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Thomas Southworth, Knight

Also Known As: "Sir Thomas Southwarth", "Sir Thomas Southworth"
Birthplace: Samlesbury, Lancashire, England
Death: Died in Samlesbury, Lancashire , England
Place of Burial: Samlesbury, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir John Southworth, of Salmesbury and Helen (Ellen) Southworth
Husband of Margery Southworth and Margery Boteler, of Bewsey
Ex-husband of Ann Southworth
Father of Cecelie Culchech; Sir John Southworth, MP, of Samlesbury; Elizabeth Southworth; Ann Southworth; Cicely Southworth and 3 others
Brother of Richard Southworth; Mary Hoghton; James Southworth and Christopher Southworth

Occupation: High Sheriff of Lancashire
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About Sir Thomas Southworth, of Samlesbury

Sir Thomas Southworth, Knight, of Samlesbury (son of Sir John Southworth, Sheriff of Lancashire & Helen de Langton) was born about 1497, of Samlesbury, Lancashire, England, and died on 13 January 1546.

He fought at Flodden Field (9 Sept 1513), was High Sheriff of Lancashire (1542), and enlarged Samlesbury Hall (1542-1545) (VCH Lanc. Vl, 306)

He married (1) Ann Stanley (div) & (2) Margery Boteler, daughter of Sir Thomas Boteler of Bewsey and Margaret Delves, on 9 August 1518.

Children of 2nd wife include

  1. Margaret b. c 1524. Married Christopher Preston.
  2. John b. c 1526, d. 3 Nov 1595. Married Mary Ashton.


Sir Thomas Southworth, Knight, is a direct decendent and bloodline of the kings of England, Scotland, France, and Norse Kings from Denmark/Norway.

Thomas' identified family bloodline runs to the Plantagenet kings through the strong Southworth family line, starting with English King Edward III (Thomas' 5th Great Grandfather), and traveling through the English manarchy to Kings Edward II (Plantagenet) and Edward I (Plantagenet) "Longshanks" of England (reign 1272-1307ad) Sir Thomas' 7th great grandfather. Through this bloodline Sir Thomas Southworth is a direct decendent and blood line of the House of Mercia, House of Wessex, House of Normandy, and the House of Plantagenet (Angevin). (King Edward I of England; King Edward II; King Edward III; Edmund Plantagenet, KG, of Langley, 1st Duke of York; Constance Plantagenet, Duchess of Gloucester; Eleanor (de Holland) Tuchet, Baroness of Audley; Anne Margaret (Tuchet) Dutton; Isabelle (Dutton) de Southworth; Sir Jon De Southworth; Sir Thomas Southworth.

Separately, Sir Thomas Southworth's wife Margery (Boteler) Southworth's bloodline also ties directly into the Plantagenet English Kings from King Edward I "Longshanks" (her 6th Great Grandfather).

Biographical notes

From "Southworths in England" (Webber, 1913) page 413:

Sir Thomas, son and heir of Sir John, first married Ann Stanly, from whom he was divorced; he married, second, Margery Boteler, daughter of Thomas Boteler. He restored Samlesbury Hall in 1532, and erected the minstrels' gallery. He also built the southeast wing, which forms the main part of the structure, and completed it in 1545. He was at the battle of Flodden, 9 Sept., 1513, and in one of the ballards is alluded to as

"The sad Southworth that ever was sure."

He was high sheriff of the county in 1542. On several occasions he was a member of commissions to hear testimony and decide as to the truth in certain legal cases. He seems to have been of an arbitrary disposition and unpleasant to deal with, a man of strong will, who was determined to have his orders obeyed where he had a right to command.


  • Sir Thomas Southworth
  • M, #65787, b. circa 1497, d. 13 January 1546
  • Father Sir John Southworth, Lord Samlesbury, Sheriff of Lancashire b. bt 1474 - 1475, d. bt 1517 - 1519
  • Mother Helen (Ellen) Langton b. c 1480
  • Sir Thomas Southworth was born circa 1497 at of Samlesbury, Lancashire, England. He married Margery Boteler, daughter of Sir Thomas Boteler, Seneschal of Liverpool and Margaret Delves, on 9 August 1518.1 Sir Thomas Southworth died on 13 January 1546.
  • Family Margery Boteler b. c 1503
  • Children
    • Margaret Southworth2 b. c 1524
    • John Southworth+ b. c 1526, d. 3 Nov 1595
  • Citations
  • 1.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 717.
  • 2.[S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
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  • Margery BUTLER
  • Father: Thomas BUTLER of Warrington (Sir Knight)
  • Mother: Margaret DELVES
  • Married: Thomas SOUTHWORTH (Sir High Sheriff of Lancashire) 9 Aug 1518
  • Children:
    • 1. John SOUTHWORTH (Sir High Sheriff of Lancashire) (b. ABT 1526 - d. 3 Nov 1595) (m. Mary Asheton)
  • From: BUTLER1


  • "Sir Thomas Boteler (Butler) (1535): Of Bewsey, the son of John Butler and Margaret Stanley. Thomas married Margaret Delves, and the marriage produced three daughters – Margery, Isabel, and Elizabeth. He is recorded as being in Greenwich on 24th May 1533, prior to the coronation of Anne Boleyn."
  • "Sir Thomas Southworth (1542): Born in 1497, he was the son of John Southworth and Helen Langton. He was present at Flodden in 1513. He married Margery Boteler (Butler), and was the father of Sir John Southworth (1526-1595). He died on January 13th 1546."
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  • Was a High Sheriff of Lancashire in the House of Tudor (1542)

From 'Townships: Samlesbury', A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 6 (1911), pp. 303-313. URL: Date accessed: 26 April 2014:

Thomas Southworth was knighted in Scotland in 1523 (fn. 44) and served the office of Sheriff of Lancaster in 1541–2. He married first Ann Stanley, from whom he was divorced, and secondly in 1518 Margery daughter of Thomas Butler of Bewsey, kt., to whom he was related in the third degree. (fn. 45) He restored the west wing of the Over Hall in 1532 and rebuilt the south wing in 1545. (fn. 46) He died 13 January in the following year, his son John being twenty years old. (fn. 47) From Christopher brother of Sir Thomas descended the Southworths of Wyke Champflower. (fn. 48)


  • 44 Shaw, Knights of Engl. ii, 44, where he is described as 'Sownorth.' In 1521 a casket containing money, &c., was delivered into his custody from which he abstracted a 'bleder' containing 100 marks in gold. In 1523 the owner sued him for detinue; Duchy Plead. i, 126.
  • 45 Towneley MS. HH, no. 1564; Lich. Epis. Reg. Blyth, xiii, 96. Dispensation dated at Rome 7 Kal. Aug. 9 Pope Leo.
  • 46 See the inscription on the Hall; Croston, Samlesbury, 51.
  • 47 Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. vii, 23. Ellen mother of Sir Thomas died at Southworth 10 Apr. following.
  • 48 Visit. of Somerset (Harl. Soc. xi), 102.




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