Francis, son of Francis Knollys and Catherine Carey was born on Monday 14 August 1553.  He was their 6th son.  He attended Magdalen College, Oxford and then was a student of Gray's Inn in 1565. 
From the age of about 22 Sir Francis was MP for Oxford and he served in the Parliament for about 60 years. 
During his youth, he sought to raise his fortunes by piracy and adventure. He was part of an early expedition to colonise North America.  Eight years later, in 1586, he served as a Rear-Admiral under Sir Francis Drake on an "official" privateering campaign. His next adventure was to serve with his brother in law Robert Dudley, Lord Leicester in the Netherlands. He was knighted by Leicester at Flushing in Dec 1587. During the Armada invasion he served the Crown as as commissioner for musters and colonel of the militia for Hertfordshire.
On 21 Dec 1588 he married Lettice Barrett of Hanham. Their marriage took place, by license, at All Hallows London Wall.  It appears that during their married life they lived in a number of properties in Berkshire. From Burkes: "He inherited under his father's will the manor of Battle, and other estates in the vicinity of Reading, and was styled of Reading Abbey."
Sir Francis had his will drawn up on 6 Dec 1646.  He made bequests to:
Sir Francis requested burial in the church of St Lawrence, Reading, Berkshire. This took place on 17 Mar 1648.  The register recorded him as Sir Francis Knollys, jun.
Biography of Sir Francis Knollys Junior at Royal Berkshire History
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