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Henry Woodhouse, Sir, Vice-Admiral, MP

Also Known As: "Wodehouse"
Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Hickling, Norfolk, England
Death: October 8, 1624 (74-82)
Waxam, Norfolk, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir William Wodehouse, Kt., MP and Anne Wodehouse
Husband of Anne Woodhouse and Cecily Woodhouse (Gresham)
Father of Sir William Woodhouse, MP; Capt. Henry Woodhouse,; Elizabeth Gardener; Mary Woodhouse; Elizabeth Hakewill and 6 others
Brother of Anne Heydon and John Woodhouse
Half brother of Mary Shelton

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About Henry Woodhouse, Sir, Vice-Admiral, MP

  • WOODHOUSE, Henry (c.1545-1624), of Hickling and Waxham, Norf.
  • Constituency Dates
    • NORFOLK 1572
    • NORFOLK 1589
  • b. c.1545, 1st surv. s. and h. of Sir William Woodhouse of Hickling by his 1st w. Anne, da. of Henry Repps of Thorpe Market. educ. Corpus, Camb. 1556; L. Inn 1561. m. (1) c.1574, Anne, da. of Sir Nicholas Bacon†, at least 2s. inc. Sir William 4da.; (2) Cecily, da. of Sir Thomas Gresham, at least 1s. 11 ch. in all suc. fa. to Hickling 1564, uncle Sir Thomas to Waxham 1572. Kntd. 27 Aug. 1578.
  • Offices Held
    • V.-adm. Norf. and Suff. c.1570-8; j.p. Norf. from c.1573, (temp. rem. 1595); commr. survey Great Yarmouth harbour 1571, musters c.1578; sheriff 1584-5; gov. Yarmouth May-Aug. 1588.
  • Biography
  • Woodhouse continued the close connexion which his father and his uncle had maintained with Admiralty affairs in East Anglia. As vice-admiral of Norfolk and Suffolk he compiled in 1570, jointly with Sir Thomas, a list of ships of over 30 tons in the two counties. From this time there are numerous references to his work on and around the Norfolk coast, and he was included in many commissions concerning such matters as assessment of losses at sea, executing Admiralty judgments, sewers, the control of grain, the trial of coiners, and recusancy. This last was the subject of the only committee to which he was appointed by name in his two Parliaments (25 Jan. 1581). As a first knight of the shire in 1589 he was appointed to the subsidy committee (11 Feb.) and as a Member for Norfolk he was put on the committee discussing the excessive number of attorneys (17 Feb. 1589).
  • Woodhouse’s candidature in 1572 was promoted by the lord keeper who soon afterwards became his father-in-law, but by and large Woodhouse managed to remain outside the county faction fights of this period. In any case despite, or perhaps because of, his extensive estates, he ran into serious financial difficulties, to meet which in 1578 he sold his office of vice-admiral to his father-in-law, who lent him money and gave him good advice. In 1595 he was turned off the commission of the peace, but through the intervention of other county gentlemen he was soon re-appointed. Early in 1597 a schedule of his estates was drawn up in an attempt to regularize the position. In danger of imprisonment for debt, he wrote a desperate letter to the Queen, mentioning his various services, and that August he was granted 12 months’ protection. Things were no better by May 1599, when he was again given protection ‘till the Queen is satisfied of the debts due to her’, probably a reference to his embezzlement of the fifteenths and tenths voted by the 1589 Parliament that he should have collected in Norfolk. As late as 1607 he had not paid up, and was allowed another five years’ grace. He died on 8 Oct. 1624. Among his debts still outstanding were £400 to John Dee, a London goldsmith, and £100 to one William Engham. The widow was executrix and residuary legatee.
  • Vis. Norf. (Harl. Soc. xxxii), 321; HMC Hatfield, xi. 110; xiv. 14; E150/658/2; C142/161/116; CSP Dom. 1547-80, p. 388; 1581-90, p. 290; 1595-7, pp. 413, 495, 508; 1598-1601, p. 202; 1603-10, p. 377; Yarmouth ass. bk. 1579-98, f. 150; bk. of entries 1538-1635, ff. 204 seq., 320; APC, viii. 99, 253; x. 314-15; Lansd. 48, f. 136; 54, f. 134; 56, f. 168; 146, ff. 9, 18; CPR, 1569-72, p. 217; CJ, i. 119; D’Ewes, 288, 431, 433; A. Simpson, Wealth of the Gentry, 13, 15, 57n, 59, 73; Wards 7/86/162; PCC 15 Clarke.
  • Ref Volumes: 1558-1603
  • Author: N. M. Fuidge
  • From: http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1558-1603/member/woodhouse-henry-1545-1624



