Henry Cholmley (died 1616)

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Sir Henry Cholmley of Roxby in Whitby Strand (1556 - 1616), was an English Member of Parliament.

He was the only son of Sir Richard Cholmley of Whitby, Yorkshire. He was educated at Hart Hall, Oxford (by 1568), Jesus College, Cambridge (1573) and Caius College, Cambridge, where he was a fellow commoner in 1573, after which he studied law at Lincoln's Inn in 1577. On the death of his half-brother in 1596 he inherited the family seat at Whitby.

He was elected a Member (MP) of the Parliament of England for Westmorland in 1597. He was knighted in 1603.

His wife, Margaret Babthorpe (daughter of Sir William Babthorpe (himself the son of Sir William Babthorpe) and Barbara Constable (herself a daughter of Sir Robert Constable), whom he married in about 1575, was a matrilineal descendant of Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, and the mitochondrial DNA descent through which the remains of Richard III of England were identified in 2013 passes through her and their daughter Barbara Cholmley (c. 1575 - 28 February 1619), who married Thomas Belasyse, 1st Viscount Fauconberg. Though his wife was a devout Roman Catholic, the couple converted to Protestantism in 1603.[1]

Sir Henry and his wife had three sons and nine daughters. He was succeeded by his son Richard.


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir William Bowes
Sir Edward Denny
Member of Parliament for Westmorland
With: Walter Harcourt
Succeeded by
George Wharton
Thomas Strickland