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Rowland Hayward (abt. 1520 - 1593)

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Sir Rowland Hayward aka Lord Mayor of London
Born about in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, Englandmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about (to ) in London Englandmap
Husband of — married about in Londonmap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died in St Alphage, Cripplegate, London, Middlesex, Englandmap [uncertain]
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Categories: Lord Mayors of London | Members of Parliament, England | Members of Parliament, Gatton | Bridgnorth, Shropshire.



Sir Rowland Hayward, Knight of Elsinge Spital, London, King’s Place, Hackney, Middlesex and Cound, Shropshire, knighted 1570. Rowland Hayword was born circa 1520 the first son of George Hayward of Bridgnorth, Shropshire and his wife Margaret, a daughter of John Whitbrooke.


m.1 Joan Tyllesworth (d. and co-h. of William Tyllesworth, esq., goldsmith of London). Issue: at least 8 (3 sons, 5 dau)[1][1]

  • Sir George[2]
m.1 Richard Scott
m.2 Richard Sondes of Throwley, Kent (Father: Sir Michael Sondes)
m. Sir Warham St. Leger
m. Edward Craford (Father: Sir William Craford)
  • dau. ____
m. John Thynne, esq.

m.2 (Dec 1580) Catherine Smythe[8] (age 16 at marriage; p. Sir Thomas I Smythe esq., of Westenhanger Castle, Kent and Alice Judd). Issue: 2 sons, 4 dau.[9][1]

Sir Rowland Hayward was a co-executor of the will of his father in law, Thomas (Customer) Smythe, the will made in 1591[2].

Sir Rowland Hayward was an overseer to the will of his mother in law, Alice Smythe[3]. The will included bequests to his wife, Katherine, and their sons George and John, and daughters Alice, Katherine, Mary and Anne.


  • Bridgnorth free school


role in the extending trade with Russia and Persia during attempt to discover North-East passage (1577 - 78)

1564 – 65; 1587: Backed London cloth workers and merchants against Hanseatic League’s dominaton of cloth exports

promoted John Hawkins’ third slaving voyage in 1567 and Fenton’s voyage to the Far East in 1581 that ended in disaster.

money lender: (1560) £1,000 loan to city forwheat ... Queen borrowed £30,000 at 10% then 12% interest from 1560-61 ... she also took out personal loans for £7,000 btw 1569 -71.

Father of the city in 1586

1572: senior MP for London; served on committees for London trade and industry."[10]

  • April 1572: MP

1. 1559 – 1560 Master at clothworkers’ Co.

2. 1560 a Merchant Adventurer importing cloths such as fustian, camlets, buckram, silk as well as exporting cloth.

3. Before 1560 a Common councilman in London

4. 1556 – 1558 an Auditor

5. 1560 – 1593 an Alderman,

6. 1563 – 1564 Sheriff

7. 1566 Commissioner of Sewers

8. 1570-1571 and 1591 Lord Mayor

9. from circa 1573 Justice of the Peace for Mont., Salop and Middlesex from circa 1583

10. 1560 Governor of mineral and battery works and Muscovy Co. 1567 – 1569, 1577, 1580, 1584 and 1587

11. 1561 President of Bridewell

12. 1566 auditor General of hospitals

13. 1572 – d. President of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital and as late as 1593 assisted in choosing the site for a new plague hospital.

14. 1574 Chairman of Commission to reform Newgate

15. 1580 Surveyor General of hospitals

16. 1581 Comptroller General



d. 5 Dec 1593

bur. St. Alphage, London Wall (with monument)


There was a Memorial to Sir Rowland Hayward at St Alphage, City of London[4].

"Here lieth the Body of Sir Rowland Hayward, Knight, twice Lord Maior of this City of London, and living an Alderman the space of 30 yeeres; and (at his death) the ancientest Alderman in the said City. He lived beloved of all good Men, and died (in great Credit and Reputation) the fifth day of December, Ann. Dom. 1593. And the 36 yeere of the Reigne of our Soveraigne Lady Queene Elizabeth. He had two vertuous Wives, and by them many happy Children.

Joane, Daughter of William Tillesworth, Esq; was the first Wife to Sir Rowland Hayward, by whom he had issue, 3 Sons and 5 Daughters. Which 3 Sons, and 2 of the Daughters, died in their Infancy. The eldest of the surviving Daughters, named Elizabeth, was first married to Richard Waren, Esquire; and (after his decease) to Thomas Knevet, Esquire, one of her Majesties privie Chamber. Susanna the second Daughter, was married to Henry Townsend, Esquire. Joane the third Daughter, was married to John Thinne, Esquire.

Katharine, the second Wife of Sir Rowland Hayward, was Daughter to Thomas Smith, Esquire. By whom he had likewise three Sons and five Daughters; whereof one Sonne and one Daughter died Infants. The two Sons and four Daughters yet living, are George, John, Alice, Katharine, Mary, and Anne; all young and unmarried at their Fathers death.

Decus vitæ, est honorata mors.