  • Sir Henry Wodehouse1
  • M, #199927
  • Last Edited=22 Apr 2007
  • Sir Henry Wodehouse lived at Waxham, Norfolk, England.1
  • Children of Sir Henry Wodehouse
    • 1.Elizabeth Wodehouse2
    • 2.Mary Wodehouse+3
  • Citations
  • 1.[S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 658. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • 2.[S37] BP2003. [S37]
  • 3.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume XI, page 655. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p19993.htm#i199927


  • From this family it came by marriage to Sir Miles Stapleton, and from that family, by marriage, to Sir William Calthorpe, whose grandson, William Calthorpe, Esq. sold it to Sir Thomas Woodhouse, and Sir William his brother succeeded him, and left it Sir Henry Woodhouse, who was lord in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, and of the manor of Ingham, as may be seen there at large.
  • This family of the Woodhouses is a distinct family from that of Kimberley, and bore, for their arms, quarterly, azure, and ermin, in the first quarter a leopard's head, or; which arms belong to the family of Power, and I find these Woodhouses to be formerly styled Woodhouse, alias Power.
  • John Woodhouse of Waxham, Esq. married Alice, daughter of William Croft, of Whitton in Norfolk, Esq. and was father of Sir Thomas and Sir William Woodhouse.
    • Woodhouse's Pedigree.
  • John Woodhouse, Esq. = Alice, daughter of William Croft, Esq.; ch: Sir Thomas (m. Margaret Hubbard), Sir William (m. Ann Repps & Elizabeth Calthorp)
    • Sir Thomas Woodhouse of Waxham, died s.p. = Margaret dau. of William Hubbard.
    • Sir William Woodhouse 2d son = 1st. Ann dau. of Henry Repps of Thorp Market, Esq., = 2d. Elizabeth dau. of Sir Philip Calthorpe, widow of Sir Henry Parker,; ch: Sir Thomas (m. Ann Wootton), Sir Henry (m. Ann Bacon & Cecily Gresham), Ann (m. Sir William Heydon), Mary (m. Sir Ralph Shelton)
      • Sir Thomas Woodhouse m. Ann dau. of John Wooton of Tudenham, Esq., and died s.p.
      • Sir Henry Woodhouse 2d son, died 1624, = 1st. Ann dau. of Sir Nicholas Bacon; ch: Sir William (m. Frances Jermys), Henry, Mary (m. _ Killigrew), Vere (m. _ Godfrey), Elizabeth (m. Sir Francis Stoner), Ann (m. _ Hungate & Sir Julius Caesar); = 2d. Cecily dau. of Thomas Gresham, Esq.; ch: Gresham, Esq.
        • Sir William Woodhouse = Frances dau. of Sir Robert Jermys of Rushbrook; ch: Thomas, Esq.
  • Sir William, son of Sir William Woodhouse, lived in the reign of King James I. and is said to have been the first person in England that erected and invented decoys for the taking of wild ducks
  • From: 'Happing Hundred: Waxham', An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: volume 9 (1808), pp. 352-355. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=78561 Date accessed: 13 March 2013.


  • Elizabeth CALTHORPE
  • Born: 1521, Ewarton, Suffolk, England
  • Died: AFT 9 Nov 1552 / 26 May 1578 / 1582
  • Notes: inherited Riddlesworth Manor.
  • Father: Phillip CALTHORPE (Sir Knight)
  • Mother: Jane BOLEYN
  • Married 1: Henry PARKER (Sir) BEF 1549
  • Children:
    • 1. Phillip PARKER (Sir)
  • Married 2: William WODHOUSE (Sir) (b. 1515 - d. 22 Nov 1563) (son of Sir Roger Wodehouse and Elizabeth Ratcliffe) (w. of Anne Reppes)
  • Children:
    • 2. Henry WODEHOUSE (Sir) (d. 18 Sep 1624) (m.1 Anne Bacon - m.2 Cecily Gresham)
    • 3. Mary WODEHOUSE (m. Sir Ralph Shelton)
  • Married 3: Dru DRURY of Riddlesworth and Lynstead (Sir) BEF 1549
  • From: http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/CALTHORPE.htm#Elizabeth CALTHORPE1


