Wy17 Sir Henry Wyatt was the son of Richard WYATT and Margaret (Jane) CLARKE
|married 1stMargaret BAILIFF
(dau. and heiress of Richard Bailiff of Barnsley)
2nd Anne Skinner
1. Sir Thomas "The Elder" WYATT (Wy16)
2. Anne WYATT
3. Margaret WYATT
4. Francis WYATT
5. Henry WYATT
Sir Henry Wyatt's Coat of Arms
Sir Henry Wyatt
Henry Wyat was born in Yorkshire about the year 1460, the fourth son of Richard Wiat of Southange. He was a young cadet of the Lancastrian house, the youngest son of a Yorkshire squire of Southange in Yorkshire. Wyatt had attended college at Eton with the heir to the throne, Henry Tudor, and they had become friends.
stout Lancastrian he became involved in 1483 in the Duke of Buckingham's
unsuccessful revolt in the West Country in favour of Henry
Tudor, Earl of Richmond, who was then in Brittany awaiting
possible developments. King Richard III had ascended the throne in
1483 and felt threatened by the possible support Wyatt could provide to
the legal heir. Instead of having him sentenced to death, the King
imprisoned Wyatt in the Tower of London. In consequence Henry Wyatt
was imprisoned in the Tower during the two years of the reign of Richard
III, on whose orders he is said to have been tortured.
One day, a “cat came into the dungeon with him, and, as it were, offered
herself unto him. He was glad of her, laid her in his bosom to warm him,
and by making much of her won her love. After this she would come every
day unto him in diverse times, and when she could get him one, bring him
|He complained to the keeper of his cold and short fare; the answer
was, he durst not better it; but said Sir Henry, 'If I can provide any,
will you promise to dress it for me?'. 'I may well enough' said the Keeper,
'are you safe for that matter' and for him from time to time such pigeons
as his Acater (caterer) the cat provided for him. The cat came to be known
as Sir Henry’s “acater” [caterer]. The pigeons were dressed out and
cooked for Sir Henry by a friendly gaoler. m. Sir Henry in his prosperity
would ever make much of a cat, and perhaps you will never find a picture
of him anywhere, but with a cat beside him."
He was only released on the death of King Richard and the accession of Henry VII. When the Richard III had fallen on Bosworth field, one of the first acts of Henry VII was to liberate Henry and raise him from the private gentleman to the highest honours at Court. In 1485 he was rewarded by grant of “Keeper”, later to “Constable” for life of Norwich Castle. 1490Master of the King’s Jewels for 34 years. 1488Controller of the Mint, assisted with the reorganisation of the Mint and Coinage.
He married Anne Skinner, late in life, in 1502. He bought Allington Castle from the trustees of Robert Gainsford in 1492. The castle was in bad repair, and Henry Wyatt and his son made extensive alterations. They put in large Tudor windows, erected a fine porch, a ladies bower, a new fire place , a long gallery, a new kitchen and a new staircase. Camden ascribes the credit of these alterations to Thomas Wyatt, but most of them seem to have been carried out by his father.
1492Esquire-of-the-Body, King’s select Bodyguard. He sold Hall in the village Solhange (South Haigh or Upper Haigh) which he had acquired through his marriage to Margaret, daughter and heiress of Richard Bailiff of Barnsley, and purchased Allington Castle and restored it.Henry VIII visited him there in 1527, as did Cardinal Wolsey.
1491Joint Executor of Henry VII’s will. 1494Governor of the Castle of Carlisle to hold the border against the Scots 1513 -1515, then ransomed. 1500Commissioner of the Peace for South East England. 1504Was one of four who formed committee of the Privy Council to raise money for the King by the sale of offices, privileges and pardons.
Henry VII had died at the age of 52. He was succeeded by Prince Henry (VIII) to whom Henry Wyatt had been guardian for some years.Henry Wyatt createdKnightoftheBath at the Coronation 23 Jul 1509.Was one of the signatories for England of the Treaty of Scotland.
Henry applied for a new grant of Arms in Jan 1507/8. The grant by Garter was made on the grounds simply that he was descended form the House of Blood and name of the Wyatts' He was a privy councillor and may not have been called upon by Garter to produce a pedigree any more than his acquaintances Cardinal Wolsey or Thomas Cromwell when they applied for Armorial Bearings which they had not inherited. In the Rolls of Roger Twysden the pedigree shows five generations back to an Adam Wyot, who lived in the middle of the 14 Century in Yorkshire.
In 1512 he was appointed joint constable of Norwich Castle with Sir Thomas Boleyn, (father of Anne Boleyn). In 1513 Wyatt conducted Suffolk from France to the Tower where he was executed by Henry VIII. Sir Henry was made Knight Banneret for his services at the Battle of Spurs in 1515, and was present at the Field of the Cloth of Gold.
As Treasurer of the King’s Chamber raised and sent £20,000 to King’s Army on the Scottish Border in 1522. About 1526, Henry Wyatthad official lodgings in the Royal Palace as member of the Select Body of the Privy Council to hear complaints of the King’s subjects.
When lesser monasteries were dissolved Wyatt obtained lands and tenements in Essex and land in Milton (near Faversham in Kent) where he established the “Henry Wyatt Chantry”
Resigned posts of Treasurer of the King’s Chamber and the Royal Mint in 1528.
Henry Wyatt died at Allington Castle in Nov 1536 nearly 80 years old and was buried at Milton, Gravesend.
|Born: ABT 1490, Allington Castle, Allington, Kent,
Died: 10 Mar 1536/37
Father: Henry WYATT (Sir)
Mother: Anne SKINNER
Married 1: Thomas (John) ROGERS 1505, Deritend, Warwickshire, England
1. John ROGERS (Rev.)
2. William ROGERS
3. Edward ROGERS
4. Eleanor ROGERS
5. Joan ROGERS
Married 2: Anthony LEE (Sir) Quarendon, England
6. Henry LEE (Sir Knight)
7. Robert LEE
8. Cromwell LEE