Guylford Slingsby

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Guylford Slingsby
Born 1565
Died 1631
Allegiance England England
Service/branch Royal Navy

Sir Guylford Slingsby (1565–1631) was an administrator who went on to be Comptroller of the Navy; he produced a number of distinguished sons.

Early life[edit]

He was born at Scriven in North Yorkshire, eighth son of Sir Francis Slingsby of Scriven and Mary Percy, daughter of Sir Thomas Percy and sister of Thomas Percy, 7th Earl of Northumberland and Henry Percy, 8th Earl of Northumberland.[1] Most of his brothers died young: those who survived included Sir Henry Slingsby and Sir William Slingsby.[2]


Slingsby was appointed Comptroller of the Navy following the death of Sir Henry Palmer in 1611.[3] The position of Comptroller was placed in the hands of a commission from 1618 to 1628 when Slingsby resumed control.[3] He held the post until his death in 1631.[4]

He lived at Bifrons in Canterbury.[5]


He married Margaret Walter of York ; they had eight sons[2] most of whom reached adult life. Margaret was still living in York in 1650 with her son Robert, who in that year "compounded" to keep part of the family estates in return for paying the usual fine levied on defeated Royalists.[6]

Several Guylford's sons achieved fame, including:

Guylford and Margaret also had four daughters,[2] of whom at least two reached adult life:


  1. ^ Betham, William Baronetage of England London1805 Vol. 5 p. 26
  2. ^ a b c Betham p.26
  3. ^ a b Sir Henry Palmer at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  4. ^ Henry Palmer (1582-1644) at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  5. ^ Sir Robert Slingsby at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  6. ^ Clay, John William editor Yorkshire Royalist Composition Papers Vol. 3 Cambridge University Press 2013 reprint p.23
  7. ^ Clay p.24
  8. ^ There are two letters from Anne Caesar to William Sancroft in the Bodleian Library