SAVILE, Henry (1517/18-69), of London, Barrowby, Lincs. and Lupset, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Family and Education

b. 1517/18, 1st s. of John Savile of Lupset by Anne, da. of William Wyatt. educ. ?Oxf. BCL 1535. m. (1) 1545, Margaret, da. and coh. of Henry Fowler or Fuller, ?s.p.; (2) by 1551, Joan, da. and h. of William Vernon of Barrowby, Lincs., wid. of Sir Richard Bozom of Long Clawson, Leics., 3s. inc. George 4da.; (3) Dorothy, da. of Richard Grosvenor of Eaton, Cheshire, wid. of Richard Wilbraham (d.1558), s.p. suc. fa. 16 Jan. 1530.1

Offices Held

J.p. Yorks. (W. Riding) 1547, 1558/59-d., (E. and N. Ridings) 1562-d., Lincs. (Kesteven) 1554-d.; commr. chantries, Yorks. (W. Riding) 1548, relief, Lincs. (Kesteven), Yorks. 1550, to enforce Acts of Uniformity and Supremacy, province of York 1561; surveyor, ct. augmentations, Yorks. (N. Riding) by 1552-4, Exchequer 1554-d.; keeper, New Park, Wakefield, Yorks. 1554; escheator, Lincs. 1555-6; member, council in the north by Dec. 1558; sheriff, Yorks. 1567-8.2


Henry Savile was rising 12 when his father died and in 1531 his wardship was granted to Edmund Copyndale. In the absence of a more likely namesake he may be presumed to have been the Henry Savel or Sayvell who took a BCL at Oxford in July 1535 and who in the following April acted as proctor in the chancellor’s court there. Of his progress thereafter a glimpse is provided by his description on the pardon roll of 1553 as ‘of Barrowby ... alias late of Lupset ... alias late of the city of London’. His domicile at Barrowby, two miles west of Grantham, resulted from his second marriage, which brought him considerable property there in addition to his inheritance at Lupset. How he had occupied himself in London has not been discovered, but if he was the civil lawyer he could have engaged in the legal side of commerce.3

Savile’s return for Grantham to the last Marian Parliament is probably to be explained by his own local standing, although he may also have enjoyed the support of either the 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, one of whose daughters his heir was to marry, or of the 2nd Earl of Rutland, who was his neighbour at Belvoir. It was presumably Shrewsbury’s influence which gained Savile a knighthood for Yorkshire in the succeeding Parliament at the same time as he became a member of the council in the north. Adjudged a favourer of the Anglican settlement in 1564 Savile continued to serve in the north until his death early in 1569.4

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: T. M. Hofmann


  • 1. Date of birth estimated from age at fa.’s i.p.m., C142/51/106. Vis. Yorks. (Harl. Soc. xvi), 275-6; Glover’s Vis. Yorks. ed. Foster, 341; Lincs. Peds. (Harl. Soc. l). 167, (ibid. lii), 859-60; Emden, Biog. Reg. Univ. Oxf. 1501-40, p. 505; Yorks. Arch. Jnl. xxv. 16 seq.
  • 2. CPR, 1547-8, p. 92; 1548-9, p. 136; 1553, pp. 353, 355; 1553-4, pp. 21, 238; 1560-3, pp. 436-7, 439, 573; 1563-6, p. 24; 1566-9, p. 172; Inventories of Church Goods (Surtees Soc. xcvii), 109; Stowe 571, f. iiv; Rep. R. Comm. of 1552 (Archs. of Brit. Hist. and Culture iii), 55; CSP For. 1558-9, p. 55; J. J. Cartwright, Chapters in Yorks. Hist. 19n; R. R. Reid, King’s Council in the North, 493.
  • 3. Emden, 505; CPR, 1553-4, p. 433.
  • 4. Cam. Misc. ix(3), 70; PCC 11 Sheffelde.