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He inherited the Manor of Bromham after the death of his brother, Sir Andrew Bayntun, who died without a male heir in 1564

Griffith ap Ryce
coat of arms

Sir Edward's first marriage was to:

The daughter of Lady Catherine Howard – whose father Thomas, was the 2nd Duke of Norfolk – and Sir Griffith AP Ryce K.B., of Carew Castle, Co. Pembrokeshire.

This marriage took place some time around 1553.
It produced 13 children – most of whom died young and were never recorded:

(Son and heir 1572-1616)
WILLIAM (The eldest son – died as an infant in 1564)
ANNE (died 1587), MARGARET (died young)
KATHERINE (died 1582), ELIZABETH (died 1582)

Sir Edward's second wife was:


HENRY (living 1637)

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Edward Bayntun was born in 1517 at Bromham Hall, in the county of Wiltshire – the second son of Sir Edward Bayntun, who was Vice-Chamberlain to five of Henry VIII's queens. He is named in many medieval documents as Sir Edward Baynton, however the family changed the spelling of their surname to Bayntun sometime around the beginning of the 17th century.

When his father died in 1544, Edward's older brother, Andrew, inherited the Manor of Bromham and continued to reside at Bromham House – however, at this time, it had been greatly enlarged by his father.

As laid out in his father's will, Edward Bayntun inherited The Ivy – a very large house at the centre of the old Manor of Rowden in the parish of Chippenham and he continued to live there for 20 years. The Manor of Rowden was Crown property from Saxon times until the reign of Henry VIII, when it was purchased by his father shortly before he died. The Bayntun's had been renting the property previously for some years.

He resided at Rowden until his brother, Andrew, died without a male heir in 1564. He then inherited, at the age of 46, the Manor of Bromham and subsequently moved into Bromham House.

The Court Book for the Manor of Bromham, for the period 1545 to 1557 is in the Wiltshire Records Office.

The helmet (left) and gauntlets (above) of Sir Edward Bayntun hanging in the Church of St. Nicholas in Bromham. A griffins head rests above the helmet as on the family coat of arms. Photos kindly donated by John Drew.

This helmet is also engraved on the brass on his tomb and can be clearly seen in the drawing at the bottom of the page which demonstrates the importance of this symbol of arms.


He married Agnes Ryce some time after 1548 and they had 13 children. She was the daughter of Lady Catherine Howard – whose father Thomas, was the 2nd Duke of Norfolk – and Sir Griffith AP Rhys K.B., Of Carew Castle, Pembrokeshire in South Wales. Lady Catherine was an aunt of two of Henry VIII's wives – Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard.

When Agnes died there were only five of their 13 children living and 15 years later when Sir Edward died there were just three alive – Henry, Anne and Elizabeth. The names of more than half of their children are unknown as the custom of recording baptisms only began in Bromham in 1566. Their first born son died in 1564 and although Henry (born 1572) inherited when his father died, it is possible that between these years there may have been other male children who did not survive, or quite possibly daughters.

Agnes Ryce claimed that a legal marriage took place at Stourton Chapel on the 6th January 1545 between she and William Stourton, the 7th Baron Stourton of Stourton, by whom she had a daughter, Mary. In the preceding years 1541 to 1545, Stourton had made large purchases of lands in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire at an estimated cost of £4,500.

The Baron was previously married to Elizabeth Dudley of Atherington, Sussex and had nine children by her, but when he died on the 8th September 1548 he left nothing to his wife or his younger sons, and little to his eldest, whom none the less he named his executor. The greater part of his goods and household stuff he bequeathed to his mistress Agnes Ryce.

In the years 1553-1555, Agnes Ryce and her new husband, Edward Bayntun were embroiled in lawsuits over land. They had a case heard in the Court of Chancery against Charles Stourton the 8th Baron Stourton, son of the above mentioned William for part of the manors of Kilmington, Norton, Stourton, Brook, Wanstrow and Yarnfield and lands there (except in Stourton) and Gasper in Stourton (Geyspore), Penselwood (Penne), Wincanton, Marston Bigott, Charlton Musgrave and Beckington and the hundred of North Ferris (North Stourton), all settled on the said Agnes by William Stourton in his will.

However, after several legal actions, Stourton's will was quashed by the Probate Act of 1548 and Agnes Ryce's claim for a legal marriage was rejected as Stourton's wife was living at the time and administration of his father's goods was granted to Charles, the new Baron Stourton. However Charlton Musgrave was in the hands of Edward Bayntun and his wife by 1561.

Also in 1561, Sir Edward Baynton conveyed the Manor of Godswell and the Manor of Heywood to Thomas Long.

William Bayntun – the only living son, at the time, of Edward and Agnes – was murdered by witchcraft as an infant by Agnes Mills of Stanley, Co. Wiltshire in 1564. In the Chancery proceedings which followed, she said she did the same murder by the procurement and enticement of Dorothy, the wife of Henry Bayntun (Edward's brother out of his father's second marriage) who was hoping that if Sir Edward failed to produce another male heir, the subsequent fortune of his estates would go to her husband, presuming Edward would die before him. Afterwards Agnes Mills was hanged for the same murder at Fisherton, Co. Wiltshire. See The Murder of William Bayntun.

