Biography of William Pierrepont of Thoresby 1608-1678

Paternal Family Tree: Pierrepoint

1640 Short Parliament

1640 Long Parliament

1643 Battle of Gainsborough

1648 Treaty of Newport

1654 First Protectorate Parliament

On 08 Jan 1601 [his father] Robert Pierrepont 1st Earl Kingston (age 16) and [his mother] Gertrude Talbot Baroness Pierrepont Holme Pierrepoint (age 20) were married at Overton Longueville.

In 1608 William Pierrepont of Thoresby was born to Robert Pierrepont 1st Earl Kingston (age 23) and Gertrude Talbot Baroness Pierrepont Holme Pierrepoint (age 27).

In 1624 William Pierrepont of Thoresby (age 16) was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University.

On 01 Apr 1627 William Pierrepont of Thoresby (age 19) was admitted to Lincoln's Inn.

On 25 Jan 1628 [his father] Robert Pierrepont 1st Earl Kingston (age 43) was created 1st Earl Kingston upon Hull, 1st Viscount Newark. [his mother] Gertrude Talbot Baroness Pierrepont Holme Pierrepoint (age 47) by marriage Countess Kingston upon Hull.

On 08 Jun 1628 William Pierrepont of Thoresby (age 20) and Elizabeth Harries aka Harris (age 31) were married at St Martin's Church, Ludgate. He the son of Robert Pierrepont 1st Earl Kingston (age 43) and Gertrude Talbot Baroness Pierrepont Holme Pierrepoint (age 47).

On 01 Sep 1630 [his daughter] Frances Pierrepont Duchess Newcastle upon Tyne was born to William Pierrepont of Thoresby (age 22) and [his wife] Elizabeth Harries aka Harris (age 33) at Thoresby, Nottinghamshire.

In 1633 [his daughter] Grace Pierrepont Countess de Clare was born to William Pierrepont of Thoresby (age 25) and [his wife] Elizabeth Harries aka Harris (age 36).

In 1638 William Pierrepont of Thoresby (age 30) was appointed High Sheriff of Shropshire.

Short Parliament

In Apr 1640 William Pierrepont of Thoresby (age 32) was elected MP Shropshire during the Short Parliament.

Long Parliament

In Nov 1640 William Pierrepont of Thoresby (age 32) was elected MP Great Wenlock during the Long Parliament.

Battle of Gainsborough

On 16 Jul 1643 Francis Willoughby 5th Baron Willoughby of Parham launched a night attack on Gainsborough [Map] and captured it and [his father] Robert Pierrepont 1st Earl Kingston (age 58).

On 25 Jul 1643 Robert Pierrepont 1st Earl Kingston (age 58) Was accidentally shot and killed while a prisoner on board a vessel bound for Hull. His son [his brother] Henry Pierrepont 1st Marquess Dorchester (age 37) succeeded 2nd Earl Kingston upon Hull, 2nd Viscount Newark, 2nd Baron Pierrepont of Holme Pierrepoint. Catherine Stanley Marchioness Dorchester by marriage Countess Kingston upon Hull.

Treaty of Newport

Between 15 Sep 1648 and 27 Nov 1648 the Treaty of Newport attempted to reconcile King Charles I of England, Scotland and Ireland (age 47) (who was imprisoned at nearby Carisbrooke Castle [Map]) with Parliament. Denzil Holles 1st Baron Holles (age 48) and Henry Vane "The Younger" (age 35) represented Parliament. James Butler 1st Duke Ormonde (age 37) represented King Charles. The Treaty eventually came to nothing.

Parliament was also represented by John Crew 1st Baron Crew (age 50), John Glynne (age 46), Nathaniel Fiennes (age 40), William Pierrepont of Thoresby (age 40), Algernon Percy 10th Earl of Northumberland (age 45), William Fiennes 1st Viscount Saye and Sele (age 66), Philip Herbert 4th Earl Pembroke 1st Earl Montgomery (age 63), William Cecil 2nd Earl Salisbury (age 57), James Cranfield 2nd Earl Middlesex (age 27) and Thomas Wenman 2nd Viscount Wenman (age 52).

