Olive Sharington

on Tuesday, 24 March 2015. Posted in Sharington

Olive Sharington (later Olive Talbot and Olive Stapleton) was the daughter of Sir Henry Sharington, the second owner of Lacock who inherited the estate from his childless brother Sir William Sharington. Sir Henry Sharington had four children, including a son called William, but he died in infancy.

Possibly Olive Sharington

Sir Henry Sharington

on Tuesday, 24 March 2015. Posted in Sharington

Henry Sharington was Sir William Sharington’s younger brother, and inherited his brother’s estates when he died without issue in 1553. These comprised of many Wiltshire estates but also some estates from surrounding counties.

He was a political figure, becoming MP for Ludgershall in the first parliament of Elizabeth I; he was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1561, and from 1567-8 was Sheriff of Wiltshire.

In 1574, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth as she stopped at Lacock on a journey between Bristol and Wilton.

He married Anne Paget, the daughter of Grace Paget, William Sharington’s third wife. They had a son William, who died in infancy, and three daughters: Ursula, Olive and Grace. Ursula married Thomas Sadler; Olive married John Talbot and then Robert Stapleton; and Grace married Anthony Mildmay. The intention was for Henry’s property to be divided between his three daughters, but after making a will to this effect his eldest daughter Ursula died. On his deathbed in 1581 he made a nuncupative will, instead leaving everything to Olive – this may be because she had a son whereas Grace had only a daughter. This will was accepted and there followed a long dispute between Olive and Grace. In the end the matter was resolved: the properties were more fairly divided, and Olive took possession of Lacock.

Sharington was known to be a strong and argumentative man, constantly quarrelling with tenants and authorities.

Sir William Sharington

on Tuesday, 24 March 2015. Posted in Sharington

William Sharington was the son of Thomas Sharington and his wife Katherine Pyrton. Little is known of his early life. His family was wealthy and owned several manors. They came from Norfolk.

Sir William Sharington by Hans Holbein the Younger

He married three times: first to Ursula, the illegitimate daughter of John Bourchier, 2nd Baron Berners. His father in law was influential and it is probably because of him that Sharington became well placed in the King’s court: in 1538, he was in the retinue of the diplomat and Chief Gentleman of the Privy Chamber, Sir Francis Bryan, who was a nephew of Lord Berners. He then became a Page of the Robes and a Groom by 1540. In 1541 he was elevated to the Privy Chamber.