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William Skeffington

Male Bef 1467 - 1535  (> 69 years)


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  • Name William Skeffington 
    Born Bef 1467  Skeffington, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 31 Dec 1535  Kilmainham, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I17478  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of JTS
    Last Modified 13 Sep 2018 

    Father Thomas Skeffington,   b. of Skeffington, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1488 
    Mother Mary 
    Family ID F10858  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anne Digby,   b. of Kettleby, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Catherine Skeffington
    Last Modified 9 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F10739  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Lord Deputy of Ireland. An ineffectual and sometimes brutal administrator, he was remembered as "the Gunner" for bringing heavy artillery to the siege of Maynooth Castle in March 1535, when he was 70 years old, the first appearance of (what were then) advanced firearms in warfare in Ireland. He is also remembered for accepting the surrender of the castle's garrison and then ordering them all immediately butchered, an act known as "the pardon of Maynooth."

      He was married twice, both times to women born with the surname Digby. His first wife was Margaret Digby, daughter of Sir Everard Digby of Tilton, by whom he had his son and heir Thomas.

      Sheriff of Warwickshire and Leicestershire, 1509. Appointed master of the ordnance in May 1515, in which capacity he attended Henry VIII at the Field of Cloth and Gold. Knight of the shire for Leicestershire in 1529.

  • Sources 
    1. [S49] Genealogics, by Leo Van de Pas.

    2. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004-ongoing).