This Tombe was erected by the appointment of Edward Pilsworth, and William Cotton, Citizens of London, and Executors of the said Sir Rowland."


A Transcript of the will of Sir Rowland Hayward []

  • Date: 17 Nov 1592
  • proved: 04 Mar 1594

personal property divided in three for wife, child, and legacies (weekly loaves to the poor, a grant of land towards the relief of the sick and aged. To repair St. Alphage and endowed £20 to his old school at Bridgnorth)[11]


Upon his death he owned 13 manors in Shropshire, 2 in Wiltshire, 1 bordering Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, and one in Montgomeryshire. He also owned much land in London including Garland Alley in St. Botolph, Bishopsgate, and houses, orchards and gardens in Wood Street, Bunting Alley and Milk Street. He lived at Elsinge Spital from 1563 and 20 years later purchased a manor in Hackney as a country residence from Sir Henry carey, 1st Baron Hunston."[12]

Hayward was seised in his demesne as of fee of all that manor or lordship of Conde or Cownde in co. Salop, and the manor or lordship of Cardington, and of all those messuages, lands, tenements and hereditaments in Cardington in co. Salop, lately purchased by the said Rowland Hayward, knight, of the free and customary tenants of the said manor of Cardington; and of the farm or manor of Hudwicke in the said county of Salop; and all that farm and all the lands, tenements and hereditaments called Brierly adjoining Walcam Woode in or near the parish of Stotesdon alias Stoterton in the said county; and all the lands, tenements and hereditaments in the manor or lordship of Stretton in the said county; also the manor or lordship of Teremeneth alias Stretmarcell in co. Montgomery; and divers lands, &c., in the parish of le Poole, Buttington and Gilfeilde in the said county of Montgomery; also of that large messuage wherein the said Sir Rowland lately dwelt in the parish of St. Alphage or St. Mary Aldermanburie, formerly called Elsinge or Isinge spittell; and all the messuages, houses, gardens, orchards, &c., to the said messuage adjoining and belonging; and divers messuages, houses, lands, &c., in Phillipp Lane in the said City of London, late parcel of Elsinge Spittell, now or late in the tenure of Dame Katharine Hayward... Lord Norrys of Ricot, Richard Ley, Hugh Whitebrooke and Richard Langley; divers messuages, lands, tenements and hereditaments called Garlande Alley, lying without Bishopsgate in the parish of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate, now or late in the tenures of Henry Jackson, John Gares, John Rayner, Joyce Sheres, Edmund Hunt, John Newton, John Hampson, Henry Stacie, Brock (Broci) Whitney, William Carter, Anne Ackerlande, Thomas Thorneton and Daniel Bewporte; divers messuages, lands and tenements lying in or near Milkestrete in the parish of St. Mary Magdalene, London, now or late in the several tenures of John Lacye, Richard Boothe, Thomas Hide and Robert Herne; all that meadow or pasture lying near Temple Mille in Stratford Langthorne in co. Essex; and divers lands and tenements in the vills, hamlets and parishes of Conde, Cardington, Hudwicke, Burley, Stretton, Teremeneth alias Stretmercell, Poole, Gilfeilde, Phillip Lane, St. Botolph, St. Marie Magdalen and Stratford Langthorne.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sowe’s Annals, i. p. 585.; p. 35
  2. Will of Thomas Smythe of London. 29 Oct 1591. PROB 11/78/226. National Archives.
  3. Will of Alice Smythe, Widow of London. 11 May 1598. PROB 11/91/377. National Archives.
  4. The History and Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster, Borough of Southwark, and parts adjacent. 1753.
  5. Jnder to Wills Proved and Administrations Granted in the Commissary Court of the manor of Evington, 1581-1800; Collection: London: - Inquisitiones Post Mortem, City of London, 1577-1603

Botfield, B. (1858).Stemmata Botevilliana: memorials of the families of De Boteville, Thynne and Botfield, in the counties of Salop and Wilts], (Vol.1). [Google eBook. Brown, A. (1897). The Genesis of the United States. Houghton Mifflin. eBook.[13]

Browning, C. H. (1911). Americans of Royal Descent: Collection of Genealogies Showing the Lineal Descent from Kings of Some American Families], Genealogical Publishing Co.[[14]

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. (b. abt 1545 Salmeston, Kent - d. 05 DEC 1592 St. Alphage, Cripplegate, London, Middlesex

"Hayward, Sir Rowland (c.1520-93), of Elsinge Spital, London, King's Place, Hackney, Mdx. and Cound, Salop," (n.d.). History of Parliament. Web.[15]

"Heyward of Bridgnorth," (1889). Visitation of Shropshire 1623, (pp. 235). Harleian Soc. 28.

History of Parliament Online [16]

Wikipedia: Rowland Hayward

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On 15 Aug 2015 at 17:20 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Hayward-2111 and Hayward-22 appear to represent the same person because: birth and death are the same, please merge

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Haywood-577 and Hayward-22 appear to represent the same person because: a few discrepancies - yet both have a daughter married to Warsham St Leger

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