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Wriothesley, Thomas, first earl of Southampton

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(1505-1550)


Entry by Michael A.R. Graves 


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Wriothesley, Thomas, first earl of Southampton (1505–1550), administrator, was the grandson of John Writhe, Garter king of arms, nephew of Sir Thomas Wriothesley, his successor, and cousin of Charles Wriothesley, who became Windsor herald. His father, William, like his brother Thomas, adopted Wriothesley as the family name. William, York herald, married Agnes, daughter of James Drayton of London, and they had four children. Thomas, the eldest son, was born on 21 December 1505, his sisters, Elizabeth and Anne (who married Thomas Knight of Hook in Hampshire), in 1507 and 1508, and his brother, Edward, in 1509. It was a sign of the family's rising status and fortunes that Edward Stafford, third duke of Buckingham, and Henry Percy, fifth earl of Northumberland, were godfathers at Edward's baptism.

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Thomas Wriothesley

First Earl of Southampton (1505-1550)

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Henry Wriothesley

Second Earl of Southampton (1545-1581)

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Henry Wriothesley

Third Earl of Southampton (1573-1624)

Entry by Park Honan
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Thomas Wriothesley

Fourth Earl of Southampton (1608-1667)

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