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John Savage, V

Also Known As: "Knight of the Garter"
Birthplace: Clifton, Cheshire, England
Death: October 18, 1492 (40-48)
Boulogne-sur-Mer, Comté d'Artois (Present department Pas-de-Calais), (Present Nord-Pas de Calais), France (Killed while on reconnaissance near the Siege of Boulogne.)
Place of Burial: Macclesfield, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir John Savage, IV, of Clifton, Knight of the Garter and Katherine Savage
Husband of Dorothy Lady of Clifton Vernon
Father of Alice Brereton (Savage); Ann Savage; Sir John Savage, VI, Kt., Sheriff of Worcestershire; Felicia Savage; Ellen Savage and 5 others
Brother of Elisabetha Leeke; Margaret Savage; Sir Edward Savage; Ellen Savage, of Clifton; Humphrey Savage and 11 others

Occupation: Killed in Siege of Boulogne (Bullen), France, Knight of the Garter, personally crowned Henry Vll after the battle.
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About Sir John Savage V, K.B., K.G.

Sir John served under King Henry VII in the Battle of Bosworth in England (described as some as the last significant battle in the War of the Roses). For his service, King Henry gave Sir John loans obtained during this battle.

Sir John continued his service to King Henry. When Henry invaded France (following Charles VIII of France receiving Perkin Warbeck, who had pretended to be Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York, who had been killed at the Tower of London a decade earlier), laying siege to Bullen (Boulogne), John was killed.

Imposter Warbeck would be eventually captured (1497) and slain (1499), at which time King Henry VII became the undisputed first Tudor King of England. This ushered in the Tudor dynasty which began a new era in English History.

Adlington Hall has the Savage Coat of Arms in it.

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From the Dictionary of the National Biography:,_John_(d.1492)_(DNB00)

SAVAGE, Sir JOHN (d. 1492), politician and soldier, was son of Sir John Savage (1422–1495) of Clifton, by Katherine, daughter of Thomas, lord Stanley, and sister of Thomas Stanley, first earl of Derby [q. v.] Thomas Savage (d. 1507) [q. v.], archbishop of York, was his brother.

John Savage, junior, as he was usually styled, was created a knight of the Bath by Edward IV on the occasion of his queen's coronation on 26 May 1465 (Letters and Papers illustrative of the Wars of the English in France under Henry VI, ed. Stevenson, Rolls Ser. ii. [784]). On 17 April 1483, as a knight of the royal body, he was one of those selected to bear Edward's body into Westminster Abbey (Letters and Papers illustrative of the Reigns of Richard III and Henry VII, ed. Gairdner, Rolls Ser. i. 5, 8).

Savage was mayor of Chester in 1484 and 1485, and in the former year was made a freeman of the city, with eight of his brothers.

Richard III bestowed much preferment upon him, delegating him to take the oaths of allegiance in Kent, and placing him in the commission of the peace (Harl. MS. 433, ff. 90–4). Nevertheless he had a secret understanding with the Earl of Richmond.

His treachery came to light through the arrest of Lord Stanley's son, Lord Strange, and Savage joined Richmond on his march through Wales. At the battle of Bosworth he is said to have commanded the left wing of Henry's army. For his services Henry VII granted him a number of forfeited estates in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Shropshire, on 7 March 1486. On 16 Feb. 1488 he received fresh grants, and on 16 Nov. was elected a knight of the Garter (Materials for the Reign of Henry VII, ed. Campbell, Rolls Ser. ii. 245).

He took part in the siege of Boulogne in October 1492, and, being intercepted by the enemy while reconnoitring, refused to surrender, and was in consequence slain (Bacon, Hist. of Henry VII, ed. Lumby, p. 102; Hall, Chronicle, 1809, p. 459).

By his wife Dorothy, daughter of Sir Ralph Vernon of Haddon, he had a son, John, who succeeded him, and four daughters. Sir John had also an illegitimate son George, rector of Davenham, Cheshire, who is said to have been the father of Edmund Bonner [q. v.], bishop of London.


