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Shirley, of Staunton Harold, co. Leicester (E Baronet, 1611)

 

Creation: let.pat. 22 May 1611

 

Family name: Shirley

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Arms:

Paly of six Or and Azure a Quarter Ermine

Crest:

A Saracen's Head in profile couped proper wreathed about the temples Or and Azure

Motto:

Honor Virtutis Praemium (Honour is the reward of virtue)

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Sir George Shirley, 1st Bt.

son and heir of John Shirley (by his wife Jane Lovett, dau. and sole hrss. of Thomas Lovett, of Astwell, co. Northampton), son and heir ap. of Francis Shirley, of Staunton Harold, co. Leicester

born

23 Apr 1559

mar. (1)

after 21 Feb 1586/7 Hon Frances Berkeley (b. c. 1564; d. 29 Dec 1595; bur. at Bredon on the Hill, co. Leicester), 2nd dau. of Henry [Berkeley], 7th Baron Berkeley, by his first wife Lady Katharine Howard, 3rd dau. of Lord Henry Howard KG, styled Earl of Surrey (by his wife Lady Frances de Vere, 3rd dau. of John [de Vere], 15th Earl of Oxford), 1st son and heir ap. by his second wife of Thomas [Howard], 3rd Duke of Norfolk

children

1. Sir Henry Shirley, 2nd Bt.

2. Sir Thomas Shirley, the antiquary

mar. (2)

Dorothy Unton (widow of Sir Henry Unton, of Farringdon, co. Berkshire; d. between 1633 and 1635), dau. of Sir Thomas Wroughton, of Wilcot, co. Wiltshire

died

27 Apr 1622 (bur. at Bredon on the Hill, co. Leicester)

created

22 May 1611 a Baronet of England, styled "of Staunton Harold, co. Leicester"

suc. by

son by first wife

note

served in Holland under the Earl of Leicester 1585; Sheriff of Northamptonshire 1603

 

Sir Henry Shirley, 2nd Bt.

born

c. 1588

mar.

1 Aug 1616 Lady Dorothy Devereux (mar. (2) 1634 William Stafford, of Blatherwick, co. Northampton; d. 30 Mar 1636; bur. at Blatherwick, co. Northampton), sister and cohrss. in her issue of Robert [Devereux], 3rd Earl of Essex, 13th/6th Baron Ferrers of Chartley, etc., and 2nd dau. of Robert [Devereux], 2nd Earl of Essex, by his wife Frances Sydney, widow of Sir Philip Sydney and only dau. and hrss. by his second wife of Sir Francis Walsingham, Principal Secretary of State to Queen Elizabeth I

children

1. Sir Charles Shirley, 3rd Bt.

2. Sir Robert Shirley, 4th Bt.

1. Lettice Shirley (b. c. 1617; bur. 25 Sep 1655 at Bredon on the Hill, co. Leicester), mar. as his first wife William [Bourke], 7th Earl of Clanricarde, and had issue

died

8 Feb 1632/3 (bur. at Bredon on the Hill, co. Leicester)

suc. by

son

note

Sheriff of Leicestershire 1624-25

 

Sir Charles Shirley, 3rd Bt.

born

9 Sep 1623

died

7 Jun 1646 (bur. at Bredon on the Hill, co. Leicester)

suc. by

brother

note

fined £500 for his estates by Parliament 1645

 

Sir Robert Shirley, 4th Bt.

born

mar.

1647 Catharine Okeover (d. 18 Oct 1672; bur. at Staunton Harold, co. Leicester), dau. of Humphrey Okeover, of Okeover, co. Stafford, by his wife Martha Cheney, dau. of Sir Oliver Cheney

children

1. Sir Seymour Shirley, 5th Bt.

2. Sir Robert Shirley, 7th Bt., later 14th/7th Baron Ferrers of Chartley later 1st Earl Ferrers

1. Catherine Shirley (d. 6 Jul 1717), mar. Peter Venables, of Kinderton, co. Chester, son and heir of Thomas Venables (by his wife Grace Fenwick, only dau. by his second wife of Sir John Fenwick, 1st Bt., of Fenwick, co. Northumberland), 1st son and heir ap. of Sir Peter Venables, of Kinderton, co. Chester, and had issue

2. Dorothy Shirley, mar. as his second wife George Vernon, of Sudbury (b. 1635; d. 1702), 1st son and heir of Sir Henry Vernon by his wife Muriel Vernon, dau. and hrss. of Sir George Vernon, a Judge of the Common Pleas, and had issue

died

6 Nov 1656 (bur. at Bredon on the Hill, co. Leicester; his remains were moved to Staunton Harold, co. Leicester, in 1661)

suc. by

son

note

suc. to a moiety, i.e. half, of the estates of the Devereux family, including Chartley Castle, co. Stafford, on the death of his uncle the 3rd Earl of Essex, 1646; conformed to the Protestant religion and rebuilt the church at Staunton Harold; a zealous supporter of King Charles I, he was imprisoned no less than seven times and died a prisoner in the Tower of London

 

Sir Seymour Shirley, 5th Bt.

born

23 Jan 1646/7

mar.

29 Jan 1666 Lady Diana Bruce (mar. (2) 10 Nov 1671 as his second wife Hon John Manners, styled Lord de Ros later 9th Earl of Rutland later 1st Duke of Rutland;  dsps. 15 Jul 1672; bur. at Bottesford, co. Leicester), 1st dau. of Robert [Bruce], 2nd Earl of Elgin, by his wife Lady Diana Grey, 2nd dau. of Henry [Grey], 2nd Earl of Stamford

died

16 Jul 1667 (bur. at Staunton Harold, co. Leicester)

suc. by

son

note

 

Sir Robert Shirley, 6th Bt.

born

Jan 1667/8

bur.

11 Mar 1668/9 at Staunton Harold, co. Leicester

suc. by

uncle

 

Sir Robert Shirley, 7th Bt., later 14th/7th Baron Ferrers of Chartley later 1st Earl Ferrers

created

3 Sep 1711 Viscount Tamworth and Earl Ferrers

note

the Barony of Ferrers of Chartley was called out of abeyance in his favour 14 Dec 1677

 

The Baronetcy of Shirley of Staunton Harold was held by the 14th Baron Ferrers of Chartley from 14 Dec 1677 and has been held by the Earls Ferrers since 3 Sep 1711.

 

First written 4 May 2012

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