'Knightley1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Knightley of Fawsley, Knightley of Gnoshall (Gousall), Knightley of Norton, Knightley of Offchurchberrry, Knightley of Upton

                               
We hope in due course to complete the first part of the pedigree of this family which starts with ...
Sir Rainald, lord of Knightley, Staffordshire (a 1066, 1086) succeeded by ...
According to BP1934, "The estates devolved in turn upon Sir Nicholas, Sir Robert, Sir Jordan, and Sir Robert de Knightley" (who married Aliva de Paulton). We show these as successive generations but this has not been confirmed.
1. Sir Nicholas de Knightley succeeded by ...
  A. Sir Robert de Knightley succeeded by ...
  i. Sir Jordan de Knightley succeeded by ...
  a. Sir Robert de Knightley
  m. (c1255) Aliva de Paulton (dau of Sir Ivo de Paulton of Roderwe)
  (1) ?? de Knightley
  (A) Sir Robert (Roger?) de Knightley
  m. Alice Lewknor (sister/heir of Sir Roger Lewknor)
  BP1934 moves from Sir Robert to "his lineal descendant" Richard (m. Elizabeth Purefoy). Visitation (Warwickshire) starts with Roger of Gousall (who had a daughter called Alice). We think that this was probably the same person as Sir Robert but we could be a generation out either way.
  (i) Roger Knightley of Gousall, Staffordshire
  (a) John Knightley of Gousall
  Visitation (Warwickshire) identifies John's wife as Elizabeth, dau/heir of Adam de Brough. Berry's Essex Pedigrees (1838, Knightley) identifies her as ...
  m. Elizabeth Burgh (dau/heir of Adam Burgh son of William by Elynor, dau/heir of John Cowley)
((1)) Richard Knightley of Gousall or Gnoshall the first mentioned by Visitation (Essex)
  m. _ Gifford (dau of Gifford of Chillington)
  ((A)) Richard Knightley of Fawsley, Upton, Hellidon (Northamptonshire) & Gnowshall
  m. (1416) Elizabeth Purefoy (dau of Thomas Purefoy of Drayton)
  ((i)) Richard Knightley of Fawsley, etc
m. Eleanor Throckmorton (dau of John Throckmorton of Coughton
  ((a)) Sir Richard Knightley of Fawsley (d 18.12.1534) - continued below
  m. Joan Skinnerton (dau/heir of Henry Skinnerton of Alderton)
  ((b)) John Knightley
m. Margaret Daniell (dau of Thomas Daniell)
  ((c)) Eleanor Knightley possibly of this generation
  m. Thomas Cotton of Connington (d 1506)
  ((d)) Emme Knightley (d 1490) possibly of this generation
  m. Thomas Andrew of Charwelton (m2. Elizabeth Poulteney)
  ((B)) Maude Knightley
m. William Humfrey of Barton Segrave
  Shown in Berry's Essex Pedigrees as brothers of John were ...
  (b) Robert Knightley
  ((1)) Alice Knightley possibly fits here
  m. Richard Peshall
  (c) Roger Knightley
  (ii) William Knightley (a c1400) "of the Fawsley family", possibly of this generation
  m. Anne Charlton (dau of Thomas Charlton of Apley Castle)
  (iii) Alicia (Alice) Knightley
  m(1). Robert Cotts
  This may be the Alice who (also) married ...
  m(2). Sir Thomas Peshall (a 1380)

 

 

