Henry TALBOT of Burton Abbey

Born: 1563, England

Died: 20 Jan 1596

Father: George TALBOT (6 E. Shrewsbury)

Mother: Gertrude MANNERS (C. Shrewsbury)

Married: Elizabeth RAYNER (dau. of Sir William Rayner of Overton Longvile, Hunts Knight, and Elizabeth Lynne) (m.2 Sir Thomas Holcroft)


1. Gertrude TALBOT

2. Mary TALBOT

3. Dau. TALBOT?

The details in this biography come from the History of Parliament, a biographical dictionary of Members of the House of Commons.

Born in 1563, fourth son of George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, by his first wife Gertrude Manners; and bro. of Edward and Gilbert. Educ. Magdalen Coll. Oxf. 1579; travelled abroad 1582-3. Married AFT Oct. 1586, Elizabeth, dau. and h. of Sir William Reyner of Orton Longueville.

J.p. Notts. from c.1584, Derbys. from c.1589, commr. recusancy by 1592.

After returning from the Continent in 1583 Talbot was sent to occupy himself in the study of the law. In fact he went to court, where he avoided embroiling himself unnecessarily in the disputes between his father and his stepmother. He remained on good terms with his father, acting as his confidential messenger and intermediary with Queen Elizabeth, and sending him news from court. In return, Shrewsbury arranged for Talbots elections as knight of the shire for Derbyshire. His presence is unnoticed in the records of his two Parliaments. As a county Member, however, he could have served on the subsidy committees of 24 Feb 1585 and 22 Feb 1587. His marriage to Elizabeth Reyner took place after an earlier arrangement with Sir Henry Darcys daughter had broken down.

His father stayed with Henry at Orton Longueville, some 16 miles from Fotheringay, during the trial of Mary Stuart, and made him a co-executor of his will with Edward, but both brothers renounced this in favour of Bess of Hardwick, and both younger brothers found themselves in difficulties with their elder brother Gilbert, the 7th Earl, in consequence.

Henry extricated himself sufficiently to avoid implication in the Talbot-Stanhope quarrels over Shelford weir. He died early in Jan 1596, when an investigation into a charge that he was unjustly withholding a poor mans money was pending. Although part of his inheritance from his father passed to Edward as next heir male under the entail, Henrys daughters were nevertheless heirs to a comfortable estate, part of which he had purchased. In his will, where he describes himself as of Burton Abbey, he left two parts of his lands to his wife, the executrix, until his younger daughter should be 18, and, thereafter, one part. His uncle, Roger Manners, and his wifes second husband, Thomas Holcroft, went to law with Gilbert over these provisos. Thomas Holcroft was also the brother of Isabel, Countess of Rutland.


Thorpe, S. M.: TALBOT, Henry (1563-96), of Orton Longueville, Hunts. and Burton Abbey, Yorks.

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