Hatton, Christopher, Sir (1540 -1591)

Sir Christopher Hatton, Elizabeth's Lord Chancellor, was the second son of William Hatton of Holdenby in Northamptonshire, and Alice Sanders. A member of the Inner Temple, he attracted Elizabeth's attention at a masque and made his career at court, holding successively the posts of Gentleman Pensioner, Gentleman of the Privy Chamber, Captain of the Guard, Vice Chamberlain and member of the Privy Council. When in 1587 he was made Lord Chancellor there were murmurings both in court and legal circles, but, to quote Collins, "the courtiers that envied the last capacity, were forc'd by his power to own themselves in an error; and the serjeants that refus'd to plead before him at first, cou'd not, at length, but own his great abilities". He was made a Knight of the Garter in 1588. Hatton is said to have died of a broken heart because the Queen, who never forgave debts, asked for immediate payment of an old one, when he was not in a position to pay it. A bachelor, he left his estates to his sister's son, Sir William Newport, who took the name of Hatton, with remainder to his godson, Sir Christopher. The books passed from Sir William, through his widow, Lady Elizabeth, daughter of William Cecil, Lord Burleigh, to her second husband Sir Edward Coke, and many of them are still at Holkham. For the Hatton quarterings see The visitation of Cheshire 1580 Harleian Society xviii London, 1882.

Seat / Residence(s): Kirby Hall, Northamptonshire
Stamp(s) Stamp Information
Hatton, Christopher, Sir (1540 - 1591) (Stamp 1) Crest: A hind statant
Arms: Quarterly of twelve 1. A chevron between three garbs (Hatton) 2. Per fess six lozenges counterchanged (Crispin) 3. A cross flory between four martlets (Golborne) 4. An eagle displayed (Bruin) 5. On a bend three covered cups (Rixton) 6. A cross engrailed ermine (Hallum [Hallom?]) 7. A saltire (Hellesby) 8. A fess humetty in chief a crescent (Bostock) 9. Five cinquefoils in cross (Holdenby) 10. Three bendlets on a canton a castle fired (Carvile) 11. On a chief three fleurs de lys (Washingley) 12. On a fess three cross crosslets (Mortimer)
Quarterings: 1. A chevron between three garbs (Hatton) 2. Per fess six lozenges counterchanged (Crispin) 3. A cross flory between four martlets (Golborne) 4. An eagle displayed (Bruin) 5. On a bend three covered cups (Rixton) 6. A cross engrailed ermine (Hallum [Hallom?]) 7. A saltire (Hellesby) 8. A fess humetty in chief a crescent (Bostock) 9. Five cinquefoils in cross (Holdenby) 10. Three bendlets on a canton a castle fired (Carvile) 11. On a chief three fleurs de lys (Washingley) 12. On a fess three cross crosslets (Mortimer)
Heraldic Charges: bend, on a, Heraldic Charges: bendlets (3), Heraldic Charges: canton, on a, Heraldic Charges: castle, Heraldic Charges: chevron between, Heraldic Charges: chief, on a, Heraldic Charges: cinquefoils (5), Heraldic Charges: cross crosslets (3), Heraldic Charges: cross engrailed, Heraldic Charges: cross flory between, Heraldic Charges: cups (3), Heraldic Charges: eagle displayed, Heraldic Charges: fess humetty, Heraldic Charges: fess, on a, Heraldic Charges: fleurs-de-lys (3), Heraldic Charges: garbs (3), Heraldic Charges: hind, Heraldic Charges: lozenges (6), Heraldic Charges: martlets (4), Heraldic Charges: per fess, Heraldic Charges: saltire
Hatton, Christopher, Sir (1540 - 1591) (Stamp 2) Helmet: Esquire
Crest: A hind statant
