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Biography of George Shirley 1st Baronet Staunton Harold 1559-1622

May 1611 Creation of Baronets


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On 23 Apr 1559 George Shirley 1st Baronet Staunton Harold 1559-1622 was born to [his father] John Shirley 1533-1570 (26).

On 12 Sep 1570 [his father] John Shirley 1533-1570 (37) died at Staunton Harold. He was buried at Church of St Mary and St Hardulph, Breedon on the Hill.

After 21 Feb 1587 George Shirley 1st Baronet Staunton Harold 1559-1622 and [his wife] Frances Berkeley 1564-1595 were married.

Around 1588 [his son] Henry Shirley 2nd Baronet Staunton Harold 1588-1623 was born to George Shirley 1st Baronet Staunton Harold 1559-1622 (28) and [his wife] Frances Berkeley 1564-1595 (24).

On 29 Dec 1595 [his wife] Frances Berkeley 1564-1595 (31) died. She was buried at Church of St Mary and St Hardulph, Breedon on the Hill. Monument to Frances Berkeley 1564-1595 (31) and George Shirley 1st Baronet Staunton Harold 1559-1622 (36). The armorial shows and impaled.

May 1611 Creation of Baronets

On 22 May 1611 the first Baronets were created by James I (44) who granted letters patent to two hundred gentlemen of good birth with an income of at least £1,000 a year in return for which each was required to pay for the upkeep of thirty soldiers for three years. The first Baronets were:
Nicolas Bacon (71) was created 1st Baronet Bacon of Redgrave. The Premier Baronet being the first creation.
Lionel Tollemache 1st Baronet Talmash 1562-1621 (48) was created 1st Baronet Talmash of Helmingham in Suffolk.
George Booth (54) was created 1st Baronet Dunham Massey. Katherine Anderson Lady Dunham Massey 1568-1639 (43) by marriage Lady Dunham Massey.
Phillip Knyvet was created 1st Baronet Knyvet of Buckenham in Norfolk.
Edward Carr (20) was created 1st Baronet Carr of Sleaford in Lincolnshire.
John St John (25) was created 1st Baronet St John Lydiard Tregoze in Wiltshire (1611).
Thomas Gerard 1st Baronet Bryn 1560-1621 (51) was created 1st Baronet Gerard of Bryn.
Thomas 1st Baronet Mansel 1556-1631 (55) was created 1st Baronet Mansel of Margam.
George Savile 1st Baronet Thornhill 1550-1622 (61) was created 1st Baronet Savile Thornhill.
Thomas Temple 1st Baronet Temple 1567-1637 (44) was created 1st Baronet Temple of Stowe.
Henry Belasyse 1st Baronet 1555-1624 (55) was created 1st Baronet Belasyse of Newborough.
George Shirley 1st Baronet Staunton Harold 1559-1622 (52) was created 1st Baronet Staunton Harold in Leicestershire.
Henry Hobart 1st Baronet Hobart 1560-1625 (51) was created 1st Baronet Hobart of Intwood in Norfolk. Dorothy Bell Lady Hobart by marriage Lady Hobart of Intwood in Norfolk
The next creations may have been in the later creations on 29 Jun and 25 Nov ...
Henry Lee 1st Baronet Lee 1571-1631 (40) was created 1st Baronet Lee of Quarrendon in Buckinghamshire.
Moyle Finch 1st Baronet Eastwell 1550-1614 (61) was created 1st Baronet Eastwell in Kent. Elizabeth Heneage 1st Countess Winchelsea 1556-1634 (54) by marriage Lady Eastwell in Kent.
James Harrington 1st Baronet Ridlington 1542-1614 (69) was created 1st Baronet Ridlington.
Gervase Clifton 1st Baronet Clifton 1587-1666 (23) was created 1st Baronet Clifton of Clifton in Nottinghamshire.
Thomas Pelham 1st Baronet Pelham Laughton -1624 was created 1st Baronet Pelham Laughton. Mary Walsingham Baroness Pelham Laughton 1564-1624 (47) by marriage Lady Pelham Laughton.
Thomas Penyston 1st Baronet Penyston 1591-1644 (20) was created 1st Baronet Penyston. Martha Temple Lady Penyston 1595-1620 (16) by marriage Lady Penyston.
George St Paul Baronet St Paul 1562-1613 (49) was created as Baronet St Paul in Snarford in Lincolnshire. Frances Wray Countess Warwick -1634 by marriage Lady St Paul in Snarford in Lincolnshire
Philip Wodehouse 3rd Baronet Woodhouse 1608-1681 (2) was created 1st Baronet Woodhouse of Wilberhall.

