Thomas Manners KG

Thomas Manners KG (1492 - 1543)

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Sir Thomas "Earl of Rutland" Manners KG
Born in Etal, Northumberland, Englandmap
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Died in Bottesford,,Leicestershire, Englandmap
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Thomas Manners, 1st Earl of Rutland was born in 1492. He was the son of George Manners, 11th Lord de Ros of Helmsley and Anne St. Leger.1 He married, secondly, Eleanor Paston, daughter of William Paston and Bridget Heydon.3 He married, firstly, Elizabeth Lovell between 21 February 1512 and 1513. He died on 27 September 1543. He gained the title of 1st Earl of Rutland. He succeeded to the title of 12th Lord de Ros of Helmsley [E., 1299] on 23 October 1513.1

Children of Thomas Manners, 1st Earl of Rutland and Eleanor Paston

  1. Henry Manners, 2nd Earl of Rutland+ d. 17 Sep 1563
  2. Gertrude Manners+ d. c 1566
  3. Lady Anne Manners+3 d. a 27 Jun 1549
  4. Lady Frances Manners+4 d. c Sep 1576
  5. Roger Manners d. 1607
  6. Sir Thomas Manners+
  7. Oliver Manners d. 1563
  8. Lady Catherine Manners+5
  9. Lady Elizabeth Manners+ d. 8 Aug 1570
  10. Sir John Manners+ b. 1527, d. 4 Jun 1611

Rough Wooing

In 1531, Thomas Manners, 1st Earl of Rutland, had a hand in the divorce of Catherine of Aragon. He also showed brutality in putting down the northern Catholic risings, like the Pilgrimage of Grace. He died after helping the Duke of Norfolk ravage Scotland ... allegedly burning twenty villages in a week, at the start of the Rough Wooing.

Marriage and Issue

m.1 1512 Elizabeth Lovell. Ended 1513

m.2 abt.1523 Eleanor Paston.[1] Issue:

  • Henry Manners, 2nd Earl of Rutland and 14th Baron de Ros
  • Roger Manners, Esq. Single
  • Oliver Manners, Esq.
  • Sir Thomas Manners[2]
  • Sir John Manners[3]
  • Gertrude m. George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury[4]
  • Anne m. Henry Neville, 5th Earl of Westmorland.
  • Frances Manners[5] m. Henry Nevill, 6th Baron Bergavenny[6]
  • Katherine m. Sir Henry Capell, Sheriff of Essex.
  • Elizabeth (b. abt. 1530 – 8 Aug 1570 ) m. Sir John Savage of Rocksavage[7]
  • Isabel (d. Young)


  1. Father: Sir William Paston of Norfolk.
  2. grandfather of Thomas Vavasour, 1st Baronet
  3. grandfather of John Manners, 8th Earl of Rutland and great-grandfather of Francis Talbot, 11th Earl of Shrewsbury.
  4. Issue: Gilbert Talbot, 7th Earl of Shrewsbury and Edward Talbot, 8th Earl of Shrewsbury.
  5. grandmother of Francis Fane, 1st Earl of Westmorland
  6. Wikipedia: Henry Nevill, 6th Baron Bergavenny
  7. grandson of the 1st Earl of Worcester and Elizabeth Herbert, through dau. Elizabeth Somerset (grandmother of Thomas Savage, 1st Viscount Savage, great-grandma of John Savage, 1st Earl Rivers, and great-great-grandmother of Charles Paulet, 1st Duke of Bolton)

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On 14 Jan 2013 Leslie M wrote:

Sir Thomas Manners 1488-1543

Source: Dictionary of National Biography, Volumes 1-20, 22 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.

Original data: Stephen, Sir Leslie, ed. Dictionary of National Biography, 1921–1922. Volumes 1–20, 22. London, England: Oxford University Press, 1921–1922.

Thomas Manners was the first Earl of Rutland and the eldest son of Sir George Manners, by Anne, daughter of Sir Thomas St. Leger. Sir George Manners was a distinguished soldier, and was knighted by the Earl of Surrey on the Scottish expedition of 1497. He died at the Siege of Tournay on 27 October 1513.

22 June 1513, Sir Thomas landed at Calais on the French expedition. The same year he became Baron Ros on his father's death, and was summoned in 1515 to Parliament. He was in the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520 and at Henry VIII's meeting with Charles V afterwards. In December 1521 he became cupbearer to the King; in January 1522 he was made steward of Pickering, Yorkshire; and from April to October of the same year he held the appointment of Lord Warden of the east marches, in which he was succeeded by Lord Percy. He also received the wardenship of Sherwood Forest on 12th July 1524, an office which afterwards became practically hereditary in his family. He was appointed Knight of the Garter on 24 April 1525, and 118 June 1525 he was made Earl of Rutland. He was a great favorite of King Henry VIII. On October 11, 1532 he landed with Henry in France; he was at the coronation of Anne Boleyn in 1533, and took part in her trial. Rutland was actively engaged in meeting the troubles 1536. He marched in Nottingham and thence to NEWARK, Southwell, and Donchester against the northern rebels. He was steward of many monasteries hence when the dissolution came he received numerous grants of monastic property. When Anne of Cleaves came to England, Rutland was appointed her Lord Chamberlain, and met her at Shooters Hill after her unfortunate interview with the King at Rochester. In 1542 he became constable of Nottingham Castle. he went to the border again in 1542 as warden of the marches. But he was recalled in consequence of illness, in November of the same year. He wrote “as Gode best knows, I ame in a poyur and febyl estat.” He died 20 September 1543. When not at Belfour, which he repaired and turned from a fortress into a dwelling house, he seems to have lived at the old Benedictine nunnery of Holywell in Shoreditch, London. He married, first, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Robert Lovel ; and secondly, Eleanor, daughter of Sir William Paston. By his second wife he had five sons and six daughters.

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Coat of arms of Sir Thomas Manners, 1st Earl of Rutland, KG
Coat of arms of Sir Thomas Manners, 1st Earl of Rutland, KG

Garter stall plate of Thomas Manners, 1st Earl of Rutland, 12th Baron de Ros (c.1497-1543), KG, nominated as a Knight of the Garter in 1525
Garter stall plate of Thomas Manners, 1st Earl of Rutland, 12th Baron de Ros (c.1497-1543), KG, nominated as a Knight of the Garter in 1525


On 21 Dec 2018 at 17:18 GMT Michael Canton wrote:

4th great-grandson of Edward III via his mother.

On 21 Apr 2018 at 21:54 GMT Stephen McCallum wrote:

558 Wikidata - Different death date

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