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Sir Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset, son of Sir Richard Sackville and Winifred Sackville [Brydges]
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Sir Thomas Sackville, Lord Buckhurst, born in 1536, was one of the most prominent men of his time. In his earlier years a poet, he was a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, his second cousin. In June, 1586, she granted him the reversion of Knole, but as this estate was leased to the Earl of Leicester, he did not come into actual possession until 1603. He married in 1554 Cicely, the daughter of Sir John Baker, of Sissinghurst. On the 8th of June, 1567, he was knighted, and on the same day created a baron under the title of Lord Buckhurst. After many services to the State he was made Lord High Treasurer in May, 1599. This office was confirmed to him by James I, whom he met on his arrival in England. In 1604 he was created Earl of Dorset. He died suddenly from a stroke while sitting at the council board in Whitehall on the 19th of April, 1608.

His literary and poetical works, including The Tragedy of Ferrex and Porrex first performed in front of Queen Elizabeth I in 1561, were subsequently republished in 1859 by his descendant Reginald W. Sackville-West entitled The Works of Thomas Sackville, Lord Buckhurst


See also The Worthies of Sussex by M.A. Lower publihed in 1865, The Buckhurst Terrier published in 1933, The Sackvilles of Withyham, The History of East Grinstead published in 1906 and
Date
Type
Information
Source
 
1536
Born
At Buckhurst in the Parish of Withyham, Sussex
Charles J. Phillips'
History of the Sackville Family
 
1554
Married
Cicely Baker
Buckhurst Terrier
 
1561
Birth of a son
Robert
Charles J. Phillips'
History of the Sackville Family
 
1561
Published
The Tragedy of Ferrex and Porrex
Works of Lord Buckhurst
 
c 1565
Birth of a son
Henry
 
 
8th Jun 1567
Title
Baron of Buckhurst
Charles J. Phillips'
History of the Sackville Family
 
8th Jun 1567
Title
Knighted
Buckhurst Terrier
 
1570
Birth of a son
William
IGI - Family Search
 
25th May 1571
Birth of a son
Thomas
Charles J. Phillips'
History of the Sackville Family
 
c 1572
Birth of a daughter
Jane
IGI - Family Search
 
c 1575
Birth of a daughter
Anne
IGI - Family Search
 
1584
Birth of a daughter
Mary at Buckhurst in the Parish of Withyham, Sussex
IGI - Family Search
 
1587
Birth of a son
Thomas (alias Footes) at Down Ampney in the County of Gloucestershire
IGI - Family Search
 
1597
Freehold
At capital mansion and manor house called Buckhurst
Buckhurst Terrier
 
Thomas Sackvill, Knight, Lord Buckhurst, holds the site, capital mansion and manor house called Buckhurst, being within the park called Great Parck of Buckhurst als Buckhurst Parck, being 1150 acres of meadow, pasture and wood. Also the Little Parck of Buckhurst als Stonelands Parck, being 520 acres. Within this parck is situate a messuage called Stonelands Lodge with a barn and a garden.
In all Buckhurst is worth £46 per annum
 
10th Sep 1597
Tenancy
Buckhurst Terrier
 
Thos. Lord Buckhurst for Lardownes
Yearly rent 6s 8d
 
10th Sep 1597
Tenancy
Buckhurst Terrier
 
Thos. Lord Buckhurst holdeth certain lands
Yearly rent 4s 10d
 
10th Sep 1597
Tenancy
Buckhurst Terrier
 
Thos. Lord Buckhurst for Shurlocks
Yearly rent £1 7s 5d
 
May 1599
appointed Lord High Treasurer
Buckhurst Terrier
 
13th Mar 1603/4
Title
created as the 1st Earl of Dorset
Charles J. Phillips'
History of the Sackville Family
 
19th Apr 1608
Died
London
Charles J. Phillips'
History of the Sackville Family
 
after 19th Apr 1608
Buried
At St. Michael's Church in the Parish of Withyham, Sussex
Charles J. Phillips'
History of the Sackville Family

Ancestor's report
Descendent's report
Sackville, Sackville-West family records
The ancestral pedigree of Sir Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset
   
 Sir Jordan Sackvillem: c 1250Margery de Aguillon 
 b: 1230 Buckhurst, Withyham, Sussex
d: 1272
  b: c 1230
  
  
 Andrew 
 b: 1254 Buckhurst, Withyham, Sussex
d: 1296
 
    
Great-Great-
Great-Great
Great-Great-
Great-Great-
Grandfather record
   
   
   
 Sir Andrew Sackvillem: c 1280Ermyntrude Malyns 
 b: 1254 Buckhurst, Withyham, Sussex
d: 1296
  b: c 1255
  
  
 Andrew 
 b: 1288 Buckhurst, Withyham, Sussex 
    
Great-
Great-Great
Great-Great-
Great-Great-
Grandfather record
   
   
   
 Andrew Sackvillem: c 1300Joan Mortimer 
 b: 1288 Buckhurst, Withyham, Sussex  b: c 1285
  
  
 Andrew 
 b: 28th Sep 1306 Oxfordshire
d: 22nd Sep 1370 London
 
    
Great-Great-
Great-Great-
Great-Great-
Grandfather record
   
   
   
2nd marriage Sir Andrew Sackvillem: 1354 OxfordshireJoan Burgess 
 b: 28th Sep 1306 Oxfordshire
d: 22nd Sep 1370 London
  b: 1310 Sussex
  
   
 Thomas Alice 
 b: 1342 Oxfordshire
d: 1st Dec 1432
 b: 1355 Oxfordshire 
      
Great-
Great-Great-
Great-Great-
Grandfather record
   
   
   
