Sir John Kaye (1616-1662)

Sir John Kaye was the first Baronet of Woodesham.


He was born 15 August 1616, the son of Sir John Kaye of Woodsome Hall and his wife Anne (née Ferne).

He married Margaret Moseley, daughter of Thomas Moseley, on 27 April 1637 and the couple had one son:

He later married Elizabeth Leigh, daughter of Sir Ferdinando Leigh, in 1649 and then widow Catherine St. Quintin (c.1607-1700), daughter of Sir William St. Quintin, in 1660. He had a further nine children with his second wife, although all died with issue.

The title of first Baronet of Woodesham was bestowed upon him in 1641/42 by King Charles I as a reward for his allegiance. During the subsequent English Civil War, Kaye mustered 700 men for the Battle of Naseby in June 1645.

Sir John Kaye died on 23 July 1662 and was succeeded by his son, John.


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

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 married first, Margaret, daughter and co-heir of Thomas Moseley, esq. alderman and lord mayor of York (by Elizabeth, his wife, daughter and co-heir of Thomas Trigot, esq. of South Kirby, in Yorkshire), 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 d. 25th July, 1662, and was succeeded by his son.