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Thomas Wriothesley, 4th Earl of Southampton (1608-1667)

©College of Arms/MS Arms of Middlesex Families, Fols. 14v-15r

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Achievement & Pedigree

Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton (1573-1624)

©College of Arms/MS E.16, Fols. 14v-15r

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Funeral Certificate

Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton (1573-1624)

©College of Arms MS I.8, Fol. 52v

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Funeral Certificate

Thomas Wriothesley, 4th Earl of Southampton (1608-1667)

©College of Arms MS I.31, Fol. 29 

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Funeral Certificate

Horatio Vere, a Colonel who fought alongside the 3EOS, (1565-1635)

©College of Arms MS I.8, Fol. 45v

Thomas

WRIOTHESELY

1st Earl of Southampton
1505-1550

English peer, secretary of state, Lord Chancellor and Lord High Admiral. Thomas Wriothesley served as a loyal instrument of King Henry VIII in the latter's break with the Catholic church. He was one of the executors of Henry's will, and in accordance with the dead King's wishes, he was created Earl of Southampton on 16 February 1547.

Life & Times

Henry

WRIOTHESLEY

2nd Earl of Southampton
1545-1581

Henry Wriothesley was the third and only surviving son of the 1st Earl of Southampton and was born into great privilege. King Henry VIII himself was one of the sponsors at his baptism. During the reign of the Protestant Elizabeth I, however, he gained a reputation as a zealous Catholic. His male heir, Henry Wriothesley, would become Shakespeare's sole dedicatee.

Life & Times

Henry

Wriothesley

 3rd Earl of Southampton

1573-1624

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Henry

WRIOTHESELY

3rd Earl of Southampton
1573-1624

A favourite of Elizabeth I, Southampton had become earl and ward of the state two days before his eighth birthday. A lover of literature, he was Shakespeare's sole dedicatee and purported patron, making possible some of the greatest plays and poems ever penned.


Life & Times

Thomas

WRIOTHESLEY

4th Earl of Southampton
1608-1667

Thomas Wriothesley was an English statesman, a staunch supporter of King Charles II who after the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660 rose to the position of Lord High Treasurer. He "was remarkable for his freedom from any taint of corruption" and for his efforts in the interests of economy and financial order.

Life & Times

Shakespeare Immortalized Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton. 

One good turn deserves another!

Henry Wriothesley was Shakespeare's sole dedicatee and purported patron, making possible some of the greatest plays and poems ever penned. Join Lord Montagu in paying it forward in service to the 
living record their memory.

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