][8] Hearth-tax assessments of 1674 show that it was the second largest house in the county, its fifty hearths being surpassed only by Cholkmondeley House.[9] An early 17th century description praised the mansion's "magnificent fabric".[10] The medieval family seat of Clifton Hall stood nearby, and was retained as farm and service buildings.[2][9] James I dined at Rocksavage with his retinue on 21 August 1617 on his way to Vale Royal Abbey and Chester.[10] During the Civil War, John Savage, Earl Rivers, declared for the royalist side. Rocksavage was ransacked by parliamentarian forces, and the roof and part of the walls were destroyed.[8] The first Duke of Monmouth stayed at Rocksavage on 13 September 1682 as a guest of Thomas Savage, Earl Rivers, while touring Cheshire to assess support for a faction opposed to Charles II.[2][11]


The most interesting monument in St. Michael's Church, Macclesfield, is the one on the south side of the chancel. It is a splendid altar tomb or alabaster, on which are the recumbent figures of a "Knight and his Ladye." The knight's feet rest on a dog. In the lady's headdress, which is extremely rich, the letters I.H.S. are frequently repeated. The knight's represents Sir John Savage, and the lady's Katharine, his wife, daughter of Sir Thomas, first Lord Stanley, of Knowsley, parents of Archbishop Savage, who founded the adjoining chapel. This Sir John Savage served the office of Mayor of Chester, and died 11, Henry VII., aged 73 years.

PIctures of the tomb of Sir John Savage, and the lady's Katharine, his wife, daughter of Sir Thomas, first Lord Stanley, of Knowsley, at St. Michael's Church, Macclesfield, Cheshire at

Name: John [IV @] de Savage

Sex: M

Birth: 1422 in Clifton, Cheshire, England

Death: 22 NOV 1495 in Macclesfield Pk., England

Father: Sir John [III @] de Savage b: 1403 in Clifton, Cheshire, England

Mother: Eleanor or Elizabeth [@] de Brereton b: ABT 1406 in England

Marriage 1 Catherine [@] de Stanley b: 1430 in Stanley, Derbyshire,England

Married: BEF 1447 in Clinton, Cheshire, England


Ellen Savage b: ABT 1430
Eleanor [@] Savage b: 1447 in Prob Clifton, Cheshire, England
Lawrence [@] Savage b: 1449 in Clifton, Cheshire, England
Margaret [@] Savage b: 1450 in Clinton, Cheshire, England
James [@] Savage b: 1451 in Clifton, Cheshire, England
John [V @] de Savage b: 1452 in Clifton, Cheshire, England
Dau [@] Savage b: 1453 in Clifton, Cheshire, England
Elizabeth [@] Savage b: 1454 in Clifton, Cheshire, England
Alice [@] de Savage b: 1457 in Clifton, Cheshire, England
Katherine [@] Savage b: 1458 in Clifton, Cheshire, England
Thomas [@] Savage b: 1463 in Clifton, Cheshire, England
Humphrey [@] Savage b: 1465 in Clifton, Cheshire, England
Richard [@] Savage b: 1467 in Clifton, Cheshire, England
William [@] Savage b: 1468 in Clifton, Cheshire, England
George [@] Savage b: 1471 in Clifton, Cheshire, England
Sir Christopher [Sr @] Savage b: 1473 in Clifton, Rock Sabage, Cheshire, England
Edward [@] Savage b: 1475 in Clifton, Cheshire, England
Margaret [@] Savage b: 1485



The fourth John Savage was knighted by Henry VI. He was a Mayor of Chester, held offices connected with the Royal Manor and Forest of Macclesfield, and Henry VI made him one of the "feofees" or trustees of the Duchy of Lancaster. He was married to the daughter of Lord Stanley. One of his sons, Thomas, eventually became Archbishop of York, and was buried there in 1508, his heart alone being buried in Macclesfield.The eldest son of the fourth Sir John Savage never lived to inherit the estates because he died during his father's lifetime. He was a warlike character, a Knight of the Garter, having fought at the Battle of Bosworth. He was killed during the siege of "Boloigne".

John Savage K>G> of Chifton and Rocksavage co. Chester,Knight of the Body of Chamberlain of Middlewich, born about 1423 ( age 40 in 1463)

He maried Katherine Stanley,saughter of Thomas Stanley,Knt. K>G>.ist Lord Stanley( a decendant of Geoffrey Plantagnet) by Joan ( decendant of King Edward the 1st. ) daughter and co-heiress of Robert de Goushill,Knt..


10 sons and five daughters as follows:

1.John Knt. K>B>   K>G>
2. Thoams(clerk) Bishope of Rochester
3. Humphrey
5 james
6.Edward Knt
7. Christopher,Knt.
9 William
10 Richard Knt.
12 Katherine M. Thomas Legh
13 Margaret
14 Alice m. Roger Pilkington
15 Elizabeth m. John Leeke

John Savage fought at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485

He died 22 Nov 1495 and was burried in Macclesfield.

Mayor of Chester

Descendants- Savage family in America

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