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Shirley, of Staunton Harold, co. Leicester (E Baronet, 1611)
Creation: let.pat. 22 May 1611
Family name: Shirley
Paly of six Or and Azure a Quarter Ermine
A Saracen's Head in profile couped proper wreathed about the temples Or and Azure
Honor Virtutis Praemium (Honour is the reward of virtue)
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
23 Apr 1559
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
1. Sir Henry Shirley, 2nd Bt.
2. Sir Thomas Shirley, the antiquary
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
27 Apr 1622 (bur. at Bredon on the Hill, co. Leicester)
22 May 1611 a Baronet of England, styled "of Staunton Harold, co. Leicester"
son by first wife
served in Holland under the Earl of Leicester 1585; Sheriff of Northamptonshire 1603
Sir Henry Shirley, 2nd Bt.
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
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
8 Feb 1632/3 (bur. at Bredon on the Hill, co. Leicester)
Sheriff of Leicestershire 1624-25
Sir Charles Shirley, 3rd Bt.
9 Sep 1623
7 Jun 1646 (bur. at Bredon on the Hill, co. Leicester)
fined £500 for his estates by Parliament 1645
Sir Robert Shirley, 4th Bt.
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
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
6 Nov 1656 (bur. at Bredon on the Hill, co. Leicester; his remains were moved to Staunton Harold, co. Leicester, in 1661)
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.
23 Jan 1646/7
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
16 Jul 1667 (bur. at Staunton Harold, co. Leicester)
Sir Robert Shirley, 6th Bt.
11 Mar 1668/9 at Staunton Harold, co. Leicester
Sir Robert Shirley, 7th Bt., later 14th/7th Baron Ferrers of Chartley later 1st Earl Ferrers
3 Sep 1711 Viscount Tamworth and Earl Ferrers
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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