Thomas Savage, 3rd Earl Rivers

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Cheshire, England
Died14 September 1694 (aged 6566)
Great Queen Street, Parish of St Giles in the Fields, Middlesex
ResidenceHouse on Great Queen Street, Rocksavage
Noble family Savage family
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Scrope
Lady Arabella Bertie
Hon. Thomas Savage
Richard Savage, 4th Earl Rivers
Lady Elizabeth Savage
Lady Annabella Savage
Parents John Savage, 2nd Earl Rivers
Hon. Catherine Parker

Major General Thomas Savage, 3rd Earl Rivers (c.1628 14 September 1694) was an English nobleman and soldier.

He was the first son of John Savage, 2nd Earl Rivers by his wife Catherine, daughter of William Parker, 13th Baron Morley. [1] His father was closely involved in the English Civil War on the Royalist side from 1641. Consequently, he lost his castles at Halton and Rocksavage and their contents were confiscated.

About 1647, he married firstly Elizabeth (b. 1627), illegitimate daughter of Emanuel Scrope, 1st Earl of Sunderland by his mistress Martha Jeanes. Their children included: Thomas, who married Charlotte, daughter of Charles Stanley, 8th Earl of Derby; Richard, who succeeded as 4th Earl Rivers; Elizabeth; and Annabella. They also had other children who died young. [1]

He was widely believed to be a Roman Catholic, and during the Popish Plot he was denounced by informers, but the evidence was so flimsy that no charges were ever brought against him.

About 1684, he married secondly Arabella, daughter of Robert Bertie, 3rd Earl of Lindsey. They had no issue. [1]

He died at his house in Great Queen Street in the Parish of St Giles in the Fields, Middlesex. A memorial to him by William Stanton was installed in St Michaels Church, Macclesfield. [2]

Documented evidence exists in the form of a pamphlet which details a murder by a Thomas Savage of St Giles in the Fields. It is likely the Thomas in question is the son of the 3rd Earl Rivers, or a family relation. [3]

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  1. 1 2 3 "Rivers, Earl (E, 1626 - 1737)". Cracroft's Peerage. Archived from the original on 5 June 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  2. 3rd Earl Rivers Memorial, in St Michael's Church Macclesfield
  3. Shakespeare's England. "A murder of a maid – Thomas Savage" . Retrieved 2012-06-26.
Peerage of England
Preceded by
John Savage
Earl Rivers
Succeeded by
Richard Savage