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My wife's ancestors - Fitton - Contents


Sir Edward Fitton, the younger



Tomb of Edward Fitton the younger. Gawsworth church.
Shows his wife and their 4 children: Edward, Richard, Anne and Mary.
On RHS is tomb of their son Edward, 1st Baronet.
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Apparently postcard of unknown source. From here.



Sir Edward Fitton, the younger (see here), born c.1548,
of Gawsworth Hall, Cheshire,
educ Brasenose College, Oxford, BA 1566,
mar Alice Holcroft,
receiver general for Ireland in 1579,
he took part in the Munster Plantation and in 1587 received 11,515 acres in counties Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford,
died in London in March 1606, age c.58 yrs,
buried on 3 April 1606 at Gawsworth, monument to his memory in Gawsworth church, see grave,
Alice died 5 February 1626,
had issue:


  1. Sir Edward Fitton, 1st Baronet, born 3 Dec 1572,
    of Gawsworth Hall.


  2. Mary Fitton, bapt 24 June 1578,
    maid of honour to Queen Elizabeth,
    she pursued the young and unmarried William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke and they were lovers in 1600-01,
    he got her pregnant, but he refused to marry her, she gave birth in March 1601 but the baby died,
    she is considered by some to be the "Dark Lady" of Shakespeare's sonnets.



Tomb of Edward Fitton the younger (foreground) and 1st Baronet (background) in Gawsworth church.
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Photo 2011. From here. Used with permission.



Tomb of Edward Fitton the younger (foreground) and 1st Baronet (background) in Gawsworth church.
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Photo 2012. From Annette Ellis. Used with permission.



Tomb of Edward Fitton the younger (foreground) and 1st Baronet (background) in Gawsworth church.
See full size.
Photo 2012. From Joe Gaffney. Used with permission.



Mary Fitton.
From here.



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