Before 1631. Unknown Painter. Portrait of Thomas 1st Baronet Mansel 1556-1631 and Jane Pole. Unusual for showing the couple holding hands. Sir Thomas was one of the richest and most influential people in south Wales. Not only had he acted as MP and Sheriff of Glamorgan on several occasions, he had been knighted, and in 1611 became one of the first ever to be given the title Baronet - see May 1611 Creation of Baronets. Sir Thomas wears a white doublet with delicate lace collars and cuff, and a dark tunic intricately embroidered with gold. These were not his everyday clothes, but would have been chosen especially for the portrait, to demonstrate his wealth and taste. Beards were considered a sign of virility, and were important fashion statements for men. Thomas Mansel wears his long and squared. Lady Jane wears a dark dress embroidered with gold and an elaborate lace collar and headdress, offset by a lavish triple-string of pearls. This was an age when new fashions and luxury materials like lace were being imported from abroad. Her costume was not of the latest fashion, and suggests the taste of an older generation. Lady Jane holds a marigold, also called Mary’s Gold. This may be a reference to their daughter Mary, who appears with her parents in another, almost identical portrait. Marigolds were often used to symbolise grief and comfort, so it may also refer to the death of Jane’s second husband.

On 27 Apr 1622 George Shirley 1st Baronet Staunton Harold 1559-1622 (63) died. He was buried at Church of St Mary and St Hardulph, Breedon on the Hill. His son [his son] Henry Shirley 2nd Baronet Staunton Harold 1588-1623 (34) succeeded 2nd Baronet Staunton Harold in Leicestershire. Dorothy Devereux Lady Staunton Harold by marriage Lady Staunton Harold in Leicestershire.

[his son] Henry Shirley 2nd Baronet Staunton Harold 1588-1623 and Dorothy Devereux Lady Staunton Harold were married.

Family Trees

Paternal Family Tree: Shirley

Royal Descent

Kings Wessex: Great x 23 Grand Son of Æthelwulf King Wessex -858

Kings Gwynedd: Great x 21 Grand Son of Maredudd ab Owain King Deheubarth, King Powys, King Gwynedd -999

Kings Seisyllwg: Great x 23 Grand Son of Hywel "Dda aka Good" King Seisyllwg, King Deheubarth 880-950

Kings Powys: Great x 21 Grand Son of Maredudd ab Owain King Deheubarth, King Powys, King Gwynedd -999

Kings England: Great x 12 Grand Son of Henry "Curtmantle" II King England 1133-1189

Kings Scotland: Great x 15 Grand Son of Malcolm III King Scotland 1031-1093

Kings Franks: Great x 23 Grand Son of Louis "Pious" King Aquitaine, I King Franks 778-840

Kings France: Great x 17 Grand Son of Robert "Pious" II King France 972-1031

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Father: John Shirley 1533-1570 11 x Great Grandson of Henry "Curtmantle" II King England 1133-1189

GrandFather: Francis Shirley 1515-1571 10 x Great Grandson of Henry "Curtmantle" II King England 1133-1189

Great GrandFather: Ralph Shirley 1461-1516 9 x Great Grandson of Henry "Curtmantle" II King England 1133-1189

Great x 2 GrandFather: John Shirley 1429-1485

Great x 3 GrandFather: Ralph Shirley 1413-1466

Great x 2 GrandMother: Eleanor Willoughby 1433-1487 8 x Great Granddaughter of Henry "Curtmantle" II King England 1133-1189

Great x 3 GrandFather: Hugh Willoughby -1448 7 x Great Grandson of Henry "Curtmantle" II King England 1133-1189

Great x 4 GrandFather: Edmund Willoughby 1357-1395 6 x Great Grandson of Henry "Curtmantle" II King England 1133-1189

Great x 4 GrandMother: Isabel Annesley 1383-1416

Great x 3 GrandMother: Margaret Freville 1401-1493

Great x 4 GrandFather: Baldwin Freville 1368-1401

GrandMother: Dorothy Giffard 1490-1571

Great GrandFather: John Giffard 1466-1556

Great x 2 GrandFather: Robert Giffard 1420-1486

Great x 3 GrandFather: Thomas Giffard 1383-1420

Great x 4 GrandFather: John Giffard 1316-1365