A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland, and Scotland (1844) by John Burke & Sir Bernard Burke

The following are extracts relevant to the Huddersfield area.


Created 4 Feb. 1641-2.
Extinct 25 Dec. 1810.

Sir John Kaye, knt. living at the time of the Conquest, married the daughter and heiress of Sir John Woodesham, of Woodesham, in the county of York, and had two sons, John (Sir), his heir, and Richard, who went into Lancashire, and marrying the heiress of Crompton of Crompton, was founder of the Keays of that county. The elder son,

Sir John Kaye, knt. of Woodesham, married the daughter and heiress of Sir John Copley, and was succeeded by his son,

Sir Robert Keay, knt who married the daughter and heir of Mallet of Upton Mallet, and from him we pass, through a line of eminent persons,[1] to his lineal descendant,

Sir William Keay, knt of Woodesham, who married the daughter of Gaston of Sedbuer, and was succeeded by his son,

John Keay, esq. of Woodesham, who, by the daughter of Harley of Harley, left a son and heir,

Robert Keay, esq. who married the daughter of Plumpton of Plumpton, and was succeeded by his son,

Arthur Keay, esq. living in the time of Henry VIII. who married Beatrice, daughter of Matthew Wentworth, esq. of Bretton, in Yorkshire, and left a son and heir,

John Keay, esq. living in 1585, who, by Dorothy, daughter of Robert Maleverer, esq. of Wothersome, in Yorkshire, had a son and successor,

Robert Keaye, esq. living in 1612, who married Anne, daughter of John Flower, esq. of Whitwell, in the county of Rutland, and was succeeded by his son,

John Kaye, esq. of Woodsome, who married Anne, daughter of Sir John Ferne, knt. secretary to the council in the north temp. Charles I. and dying in 1641, left a daughter, Elizabeth, the wife of Ralph Asheton, esq. of Middleton, in Lancashire, and a son and heir,

I. John Kaye, esq. of Woodsome, in the county of York, who was created a Baronet by King Charles I. 4th February, 1641. He was colonel of horse in his majesty's service, and suffered during the troubles in person and property, but survived to witness the Restoration. Sir John m. first, Margaret, daughter and co-heir of Thomas Moseley, esq. alderman and lord mayor of York,[2] by whom he had two sons and a daughter, viz.

John, his heir.
Robert, died unmarried.
Margaret, died unmarried.

He married secondly, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Ferdinando Leigh, of Middleton, and relict of Francis Burdett, esq. of Birthwaite, in Yorkshire, by whom he had four sons, who all died issueless, and five daughters, who all died unmarried. His third wife was Catharine, daughter of Sir William St. Quintin, bart. of Harpham, and relict of Michael Wentworth, esq. of Woolley, but by her he had no issue. She survived him, and married after his decease Henry Sandys, esq. of Downe, in Kent; and after that gentleman's decease, she became the wife (her fourth husband) of Hugh, Earl of Eglinton. Sir John died 25th July, 1662, and was succeeded by his son,

II. Sir John Kaye, M.P. for the county of York, who married Anne, daughter of William Lister, esq. of Thornton, in Craven, sister and heir of Christopher Lister, esq. and by her had issue,

Arthur, his successor.
George, married Dorothy, daughter and heir of Robert Savile, esq. of Bryan Royd, in Yorkshire, and had issue,
John, who succeeded as fourth baronet.
Robert, merchant at Leeds, died unmarried.
George, died young.
Catherine, married to Nicholas Roberts, esq. of Hexham.
Anne, married to Sir Bryan Stapylton, bart. of Myton.

He died in 1706, and was succeeded by his son,

III. Sir Arthur Kaye, M.P. for the county of York, tn. Anne, daughter and co-heir of Sir Samuel Marow, bart. of Berkswell, in the county of Warwick,[3] and left an only daughter,

Elizabeth Kaye, who married first, George, Viscount Lewisham, eldest son of William, first Earl of Dartmouth (who died before his father), and was mother of William, second earl. She conveyed the estate of Woodesome to her husband’s family. She married secondly, Francis, Lord North and Guildford, and by him was grandmother of Francis, present (1837) Earl of Guildford.

He died 10th July, 1726, when the Baronetcy devolved upon his nephew,

IV. Sir John Lister Kaye, of Grange, M.P. for the city in 1734, elected alderman thereof in 1735, and served the office of lord mayor in 1737. He married first, Ellen, daughter of John Wilkinson, esq. of Green-head, near Huddersfield, and had a son, John, his successor. Sir John married secondly, in 1730, Dorothy, daughter of Richard Richardson, M.D, of North Bierley, in the West Riding, by Dorothy, his wife, daughter of Henry Currer, esq. of Kildwick, and had four sons; of whom one only, Richard, in holy orders, who eventually succeeded his half-brother, survived; and two daughters, Dorothy, the wife of Robert Chaloner, esq. of Bishop Auckland; and Lister, of Christopher Miles, esq. He died 27th December, 1789, and was succeeded by his son,

V. Sir John Lister-Kaye, bart. who served the office of sheriff for Yorkshire in 1761, and died unmarried 27th December, 1789, leaving his estates to John Lister-Kaye, of whom hereafter; while the Baronetcy devolved upon his brother,

VI. The Very Rev. Sir Richard Kaye, Dean of Lincoln, who married Mrs. Mainwaring, relict of Thomas Mainwaring, esq. of Goltho, in Lincolnshire, and daughter of William Fenton, esq. of Glassho, near Leeds, but died without issue 25th December, 1810, when the Baronetcy expired.

The estates, at the demise of the fifth baronet, passed, as stated above, under his will, to
John Lister-Kaye, esq. who thus became of Denby Grange, in the county of York, and as such was created a Baronet 18th October, 1800[sic][4]. His son is the present (1837)
Sir John Lister-Kaye, bart. of Denby Grange.

Quarterly; first and fourth, arg. two bendlets sa. for Kaye ; second and third, erm. on a fesse sa. three mullets or, for Lister.


  1. Who intermarried with the heiresses of Bendon of Bendon (in Lincolnshire), of Bradfeld, of Malbank, of Griimton of Grimston Garth, &c. &c.
  2. By Elizabeth, his wife, daughter and co-heir of Thomas Trigot, esq. of South Kirby, in Yorkshire.
  3. By Mary, daughter and co-heir of Sir Arthur Cayley, knt. of Newland, in the county of Warwick.
  4. This date was in fact the date of his married to Lady Amelia Grey. The title of Baronetcy of Grange was created in December 1812.