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Elizabeth Savage (Darcy)

Birthplace: Rock Savage, Clifton, Cheshire, England
Death: Died in Cheshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Darcy, 1st Earl Rivers and Mary Darcy
Wife of Thomas Savage, 1st Viscount Savage of Rocksavage
Mother of John Savage, 2nd Earl Rivers; Jane Paulet; Sir Thomas Savage, Kt., of Beeston Castle; Dorothy Howard; Edward Savage and 7 others
Sister of Thomas Darcy; Mary Manwood; Edward Darcy; Susan Darcy; Penelope Hervey and 1 other
Half sister of Conyers D Arcy and ? Darcy

Occupation: Countess Rivers
Managed by: Rhonda-Lee Robin Allen Barber, U.E.
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About Elizabeth Savage

Elizabeth Darcy was the daughter of Thomas Darcy, 3rd baron Darcy of Cliche (July 5, 1565-February 1640) and Mary Kytson (1566-June 28, 1644).

On May 14, 1602 she married Thomas Savage (c.1586-November 20, 1635) of Melford Hall, Suffolk. He was created Viscount Savage in 1626. Following his death and that of her father, Elizabeth was created Countess Rivers for life in her own right on April 21, 1641. She was a lady of the bedchamber to Queen Henrietta Maria and because she was a Catholic, became a target when Parliament called for action against all recusants. Her homes at St. Osyth and Long Melford were destroyed by mobs, for a loss estimated at £100,000. Although Parliament ordered restitution, her troubles continued and in May 1643 she requested permission to leave England for France, but does not appear to have gone. By her death, she was said to be bankrupt.

Elizabeth and Thomas Savage had eleven sons and eight daughters, including

  • 1. Anne,
  • 2. John (c.1602-1654),
  • 3. Jane (1607-1633),
  • 4. Thomas (1611-1682),
  • 5. Dorothy (c.1611-1691),
  • 6. Charles,
  • 7. Elizabeth,
  • 8. Catherine,
  • 9. Henrietta Maria,
  • 10. Francis,
  • 11. William,
  • 12. James, and
  • 13. Richard.
  • (Two daughters and four sons not included in list.)

Biography: Oxford DNB entry under “Savage [née Darcy], Elizabeth.” Portrait: c.1640 by P. Leley.

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Elizabeth Savage's Timeline

Clifton, Cheshire, England
December 31, 1606
Age 22
Rocksavage Hall, Vale Royal, Cheshire, England
Age 23
Age 24
Chester, Cheshire, England, UK
Age 25
Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire, England
Age 27
Age 29
Age 31
Wiltshire, England