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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.



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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



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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.




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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.



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 Beaulieu

Come Face to Face with the Earls of Southampton

Portraits from the Beaulieu Collection courtesy of Lord Montagu of Beaulieu

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Portrait (after Hans Holbein)
Thomas Wriothesley, 1st Earl of Southampton (1505-1550)

©The Beaulieu Estate

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Portrait (after Mierevelt)  

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

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

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Get acquainted with the
The Wriothesley Earls of Southampton

 © Cokayne, G.E. (1953). The Complete Peerage edited by Geoffrey H. White. XII (Part I). London: St. Catherine Press.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Thomas Wriothesley 1EOS

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Entry by Michael A.R. Graves
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Henry Wriothesley 2EOS

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Entry by J.G. Elzinga
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Henry Wriothesley 3EOS

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Entry by Park Honan
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Thomas Wriothesley 4EOS

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Entry by David L. White 
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College of Arms

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Arms & Funerary Achievements

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

The Society of Antiquaries of London

A Rare 19thC View of the Mortuary Chapel of the Earls of Southampton

by kind permission of the Society of Antiquaries of London


Reuniting Ubsdell's Titchfield Series

Parish Church of St. Peter 1839-1840

Reproduced by permission of the Portsmouth Museum Services/Portsmouth City Council

Ubsdell, R.H.C, July 1840, Titchfield Church, PMRS 1945/419/61 

SSLT is pleased to be reuniting all four of R.H.C. Ubsdell's watercolour drawings online through the generosity of

 The Society of Antiquaries of London and the Portsmouth Museum Services/Portsmouth City Council.

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Royal Armouries 

Size Up the 3rd Earl of Southampton

Courtesy of the Royal Armoury, Leeds and the National Portrait Gallery, London

Three-quarter field armour  (1600)
Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton

©Royal Armoury/Leeds War Gallery/Object Number II.360

'The armour is now considered French and may have been acquired during the Earl's diplomatic mission to Paris in 1598. It bears close comparison with a number of armours which are recorded as of French manufacture. 

This armour appears in a portrait of Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton (1573-1624), on Loan to the National Portrait Gallery at Montacute House from the trustees of the late Duke of Portland. In the portrait, Southampton is shown wearing the collar, with the cuirass on the floor to his left and the helmet, with plumes, on a plinth to his right. The portrait is thought to have been painted c.1595-1600; it is unlikely to have been painted in 1601-1603 when the Earl was imprisoned in the Tower, or after 1603 when he was created Knight of the Garter (R.W. Goulding, 'Wriothesley Portraits', 'Walpole Society' VIII (1920) 26ff, pp.51-2).' ©Royal Armoury


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Search the Pages of the Titchfield Parish Register (1589-1678) & Meet the Vicars (1302-2020) 

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Shakespeare Immortalized Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton. 

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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 
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