Sir Henry Sharington
Henry Sharington was Sir William Sharington’s younger brother, and inherited his brother’s estates when he died without issue in 1553. These comprised of many Wiltshire estates but also some estates from surrounding counties.
He was a political figure, becoming MP for Ludgershall in the first parliament of Elizabeth I; he was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1561, and from 1567-8 was Sheriff of Wiltshire.
In 1574, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth as she stopped at Lacock on a journey between Bristol and Wilton.
He married Anne Paget, the daughter of Grace Paget, William Sharington’s third wife. They had a son William, who died in infancy, and three daughters: Ursula, Olive and Grace. Ursula married Thomas Sadler; Olive married John Talbot and then Robert Stapleton; and Grace married Anthony Mildmay. The intention was for Henry’s property to be divided between his three daughters, but after making a will to this effect his eldest daughter Ursula died. On his deathbed in 1581 he made a nuncupative will, instead leaving everything to Olive – this may be because she had a son whereas Grace had only a daughter. This will was accepted and there followed a long dispute between Olive and Grace. In the end the matter was resolved: the properties were more fairly divided, and Olive took possession of Lacock.
Sharington was known to be a strong and argumentative man, constantly quarrelling with tenants and authorities.