In 1649 [his son] Gervase Pierrepont 1st Baron Pierrepont was born to William Pierrepont of Thoresby (age 41) and [his wife] Elizabeth Harries aka Harris (age 52).

In 1652 [his son-in-law] Henry Cavendish 2nd Duke Newcastle upon Tyne (age 21) and [his daughter] Frances Pierrepont Duchess Newcastle upon Tyne (age 21) were married. He the son of William Cavendish 1st Duke Newcastle upon Tyne (age 59) and Elizabeth Bassett Countess Newcastle upon Tyne. They were second cousin once removed. He a great x 5 grandson of King Edward IV of England.

First Protectorate Parliament

In Sep 1654 William Pierrepont of Thoresby (age 46) was elected MP Nottinghamshire during the First Protectorate Parliament.

On 09 Jun 1655 [his son-in-law] Gilbert Holles 3rd Earl de Clare (age 22) and [his daughter] Grace Pierrepont Countess de Clare (age 22) were married at St Giles in the Fields Church, Camden [Map]. He the son of John Holles 2nd Earl de Clare (age 59) and Elizabeth Vere Countess Clare.

On 01 Jul 1657 [his wife] Elizabeth Harries aka Harris (age 60) died. She was buried at St Bartholemew's Church, Tong [Map].

Pepy's Diary. 23 Feb 1660. Thursday, my birthday, now twenty-seven years. A pretty fair morning, I rose and after writing a while in my study I went forth. To my office, where I told Mr. Hawly of my thoughts to go out of town to-morrow. Hither Mr. Fuller comes to me and my Uncle Thomas too, thence I took them to drink, and so put off my uncle. So with Mr. Fuller (age 52) home to my house, where he dined with me, and he told my wife and me a great many stories of his adversities, since these troubles, in being forced to travel in the Catholic countries, &c. He shewed me his bills, but I had not money to pay him. We parted, and I to Whitehall, where I was to see my horse which Mr. Garthwayt lends me to-morrow. So home, where Mr. Pierce comes to me about appointing time and place where and when to meet tomorrow. !So to Westminster Hall [Map], where, after the House rose, I met with Mr. Crew (age 62), who told me that my Lord was chosen by 73 voices, to be one of the Council of State. Mr. Pierpoint (age 52) had the most, 101, and himself the next, too. He brought me in the coach home. He and Mr. Anslow (age 45) being in it. I back to the Hall, and at Mrs. Michell's shop staid talking a great while with her and my Chaplain, Mr. Mumford, and drank a pot or two of ale on a wager that Mr. Prin (age 60) is not of the Council. Home and wrote to my Lord the news of the choice of the Council by the post, and so to bed.

In 1666 [his son] Robert Pierrepont died.

Pepy's Diary. 13 Jun 1667. In the evening comes Mr. Pelling, and several others, to the office, and tell me that never were people so dejected as they are in the City all over at this day; and do talk most loudly, even treason; as, that we are bought and sold-that we are betrayed by the Papists, and others, about the King (age 37); cry out that the office of the Ordnance hath been so backward as no powder to have been at Chatham, Kent [Map] nor Upnor Castle, Kent [Map] till such a time, and the carriages all broken; that Legg is a Papist; that Upnor [Map], the old good castle built by Queen Elizabeth, should be lately slighted; that the ships at Chatham, Kent [Map] should not be carried up higher. They look upon us as lost, and remove their families and rich goods in the City; and do think verily that the French, being come down with his army to Dunkirke, it is to invade us, and that we shall be invaded. Mr. Clerke, the solicitor, comes to me about business, and tells me that he hears that the King (age 37) hath chosen Mr. Pierpont (age 59) and Vaughan (age 63) of the West, Privy-councillors; that my Chancellor (age 58) was affronted in the Hall this day, by people telling him of his Dunkirke house; and that there are regiments ordered to be got together, whereof to be commanders my Lord Fairfax (age 55), Ingoldsby (age 49), Bethell, Norton, and Birch (age 51), and other Presbyterians; and that Dr. Bates will have liberty to preach. Now, whether this be true or not, I know not; but do think that nothing but this will unite us together.