  • [G. F. A[rmstrong]'s Savages of the Ards;
  • Addit. MS. 6298, f. 290;
  • Gairdner's Life of Richard III, 1879, pp. 288–9;
  • Ramsay's Lancaster and York, 1892, ii. 540;
  • Notes and Queries, 8th ser. vi. 397.]
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A warlike man, who fought at Battle of Bosworth, 1485.

Died before his father

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Became Knight of the Garter in 1488 under King Henry VII, probably following the Battle of Stoke. Said to have been knighted personally by the king after the battle.

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  • 'Sir John Savage1,2,3,4,5
  • 'M, #53290, b. circa 1448, d. 18 October 1492
  • Father Sir John Savage, Mayor of Chester1,2,6,7 b. c 1423, d. 22 Nov 1495
  • Mother Katherine Stanley1,2,6,7 b. 1430
  • ' Sir John Savage was born circa 1448 at of Clifton, Cheshire, England. He married Dorothy Vernon, daughter of Sir Ralph Vernon and Margaret Butler, circa 1470 at Clifton, Cheshire, England; They had 1 son (Sir John) and 5 daughters (Elizabeth; Alice, wife of Sir William Brereton; Felicia, wife of William Milward; Ellen, wife of John Hawarden; & Maud, wife of Sir Robert Needham).1,2,3,4,5 Sir John Savage died on 18 October 1492 at Siege of Boulogne, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France; Buried at St. Michael's Church, Macclesfield, Cheshire.1,8,4
  • 'Family Dorothy Vernon b. c 1445
  • Children
    • Alice Savage+1 b. c 1472
    • Sir John IX Savage, Sheriff of Worcestershire+8 b. 1478, d. 2 Mar 1527
    • Elizabeth Savage+3,4,5 b. c 1482
  • Citations
  • 1.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 559.
  • 2.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 639.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 333.
  • 4.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 492.
  • 5.[S6] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 653-654.
  • 6.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 491-492.
  • 7.[S6] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 653.
  • 8.[S11583] The Wallop Family and Their Ancestry, by Vernon James Watney, p., 686.
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  • 'Sir John Savage1
  • M, #353714
  • Last Edited=27 Apr 2009
  • ' Sir John Savage is the son of John Savage.1
  • ' He was a Lancastrian.1 He was invested as a Knight, Order of the Garter (K.G.).1
  • 'Child of Sir John Savage
    • 1.Alice Savage+2
  • Citations
  • 1.[S47] Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd, editor, Burke's Irish Family Records (London, U.K.: Burkes Peerage Ltd, 1976), page 166. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Irish Family Records.
  • 2.[S47] Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd, Burke's Irish Family Records.
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  • 'John SAVAGE (Sir Knight)
  • 'Died: 18 Oct 1492, Boulogne
  • 'Buried: St. Michael's Church, Macclesfield, Cheshire, England
  • 'Notes: Knight of the Garter. Elder brother of Archbishop Savage. Acted with Sir Rhys ap Thomas in support of Henry Tudor. He commanded the left wing of the invading army at Bosworth Field in 1485 and was slain at the Siege of Boulogne in 1492.
  • Father: John SAVAGE (Sir Knight)
  • Mother: Catherine STANLEY
  • 'Married: Dorothy VERNON
  • Children:
    • 1. John SAVAGE (Sheriff of Worcestershire)
    • 2. Felicia SAVAGE
    • 3. Ellen SAVAGE
    • 4. Maud SAVAGE
    • 5. Elizabeth SAVAGE
    • 6. Alice SAVAGE
  • From: SAVAGE (Sir Knight)2
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Sir John Savage V, K.B., K.G.'s Timeline

Clifton, Cheshire, England
Age 14
Clifton, Cheshire, England, (Present UK)
Age 25
Clifton, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
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Halton, Cheshire, England
Age 27
Antrim, Ireland
Age 27
Clifton, Cheshire, , England
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Clifton, Cheshire, , England
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Clifton, Cheshire, , England
Age 43
Chester, Cheshire, , England