Arms: Quarterly of eleven 1. A chevron between three garbs (Hatton) 2. A cross flory between four martlets (Golborne) 3. An eagle displayed (Bruin) 4. On a bend three covered cups (Rixton) 5. A cross engrailed ermine (Hallum [Hallom?]) 6. A saltire (Hellesby) 7. A chevron between three garbs a crescent for difference (Hatton) 8. A fess humetty in chief a crescent (Bostock) 9. Five cinquefoils in cross (Holdenby) 10. Three bendlets on a canton a castle fired (Carvile) 11. On a chief three fleurs de lys (Washingley)
Quarterings: 1. A chevron between three garbs (Hatton) 2. A cross flory between four martlets (Golborne) 3. An eagle displayed (Bruin) 4. On a bend three covered cups (Rixton) 5. A cross engrailed ermine (Hallum [Hallom?]) 6. A saltire (Hellesby) 7. A chevron between three garbs a crescent for difference (Hatton) 8. A fess humetty in chief a crescent (Bostock) 9. Five cinquefoils in cross (Holdenby) 10. Three bendlets on a canton a castle fired (Carvile) 11. On a chief three fleurs de lys (Washingley)
Heraldic Charges: bend, on a, Heraldic Charges: bendlets (3), Heraldic Charges: canton, on a, Heraldic Charges: castle, Heraldic Charges: chevron between, Heraldic Charges: chief, on a, Heraldic Charges: cinquefoils (5), Heraldic Charges: cross engrailed, Heraldic Charges: cross flory between, Heraldic Charges: cups (3), Heraldic Charges: eagle displayed, Heraldic Charges: fess humetty, Heraldic Charges: fleurs-de-lys (3), Heraldic Charges: garbs (3), Heraldic Charges: hind, Heraldic Charges: martlets (4), Heraldic Charges: saltire
Helmet: Esquire
Crest: A hind statant
Arms: Quarterly of seven 1. A chevron between three garbs (Hatton) 2. An eagle displayed (Bruin) 3. A cross engrailed ermine (Hallum [Hallom?]) 4. A saltire (Hellesby) 5. Five cinquefoils in cross (Holdenby) 6. Three bendlets on a canton a castle fired (Carvile) 7. On a chief three fleurs de lys (Washingley)
Quarterings: 1. A chevron between three garbs (Hatton) 2. An eagle displayed (Bruin) 3. A cross engrailed ermine (Hallum [Hallom?]) 4. A saltire (Hellesby) 5. Five cinquefoils in cross (Holdenby) 6. Three bendlets on a canton a castle fired (Carvile) 7. On a chief three fleurs de lys (Washingley)
Heraldic Charges: bendlets (3), Heraldic Charges: canton, on a, Heraldic Charges: castle, Heraldic Charges: chevron between, Heraldic Charges: chief, on a, Heraldic Charges: cinquefoils (5), Heraldic Charges: cross engrailed, Heraldic Charges: eagle displayed, Heraldic Charges: fleurs-de-lys (3), Heraldic Charges: garbs (3), Heraldic Charges: hind, Heraldic Charges: saltire
Hatton, Christopher, Sir (1540 - 1591) (Stamp 4) Helmet: Esquire
Crest: A hind statant
Arms: Quarterly of six 1. A chevron between three garbs (Hatton) 2. A cross engrailed ermine within a bordure (Hallum [Hallom?]) 3. An eagle displayed (Bruin) 4. Five cinquefoils in cross (Holdenby) 5. Three bendlets on a canton a castle fired (Carvile) 6. On a chief three fleurs de lys (Washingley)
Quarterings: 1. A chevron between three garbs (Hatton) 2. A cross engrailed ermine within a bordure (Hallum [Hallom?]) 3. An eagle displayed (Bruin) 4. Five cinquefoils in cross (Holdenby) 5. Three bendlets on a canton a castle fired (Carvile) 6. On a chief three fleurs de lys (Washingley)
Heraldic Charges: bendlets (3), Heraldic Charges: canton, on a, Heraldic Charges: castle, Heraldic Charges: chevron between, Heraldic Charges: cinquefoils (5), Heraldic Charges: cross engrailed, Heraldic Charges: eagle displayed, Heraldic Charges: fleurs-de-lys (3), Heraldic Charges: garbs (3)