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George Hastings, K.B., 1st Earl of Huntingdon

Male 1488 - 1544  (56 years)


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  • Name George Hastings 
    Suffix K.B., 1st Earl of Huntingdon 
    Born 1488  Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Title 8 Dec 1529  [1
    Created Earl of Huntingdon 
    Died 24 Mar 1544  Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 25, "Hastings, George (1488?-1545)" by William Arthur Jobson Archbold.

      HASTINGS, GEORGE, first Earl of Huntingdon and third Baron Hastings of Hastings (1488?-1545), son of Edward, second baron Hastings (1466-1507), by Mary, granddaughter of Thomas, third baron Hungerford, was born about 1488. William Hastings, lord Hastings [q. v.], who was executed in 1483, was his grandfather. He was made a knight of the Bath on 17 Nov. 1501, and succeeded his father as third baron Hastings on 8 Nov. 1508, being summoned to parliament in the following year. He was constantly at court, and took part in all the great ceremonies of state. The king appears to have frequently advanced him money. When an entry was made into France in 1513, Hastings was a member of the vanguard retinue; he was present at the Field of the Cloth of Gold; he also was in attendance when Charles V visited England in 1522; and his name appears as a witness to the treaty of Windsor of that year. He joined Suffolk's expedition into France in 1523.

      Throughout his life he seems to have been a favourite of the king, although early in the reign he had to appear before the Star-chamber for keeping too many liveried retainers. The king's favour procured him many profitable appointments; he was steward of various manors and monasteries, and a captain of archers in the royal service. In 1529 he was created earl of Huntingdon with an annuity allowed him of 20l. a year; he had long been a privy councillor; and his name was attached to the petition from the English nobles and lawyers to Clement VII praying that the divorce might be quickly settled. An account of Hastings's revenue from land has been preserved for 1532, and it appears to have been just under a thousand pounds. In 1533 he secured a long lease of land from Waltham Abbey, so that he must have been wealthy, in spite of his continual indebtedness to the king. He was present at the coronation of Anne Boleyn; at her trial; and at the trials of Lord Dacre and Sir Thomas More. Hastings was one of the leaders of the king's forces against the rebels in the Pilgrimage of Grace, and gave early information as to the outbreak. He was then living at Ashby-de-la-Zouch. He died at his seat at Stoke Poges in Buckinghamshire, and was buried in the chancel of the church there. He had married, about December 1509 (Letters and Papers of Hen. VIII, ii. 1444), Anne, daughter of Henry Stafford, second duke of Buckingham, widow of Sir Walter Herbert, knight, and by her had five sons; the eldest son, Francis, second earl, and the third son, Edward (d. 1573), are separately noticed. A daughter, Dorothy, married in 1536 Richard Devereux, son of Lord Ferrers.

      [Letters and Papers of Hen. VIII, ed. Brewer and Gairdner, passim; Bell's Huntingdon Peerage Case, p. 39; Froude's Hist. ii. 555; Doyle's Official Baronage, ii. 223; Burke's Peerage, p. 742.]

      W. A. J. A. [2]
    Person ID I11328  Dickinson
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2017 

    Father Edward Hastings, 2nd Baron Hastings, KB,   b. 26 Nov 1466, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Nov 1506, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Mary Hungerford, Baroness Botreaux, suo jure Baroness Hungerford and Moleyns,   b. Abt 1468,   d. Bef 10 Jul 1533  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F4195  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anne Stafford, Countess of Huntingdon,   b. c. 1483, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1544, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years) 
    Married ca. Dec. 1509 
    Children 
    +1. Francis Hastings, 2nd Earl of Huntingdon, KG,   b. ca. 1514, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jun 1561, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 9 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F4194  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1488 - Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S336447] Henry VIII: The King and His Court, Allison Weir, (New York: Ballantine iBook, 2001).

    2. [S336351] Dictionary of National Biography, 63 volumes, Sir Sidney Lee, ed., (New York: McMillan and Company, 1885-1900), Public Domain., 25: 123-124.