Pepy's Diary. 12 Dec 1667. Thence walked to my bookseller's, and there he did give me a list of the twenty who were nominated for the Commission in Parliament for the Accounts: and it is strange that of the twenty the Parliament could not think fit to choose their nine, but were fain to add three that were not in the list of the twenty, they being many of them factious people and ringleaders in the late troubles; so that Sir John Talbott did fly out and was very hot in the business of Wildman's being named, and took notice how he was entertained in the bosom of the Duke of Buckingham (age 39), a Privy-counsellor; and that it was fit to be observed by the House, and punished. The men that I know of the nine I like very well; that is, Mr. Pierrepont (age 59), Lord Brereton (age 36), and Sir William Turner (age 52); and I do think the rest are so, too; but such as will not be able to do this business as it ought to be, to do any good with. Here I did also see their votes against my Lord Chiefe Justice Keeling (age 60), that his proceedings were illegal, and that he was a contemner of Magna Charta (the great preserver of our lives, freedoms, and properties) and an introduction to arbitrary government; which is very high language, and of the same sound with that in the year 1640. I home, and there wrote my letters, and so to supper and to bed. This day my Chancellor's (age 58) letter was burned at the 'Change [Map].'

In 1672 [his son-in-law] George Savile 1st Marquess Halifax (age 38) and [his daughter] Gertrude Pierrepont Marchioness Halifax were married. She by marriage Lady Savile of Thornhill. They were third cousins.

Before 17 Jul 1678 Mary Beale aka Cradock (age 45). Portrait of William Pierrepont of Thoresby (age 70).

On 17 Jul 1678 William Pierrepont of Thoresby (age 70) died.

In or before 1660 [his son] Robert Pierrepont and Elizabeth Evelyn were married.

[his daughter] Gertrude Pierrepont Marchioness Halifax was born to William Pierrepont of Thoresby and Elizabeth Harries aka Harris.

[his son] Robert Pierrepont was born to William Pierrepont of Thoresby and Elizabeth Harries aka Harris.

Royal Ancestors of William Pierrepont of Thoresby 1608-1678

Kings Wessex: Great x 17 Grand Son of King Edmund "Ironside" I of England

Kings Gwynedd: Great x 13 Grand Son of Owain "Great" King Gwynedd

Kings Seisyllwg: Great x 19 Grand Son of Hywel "Dda aka Good" King Seisyllwg King Deheubarth

Kings Powys: Great x 14 Grand Son of Maredudd ap Bleddyn King Powys

Kings England: Great x 8 Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Kings Scotland: Great x 12 Grand Son of William "Lion" I King Scotland

Kings Franks: Great x 14 Grand Son of Louis VII King Franks

Kings France: Great x 10 Grand Son of Philip "The Fair" IV King France

Royal Descendants of William Pierrepont of Thoresby 1608-1678

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom x 2

Queen Consort Camilla Shand x 1

Diana Spencer Princess Wales x 1

Ancestors of William Pierrepont of Thoresby 1608-1678

Great x 4 Grandfather: Henry Pierrepont 8 x Great Grand Son of King Henry "Curtmantle" II of England

Great x 3 Grandfather: Francis Pierrepont 7 x Great Grand Son of King John "Lackland" of England

Great x 4 Grandmother: Thomasine Melton 6 x Great Grand Daughter of King John "Lackland" of England

Great x 2 Grandfather: William Pierrepont 8 x Great Grand Son of King John "Lackland" of England

Great x 1 Grandfather: George Pierrepont 9 x Great Grand Son of King John "Lackland" of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: Peter Empson

