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Rivers, Earl (E, 1626 - 1737)


Creation: let.pat. 4 Nov 1626


Extinct: 9 May 1737


Family name: Darcy later Savage




Argent six Lions rampant three two and one Sable


Out of a Ducal Coronet Or a Lion's Gamb erect Sable


Dexter:  a Falcon Or belled of the last;  Sinister:  an Unicorn Argent


 A Te Pro Te



Thomas [Darcy], 3rd Baron Darcy of Chiche later 1st Viscount Colchester later 1st Earl Rivers

son and heir of John [Darcy], 2nd Baron Darcy of Chiche, by his wife Hon Frances Rich, 9th dau. of Richard [Rich], 1st Baron Rich


c. 1565


bef. 20 Apr 1583 Mary Kitson (d. betw. 7 May and 28 Jun 1644; bur. in Trinity Church, Colchester, co. Essex), dau. and hrss. of Sir Thomas Kitson, of Hengrave, co. Suffolk, by his wife Elizabeth Cornwallis, dau. by his first wife of Sir Thomas Cornwallis, of Brome, co. Suffolk


1. Hon Thomas Darcy (dvp. and sp.), mar. ...... Percy (widow of Sir Alan Percy), dau. of Sir John Fitz, of Tavistock, co. Devon

1. Lady Elizabeth Darcy, a Lady of the Bedchamber, cr. 21 Apr 1641 suo jure Countess Rivers for life (b. 1581; d. 9 Mar 1650/1; bur. at St Osyth's, co. Essex), mar. 14 May 1602 Thomas [Savage], 1st Viscount Savage, and had issue:

1a. Hon John Savage, later 2nd Viscount Savage later 2nd Earl Rivers

2a. Hon Thomas Savage, mar. Elizabeth Somerset (widow of Hon Sir Edward Somerset, 5th son of Edward [Somerset], 4th Earl of Worcester), dau. and cohrss. of William Whitmore, of Leighton, co. Cheshire, by his wife Margaret Beeston, sister and cohrss. of Sir George Beeston, of Beeston, co. Cheshire, and had issue:

1b. Darcy Savage, of Leighton, co. Cheshire, mar. and had issue:

2c. Bridget Savage, mar. Sir Thomas Mostyn, 2nd Bt. MP, of Mostyn, co. Flint, and had issue

3a. Hon Francis Savage (dsp.)

4a. Hon William Savage (dsp.)

5a. Hon James Savage (dsp.)

6a. Hon Richard Savage (dsp.)

7a. Hon Charles Savage, mar. and had issue:

1b. Mary Savage, mar. Jeremy Thoresby, of Leeds, co. York, and had issue

1a. Lady Jane Savage (d. bef. 16 Apr 1631), mar. aft. 18 Dec 1622 as his first wife John [Paulet], 5th Marquess of Winchester, and had issue

2a. Lady Dorothy Savage (d. 6 Dec 1691), mar. 10 Apr 1637 Charles [Howard], 2nd Earl of Berkshire, and had issue

3a. Lady Elizabeth Savage, mar. Sir John Thimbleby, of Irnham, co. Lincoln (b. 17 Jun 1603; d. 19 Dec 1661), and had issue

4a. Lady Anne Savage (d. 16 Jun 1696), mar. as his second wife Robert [Brudenell], 2nd Earl of Cardigan, and had issue

5a. Lady Catherine Savage, a nun

6a. Lady Henrietta Maria Savage, mar. Ralph Sheldon, of Becley

2. Lady Mary Darcy, mar. Roger Manwood, son of Sir Peter Manwood, of St Stephen's, Canterbury, co. Kent

3. Lady Penelope Darcy (d. 1661), mar. (1) Sir George Trenchard, of Wolverton, co. Dorset, (2) c. 28 Jun 1611 Sir John Gage, 1st Bt., of Firlie, co. Suffolk, and (3) 1642 as his second wife Sir William Hervey, of Ickworth, co. Suffolk, and had issue by her second husband

4. Lady Susan Darcy (d. unm.)


s.p.m.s. 21 Feb 1639/40 (bur. at St Osyth's, co. Essex)


5 Jul 1621 Viscount Colchester, for life, with reversion to "Thomas Savage, Knight and Baronet, one of the Gentlemen of the Chamber, husband of Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas, Lord Darcy, and to the heirs male of his body by the said Elizabeth"

4 Nov 1626 Earl Rivers, with remainder "to the heirs male of his body, with remainder to Thomas Savage, Knight and Baronet, and the heirs male of his body

suc. by



suc. his father as 3rd Baron Darcy of Chiche 3 Mar 1580/1; on 8 Oct 1613 his son-in-law, Sir Thomas Savage, obtained a "grant of the reversion of the dignity from the death of Thomas, the present Baron without heirs male of his body", with remainder to the heirs male of his own body by the said Elizabeth, his wife


On the death of the 1st Earl Rivers the Barony of Darcy of Chiche (cr. 1551) became extinct, but the Viscountcy of Colchester and the Earldom of Rivers, as well as the Barony of Darcy of Chiche (cr. in reversion 1613), passed to his grandson,


