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Sir William Fitzwilliam, Knight

Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Gainspark Hall, Essex, England
Death: 1552 (58-66)
Place of Burial: Essex England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir William Fitzwilliam, Alderman & Sheriff of London and Anne Fitzwilliam
Husband of Anne Sapcote
Father of Sir William Fitzwilliam, MP; John Fitzwilliam, MP and Brian Fitzwilliam
Brother of Lady Anne Taylor Swift; Lady Anne Cooke, of Brittany; Elizabeth Brudenell; Lady Mary Catherine Shelley and Ellen Le Strange
Half brother of Thomas Fitzwilliam; Christopher Fitzwilliam; Francis Fitz William; Mary Guildford; Ellen (Helena) Le Strange and 1 other

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About Sir William Fitzwilliam, Knight

  • Sir William FitzWilliam1
  • M, #89847, b. circa 1490, d. 21 December 1568
  • Father Sir William FitzWilliam, Alderman & Sheriff of London1 b. c 1460, d. 9 Aug 1534
  • Mother Anne Hawes1 b. c 1460, d. b 1514
  • Sir William FitzWilliam was born circa 1490 at of Milton, Northamptonshire, England.1 He married Ann Sapcote, daughter of Sir Richard Sapcote and Alice Vaux, circa 1529 at England.1 Sir William FitzWilliam died on 21 December 1568 at England; Buried at Marham.1
  • Family Ann Sapcote b. c 1511, d. 15 May 1569
  • Children
    • Sir William FitzWilliam, Lt. of Windsor Castle, M.P. for Carlow+2 b. 16 Sep 1526, d. 16 Sep 1599
    • Christiana FitzWilliam+3,4 b. c 1530
  • Citations
  • [S9737] Unknown author, Foster's Yorkshire Pedigrees.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 342.
    • [S147] Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage, 1938 ed., by Sir Bernard Burke, p., 2010.
    • [S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. X, p. 634, notes.
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  • William FITZWILLIAM of Gainspark (Sir Knight)
  • Born: ABT 1490, Gainspark Hall, Essex, England
  • Died: Dec 1576
  • Buried: 21 Dec 1576, Massachusettsrham, Essex, England
  • Father: William FITZWILLIAM of Milton (Sir Knight)
  • Mother: Anne HAWES
  • Married 1: Mildred SACKVILLE BEF 1506 / ABT 1514, Buckhurst, England
  • Children:
    • 1. Christopher FITZWILLIAM
    • 2. Francis FITZWILLIAM
    • 3. Thomas FITZWILLIAM
    • 4. Mary FITZWILLIAM
    • 5. Elizabeth FITZWILLIAM
    • 6. Ellen FITZWILLIAM
  • Married 2: Anne SAPCOTE (d. 1576) (dau. of Richard Sapcote of Elton)
  • Children:
    • 7. William FITZWILLIAM of Gainspark (Sir Knight)
    • 8. Christian FITZWILLIAM
    • 9. Anne FITZWILLIAM
    • 10. John FITZWILLIAM of Kingsley
  • From: FITZWILLIAM of Gainspark (Sir Knight)1


