Sir Edmund MOLYNEUX of Thorpe

Born: ABT 1485

Died: 1552


MotherCatherine COTTON

MarriedJane CHENEY ABT 1509


1. John MOLYNEUX of Mullenwoods

2. Edmund MOLYNEUX of Thorpe

3. Thomas MOLYNEUX

4. Anthony MOLYNEUX (Rector of Walton)

5. Christopher MOLYNEUX

6. Margaret MOLYNEUX

7. Catherine MOLYNEUX

8. Dorothy MOLYNEUX


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

Sir Edmund Molyneux, eldest son of Sir Thomas Molyneux, by his second wife, Catherine, daughter of John Cotton, was created a Knight of the Bath, on being appointed Judge of the Common Pleas, 22 Oct 1550.

He was a member of "His Majesty’s Council in the Northern Parts", an institution arising out of the demands of the Pilgrims of Grace for the purpose of facilitating the administration of justice, and saving suitors in the north the inconvenience and cost of repairing to the metropolis. Francis Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury was appointed Lord President, with an allowance of 1,000 a year for the entertainment of himself and his Council, which body was composed of twenty-two members besides the President, including Henry, Earl of Westmorland, Henry, Earl of Cumberland, Cuthbert, Bishop of Durham, Lord William Dacre of the north, John, Lord of Conyers, Thomas, Lord Wharton, John Hind, Knt., one of his Majesty’s Justices of the Common Pleas, and Edmund Molyneux, Knt., Sergeant-at-law.

Edmund Molyneux was an Overseer of the will of his brother in law, John Bond, gent of Sefton, Lancashire and of the City of Coventry.

Molyneux was lord of the manor of Thorpe, near Newark, and of lands adjoining which had belonged to the Knights Hospitallers of the Preceptory of Eagle. Sir Edmund received his legal instruction at Gray’s Inn, to which society he was twice reader; was made King’s Sergeant in 1543, and died at Thorpe, Co. Notts, in 1552, and was buried in the church of Hawton. By his wife, Jane, youngest daughter of John Cheney, of Cheshamboys, Bucks, Sheriff of Bucks and Beds, 1505 and 1520, he had issue: five sons, included Edmund and John; and four daughters.

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