John [Savage], 2nd Viscount Savage later 2nd Earl Rivers


c. 1603

mar. (1)

bef. 1626 Hon Catherine Parker, 2nd dau. and cohrss. in her issue of William [Parker], 13th Baron Morley, 1st Baron Monteagle and de jure 14th Baron Marshal, by his wife Elizabeth Tresham, sister of Sir Lewis Tresham, 1st Bt., and 2nd dau. of Sir Thomas Tresham, of Rushton, co. Northampton

children by first wife

1.Hon Thomas Savage, later 3rd Earl Rivers

2. Hon John Savage (dsp.)

3. Hon Richard Savage, mar. Alice Barnston (widow of John Barnston, of Churton), dau. and hrss. of Thomas Trafford, of Bridge Trafford, co. Chester, and had issue:

1a. Father John Savage, later 5th Earl Rivers

1. Lady Elizabeth Savage (bur. sp. 19 Jul 1665), mar. as his first wife William [Petre], 4th Baron Petre

2. Lady Jane Savage (d. 6 Jun 1676), mar. (1) 17 Jan 1652/3 as his second wife George [Brydges], 6th Baron Chandos, (2) 21 Oct 1655 Sir William Sidley, 4th Bt., of Ailesford, co. Kent (dsp. 1656), and (3) 1657 George Pitt, of Strathfield Saye, co. Hampshire, and had issue by her first and third husbands

3. Lady Catherine Savage, mar. as his first wife her sister's brother-in-law Sir Charles Sidley, 5th Bt., of Ailesford, co. Kent (b. 1639; d. 20 Aug 1701), and had issue

4. Lady Mary Savage, mar. Henry Killigrew, a Groom of the Bedchamber to the Duke of York

5. Lady Frances Savage (d. young)

mar. (2)

bef. 6 Mar 1646/7 Mary Ogle (d. bef. 25 Jan 1657/8), dau. of Thomas Ogle, of South Dessington, co. Northumberland

only child by second wife

4. Hon Peter Savage (dsp.)


10 Oct 1654

suc. by

son by first wife


Member of Parliament for Chester 1623/4-24/5 and 1625; knighted 1624 ; suc. his father as 2nd Viscount Savage 20 Nov 1635; High Steward of Macclesfield; Col of a Regiment of Foot; Governor of Donnington Castle


Thomas [Savage], 3rd Earl Rivers


c. 1628

mar. (1)

aft. 21 Dec 1647 Elizabeth Scrope, 3rd illegitimate dau. of Emmanuel [Scrope], 1st Earl of Sunderland, by his mistress Martha Jeanes

children by first wife

1. Hon Thomas Savage, styled Viscount Colchester (b. c. 1650; dvp. and spm. c. 1680), mar. bef. 17 Feb 1668/9 Lady Charlotte Maria Stanley, dau. of Charles [Stanley], 8th Earl of Derby, and had issue:

1a. Hon Charlotte Savage (d. unm.)

2. Hon Richard Savage, later 4th Earl Rivers

1. Lady Elizabeth Savage

2. Lady Annabella Savage (dsp.), mar. Sir Erasmus Norwich, of Brampton, co. Northampton

mar. (2)

aft. 6 Aug 1684 Lady Arabella Bertie (b. c. 1662; dsp. 28 Feb 1716/7), only child of Robert [Bertie], 3rd Earl of Lindsey, by his first wife Mary Massingberd, 2nd dau. and cohrss. of John Massingberd, of London, Treasurer of the East India Company


14 Sep 1694

suc. by

son by first wife


Col of a Regiment of Foot 1666; Grand Master of English Freemasons 1666-74; Steward of the Honour of Halton 1669; High Steward of Macclesfield


Richard [Savage], 4th Earl Rivers, PC


c. 1654

mar. (1)

21 Aug 1679 Penelope Downes, dau. and hrss. of Roger Downes, of Wardley, co. Lancaster

only surv. child by first wife

1. Lady Elizabeth Savage (dspms. 19 Mar 1713/4), mar. Jun 1706 as his second wife James [Barry], 4th Earl of Barrymore, and had issue

mar. (2)

aft. 28 Jan 1687/8 Margaret Tryon (b. c. 1662; widow of Thomas Tryon, of Bullwick, co. Northampton; d. aft. 1692), 2nd dau. and eventual sole hrss. of Sir Richard Stydolph, 1st Bt., of Norbury, co. Surrey, by his wife Elizabeth Stonhouse, dau. of Sir George Stonhouse, 3rd Bt. and 1st Bt., of Radley, co. Berkshire


s.p.m.s. 18 Aug 1712

suc. by



Member of Parliament for Wigan 1680/1 and for Liverpool 1688/9; Lieut Col, 4th Troop of Horse Guards 1686; a supporter of Prince William of Orange 1688; Col, 3rd Regiment of Dragoon Guards 1688-92; Col, 3rd Troop of Horse Guards 1691/2-1702/3; Maj General 1693; Lord lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum of Cheshire 1695-1704; Lieut General 1697; Constable of Liverpool Castle 1701; Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire 1701-02 and of Essex 1705; Vice-Admiral of Lancashire 1702-12 and of Essex 1705-12; Commander-in-Chief of Forces sent to Portugal and Spain 1706; Privy Councillor 1708; Envoy to Hanover 1710 and 1711; Constable of the Tower of London 1709/10; Master General of the Ordnance 1711/2; Col of the Royal Regiment of Horse Guards 1711/2-12; General and Commander-in-Chief of Great Britain 1712


John [Savage], 5th Earl Rivers


29 Apr 1665


9 May 1737


ordained a Catholic priest bef. 1712; Canon of Liége; in Bruges 1736


On the death of the 5th Earl Rivers all his titles became extinct.


 First written 5 Apr 2003



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