Name: Francis Knollys
Sex: M 1
Birth: ABT 1514
Death: 19 JUL 1596
Burial: Rotherfield Greys Church, Oxon
Residence: Rotherfield Grey's, Oxon 2
PCTS: Two portraits of Knollys and one of his wife are said to have been in possession of a descendant at Fernhill House, Winkfield, in 1776. 3
MEM: Rotherfield Greys Church, Oxon: Magnificent tomb with effigy 2
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Title: Knollys, Francis 1596
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Change Date: 23 MAY 2008
Greys Court passed to the crown and Henry VII gave it to his uncle, Jasper Tudor for a short period.
Robert Knollys, a court official, who had lived in Greys Court since 1503, received papers passing the property to him in 1514 for an annual rent of a Red Rose at Midsummer. In 1538 it is recorded that Henry VIII secured the estate to 'his friend Francis Knollys', son of Robert Knollys.
He attended on Anne of Cleves when she landed in England and later identified himself with militant Protestantism. His zeal for the new religion impressed both King Edward VI and Princess Elizabeth. However, when Mary Tudor became queen he left England. Princess Elizabeth wrote to him and his wife, looking forward to their safe return. He corresponded with Calvin and enrolled as a student at the University of Basle. Upon the accession of Elizabeth I, Francis himself became one of the Queen's most intimate councillors; he was appointed a Privy Councillor as well as Vice-Chamberlain of the Queen's household and was Treasurer of the Royal Household from 1572-1596, his wife becoming gentlewomen of the Privy Chamber. In 1559 he found a seat in Parliament through the patronage of Henry Fitzalan, 18th Earl of Arundel.
In 1568 when Mary, Queen of Scots, arrived in England, Sir Francis Knollys was sent north to take her into his custody at Bolton Castle. He became great friends with Mary but always remained loyal to his Queen.
Father: Robert Knollys b: 1481 in Rotherfield Grey, Oxfordshire
Mother: Catherine or Lettice Penryston or Pennystone
Katherine Mary Carey b: 1524
- Henry Knollys
- Lettice Knollys b: JUL 1539
- Catherine Knollys
- Anne Knollys b: 1555 in Stanford, Berks
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