Great x 3 Grandfather: Richard Empson

Great x 2 Grandmother: Joan Empson

GrandFather: Henry Pierrepont 10 x Great Grand Son of King John "Lackland" of England

Great x 2 Grandfather: William Thwaites

Great x 1 Grandmother: Winifred Thwaites

Father: Robert Pierrepont 1st Earl Kingston 9 x Great Grand Son of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: William Cavendish

Great x 3 Grandfather: Thomas Cavendish

Great x 4 Grandmother: Joan Staventon

Great x 2 Grandfather: Thomas Cavendish 6 x Great Grand Son of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: John Scudamore

Great x 3 Grandmother: Catherine Scudamore 5 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 4 Grandmother: Alys Mathrafal 4 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 1 Grandfather: William Cavendish 7 x Great Grand Son of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 3 Grandfather: John Carrington Smith

Great x 2 Grandmother: Alice Smith

GrandMother: Frances Cavendish 8 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 3 Grandfather: John Harwick

Great x 2 Grandfather: John Hardwick 7 x Great Grand Son of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: Thomas Pinchbeck

Great x 3 Grandmother: Elizabeth Pinchbeck 6 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 4 Grandmother: Anne Greene 5 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 1 Grandmother: Bess of Hardwick Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 8 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: William Leeke of Lakeford

Great x 3 Grandfather: Thomas Leeke of Hasland

Great x 2 Grandmother: Elizabeth Leeke

Great x 4 Grandfather: William Vaux of Harrowden

Great x 3 Grandmother: Margaret Vaux

William Pierrepont of Thoresby 8 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: John Talbot 3rd Earl of Shrewsbury 5 x Great Grand Son of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 3 Grandfather: George Talbot 4th Earl of Shrewsbury 3 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandmother: Catherine Stafford Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 2 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England

Great x 2 Grandfather: Francis Talbot 5th Earl of Shrewsbury 4 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: William Hastings 1st Baron Hastings 9 x Great Grand Son of King Henry I "Beauclerc" England

Great x 3 Grandmother: Anne Hastings Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 3 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandmother: Katherine Neville Baroness Bonville and Hastings 2 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England

Great x 1 Grandfather: George Talbot 6th Earl of Shrewsbury 5 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: Humphrey Dacre 1st Baron Dacre Gilsland 5 x Great Grand Son of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 3 Grandfather: Thomas Dacre 2nd Baron Dacre Gilsland 6 x Great Grand Son of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 4 Grandmother: Mabel Parr Baroness Dacre of Gilsland 8 x Great Grand Daughter of King John "Lackland" of England

Great x 2 Grandmother: Mary Dacre 5 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: Robert Greystoke 3 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Great x 3 Grandmother: Elizabeth Greystoke 6th Baroness Greystoke Baroness Dacre of Gilsland 4 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandmother: Elizabeth Grey 3 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England

GrandFather: Henry Talbot 6 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: Robert Manners 5 x Great Grand Son of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 3 Grandfather: George Manners 11th Baron Ros Helmsley 6 x Great Grand Son of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 4 Grandmother: Eleanor Ros 5 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 2 Grandfather: Thomas Manners 1st Earl of Rutland 4 x Great Grand Son of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: Thomas St Leger 6 x Great Grand Son of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England

Great x 3 Grandmother: Anne St Leger Baroness Ros of Helmsley 3 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandmother: Anne York Duchess Exeter 2 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England

Great x 1 Grandmother: Gertrude Manners Countess Shrewsbury and Waterford 5 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: John Paston

Great x 3 Grandfather: William Paston

Great x 4 Grandmother: Margery Brewes

Great x 2 Grandmother: Eleanor Paston Countess Rutland

Great x 4 Grandfather: Henry Heydon

Great x 3 Grandmother: Bridget Heydon

Great x 4 Grandmother: Anne Boleyn

Mother: Gertrude Talbot Baroness Pierrepont Holme Pierrepoint 7 x Great Grand Daughter of King Edward III of England

GrandMother: Elizabeth Rayner