Sir Henry Norreys 1st Baron Norreys of Rycote  25
- Born: Abt 1525, Bray, Berkshire, England
- Marriage: Margaret Williams Baroness Norreys of Rycote  [LDMD-XFS] about 1542
- Died: 27 Jun 1601, Rycote, Oxfordshire, England about age 76
- Buried: 10 Aug 1601, Rycote, Oxfordshire, England
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From the 1911 Edition Encyclopedia by PageWise, Inc.:
NORRIS, HENRY NORRIS or NORREYS, BARON belonged to an old Berkshire famil
y, many members of which had held positions at the English court. His fath er, Henry Norris, was a grandson of Sir William Norris, who commanded t he royal troops against Lambert Simnel at the battle of Stoke in 1487. Li ke his brother John (d. 1564), the elder Henry Norris obtained a post at t he court of Henry VIII.; he gained the kings favour and was rewarded wi th many lucrative offices. He belonged to the party which favoured the ele vation of Anne Boleyn; but in May 1536 he was arrested on the charge of in triguing with her, and though he was probably innocent of any serious offe nce he was beheaded on the 17th of May 1536.
His son Henry regained some of his fathers lands and entered upon court li fe, being a member of parliament under Edward
VI. During Marys reign he was one of those who were entrusted with the cus tody of the princess Elizabeth, and when the princess became queen she amp ly repaid the kindness which Norris had shown to her when he was her guard ian at Woodstock. In 1566 he was knighted and was sent as ambassador to Fr ance, where he remained until 1570, and in 1572 he was created Baron Norr is of Rycote. He died in June 1601. By his wife Margaret (d. 1599), daught er of John, Lord Williams of Thame, Norris had six sons, all of whom disti nguished themselves in the field. The Norris monument, with figures of Lo rd and Lady Norris and their six sons, is in St Andrews Chapel in Westmins ter Abbey.
From FRAGMENTA REGALIA by Sir Robert Naunton. 1892 Cassell
...And now again I must fall back to smooth and plane a way to the rest th at is behind, but not from my purpose. There have been, about this time, t wo rivals in the Queen's favour, old Sir Francis Knowles, Comptroller of t he House, and Sir Henry Norris, whom she had called up at Parliament to s it with the Peers in the higher House, as, Henry Norris of Rycot, who h ad married the daughter and heir of the old Henry Williams of Tayne, a nob le person, and to whom, in her adversity, the Queen had been committ ed to his safe custody, and from him had received more than ordinary obser vances; now, such was the goodness of the Queen's nature, that she neith er forgot the good turns received from the Lord Williams, neither was s he unmindful of this Lord Norris, whose father, in her father's time, a nd in the business of her brother, died in a noble cause, and in the justi fication of her innocency.
My Lord Norris had, by this lady, an apt issue, which the Queen highly res pected, for he had six sons, and all martial and brave men: the first w as William, the eldest, and father to the late Earl of Berkshire, Sir Jo hn (vulgarly called General Norris), Sir Edward, Sir Thomas, Sir Henry, a nd Maximilian, men of haughty courage, and of great experience in the cond uct of military affairs; and, to speak in the character of their merit, th ey were persons of such renown and worth as future times must, of duty, o we them the debt of an honourable memory.
Sir Henry Norreys (1525-1601)
Born: 1601 possibly at Bray, Berkshire
Baron Norreys of Rycote
Death: 27th June 1601 at Rycote, Oxfordshire
Henry was son and heir of Henry Norreys (d. 1536) - who was executed and a ttainted as the alleged lover of Anne Boleyn - and his wife, Mary Fienne s, daughter of Thomas, Lord Dacre. He seems to have been born about 152 5. His age was officially declared in 1564 to be only thirty, but this sta tement is irreconcilable with the records of his early years. Henry VIII r estored to him much of his father's confiscated estate, "with some stri ct conditions respecting the estate of his grandmother, who was one of t he heirs of Viscount Lovel". As a young man he seems to have become an att endant in the private chamber of King Edward VI and to have sat in Parliam ent in 1547 as MP for Berkshire. He signed, on 21st June 1553, the lette rs patent drawn up by the Duke of Northumberland in order to limit the suc cession to the Crown to Lady Jane Grey. In early life, before 1545, he mar ried Margery the daughter of John Williams, who was created Lord Willia ms of Thame in 1554. During Queen Mary's reign, Norreys resided at Wyth am in Berkshire, one of his father-in-law's manors. In 1566, the site a nd lands of the monastery of Little Marlow in Buckinghamshire were alienat ed to Norreys and Lord Williams jointly. Williams' death in 1559, put Norr eys and his wife into possession of the estate and manor-house of Rycot e, near Thame in Oxfordshire, where he chiefly resided thenceforth.
