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Guylford Slingsby
Born 1565
Died 1631 (aged 65–66)
Allegiance England England
Service/branch Royal Navy

Sir Guylford Slingsby (1565–1631) was an administrator who went on to be Comptroller of the Navy.

Early life

He was born at Scriven in North Yorkshire, eighth son of Sir Francis Slingsby of Scriven and Mary Percy, daughter of Sir Thomas Percy and sister of Thomas Percy, 7th Earl of Northumberland and Henry Percy, 8th Earl of Northumberland.[1] Most of his brothers died young: those who survived included Sir Henry Slingsby and Sir William Slingsby.[2]


Slingsby was appointed Comptroller of the Navy following the death of Sir Henry Palmer in 1611.[3] The position of Comptroller was placed in the hands of a commission from 1618 to 1628 when Slingsby resumed control.[3] He held the post until his death in 1631.[4]

He lived at Bifrons in Canterbury.[5]


He married Margaret Walter of York ; they had eight sons[2] of whom at least five reached adult life; several achieved fame, including-

and four daughters,[2] of whom at least two reached adult life-

  • Dorothy, who married Geoffrey Nightingale
  • Anne, who married a grandson of Sir Julius Caesar, Master of the Rolls; she was still alive, in great poverty, in 1684, when she petitioned William Sancroft, Archbishop of Canterbury, for redress.[6]


  1. Betham, William Baronetage of England London1805 Vol. 5 p. 26
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Betham p.26
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sir Henry Palmer at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  4. Henry Palmer (1582-1644) at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  5. Sir Robert Slingsby at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  6. There are two letters from Anne Caesar to William Sancroft in the Bodleian Library

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