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Thomas Heneage

Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Copt Hall, Essex, UK
Death: circa October 17, 1595 (58-66)
London, Greater London, UK
Place of Burial: St Paul Cathedrl, London, Middlesex, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Robert Heneage, Kt. and Lucy Heneage
Husband of Mary Browne, countess of Southampton and Anne Heneage (Poyntz)
Father of Elizabeth Finch, Countess of Winchilsea
Brother of William Heneage; Margaret Billesby; Mary Heneage; Robert Heneage; Michael Heneage, Esq. and 1 other

Occupation: Vice Chamberlain of the householdof Queen Elizabeth 1
Managed by: Christine Joy Le Mouton
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About Sir Thomas Heneage


Their eldest son, Thomas was educated at Queens College Cambridge (1549), but did not finish his education there, receiving an honorary MA in 1564. He was elected MP for Stamford, Lincs in 1553 and married Anne Poyntz c1555. Their only child Elizabeth was born in 1556. Over the next few years he was elected as MP for Arundel, Sussex and Boston, Lincs and made Steward of the Manor of Hatfield.

When Queen Elizabeth 1st came to the Throne, he entered her service and rapidly became a favoured courtier, his wife also being a friend to the Queen. He was given by Crown grant, Copped Hall in Essex, and became a Gentleman of the Privy Chamber. He entertained the Queen at Copped Hall and was made Treasurer of the Queens Chamber, as well as being granted Kingswood Heath, Colchester and the Manor of Epping. In 1576 he became joint Keeper of the Records of the Tower of London, along with his younger brother Michael. He was Knighted in 1577.

The next period saw him made Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Essex, and MP for Essex. A Privy Councillor and Vice Chamberlain of the Royal Household.

in 1588 he was the Treasurer of War for the defense against The Armada. For this service, Queen Elizabeth presented him with the Heneage (Armada) Jewel, which is currently housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He was then made Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Recorder of Colchester, and HIgh Steward of Hull, Salisbury and WInchester, as well as being appointed Ranger of Waltham Forest.

HIs wife died in 1593 and he remarried in 1594. The same year he was appointed Justice of the Peace for Essex. He died in 1595 and was buried in St Pauls Cathedral. His will stated that his property be left to his second wife, Mary Montaque Brown, Countess of Southampton, and not to his daughter Elizabeth and her husband Sir Moyle Finch, with whom he did not get along.

He also directed that a Jewell be made for Queen Elizabeth, to the value of 1000 French crowns.

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Sir Thomas Heneage's Timeline

Essex, UK
July 9, 1556
Age 23
Epping, Essex, UK
October 17, 1595
Age 62
London, Greater London, UK
November 20, 1595
Age 62
St Paul Cathedrl, London, Middlesex, England