The Chittick Family History
as written by Erminda (Chittick) Rentoul
1890 The Lodge, Cliftonville, Belfast. Ireland
Chapter Eight | Sandys of Omerbsleigh
The family of Sandys, of Ombersley, in the County of Worcester,
was more anciently seated at St. Bees, in Cumberland, as appears
by a certificate given by Henry, Clarenceaux King of Arms, to
Edwin Sandys, Bishop of Worcester, and afterwards Archbishop
of York, and by him laid before the Privy Council in a dispute
between him and Sir John Bourne, High Steward of the Church
of Worcester, and a beneficary there.
In 1377, first Richard II, Richard del Sandys was returned Knight
of the Shire of Cumberland; in the fourteenth of Richard the
II., Thomas del Sandys served in Parliament as Knight of the
Shire for Cumberland; in the eighteenth of Richard II., again
returned Knight for Cumberland.
The pedigree of this family, as recorded in the Herald's Visitation
of Lancaster, Cambridge, and Bucks, made in the years 1567,
1619 and 1634, begins with Robert Sandys, of St. Bees, in Cumberland,
who had two sons, John and Thomas.
Sir Bernard Burke says:-
This family was originally seated at St. Bees in Cumberland.
The Rev. Edwin Sandys, D.D., Master of Catherine Hall, and ViceChancellor
of the University of Cambridge, temp. Edward VI., having attached
himself to the interests of Lady Jane Grey, was imprisoned in
the Tower of London after the accession of Mary, but from which,
being at length released, he withdrew to the continent and resided
abroad during the remainder of her Majesty's reign. Upon Elizabeth
succeeding to the throne, Doctor Sandys returned, was successively
Bishop of Winchester, Bishop of London, and Archbishop of York.
His Grace died in 1588, having several children, the eldest.
of whom, Sir Samuel Sandys, inherited the Manor of Ombersley,
Co. Worcester, from his father, of which shire he was Sheriff
in the 16th of James I.
Sir Samuel Sandys was brother of Sir William Sandys, of Dublin.
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