Williams had shared, with Sir Henry Bedingfield, the duty of guarding Prin cess Elizabeth while she was imprisoned at Woodstock during her sister's r eign. He had treated the princess leniently, had invited her occasional ly to Rycote and his kindness was gratefully remembered by Elizabeth. S he consequently showed, after her accession to the throne, exceptional fav our to Norreys and his wife. The latter, she playfully nicknamed her 'bla ck crow' in reference to her dark complexion. Nor was Elizabeth unmindf ul of the fate of Norreys' father, whom she believed to have sacrificed h is life in the interests of her mother, Anne Boleyn. She, at once, restor ed to him all the property which Henry VIII had withheld. According to S ir Robert Naunton and Fuller, the attentions Elizabeth bestowed on Norre ys and his kinsfolk excited the jealousy of Sir Francis Knollys and his so ns whom, being her cousins, she also admitted to friendly relations. The b ickering at court between the two families continued throughout her reign.
In 1561, Norreys was Sheriff of Oxfordshire and Berkshire. In 1565, he to ok part in a tournament in the Queen's presence on the occasion of the mar riage of Ambrose Dudley, Earl of Warwick. In September 1666, the Queen vis ited him at his house at Rycote on her return from Oxford, and knighted h im before her departure. In the autumn of 1566, she appointed him Ambassad or to France. Norreys did what he could to protect the French Protestan ts from the aggressions of the French Government but, early in 1570, warn ed the English Ministers that the French Government threatened immediate w ar with England if Elizabeth continued to encourage the Huguenots in attac ks upon their princes. Although he fulfilled his duties prudently, he w as recalled in August 1570 to make way for Sir Francis Walsingham, who w as commissioned to make a firmer stand on behalf of the French Protestant s. By way of recompense for his services abroad, Norreys received a summo ns to the House of Lords, as Baron Norreys of Rycote, on 8th May 157 2. In September 1582, he was disappointed by a promised visit from the Que en to Rycote, and was not well pleased when Leicester arrived in her stea d; but his guest wrote that Norreys and his wife were "a hearty noble coup le as ever I saw towards her highness". In September 1592, the Queen revis ited Rycote on another journey from Oxford.
In October 1596, Norreys was created Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire. He al ready held the same office for Berkshire. In 1597, the grief of Norreys a nd his wife upon the death of their distinguished son, Sir John, was somew hat assuaged by a stately letter of condolence from the Queen to "my own d ear crow," as Elizabeth still affectionately called Lady Norreys. Norre ys died in June 1601 and was temporarily buried, on the 21st, in the chur ch at Englefield, where his son Edward was living. Finally, on 5th Augus t, he was re-interred at Rycote, in a vault beneath the chapel of St. Mich ael and All Angels, which was founded in 1449 by Richard Quatremains and S ybilla, his wife, in the grounds of Rycote House. The chapel, now op en to the public as a historic monument, remained the chief burial pla ce of the Norreys' and their descendants, the Berties, until about 1886. T he house at Rycote was burnt down in 1747, but some remnants of it form pa rt of the fabric of the later farmhouse which now occupies its site. Norre ys' will was dated 24th September 1589. His wife died in December 1599 a nd both she and himself are commemorated by the monument erected in hono ur of them and their six sons in St. Andrew's Chapel in Westminster Abbe y. Life-size figures of Lord and Lady Norreys lie beneath an elaborate can opy supported by marble pillars and they are surrounded by kneeling effigi es of their children.
"Although himself of a meek and mild disposition," Camden says that Norre ys was father of "a brood of spirited, martial men". His six sons - especi ally John and Thomas - all distinguished themselves as soldiers, fighti ng in France, Ireland or the Low Countries. Norreys outlived five of the m; Edward alone surviving his parents.
