The very ancient family of SKEFFINGTON derived its name from the village of Skeffington, Leicestershire.
SIR WILLIAM SKEFFINGTON, Knight, who was appointed by HENRY VIII, in 1529, His Majesty's Commissioner to Ireland, arrived there in August of that year, empowered to restrain the exactions of the soldiers, to call a Parliament, and to provide that the possessions of the clergy might be subject to bear their part of the public expense.
Sir William was subsequently a very distinguished political personage in Ireland and died in the government of that kingdom, as Lord Deputy, in December, 1535.
JOHN SKEFFINGTON, of Fisherwick, married Alice, seventh daughter of Sir Thomas Cave Bt, of Stamford, Northamptonshire, and was father of
SIR WILLIAM SKEFFINGTON, Knight, of Fisherwick, who was created a baronet, in 1627, by CHARLES I.
He wedded Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Dering, and had issue,
JOHN, 2nd Baronet, whose son, WILLIAM, 3rd Baronet, dsp;The eldest son,
RICHARD, 4th Baronet;
Elizabeth; Cicily; Mary; Heather; Lettice; Alice.
SIR JOHN SKEFFINGTON, 2nd Baronet (1590-1651), MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme, High Sheriff of Staffordshire, 1637, espoused Cicily, sister and co-heir of Sir John Skeffington, of Skeffington, and had a son,
SIR WILLIAM SKEFFINGTON, 3rd Baronet, who died, in 1652, unmarried, shortly after his father, and was succeeded by his uncle,
SIR RICHARD SKEFFINGTON, 4th Baronet, who married Anne, youngest daughter of Sir John Newdigate, Knight, of Arbury, Warwickshire, and had issue,
SIR JOHN SKEFFINGTON, 5th Baronet (d 1695), who married Mary Clotworthy, only daughter and heir of
SIR JOHN CLOTWORTHY, who, for his activity and zeal in promoting the restoration of CHARLES II, was elevated to the peerage, in 1660, as Baron Lough Neagh and VISCOUNT MASSEREENE, with remainder, in default of male issue, to his son-in-law, the said Sir John Skeffington, and his issue male, by MARY, his said wife; in default of which, to the heirs general of his lordship.
His lordship died in 1665, and the honours devolved, according to the reversionary proviso, upon the said
SIR JOHN SKEFFINGTON, Baronet, as 2nd Viscount; who died in 1695, and was succeeded by his only son,
CLOTWORTHY, 6th Baronet and 3rd Viscount (1660-1714), who married, in 1684, Rachael, daughter of Sir Edward Hungerford KB, of Farley Castle, Somerset, and had issue,
CLOTWORTHY, his successor;His lordship was succeeded by his son,
Jane; Rachael; Mary.
CLOTWORTHY, 7th Baronet and 4th Viscount, who married, in 1713, the Lady Katherine Chichester, eldest daughter of Arthur, 3rd Earl of Donegall, and had issue,
CLOTWORTHY, his successor;His lordship died in 1738, and was succeeded by his eldest son,
Arthur, MP for Co Antrim;
CLOTWORTHY, 8th Baronet and 5th Viscount (1715-57), who was created, in 1756, EARL OF MASSEREENE.
His lordship espoused firstly, in 1738, Anne, eldest daughter of the Very Rev Richard Daniel, Dean of Down, but by that lady had no issue; and secondly, in 1741, Elizabeth, only daughter of Henry Eyre, of Rowter, Derbyshire, and had issue,
CLOTWORTHY, his successor;His lordship was succeeded by his eldest son,
HENRY, successor to his brother;
CHICHESTER, who inherited as 4th Earl;
CLOTWORTHY, 2nd Earl and 9th Baronet (1743-1805), who wedded firstly, in 1789, Mlle Mary-Anne Barcier; and secondly, Elizabeth Lane, but had no issue.
He was succeeded by his brother,
HENRY, 3rd Earl and 10th Baronet, who died unmarried, when the peerage and baronetcy devolved upon his next surviving brother,
CHICHESTER, 4th Earl and 11th Baronet, who wedded, in 1780, the Lady Harriet Jocelyn, eldest daughter of Robert, 1st Earl of Roden, by whom he had an only daughter, HARRIET.
His lordship died in 1816, when the earldom and baronetcy expired, while the viscountcy of Massereene and the barony of Lough Neagh devolved upon his only daughter,
HARRIET, as 9th Viscountess Massereene.
First published in May, 2011.