  • Confederate military history; a library of Confederate States history (1899) Vol. 3
  • http://archive.org/details/cu31924092914450
  • http://archive.org/stream/cu31924092914450#page/1284/mode/1up
  • Pg. 1284
  • Lieutenant Henry C. Woodhouse -his father v
  • William Woodhouse m. Ann Maria Spangler -his father v
  • Jonathan Woodhouse m. Ann Barnes -his father v
  • William Woodhouse m. Miss Pembroke -his father v
  • Henry Woodhouse m. Elizabeth Dawley -his father v
  • William Woodhouse m. Jean Dawley -his father v
  • Henry Woodhouse (d.1655) -his father v
  • Sir Henry Woodhouse m. Anne Bacon


  • The annals of St. Helen's Bishopsgate, London. Edited by John Edmund Cox (1876)
  • http://archive.org/details/annalsofsthelens00coxjuoft
  • http://archive.org/stream/annalsofsthelens00coxjuoft#page/292/mode/1up
  • A portrait at Rensham, Oxfordshire, represents Lady Caesar Adelmare at the time when the Queen came to visit her husband. She shortly afterwards had a child, who, so says that babbling Dame Tradition, was wrapped in a chemise of the virgin Queen, left behind for that purpose, which garment, alas ! was lost within the memory of man by the Chester family. This Lady Caesar was a divorced wife, daughter of Mr. Christopher Grant, and widow of a Mr. Dent of London. Sir Julius had first married Mrs. Dorcas Martin, who died 1595. The child above-mentioned was John Caesar, who died 1647. Sir Julius married, thirdly, Mrs. Anne Hungate, widow, daughter of Sir Henry Woodhouse or Wodehouse, of Waxham, Norfolk. I do not know when she died. She was niece to Sir Francis Bacon, Lord Verulam, her mother, Lady Wodehouse, having been the daughter of Sir Nicholas Bacon, Master of the Rolls, and the great Bacon died in the arms of Sir Julius Caesar, who was sent for to the bedside of his wife's uncle at the house of Lord Arundel, at Highgate, 1626. See Life of Lord Bacon, by Lord Campbell, pp. 425-6. Ed. London, 1846. F. E. C.-D.


  • Beach : a history of Virginia Beach, Virginia (2006)
  • http://archive.org/details/beachhistoryofvi00unse
  • http://archive.org/stream/beachhistoryofvi00unse#page/18/mode/1up
  • Pg. 18
    • Woodhouse
  • Captain Henry Woodhouse, also from Norfolk County, England, was a member of the Virginia Company, 1609. He served as governor of Bermuda and was from a highly connected family. He was the son of Sir Henry Woodhouse and his wife, Ann Bacon. Ann was the daughter of the Lord Keeper of the Seal and the sister of The Lord Chancellor of England.36
  • Henry Woodhouse (son of Captain Henry and grandson of Sir Henry) patented a headright in 1637 for 500 acres located near the Lynnhaven Inlet. Henry Woodhouse was an attorney and served as justice, burgess, and vestry member.37 In the generations between their arrival in the colonies and the early 1700s, the Woodhouse family became connected to the Collins, Bennett, Attwood, Keeling, Moore, and Malbone families.38


  • 'Wodehouse02'
  • Sir William Wodehouse of Waxham, Norfolk (b.1515, d 22.11.1563) BP1934 & Visitation do no more than identify a William as of this generation. He is identifed as Sir William of Waxham by various web sites which (together) show his family as follows:
  • m. Elizabeth Calthorpe (b. 1521, d 26.05.1578)
    • (i) Sir Henry Wodehouse of Washam (b. 1557, d 18.09.1624)
    • m. Anne Bacon (dau. of Sir Nicholas Bacon)
      • (a) Henry (b 1573) A Henry Wodehouse, who appears to have emigrated to North America, is shown by some sites of of this generation.
      • (b) Eleanor Wodehouse
      • m. Sir Henry Stoner of Stonor (dsp)
      • (c) Mary Wodehouse
      • m. Sir Robert Killigrew
      • (d) Anne Wodehouse
      • m1. William Hungate of East Bradenham, Norfold (d c1608)
        • ((1)) Sir Henry Hungate of Bradenham
        • m. (1619) Anne Walpole
        • ((2) Anne Hungate
        • m. Sir John Caesar
      • m2. (1615) Sir Julius Caesar
    • (ii) Mary Wodehouse
    • m. Sir Ralph Shelton of Shelton (a 1570)
  • From: Stirnet.com
  • http://www.stirnet.com/genie/data/british/ww/wodehouse02.php#wax1



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January 3, 1546
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