Edited from Leslie Stephens & Sidney Lee's "Dictionary of National Biograp hy" (1891).
Another split and rejoining in our ancestors.
This split came after Henry Norreys, 1st Baron Norreys of Rycote, (b. Ab t. 1525) and joined again with Louis I the Pious of Aquitaine, King of Fra nce (b. Aug 778). Louis I was the son of Charlemagne. Or I should s ay it the other way around? The split came after Louis I and joined aga in with Henry.
Henry Norreys' father Henry Norreys, Sir Knight (b. Abt. 1491) is a descen dant of Louis I the Pious of Aquitaine, King of France through his son CHA RLES II THE BALD KING WEST3 FRANKS, (b. 13 Jun 823) (24 generations)
HENRY27, HENRY26, EDWARD25 NORRIS, SIR, JANE24 DE VERE, ROBERT23, ALICE 22 SERGEAUX, C. OXFORD, PHILLIPPA21 FITZALAN, RICHARD "COPPED HAT"20, EDMU ND19, RICHARD18, JOHN17, JOHN16, ISABELLA15 D'AUBIGNY, WILLIAM14, WILLIAM1 3, ADELIZA OF12 LOUVAIN, QUEEN OF ENGLAND, GODFREY11 BARBUTUS, THE BEARD ED OF LOUVAINE, DUKE, HENRY II OF10 BRABANT, LAMBERT II OF9, GERBEGA OF 8, DUKE OF UPPER LORRAINE7 CHARLES, LOUIS IV6 D'OUTRE-MER, KING OF FRANC E, CHARLES III THE SIMPLE OF5 FRANCE, KING OF FRANCE, LOUIS II THE STAMMER ER OF4, CHARLES II THE BALD KING WEST3 FRANKS, LOUIS I THE PIOUS OF7 AQUIT AINE, KING OF FRANCE, CHARLEMAGNE EMPEROR OF THE6 WEST, KING OF FRANK, PEP IN III "THE SHORT" OF THE5 FRANKS, KING OF F., CHARLES4 MARTEL, "THE HAMME R" OF FRANKS, PEPIN II3 D'HERISTAL, OF AUSTRASIA, (ANSEGISEL)2 ANCHISES, A RNOLD (ST. ARNULF) OF1 METZ, BISHOP OF METZ)
Henry Norreys' mother MARY DE FIENNES (b. Abt. 1495) daughter of Thomas (L ord Dacre of the South) Fiennes, is a descendant of Louis I the Pious of A quitaine, King of France through his daughter GISELA (b. Abt. 819) that ma rried Eberhard of Friuli, Count of Friuli. (22 generations)
HENRY30, MARY29 DE FIENNES, ANNE28 BOURCHIER, B. DACRE OF THE SOUTH, HUMPH REY27, JOHN26, ANNE25 PLANTAGENET, THOMAS24, EDWARD III23, EDWARD II22, ED WARD I LONGSHANKS21, HENRY III20, JOHN I LACKLAND19, FITZEMPRESS HENRY II 18 CURTMANTLE, KING OF ENGLAND, MATILDA THE EMPRESS OF17 NORMANDY, QUE EN OF ENG., MATILDA (EDITH) OF16 SCOTLAND, MARGARET (ST.) THE EXILE15 ATHE LING, AGATHA14, LUDOLPHE OF13 SAXONY, MARGRAVE OF SAXONY, BRUNON II OF1 2, BRUNON I OF11 BRUNSWICK, COUNT OF BRUNSWICK, JUDITH OF10 BAVARIA, JUDI TH OF9 FIULI, GISELA8, LOUIS I THE PIOUS OF7 AQUITAINE, KING OF FRANCE, CH ARLEMAGNE EMPEROR OF THE6 WEST, KING OF FRANK, PEPIN III "THE SHORT" OF TH E5 FRANKS, KING OF F., CHARLES4 MARTEL, "THE HAMMER" OF FRANKS, PEPIN I I3 D'HERISTAL, OF AUSTRASIA, (ANSEGISEL)2 ANCHISES, ARNOLD (ST. ARNULF) O F1 METZ, BISHOP OF METZ died 16 Aug 641)
A three way split.
Our lines of descent runs through three of the children of Hubert I Cou nt of Senlis, born about 850, the grandson of Pepin I of Italy, King of It aly and great grandson of Charlemagne Emperor of the West, King of Frank.
