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John Savage, Mayor of Chester

Male Abt 1423 - 1495  (~ 72 years)


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  • Name John Savage  [1
    Suffix Mayor of Chester 
    Alternate birth Abt 1422  [2
    Born Abt 1423  of Rocksavage, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Baptised Macclesfield, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Alternate birth of Clifton, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Buried 22 Nov 1495  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Person ID I16144  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TSW
    Last Modified 13 Sep 2021 

    Father John Savage,   b. Between 1401 and 1410, of Clifton, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1463  (Age ~ 62 years) 
    Mother Eleanor Brereton 
    Married Bef 1423  [2, 4
    Family ID F9928  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Katherine Stanley,   bur. Macclesfield, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. John Savage,   d. 18 Oct 1492, Bouteville, Poitou-Charentes, France Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Thomas Savage, Archbishop of York,   d. 3 Sep 1507, Cawood Castle, Cawood, North Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Ellen Savage,   d. 17 May 1491, Bewganet, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. Margaret Savage,   d. Aft Aug 1513
    Last Modified 6 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F9924  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Fought at Bosworth Field. Mayor of Chester, 1484-86. Chamberlain of Middlewich.

      "Although there is a possibility that John (III) entered the service of the house of York, it seems more likely that it was his son Sir John (IV) Savage (c. 1423–1495) who did so. He was therefore well placed to benefit from Henry VI's deposition. John (III) served as deputy to Sir Thomas Stanley, afterwards Baron Stanley, as steward of the duchy lordship of Halton, Cheshire. John (IV) married Stanley's daughter Katherine; the couple's children were many and prominent. Aside from John (V), Savage's son and heir, there was Thomas Savage (d. 1507), who rose to be bishop of Rochester in 1492, and of London in 1497, and archbishop of York in 1501, Sir Humphrey, Lawrence, James, Sir Edmund, Christopher, William, George, and Richard. His daughters made good matches, with Ellen being married to Peter Legh of Lyme, Katherine to Thomas Legh of Adlington, Margaret to Edmund Trafford of Trafford, Lancashire, Alice to Roger Pilkington (d. 1527) , and Elizabeth to John Leek of Langford, Derbyshire. John (IV) was knighted at Elizabeth Woodville's coronation in May 1465, and although he is not always easily distinguished from his son and namesake, he probably also became a knight of the body to Edward IV, and a banneret after the Scottish campaign of 1482; he was also very prominent in local affairs in Cheshire and the north midlands. In 1484, as mayor of Chester, he presided when his sons were made freemen of the city." [Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, citation details below]

  • Sources 
    1. [S5947] Contributions toward a History of the Ancient Parish of Prestbury by Frank Renaud. Contained in Remains Historical and Literary Connected with the Palatine Counties of Lancaster and Chester, volume 97 (1876), published by the Chetham Society.

    2. [S1526] The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, Wife of Reverend John Owsley, Generations 1-15, Fourth Preliminary Edition, by Ronny O. Bodine and Bro. Thomas Spalding, Jr. 2013.

    3. [S142] Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families by Douglas Richardson. Salt Lake City, 2013.

    4. [S413] Genealogy Page of John Blythe Dobson.

    5. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004-ongoing., year only.

    6. [S77] The History of the County Palatine and City of Chester by George Ormerod. Second edition, revised and enlarged by Thomas Helsby. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1882.