 Sir Thomas Sackvillem: 1371 SussexMargaret Dalingridge (Dalingruge) 
 b: 1342 Oxfordshire
d: 1st Dec 1432
  b: 1347 Sussex
  
      
 Andrew Richard William Edward John 
 b: 1372 Sussex b: 1374 Sussex b: 1376 Sussex b: 1378 Sussex
d: 1451 Withyham, Sussex
bur: 1451 St. Michael's Church, Withyham, Sussex
 b: 1380 Sussex 
            
Great-Great-
Great-Great-
Grandfather record
   
   
   
 Sir Edward Sackvillem: c 1410Margaret Wakehurst 
 b: 1378 Sussex
d: 1451 Withyham, Sussex
bur: 1451 St. Michael's Church, Withyham, Sussex
  b: 1383
  
  
 Humphrey 
 b: 1436
d: 24th Jan 1488 Withyham, Sussex
bur: after 24th Jan 1488 St. Michael's Church, Withyham, Sussex
 
    
Great-
Great-Great-
Grandfather record
   
   
   
 Humphrey Sackvillem: 1471Catherine Browne 
 b: 1436
d: 24th Jan 1488 Withyham, Sussex
bur: after 24th Jan 1488 St. Michael's Church, Withyham, Sussex
  b: 1432 daughter of Sir Thomas and Elianora Brown
  
       
 Richard William Elisabeth John Katherine Edward 
 b: 1460
d: 18th Jul 1524 Withyham, Sussex
bur: 28th Jul 1524 St. Michael's Church, Withyham, Sussex
 b: c 1474
d: 1508
 b: c 1476 b: c 1478 b: c 1482 b: c 1483 
              
Great-Great-
Grandfather record
   
   
   
 Richard Sackvillem: 1492Isabel Diggs (Dyggs) 
 b: 1460
d: 18th Jul 1524 Withyham, Sussex
bur: 28th Jul 1524 St. Michael's Church, Withyham, Sussex
  b: 1471 daughter of John Diggs of Barham, Kent
  
          
John  Joanne Mildred Maria Catherine Edward Margaret Isabella 
b: 17th Mar 1484
d: 5th Oct 1557 Withyham, Sussex
bur: after 5th Oct 1557 St. Michael's Church, Withyham, Sussex
  b: c 1489 b: c 1490 b: c 1493 b: c 1494
d: Jan to Mar 1524
 b: c 1495 b: c 1497 b: c 1498
d: 21st Oct 1570
 
   Richard                   
   b: c 1487                   
                       
Great-
Grandfather record
   
   
    
1st marriage Sir John Sackvillem: 1512 SussexMargaret Boleyn 
 b: 17th Mar 1484
d: 5th Oct 1557 Withyham, Sussex
bur: after 5th Oct 1557 St. Michael's Church, Withyham, Sussex
  b: c 1489 Blickling, Norfolk
  
       
 Richard Christopher Isabella John Ann Maria 
 b: c 1513 Chiddingly, Sussex
d: 21st Apr 1566 Withyham, Sussex
bur: after 21st Apr 1566 St. Michael's Church, Withyham, Sussex
 b: c 1514 Chiddingly, Sussex
d: February 1558/59
 b: c 1518 Chiddingly, Sussex b: c 1520 b: c 1521 Chiddingly, Sussex b: c 1524 Chiddingly, Sussex
d: 30th Jun 1571
 
                  
Grandfather record
   
   
    
 Sir Richard Sackvillem: c 1535Winifred Brydges 1st maariage
 b: c 1513 Chiddingly, Sussex
d: 21st Apr 1566 Withyham, Sussex
bur: after 21st Apr 1566 St. Michael's Church, Withyham, Sussex
  b: 1510 Dymocke, Gloucestershire
d: 16th Jun 1586 Chelsea, London
bur: after 16th Jun 1586 Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London
  
   
 Thomas Ann 
 b: 1536 Buckhurst, Withyham, Sussex
d: 19th Apr 1608 London
bur: after 19th Apr 1608 St. Michael's Church, Withyham, Sussex
 b: c 1542
d: 14th May 1595
 
       
Parental record
   
   
    
 Sir Thomas Sackville
1st Earl of Dorset
m: 1554Cicely Baker
1st Countess of Dorset
 
 b: 1536 Buckhurst, Withyham, Sussex
d: 19th Apr 1608 London
bur: after 19th Apr 1608 St. Michael's Church, Withyham, Sussex
  b: 1535
d: 1st Oct 1615
bur: after 1st Oct 1615 St. Michael's Church, Withyham, Sussex
  
        
 Robert Henry William Thomas Jane Anne Mary 
 b: 1561
d: 27th Feb 1609 Withyham, Sussex
bur: after 27th Feb 1609 St. Michael's Church, Withyham, Sussex
 b: c 1565 b: 1570
d: 1591
 b: 25th May 1571
d: 28th Aug 1646 Withyham, Sussex
bur: after 28th Aug 1646 St. Michael's Church, Withyham, Sussex
 b: c 1572 b: c 1575 b: 1584 Buckhurst, Withyham, Sussex 
                    
Family record
   
 Sir Thomas Sackville
1st Earl of Dorset
not married  
 b: 1536 Buckhurst, Withyham, Sussex
d: 19th Apr 1608 London
bur: after 19th Apr 1608 St. Michael's Church, Withyham, Sussex
   
  
  
 Thomas (alias Footes) 
 b: 1587 Down Ampney, Gloucestershire
d: 1647
 
    

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