Wingfield

Wingfield

Towards the end of the 15th century, Sir John Wingfield’s ninth son, Lewis (or Ludovic), was Comptroller of the Household for the Bishop of Winchester, from whom he held a lease of the manor of Bishops Sutton in Hampshire.[i]  Upon his death in 1525, Lewis left the reversion of Sutton – and a goblet – to his 14-year-old eldest son Richard. Lewis’s younger son George married a daughter of Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Master of the Rolls to Queen Elizabeth from 1581 to 1594. George’s son, another Richard Wingfield, married Honora, daughter and co-heir of the Hon. Teige O’Brien, and settled at Robertstown in Co. Limerick.

[i] Sir John’s eleventh son was Sir Richard Wingfield, Knight of the Garter, of Kimbolton Castle. Sir Richard’s grandson, Captain Edward Maria Wingfield (1550-1631), was instrumental with Richard Hakluyt and six others in getting King James I to sign the Virginia Charter of 1606. Wingfield went on to be the 1st President of the Council at Jamestown, during which time he built the great fort there. He was also one of the largest shareholders in the Virginia Company, the only backer to sail to the southern colony, and was still involved in Virginia affairs in his seventies

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