Thomas Savage, 1st Viscount Savage

Thomas Savage, 1st Viscount Savage, 2nd Baronet (c. 1586 – 20 November 1635), was an English peer and courtier in the reign of Charles I.[1]

The Viscount Savage

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Thomas Savage, 1st Viscount Savage (1586-1635),
by Cornelius Johnson (1593-1661)
Coat of armsArms of Arnold Savage (d.1375)
BornThomas Savage
c. 1586
Rocksavage, Cheshire
Died20 November 1635(1635-00-00) (aged 48–49)
Tower Hill, London
BuriedSt Michael and All Angels' Church, Macclesfield
53°15′37″N 2°07′28″W / 53.2603°N 2.1244°W / 53.2603; -2.1244
ResidenceMelford Hall
Noble familySavage family
(m. 1602⁠–⁠1635)
IssueJohn Savage, 2nd Earl Rivers
Thomas Savage
Francis Savage
William Savage
James Savage
Charles Savage
Jane Savage
Dorothy Savage
Elizabeth Savage
Anne Savage
Catherine Savage
Henrietta Maria
FatherSir John Savage
MotherMary Allington

Early life


Savage was the eldest son of Sir John Savage (1554 – 1615),[2] 1st Baronet,[3] of Rocksavage in Cheshire and Mary (d. 1635),[1] daughter of Richard Allington.[2][4] He succeeded his father as 2nd Baronet 7 July 1615.[2][3]



In 1616 Savage served as Deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire and was knighted 29 June 1617, in Edinburgh.[1] He was made Steward of the borough of Congleton in January 1625; First Commissioner of Trade in 1626; Commissioner to advise as to ways and means of increasing the King's revenue in July 1626, and for the sale of the King's lands, 15 September in the same year. On 4 November 1626 he was created Viscount Savage.[1] He was appointed Chancellor to the Queen Consort in 1628 and her Councillor in 1634. He was also Ranger of Delamere Forest in Cheshire.[1]

Marriage and issue


He married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Darcy, 1st Earl Rivers and Mary Kitson, on 14 May 1602.[5] The couple had eleven sons and eight daughters:[4][5]

Death and succession


By special remainder, Savage was made heir to his father-in-law's titles, but did not live to inherit them.[1] He died 20 November of "the running gout" at his home on Tower Hill in London and was buried 16 December 1635 in the Savage family chapel in Macclesfield, Cheshire.[18] He was buried on the same day as his mother;[1] only ten of his nineteen children were still living at the time of his death.[19] His eldest son, John, succeeded him as 2nd Viscount Savage, later becoming 2nd Earl Rivers on the death of his maternal grandfather in 1640.[7][20] His widow was created, on 21 April 1641, Countess Rivers for life, fourteen months after her father's death. She died 9 March 1651 and was buried at St. Osyth's, Essex.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Cokayne XI 1949, p. 458.
  2. ^ a b c Mimardière 1981.
  3. ^ a b Cokayne XI 1949, p. 458, fn (e): Often but erroneously called "Savage of Rock Savage, co. Chester," but the creation was "Savage" alone.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Burke 1844, p. 470.
  5. ^ a b Walter 2008.
  6. ^ Boothman 2006, pp. 74, 183, 187.
  7. ^ a b Kyle 2010.
  8. ^ Boothman 2006, pp. 74, 188.
  9. ^ Ormerod & Helsby II 1882, p. 552.
  10. ^ a b c d Boothman 2006, p. 186.
  11. ^ Boothman 2006, p. 188.
  12. ^ a b Boothman 2006, p. 187.
  13. ^ Boothman 2006, p. 188: "records at the catholic college in Lisbon suggest that he was born in 1620."
  14. ^ Boothman 2006, p. 186: "Had a daughter, but no record of his marriage has been found."
  15. ^ Boothman 2006, p. 74, fn 143.
  16. ^ a b Burke 1844, p. 471.
  17. ^ Savage-Armstrong 1888, p. 61.
  18. ^ Boothman 2006, pp. xiv, liii–lvi, 69–74.
  19. ^ Boothman 2006, p. 74.
  20. ^ Cokayne XI 1949, pp. 458–9.


  • Boothman, Lyn; Parker, Richard Hyde (2006). Savage Fortune: An Aristocratic Family in the Early Seventeenth Century. Suffolk Records Society. Vol. 49. Woodbridge: Boydell; Suffolk Records Society. ISBN 1843831996.
  • Burke, John; Burke, Bernard (1844). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland, and Scotland (2nd ed.). London: John Russell Smith.
  • Cokayne, G. E. (1949). White, Geoffrey H. (ed.). The Complete Peerage; or, a History of the House of Lords and all its Members from the Earliest Times. Vol. XI. London: St Catherine Press.
  • Kyle, Chris (2010). "Savage, John (1603-1654), of Rock Savage, Cheshire". In Thrush, Andrew; Ferris, John P. (eds.). The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1604-1629.
  • Mimardière, A.M. (1981). "Savage, John (1554-1615), of Clifton, Cheshire". In Hasler, P.W. (ed.). The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603.
  • Ormerod, George; Helsby, Thomas (1882). The History of the County Palatine and City of Chester ... Vol. II (2nd ed.). London: George Routledge and Sons. OCLC 1128347313.
  • Savage-Armstrong, George Francis (1888). The Ancient and Noble Family of the Savages of the Ards, with Sketches of English and American Branches of the House of Savage. London: Marcus Ward & Co.
  • Walter, John (3 January 2008). "Savage [née Darcy], Elizabeth, suo jure Countess Rivers". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/69349. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
Peerage of England
New creation Viscount Savage
Succeeded by
Baronetage of England
Preceded by Baronet
(of Rocksavage)
Succeeded by