Thomas Manners, 1st Earl of Rutland
Family background 
His maternal grandmother was the second child and eldest surviving daughter of Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York and Cecily Neville. She was an older sister of Edward IV of England, Edmund, Earl of Rutland, Elizabeth of York, Duchess of Suffolk, Margaret of York, George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence and Richard III of England.
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He was created the first Earl of Rutland on 28 June 1526. In 1531, Earl Thomas had a hand in the divorce between the King and Queen Catherine of Aragon. Later, he brutally put down Catholic risings in the north such as the Pilgrimage of Grace. He died in 1543 after helping the Duke of Norfolk ravage Scotland, allegedly burning twenty villages in a week, in the beginnings of The Rough Wooing.
Marriages and issue 
His first wife was Elizabeth Lovell, whom he married in 1512. The marriage ended in 1513. His second wife was Eleanor Paston, daughter of Sir William Paston of Norfolk, whom he married about 1523. His children by his second wife were:
- Henry Manners, 2nd Earl of Rutland.
- Roger Manners, Esq., unmarried.
- Oliver Manners, Esq.
- Sir Thomas Manners, grandfather of Thomas Vavasour, 1st Baronet.
- Sir John Manners of Haddon Hall (c. 1534 – 4 June 1611), husband of Dorothy Vernon, grandfather of John Manners, 8th Earl of Rutland and great-grandfather of John Manners, 1st Duke of Rutland and Francis Talbot, 11th Earl of Shrewsbury.
- Gertrude Manners, married George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury; mother of Gilbert Talbot, 7th Earl of Shrewsbury and Edward Talbot, 8th Earl of Shrewsbury.
- Anne Manners, married Henry Neville, 5th Earl of Westmorland. They were parents to Charles Neville, 6th Earl of Westmorland.
- Frances Manners, married Henry Nevill, 6th Baron Bergavenny; grandmother of Francis Fane, 1st Earl of Westmorland.
- Katherine Manners, married Sir Henry Capell, Sheriff of Essex.
- Elizabeth Manners (c. 1530 – 8 August 1570) married Sir John Savage of Rocksavage, grandson of the 1st Earl of Worcester and Elizabeth Herbert by their daughter, Elizabeth Somerset; she was the grandmother of Thomas Savage, 1st Viscount Savage, the great-grandmother of John Savage, 1st Earl Rivers, and the great-great-grandmother of Charles Paulet, 1st Duke of Bolton.
- Isabel Manners, died young.
Funeral, burial and tomb 
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He is buried in Bottesford Church, Leicestershire. His tomb is of alabaster and was created by Richard Parker of Burton on Trent with John Lupton (rough mason) and his father, over a period of six days, strengthening the floor supports to take the weight of the tomb. The Belvoir Castle accounts record in considerable detail the necessary arrangements for this funeral work. In commemorating the 1st Earl of Rutland and his wife this tomb also marks the first of the actual burials in the church of the eight earls and four dukes over a period of almost 250 years.
The Earl's effigy is in mail and full plate armour with a loose military tabard over which he wears the mantle of the Order of the Garter while on his left leg is the Garter itself. The head, on which appears an elementary form of coronet, is supported by the a tilt-heaume complete with the "Cap of Maintenance" and the peacock crest. The feet rest on a unicorn (the horn has disappeared).
The effigy of the countess, dressed in a gown and a short cape, wears an ermine trimmed mantle fastened by a cordon whose ends almost reach her feet, under which is a griffon. Tasselled cushions support her head.
The base of the tomb is decorated with corner pilasters, tasselled swags and "weeper" figures representing knights, ladies and others.
When the Earl died the body was embalmed with spices from Nottingham and a surgeon encased it in wax. A plumber then encased it in a close fitting leaden shell. While this was going on the masons were strengthening the chancel floor. Thos. Richard Parker "the alabaster man" was paid £20 for the sculpture and the supervision of its erection.
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|Ancestors of Thomas Manners, 1st Earl of Rutland|
The Earl of Essex
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Sir Anthony Browne
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