  • Sir William Fitzwilliam (c.1460 – 9 August 1534) was a Merchant Taylor, Sheriff of London, servant of Cardinal Wolsey, and a member of the council of Henry VII.
  • William Fitzwilliam was the second son of John Fitzwilliam, esquire, of Greens Norton, Northamptonshire, and Helen Villiers, the daughter of William Villiers, esquire, of Brooksby, Leicestershire, by Joan Bellers, the daughter of John Bellers of Eye Kettleby in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.[1][a][b]
  • Fitzwilliam began his career as a London merchant .... etc.
  • Fitzwilliam married firstly Anne Hawes, the daughter of Sir John Hawes, alderman of London, by whom he had two sons and two daughters:[8]
    • Sir William Fitzwilliam.
    • Richard Fitzwilliam, esquire, who married Elizabeth Knyvet, the daughter of Charles Knyvet, esquire.
    • Anne Fitzwilliam, who married Sir Anthony Cooke.[9] Through his daughter Anne, Fitzwilliam was the great-grandfather of the philosopher and statesman, Sir Francis Bacon.
    • Elizabeth Fitzwilliam, who married Sir Thomas Brudenell.
  • Fitzwilliam married secondly, Mildred Sackville, sister of Sir John Sackville (died 1557), and daughter of Richard Sackville, esquire, of Withyham, Sussex, by Isabel Digges, the daughter of John Digges, esquire, by whom he had three sons: Christopher, Francis, Thomas; and two daughters:Eleanor who married Sir Nicholas Strange, and Mary who married John Shelley.[8]
  • Fitzwilliam married thirdly Jane Ormond, daughter and coheiress of John Ormond, esquire, of Alfreton, Derbyshire, by Joan Chaworth, the daughter of Sir William Chaworth, by whom he had no issue. Jane Ormand had earlier been the wife of Sir Thomas Dynham (died c.1520), and Sir Edward Greville (d. 22 June 1528).[7]
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  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 19
  • Fitzwilliam, William (1526-1599) by Robert Dunlop
  • FITZWILLIAM, Sir WILLIAM (1526–1599), lord deputy of Ireland, eldest son of Sir William Fitzwilliam of Milton in the hundred of Nassaburgh, Northamptonshire, and Anne, daughter of Sir Richard Sapcote of Elton, Huntingdonshire, was born at Milton in 1526. He was grandson of Sir William Fitzwilliam, sheriff of London [q. v.] Related through his mother to Sir John Russell, first earl of Bedford, he was on his entrance into court placed under the protection of that nobleman, who presented him to Edward VI, by whom he was created marshal of the king's bench. .... etc.
  • .... etc.
  • He married Anne, daughter of Sir William Sidney, and sister of Sir Henry Sidney, by whom he had two sons (William, who succeeded him, and John, a captain in the wars in Scotland) and three daughters. He died in 1599 at his house at Milton, and was buried in the church of Marham, where, on the north side, is a noble monument erected to him by his widow. One of the ablest of Elizabeth's viceroys, it was his misfortune to be vilified by his contemporaries and to be misrepresented in history as the most avaricious and wantonly cruel of English governors.
  • [Authorities as in the text. In addition to the State Papers calendared by Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Brewer there are in the great Carte collection in the Bodleian at Oxford four volumes of State Papers (lv–viii.) specifically known as the ‘Fitzwilliam Papers,’ relating to Ireland during the period of his government there.]
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  • Sir William FitzWilliam (1526–1599) was an English Lord Justice of Ireland and afterwards Lord Deputy of Ireland. In 1587, as Governor of Fotheringhay Castle, he supervised the execution of the death sentence on Mary, Queen of Scots. He was the Member of Parliament for Peterborough and represented County Carlow in the Irish House of Commons. He lived at Gainspark, Essex, and Milton Hall.
  • FitzWilliam was born at Milton Hall, Northamptonshire, the eldest son of Sir William (d. 1576) and grandson of William Fitzwilliam, Sheriff of London, who had been treasurer and chamberlain to Cardinal Wolsey and purchased Milton Hall in 1506. On his mother's side FitzWilliam was related to the Earl of Bedford, to whom he owed his introduction to King Edward VI.[1]
  • In 1543, FitzWilliam married Anne (Agnes) Sidney (d.1602), daughter of Sir William Sidney of Penshurst Place. She was the sister of Frances Radclyffe, Countess of Sussex, who founded Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Her brother, Sir Henry Sidney, was married to Lady Mary Dudley and they were the parents of Mary Sidney, Sir Philip Sidney and Robert Sidney, 1st Earl of Leicester. Her brothers-in-law included Sir William Dormer, Sir James Harington and Thomas Radclyffe, 3rd Earl of Sussex. The Fitzwilliams were the parents of four children:
    • Sir William Fitzwilliam (d.1618), of Gainspark and Milton Hall. He was MP for Peterborough in 1571,1584 and 1586. He married Winnifred, daughter of Sir Walter Mildmay and niece of Sir Francis Walsingham. Their son, William, was created the 1st Baron FitzWilliam, 1620.[1]
    • John Fitzwilliam (1554–1612)
    • Anne Fitzwilliam
    • Phillipa Fitzwilliam, married Sir Thomas Coningsby, of Hampton Court, Herefordshire. They were the parents of Fitzwilliam Coningsby.
  • He was elected MP for Peterborough in October 1553, 1559 and to replaced the deceased existing member in 1581.
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Gainspark Hall, Essex, England
September 16, 1526
Age 36
Northamptonshire,, England
Age 38
Age 62
of Gainspark Hall, Essex
Essex England