SANDYS, Samuel (1560-1623), of Ombersley, Worcs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. 28 Dec. 1560, e. surv. s. of Edwin Sandys, abp. of York, by his and w.; bro. of Edwin II. educ. M. Temple 1579. m. at Southwell, Notts. 1586, Mercy (d.1629), da. of Martin Culpepper of Worcs., 4s. 7da. suc. fa. 1588. Kntd. 1603.

Offices Held

J.p. Worcs. from c.1600; member, council for Virginia 1612; sheriff, Worcs. 1618-19; member, council in the marches of Wales 1623.


Returned for Ripon through the influence of his father, Sandys was, some four years later, living in Essex where he had property, and his eldest son was baptized at Woodham Ferrers. In 1596 he wrote to Michael Hickes complaining that his enemies were trying to deprive him of some land, and asked him to intercede with Burghley. About this time he acquired considerable property in Worcestershire, where he eventually settled. By the time he made his will, 16 Feb. 1622, he held property in Worcestershire, Nottinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Essex. He provided for his wife and children, making Sir James Pitts, his brother Edwin, John Bakerand John Brace trustees of the property. He mentions holding stock in the East India Company which his executrix was to make up to £4,000, and which he left to his children. His wife was sole executrix, and his brother Edwin, (Sir) Lawrence Tanfield, Sir John Denham and John Culpepper were overseers, each receiving £20. Sandys left £200 to be distributed among his servants, and made a number of charitable bequests. He died on 18 Aug. 1623, and was buried at Wickhamford in Worcestershire, where a monument was erected to himself and his wife.

Vivian, Hist. Sandys Fam. 152; Vis. Worcs.(Harl. Soc. xxvii), 123; E. S. Sandys, Hist. Sandys Fam. pt. ii. ped. C; pat. roll, 42 Eliz.; Lansd. 82, f. 140; VCH Worcs. ii. 427; PCC 93 Swann.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: N.M.S.


  • 1. Did not serve for the full duration of the Parliament.