On the 3rd of July 8 Elizabeth 1 (1566), Letters of Administration were granted to Edward Bayntun of Rowden, the brother of Andrew Bayntun deceased. A further deed dated 13th June, and executed in July of the same year, acknowledges Edward Bayntun, his wife Agnes and their heirs with the possessions or inheritance of Sir Andrew Bayntun. The deed referred to the Manors of Bremhill, Stanley, Bromham Battle and Clench.

Some months later, a Counterpart of Bargain and Sale, dated the 21st August 8 Elizabeth 1 (1566) by Henry Sharyngton of Lacock to Edward Bayntun of Rowden and Agnes his wife, of all his land, within the park called "Spye Park", which were parcel of the Manor of Lacock to them, and the heirs of Edward Bayntun. It was on this land that his grandson built Spye Park House after the destruction of Bromham House during the civil war in 1645.

Another deed, dated the 31st March, 12 Elizabeth 1 (1570) shows the administration of the Manor of Bromham and the Manor of Clench in the name of Edward Bayntun of Rowden, in consideration of certain sums of money and other good causes and considerations, him especially moving, assigning the property previously leased to his father by the Abbot of Battle, namely Battle Abbey to Thomas Ivye of West Kingston.

In 1571 Edward Bayntun sold his family's share of “Whitleigh” – the ancient property of the Mauduit, Molines and Hungerford families.

Sir Edward became a vital member of the county administration. He was knighted in 1574 and was a Member of Parliament for Wiltshire County in 1562-1563 and again in 1570; M.P. for Devizes in 1571; M.P. For Calne in 1572 and M.P. For Chippenham Borough in 1588-1589 and High Sheriff of Wiltshire in 1570.

When his first wife died on 19th August 1574 Edward remarried Anne Packington and in the same year he was awarded the honour of Knight Bachelor of Wiltshire.

In 1575 he sold part of the Manor of Rowden, including "The Ivy House" to Edward Hungerford, but he retained the part that gave manoral rights of which the Bayntun family were still Lords of the Manor of Rowden well into the 19th century with a farm fee recorded in 1868.

In 1577 Faulston House and the Manor of Faulston was sold to Thomas Vaughan of Bredwardine, Co. Hereford and a year later his second wife Ann Packington died in 1578.

In a letter, dated the 27th July 1588, Sir Henry Knevett, one of the Deputy Lieutenants for ordering the county musters of Wiltshire and Captain appointed to attend on the Lord Chamberlain, mentions Sir Edward Bayntun as one of the Justices and throws great light on the actual preparation to resist the Armada and the arming of the Wiltshire contingent.

He was one of the county's most active Justice of the Peace, attending quarterly sessions very regularly in the 1570's, 1580's and even sending in material until a few months before his death in 1593.

His large ancient marble tomb at the south east angle of the Beauchamp Chapel, in the Church of St. Nicholas, Bromham, is very interesting and includes brass figures (pictured below) showing a knight kneeling and his two wives and two of his three children that were alive at the time of their father's death. The tomb-crest with shields in lozenges and Gothic cresting is supported by two columns with brasses against the back wall.

The rhyming couplet on the tomb reads:
Here lieth Edward Bayntun, Knight, within this marble clad, By Agnes Ryce, his first trew wyfe, that thyrtyne children had. Where of she left alyve withe him at her departure thre, Henry, Anne and Elizabeth, whose pictures now here see. (see brass below). The XIXth days of Auguste she deceased, of Christ ye year, 1574. These little figurs standing bie present the nomber here. Then married to Anne Packington, his second wyfe she was, For whose remembrance here in tombe these lynes he left in brasse. Anno Dni 1578


The brass figure of one of Sir Edward's daughters (second from the right) is missing from the tomb. If you look closely you will see the space where the figure was.

A drawing of the coat of arms on the back wall of Sir Edward Bayntun's tomb (pictured far left) in the Bayntun Chapel, in the Church of St. Nicholas in Bromham. This shield is surmounted by a helmet with a griffin's head above it and is positioned above the effigy of Sir Edward. It bears the arms of Bayntun (top left), Beauchamp of Powick (top centre), Beauchamp Lord St. Amand (top right), Roche (bottom left), de la Mare (bottom centre) and Wanton (bottom right).

Also mounted on the back wall (pictured far left) This shield is above the effigy of Sir Edward's first wife – Agnes Ryce. This drawing shows the following arms (from left to right) TOP: Bayntun, Beauchamp of Powick, Beauchamp Lord St. Amand, Griffith ap Ryce the father of Agnes and Griffith ap Elider the father of Griffith ap Ryce, BOTTOM: Roche, de la Mare, Wanton, Griffith ap Elider, and Griffith ap Ryce.

Also mounted on the back wall (pictured far left) This shield is above the effigy of Sir Edward's second wife – Anne Packington. This drawing shows the following arms (from left to right) TOP: Bayntun, Beauchamp Powick, Beauchamp Lord St. Amand, Packington and Hardinge. BOTTOM: Roche, de la Mare, Wanton, Hardinge and Pakington.

Above and behind his tomb is the south east window, which incorporates medieval stained glass. There are many family armorials in this window such as Roche, de la Mare, Tocotes and also Griffith AP Ryce, representing the marriage of his daughter, Agnes, to Sir Edward.

When Sir Edward Bayntun died he was succeeded by his eldest living son and heir Sir Henry Bayntun

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