The three children are:
Sprota (Adela) of Senlis wife of William I Longsword Of Normandy, Du ke Of Norman.
Herbert II of Vermandois, Count of Vermandois husband of Adela
Beatrice de Vermandois wife of Robert I of France, King of France
These three lines join again with Henry Norreys, 1st Baron Norreys of Ryco te, born Abt. 1525
Henry's father, Henry Norreys, Sir Knight, is a descendant of Sprota (Adel a) of Senlis and William I Longsword of Normandy, Duke of Normandy, throu gh their son Richard I the Fearless of Normandy, 3 Duke of Normandy.
HENRY NORREYS, 1ST BARON NORREYS OF RYCOTE34, HENRY NORREYS, SIR KNIGHT3 3, EDWARD32 NORRIS, SIR, JANE31 DE VERE, ROBERT30, ALICE29 SERGEAUX, C. OX FORD, PHILLIPPA28 FITZALAN, RICHARD "COPPED HAT"27, EDMUND26, RICHARD25, J OHN24, JOHN23, ISABELLA22 D'AUBIGNY, WILLIAM21, WILLIAM20, WILLIAM "STRO NG HAND"19 AUBIGNY, 1ST E. ARUNDEL, WILLIAM "PINCERNA"18 D'AUBIGNY, LO RD OF BUCKENHAM, ROGER17, WILLIAM16, NIGEL DE15 ST. SAUVEUR, V. COTENTI N, HELENA OF14 NORMANDY, RICHARD II THE GOOD OF13, RICHARD I THE FEARLE SS OF12, SPROTA (ADELA) OF11 SENLIS, HUBERT I COUNT OF10, PEPIN II9 SEIGNE UR, OF PERONNE, COUNT OF PERONNE, BERNHARD KING OF8 ITALY, KING OF ITAL Y, PEPIN I OF7, CHARLEMAGNE EMPEROR OF THE6 WEST, KING OF FRANK, PEPIN I II "THE SHORT" OF THE5 FRANKS, KING OF F., CHARLES4 MARTEL, "THE HAMME R" OF FRANKS, PEPIN II3 D'HERISTAL, OF AUSTRASIA, (ANSEGISEL)2 ANCHISES, A RNOLD (ST. ARNULF) OF1 METZ, BISHOP OF METZ)
Henry's mother, Mary De Fiennes, born Abt. 1495, is a descendant of the ot her two. We are following the line of Charlemagne's oldest son PEPIN I her e, but it must be remembered that Mary De Fiennes is also a decendent of C harlemagne's second son, PEPIN I 's younger brother, LOUIS I THE PIO US OF AQUITAINE, KING OF FRANCE.
Mary De Fiennes is a descendant of Hubert I Count of Senlis through his th ired child (second daughter) Beatrice de Vermandois wife of Robert I of Fr ance, King of France, Through her father Thomas (Lord Dacre of the Sout h) Fiennes.
HENRY NORREYS, 1ST BARON NORREYS OF RYCOTE32, MARY31 DE FIENNES, THOMAS (L ORD DACRE OF THE SOUTH)30 FIENNES, ALICE29 FITZHUGH, ALICE28 NEVILLE, B. F ITZHUGH OF RAVENSWORTH, ALICE27 MONTAGUE, C. WESTMORELAND, ELEANOR26 HOLLA ND, ALICE OF ARUNDEL25 FITZALAN, LADY, RICHARD24, ALICE23 DE WARENNE, WILL IAM22, ALICE21 LE BRUN, ISABELLA OF ANGOULÊME20 TAILLEFER, QUEEN OF ENG ., ALICE19 DE COURTENAY, PETER I18, LOUIS VI THE FAT OF FRANCE17 CAPET, KI NG OF FRANCE, PHILIP I THE FAIR OF FRANCE16, HENRY I OF FRANCE15, ROBE RT II THE PIOUS OF FRANCE14, HUGH13, HUGH THE GREAT OF NEUSTRIA12, BEATRIC E11 DE VERMANDOIS, HUBERT I COUNT OF10 SENLIS, COUNT OF SENLIS, PEPIN I I9 SEIGNEUR, OF PERONNE, COUNT OF PERONNE, BERNHARD KING OF8 ITALY, KI NG OF ITALY, PEPIN I OF7, CHARLEMAGNE EMPEROR OF THE6 WEST, KING OF FRAN K, PEPIN III "THE SHORT" OF THE5 FRANKS, KING OF F., CHARLES4 MARTEL, "T HE HAMMER" OF FRANKS, PEPIN II3 D'HERISTAL, OF AUSTRASIA, (ANSEGISEL)2 ANC HISES, ARNOLD (ST. ARNULF) OF1 METZ, BISHOP OF METZ)
Mary De Fiennes is also a descendant of Herbert II of Vermandois, Cou nt of Vermandois husband of Adela, Through her Mother, Anne Bourchie r, B. Dacre Of The South.
