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Simon Fanshawe Kt (1604 - 1680)

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Sir Simon Fanshawe Kt
Born in Ware, Hertfordshiremap
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Husband of — married 29 Sep 1640 in Bengeo, Hertfordshiremap
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Died in Ware, Hertfordshiremap [uncertain]
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Simon Fanshawe was baptised on 23 Apr 1604 at Ware, Hertfordshire, son of Sir Henry[1].

He was admitted to Lincoln’s Inn on 18 Sep 1623[2].

Simon was a beneficiary of the will of his mother, Elizabeth Fanshawe, the will made on 20 Feb 1629 and proved on 02 Jun 1631[3].

In the memoirs of his sister in law, Lady Fanshawe[4] (see p13) it is said that he married a daughter of Sir William Walter. "Sir Simon Fanshawe, a gallant gentleman, but more a libertine than any one of his family. He married a very fine and good woman, and of a great estate. She was daughter and co-heir to Sir William Walter, and widow to Knighton Ferrers, Esquire, son to Sir John Ferrers, of Hertfordshire."

Simon Fanshawe married Katherine Ferrers (formerly Walter) on 29 Sep 1640 at Bengeo, Hertfordshire[5].

Simon Fanshaw of Hertfordshire was knighted on 11 Feb 1640/1641 at Whitehall[6].

He was a Colonel of Horse in the Royalist forces in the Civil War[2]. Apparently he was captured before the battle of Marston Moor[7].

Sir Simon had one son, Thomas, born in 1641[7].

He was Administrator to his brother, John Fanshawe, 01 Nov 1666[2].

Sir Simon Fanshawe was buried on 11 Mar 1679/1680 at Ware, Hertfordshire. His will was dated 28 Feb 1679/1680 and proved 09 Mar 1688/1689[2][8].


  1. Ware, Hertfordshire. Parish Register. Accessed via findmypast.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Visitation of England and Wales. Notes. Howard JJ and Crisp F A (Eds). Vol 6 1906.
  3. Will of Elizabeth Fanshawe of Ware, Hertfordshire. 02 Jun 1631. PROB 11: Will Registers. 1624-1643. Piece 160: St. John, Quire Numbers 69-138 (1631). Accessed via Ancestry.
  4. Memoirs of Lady Ann Fanshawe. First published by Colburne and Bentley, London 1830. John Lane Edition, 1907.
  5. England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Simond Fanshawe and Katherine Ferrersse, 29 Sep 1640; citing Holy Trinity,Bengeo,Hertford,England, reference , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 991,307, 991,364.
  6. Shaw W A (1906) The Knights of England. A complete record from the earliest time to the present day of the knights of all the orders of chivalry in England, Scotland, and Ireland, and of knights bachelors, incorporating a complete list of knights bachelors dubbed in Ireland. Vol. II. London.
  7. 7.0 7.1 The History of the Fanshawe Family. By H C Fanshawe. Privately Published, 1927, p88.
  8. Will of Sir Simon Fanshaw of Ware, Hertfordshire. 09 Mar 1688. PROB 11/390/317. National Archives.


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