Thomas Knollys
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Thomas Knollys (abt. 1558 - abt. 1596)

Sir Thomas Knollys
Born about in Grey's Court, Oxfordshire, Englandmap [uncertain]
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Died about at about age 38 [location unknown]
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According to his father, Thomas was born on the Wednesday before Candlemas Day 1558. [1] He was the seventh, and youngest, of Francis and Catherine's sons.[2]

Sir Thomas Knollys was a commander in the Low Countries under Maurice, Prince of Orange during the Eighty Years' War, and, in 1568, was subsequently appointed as Governor of Ostend. [3] At about the same time as the receipt of his governorship, Thomas was knighted in the Low Countries by Lord Willoughby. [4]

In 1588 he was prominent in his aid to Peregrine Bertie at the seige of Bergen. In about 1589 Thomas married Odelia de Morada, daughter of the Marquis of Bergen,[5] and they had one known daughter, Penelope. [3]


  1. Varlow, Sally Sir Francis Knollys's Latin dictionary: new evidence for Katherine Carey Historical Research, Volume 80, Issue 209, August 2007, Pages 315–323,Oxford Academic
  2. A genealogical and heraldic history of the extinct and dormant baronetcies of England, John Burke and John Bernard Burke. Published 1838.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Nicola Tallis, Elizabeth's Rival: The Tumultuous Tale of Lettice Knollys, Countess of Leicester Michael O'Mara Books, 2 Nov 2017 Google Books
  4. Shaw, William Arthur, 1865-1943; Burtchaell, George Dames, 1853-1921 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 London Sherratt and Hughes 1906 pg. 87
  5. The Diplomatic Correspondence of Thomas Bodley, 1585-1597 Bodley

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  • WikiTree profile Knollys-58 created through the import of Newmans.ged on Nov 14, 2011 by Kathryn Newman. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Kathryn and others.

* WikiTree profile Knollys-54 created through the import of Newmans.ged on Nov 14, 2011 by Kathryn Newman. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Kathryn and others.

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