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Sir William Skipwith, MP

Birthdate: (59)
Birthplace: South Ormsby, Lincolnshire, England
Death: July 7, 1547 (55-63)
South Ormsby, Lincolnshire, England
Place of Burial: Burial:Unknown
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir John Skipwith of South Ormsby and Catherine Skipwith
Husband of Elizabeth Skipwith and Alice Skipwith
Partner of Agnes LNU
Father of Jane Marys; Gawyn Skipwith; Sir William Skipwith, Kt., MP, of Ormsby; Mary Skipwith; Jane Bolle and 8 others
Brother of Catherine Heneage; Elizabeth Skipwith and Agnes Yarborough

Occupation: Sheriff Lincolnshire 1527: M.P. Lincolnshire 1529
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About Sir William Skipwith, MP

Family and Education b. by 1487, 1st s. of Sir John Skipwith of South Ormsby by Catherine, da. of Sir Richard Fitzwilliam of Aldwark, Yorks. m. (1) c.1505, Elizabeth (d.c.1515), da. of Sir William Tyrwhitt of Kettleby, Lincs., 1s. Sir William; (2) c.1517, Alice (d. 29 June 1550), da. and coh. of Sir Lionel Dymoke of Mareham-on-thy-Hill, Lincs., 4s. inc. Henry† 7da.; 1s. 1da. illegit. by Agnes. suc. fa. 5 Jan. 1518. Kntd. 31 May 1533 / 26 June 1534.3

Offices Held

J.p. Lincs. (Lindsey) 1520-d.; commr. subsidy, Lincs. 1523, 1536, loan 1524, musters 1542, 1546, contribution 1546; other commissions. 1530-d.; sheriff, Lincs. 1526-7; servitor at coronation of Anne Boleyn 1533.4

Biography William Skipwith, a descendant of the 14th-century judge Sir William de Skipwith, and the head of a prosperous Lincolnshire family connected by marriage with more important neighbours, was active in the affairs of the county. During the rising of 1536 he acted for the King, not without jeopardy to his life. Taken prisoner at Louth by the insurgents, he yielded to pressure and signed the letters expounding grievances to the King; but on the advance of the Duke of Suffolk to put down the rebellion he managed to evade his captors on 14 Oct. and submitted to Suffolk five or six days later.5

The ennoblement, towards the end of 1529, of Sir John Hussey and Sir Gilbert Tailboys, the two knights of the shire for Lincolnshire in the Parliament of that year, had created two vacancies which were left unfilled until Cromwell intervened in 1532 or 1533. From a prepared list of three names Cromwell, perhaps after consultation with the King, chose Skipwith and his brother-in-law Sir Robert Tyrwhitt, against whose names he placed a circle, in preference to Robert Hussey, younger brother of Lord Hussey. Although there is no evidence that either Skipwith or Tyrwhitt was by-elected, Skipwith’s knighthood, which may have been conferred during the sixth session early in 1534, would have suitably recognized his representation of the shire in Parliament. If he did join it in that or the previous year, he was doubtless re-elected to its successor in 1536, in accordance with the King’s general request for the return of the previous Members. He was certainly chosen again in 1539, when he may be thought to have had a share in the Act (31 Hen. VIII, c. 16) for his daughter Margaret’s jointure on her marriage to George, 2nd Lord Tailboys. It was during the second session of the same Parliament, on 10 June 1539, that the house and site of the suppressed abbey of Markby, Lincolnshire, from which he had earlier drawn a fee, were leased to Skipwith, the reversion being granted to the Duke of Suffolk: the £100 he was owing to the King three years later may have been arrears of payment for this lease.6

Skipwith died at Ormsby on 7 July 1547, apparently intestate.7

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558 Author: A. D.K. Hawkyard Notes 1. Did not serve for the full duration of the Parliament; LP Hen. VIII, vii. 56 citing SP1/82, ff. 59-62. 2. E159/319, brev. ret. Mich. r.[1-2]. 3. Date of birth estimated from age at fa.’s i.p.m., C142/33/21. Lincs. Peds. (Harl. Soc. lii), 889, 895; Vis. Lincs. ed. Metcalfe, 64; Holles’ Church Notes (Lincoln Rec. Soc. i), 120; Mill Stephenson, Mon. Brasses, 280; C142/91/94; W. O. Massingberd, Ormsby, 94, 391; LP Hen. VIII, vi, vii; Lincs. Wills, 1500-1600, p. 16. 4. LP Hen. VIII, iii-viii, xi, xiv, xvi, xvii, xx, xxi. 5. LP Hen. VIII, iii, iv, xi. 6. SP1/82, ff. 59-62; LP Hen. VIII, xiv, xvii; Lincs. Peds. 895; Vis. Lincs. 40-41. 7. C142/87/26.