HENRY NORREYS, 1ST BARON NORREYS OF RYCOTE31, MARY30 DE FIENNES, ANNE29 BO URCHIER, B. DACRE OF THE SOUTH, HUMPHREY28, JOHN27, ANNE26 PLANTAGENET, TH OMAS25, EDWARD III24, EDWARD II23, EDWARD I LONGSHANKS22, HENRY III21, JO HN I LACKLAND20, FITZEMPRESS HENRY II19 CURTMANTLE, KING OF ENGLAND, GEOFF REY V THE FAIR18 PLANTAGENET, COUNT OF ANJOU, FULK V THE YOUNGER OF17 ANJO U, COUNT OF ANJOU, FULK IV THE RUDE OF16, ERMENGARD15 D'ANJOU, FULK III T HE BLACK OF14 ANJOU, COUNT OF ANJOU, B, ADELAIS OF13 VERMANDOIS, ROBERT OF 12 TROYES, COUNT OF TROYES, HERBERT II OF11 VERMANDOIS, COUNT OF VERMANDOI S, HUBERT I COUNT OF10 SENLIS, COUNT OF SENLIS, PEPIN II9 SEIGNEUR, OF PER ONNE, COUNT OF PERONNE, BERNHARD KING OF8 ITALY, KING OF ITALY, PEPIN I OF 7, CHARLEMAGNE EMPEROR OF THE6 WEST, KING OF FRANK, PEPIN III "THE SHOR T" OF THE5 FRANKS, KING OF F., CHARLES4 MARTEL, "THE HAMMER" OF FRANKS, PE PIN II3 D'HERISTAL, OF AUSTRASIA, (ANSEGISEL)2 ANCHISES, ARNOLD (ST. ARNUL F) OF1 METZ, BISHOP OF METZ)
As was noted before, Mary De Fiennes is also a descendant of LOUIS I T HE PIOUS OF AQUITAINE, KING OF FRANCE, through her mother, Anne Bourchie r, B. Dacre of The South, but this connection took place with the FitzEmpr ess Henry II Curtmantle, King of England, about 10 generations before Ma ry De Fiennes.
The FitzEmpress Henry II Curtmantle, King of England's mother MATILDA T HE EMPRESS OF NORMANDY, QUEEN OF ENGLAND is a descendant of LOUIS I THE PI OUS OF AQUITAINE, KING OF FRANCE.
Henry Norris (or Norreys), Baron Norris (c. 1525 - May 7 , 1601 ), belonged to an old Berkshire family, many members of which had held positions at the English court. He was a trusted early member of the circle of Elizabeth I , having been assigned to her household when she was at Woodstock . He was knighted in and made ambassador to France , being replaced by Sir Francis Walsingham in 1570 . In 1572 he was ennobled.
His son, John Norreys , was a soldier in the armies of Elizabeth I .
His father, also Henry Norreys , was a grandson of Sir William Norris , who commanded the royal troops against Lambert Simnel at the battle of Stoke in 1487 . Like his brother John (d. 1564), the elder Henry Norreys obtained a post at the court of Henry VIII , but was executed in 1536.
Noted events in his life were:
• Acceded, 1572.
Henry married Margaret Williams Baroness Norreys of Rycote  [LDMD-XFS] [MRIN: 434], daughter of John Williams 1st Baron Williams of Thame  [MF93-K69] and Elizabeth Bledlowe , about 1542. (Margaret Williams Baroness Norreys of Rycote  [LDMD-XFS] was born about 1524 in Thame, Oxfordshire, England and died in Dec 1599.)