Sir Richard Knightley of Fawsley (d 18.12.1534) - continued above
m. Joan Skinnerton (dau/heir of Henry Skinnerton (or Skenard) of Alderton (or Aldrington))
1. Richard Knightley of Upton (d 30.03.1537)
  m. Jane Spencer (dau of Sir John Spencer of Althorp)
  A.+ daughters (all married) - Susan, Jane, Anne, Mary, Frances
2. Thomas Knightley (dvpsp 18.10.1516)
  m. Joan Burneby (dau of Thomas Burneby of Watford)
3. Sir Edmund Knightley of Fawsley (dsp 15.12.1542)
  m. Ursula Vere (dau of Sir George Vere, sister of John, Earl of Oxford)
4. Sir Valentine Knightley of Fawsley (d 08.03.1566)
  m. Anne Ferrers (d 12.12.1554, dau of Sir Edward Ferrers of Baddesley Clinton)
A. Sir Richard Knightley of Fawsley and Norton (d 01.09.1615)
  m1. Mary Fermor (d 27.09.1573, dau of Richard Fermor of Easton Neston)
  i. Sir Valentine Knightley of Fawsley (d 09.12.1618)
  m. Anne Unton (bur 09.03.1595-6, dau of Sir Edward Unton, sister of Sir Henry of Wadley)
  a. Richard Knightley (d young)
  b. Elizabeth Knightley (bur 27.10.1607)
  m. (07.08.1599) Sir Oliver Luke of Woodend
  c. Anne Knightley
  m. (02.06.1601) Richard Chetwood of Chetwood
d. Mary Knightley
  m. George Purefoy of Drayton (b 1583, d 13.05.1628)
  ii. Edward Knightley of Preston Capes (3rd son?)
  m. Mary Coles (dau of Peter Coles of Preston Capes)
  a. Valentine Knightley (d infant)
  b. Richard Knightley of Preston Capes (dsp bur 11.11.1639)
  m. Brigit Lucy (dau of Sir Thomas Lucy of Charlecot)
iii. Mary Knightley (d 03.03.1594)
  m. Sir Thomas Barnardiston of Suffolk (dvp bur 29.07.1610)
  iv. Dorothy Knightley
  m. Edward Unton (son of Sir Edward of Wadley)
  v.+ other issue - Thomas (d young?), Constance (d unm), Jerome (dsp)
  m2. Elizabeth Seymour (d 03.06.1602, dau of Edward Seymour, Duke of Domerset)
  vii. Sir Ferdinando Knightley (a 1616, d unm, captain)
  viii. Sir Seymour Knightley of Norton and Winwick (b 15.05.1580, d c1640)
  m. Dorothy Bedell (dau of Sir John Bedell of Hamerton)
  a. Robert Knightley of London (d c1658, tobaconnist) had issue
  m. (c1.1632) Ellen Yorke (d c1657, of London)
  b. Elizabeth Knightley (b 11.10.1606)
  m. (23.10.1623) Edward Chamberlain of Aderston
  c. Anne Knightley (b 24.11.1607, bur 1699)
  m. (19.11.1646) Jonathan Holled (d 1680, rector of Cottingham)
  d. Lucy Knightley
m. Giles Banks (rector of Sharnford)
  e. Bridget Knightley
  m. Daniel Aldern (Captain)
  f.+ other issue - Richard (b 03.10.1603, d unm), John (b 03.10.1603, d unm), Valentine (b 03.06.1605, bur unm 24.02.1647-8), Edward (b 18.04.1611, d unm), Thomas (bpt 21.11.1616), Susan (bpt 10.07.1615), Jane, Dorothy (d young)
  ix. Robert Knightley of Cottesbroke (b 15.09.1588, d before 1644)
  m1. Bridget Palmer (bur 16.1.1637-8, dau of Thomas Palmer of Carlton)
  a. Edward Knightley (b c1622, bur 28.03.1685, rector of Achurch) had issue
  m1. (06.05.1647) Bridget Farmer (dau of Richard Farmer, rector of Charwelton)
  m2. Catharine Pleydell (d before 09.1687, dau of Robert Pleydell of Holyrood Ampney)
  b. Lucy Knightley (bur 25.01.1694-5)
m. (06.10.1636) Edmund Howorth (d 27.01.1673-4, rector of East Carlton)
  c.+ other issue - Richard (bpt 29.07.1623, d young), Elenor (bur 24.11.1635), Bridget (bpt 09.03.1630-1), Thoms, John, Valentine (d unm)
  m2. Sarah Sharman
  x. Anne Knightley (b 25.07.1584)
  m. Sir Eusebie Andrew of Charwelton (d 31.07.1619)
  xi.+ other issue - Sir Francis (b 19.01.1590, dsp bur 12.02.1618-98), Anne (bur 24.02.1583-4), Nathaniel, John (a 1614), Dudley (b c1583, d 11.04.1602)
  B. Edmund Knightley of Grandburgh, Warwickshire
  m. Alice Bury (dau of William Bury of Culneham)
  i. Ursula Knightley
  m. Richard Ratton
  ii. Mary Knightley
m. Sam. Abell of Erith
  iii. Anne Knightley
  m. Laurence Bolton of Grandburgh
  iv.+ other issue - Richard (dsp), George (dsp), Edward (dsp), Elizabeth
  C. Thomas Knightley of Brough or Borough Hall (b c1541, a 1619)
  m. Elizabeth Shukburgh (dau of John Shukburgh of Navesby)
  D. Edward Knightley of Offchurchberry, Warwickshire
  m1. Elizabeth Thacker of London (bur 26.08.1570)
  i.+ issue (dsp) - Valetine, Maria
  m2. Elizabeth Lenthall of Oxfordshire
  iii. Robert Knightley of Offchurchberry (a 1619)
m. Ann Pettus (dau of Sir John Pettus of Norwich)
  a. Elizabeth Knightley (d 1735) probably of this generation
  m. m. (1688) Sir Henry Lawson, 2nd Bart of Brough Hall (b c1663, d 1726)
  b.+ other issue - John (b c1611, a 1619), Edward (d infant), Brigetta
  iv. Christiana Knightley
  m. Giles Stanney of Sussex
  v.+ other issue (a 1619) - Edward, George, Edward, Andrew, Constance, Alice, Anna, Elizabeth (d infant?), Elizabeth, Dorothea
  m3. Elizabeth Knolles of London
  E. John Knightley (dsp)
  F. Anne Knightley
  m. Francis Cockain (son of Sir Thomas of Ashborn)
  G. Constance Knightley
  m. Henry Acton of Ribbesford
5. Jane Knightley probably of this generation
  m. George Lumley (dvp 02.06.1537)
6. Susan Knightley (d after 1539) probably of this generation
  m. Sir William Spencer of Wormleighton, Sheriff of Northamptonshire (b c1496, d 22.06.1532)

Main source(s): BP1934 (Knightley) with input/support from Visitation (Warwickshire, 1619, Knightley), Visitation (Essex, 1558, Knightley) and, for lower section, Visitation (Northamptonshire, 1681, Knightley of Fawsley)
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