'William Skipwith was born 1488 in South Ormsby, Lincolnshire, England. He became Sir William Skipwith when he was knighted before the 18th year of Henry VIII (c.1527). He became the High Sheriff Of Lincolnshire 1527. He died at South Ormsby on 7 July 1547.

Sir William Skipwith of South Ormsby [son of Sir John Skipwith of South Ormsby (1440-1497) and his wife Catherine Fitzwilliam] married twice: (1) Elizabeth (1496-1520), daughter of Sir William Tyrwhit of Kettleby, Leicestershire. They married in 1505. Their only child was: Sir William Skipwith of South Ormsby, Lincolnshire, 1510-1586. He married Elizabeth (1516-1573), daughter and heiress of Sir Richard Page of Beechwood, Hertfordshire. Through their only son (they also had five daughters) who married (1565) Mary, daughter of Sir Ralph Chamberlain of Gedding, Suffolk, the line of Skipwiths of South Ormsby continued and the line of Skipwiths of Ketsby, Lincolnshire, commenced.

(2) Alice (1497-1550), daughter of Sir Lionel Dymoke of Mareham on the Hill, Lincolnshire. They married in 1521. Children: 1. Lionel Skipwith of Cawthorpe, b.1522. 2. Margaret Skipwith, b.1523, who married George Tailboys, Lord Kyme of Kyme, Lincolnshire. 3. Bridget Skipwith, born 1525, who married Brian Cave. 4. John Skipwith of Walmsgate, Lincolnshire, born 1527, who married Eleanor Kingston of Great Grimsby, Lincolnshire. [ The town where I was born!] 5. Anne Skipwith, born 1528, who married William Hatcliffe of Hatcliffe, Lincolnshire. 6. Elizabeth Skipwith, born 1530, who married Thomas Clifford of Brackenborough, Lincolnshire. 7. Mary Skipwith, born 1531, who married George Fitzwilliam of Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire. 8. Dorothy Skipwith, born 1533, who married Andrew Gedney of Bag Enderby, Lincolnshire. 9. Jane Skipwith, b.1535, who married Richard Bolle of Haugh, Lincolnshire. 10. George Skipwith, born 1537, who married (1) Margaret, widow of Edward Ayscougk/Askew, but by birth daughter of Thomas Gibson of Keelby, Lincolnshire.

Married (2) Eleanor ...... (2nd name not known).

11. Henry Skipwith Esq., of Keythorpe, Leicestershire, b.1539.


(1) Pedigree of Skipwith of Skipwith, Yorkshire and South Ormsby, Lincolnshire. Pedigree of Skipwith
of Cawthorpe and Walmsgate, Lincolnshire. Pedigree of Skipwith
of Ketsby, Lincolnshire". From "Lincolnshire Pedigrees". Ed. Rev. Canon A.R. Maddison, M.A., F.S.A. 
 Vol III. Harleian Society Vol LII, London 1904.]

(2) Messingberds "History of the Parish of Ormsby-cum-Ketsby in the Hundred of Hill and the County of Leicester. 1893.

Information provided by Martin Wood. July 2012.

Knt of Ormsby and Prestwould.

Proved his age 1429; inquisition post mortem 1487.

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Sir William Skipwith, MP's Timeline

Lincolnshire, England
Age 20
South Ormsby, Lincolnshire, England
December 7, 1527
Age 39
Louth, Lincolnshire, England
Age 42
Cotes, Leicestershire, England
Age 51
Lincolnshire, England
July 7, 1547
Age 59
South Ormsby, Lincolnshire, England
July 7, 1547
Age 59
Age 59
Lincolnshire, , England