Ancient Sutton Lineages

Submitted by Nicholas M Sutton, Apt. #1, 26 Court St., Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland.

The following contribution which I am indebted to Mrs Nancy Roper of Boston for forwarding me a copy of comes from ' Burkes Landed Gentry.' For those of you who had a peerage or baronetage in your ancestry you will probably find them listed in one of the volumes of ' Burkes Landed Gentry.' This mammoth work is a genealogical and heraldic history of the peerage and baronetage of Great Britain and Ireland and first appeared in the early 19th century. It is updated periodically since then. This contribution or article diversifies from my usual column The Irish Suttons as it deals with a branch of the English Suttons. Some future issues of the Sutton Searcher newsletter will trace the lineage of more noble Sutton families.

Nancy Roper's maiden name was Sutton. Her grandfather, Michael Joseph Sutton,(1832-1911), was born at Clorogebeg, R.C. parish of Ballindaggin, civil parish of Templeshanbo, Co. Wexford.


By Letters Patent, Dated 21 November, 1645.


Robert Sutton, Esq., of Aram, co. Nottingham, descended from a common ancestor, with the family of Sutton, Barons Dudley, was, in consideration of the eminent services he had rendered to the royal cause, during the civil war, elevated to the peerage, by letters patent, dated 21 November, 1645, as Baron Lexinton, l of Aram. His lordship m. (lst) Elizabeth, dau. of Sir George Manners, of Haddon, co. Derby; (2nd), Anne, dau. of Sir Guy Palmes, of Lindley, co. York, and widow of Sir Thomas Browne, and (3rd), Mary, dau. of Sir Anthony St. Leger, Knt.: by the last wife, only, he had issue, viz.,

Robert, his successor, Bridget, m. to John,eldest son of Conyers Darcy, son and heirapparent of Conyers, Lord Darcy.

His lordship d. in 1668, and was s. by his son, Robert Sutton, 2nd baron, who m. Margaret, dau. and heir of Sir Giles Hungerford, of Colston, co. Wilts, by whom he had issue,

1. William-George, who d. unm., v. p. anno l7l3.

2. Eleonora-Margaretta, d. unm.

3. Bridget, m. 1717 to John Manners, 3rd Duke of Rutland, K.G., and had issue:

1. John, Marquess of Granby, ancestor of the Dukes of Rutland.

Robert, who assumed the surname of Sutton, on succeeding to the Lexinton estates. His lordship d.s.p. in l772, when those estates devolved upon his next brother, George, who then assumed the additional surname of Sutton. Lord George Manners-Sutton m. lst, in 1749, Diana, dau. of Thomas Chaplin, Esq., of Blankney, co. Lincoln, and had issue,

1 John, who d. in 1826: his grandson is the present John Henry Manners-Sutton, Esq., of Kelham,Notts,

2. Charles,archbishop of Canterbury, m. Mary, dau. of Thomas Thoroton, Esq., and left at his decease, in 1828, with other issue, Sir Charles Manners-Sutton, G.C.B., Speaker of the House of Commons, created Viscount Canterbury, 10 March 1835.

3. Thomas, appointed lord chancellor of Ireland, and created Baron Manners, of Foston, in 1807.

4 Diana, m. 21 April, 1778, to Francis Dickins, Esq.,of Wollaston, co. Northampton, and Branches Park, co. Suffolk, who d. 1834 , aged eighty-five.

5. Louisa-Bridget, m. 1790, to Edward Lockwood Percival,Esq.

6. Charlotte, m. 1789, to Thomas Lockwood,Esq. Lord George m. 2ndly, Mary, dau. of Joshua Peart, Esq., and had a dau., Mary, m. 1799, to the Rev. Richard Lockwood, prebendary of Peterborough, who d. 1830.

Lord Lexinton,who had been envoy-extraordinary to the Court of Vienna, and was appointed ambassador-extraordinary to that of Spain, and for the treaty of Ryswick, d. in 1723, when the Barony of Lexinton, of Aram, became extinct, and the Sutton estates passed eventually to his grandson, Lord George Manners.

Arms - Arg., a canton, sa.

* Lexinton.

This name is taken from Lexinton, now called Laxton. co. Nottingham, which lordship Richard Lexinton held, in the reign of King John, and was s. by Robert Lexinton, a learned judge, temp. Henry 111., and justice iterant for several northern counties. He was s. by his brother, John Lexinton, who, in the reign of Henry 111., was chief justice of all the forests north of Trent, and dying s.p., in the 41st of the same reign, was s. by another brother, Henry Lexinton, bishop of Licnoln, who died the next year, leaving Richard Markham, and William de Sutton, from whom the Lord Lexinton, of Aram, derived, his heirs.


By Writ, 20 July, 1332.


John Sutton, of Sutton, in Holderness, co. York, was summoned to parliment, from 20 July, 1332, to 15 November, 1338, in which latter year he died. His son and heir, John de Sutton, 2nd baron, held the manor of Sutton " de Domina Isabella filia Domini Regis, " and was summoned to parliment, from 25 August, 1339, to 20 April, 1344, and again 3 April, 1360. He d.s.p. in 1362, his brother, Sir Thomas Sutton, Knt., being his heir. This Sir Thomas left three daus. co-heiresses, viz., Margery, m. Peter, 6th Lord Mauley; Agnes, m. lst, to Edmond Hastings, and 2ndly, to Ralph de Bulmer; and Constance, m. to John Godard.

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