Saybrook Settlement

On 19th March 1631/2, Lords Saye and Brooke with ten others including the Hon. Charles Fiennes, John Hampden, John Humphris, Richard Knightley, Herbert Pelham, John Pym, Henry Rich, Earl of Holland, Sir Nathaniel Rich, Sir Richard Saltonstall and Sir Harry Vane, obtained from Lord Warwick and his New England Company a patent to buy a tract of land stretching forty leagues (about 140 miles) from the Narragasett River in Massachusetts.

They appointed, as governor, John Winthrop, a member of a wealthy wool family, and, if possible, even more opposed to the established church than was Lord Saye. Winthrop, an experienced colonist, was bidden to establish a settlement and fort at the mouth of the river, to be known as Saybrook. Several shiploads of new colonists were sent over from England. In 1633 both Saye and Brooke purchased more land to create a plantation at Dover, New Hampshire. The Saybrook settlement was to be the bolt hole for Lords Saye and Brooke should things go, politically, badly wrong in the future.

Lord Saye insisted that the colony should have an aristocracy with himself at the head and the others to be selected by himself; the Massachusetts government would have none of it. In the meantime the political situation in England was rapidly deteriorating. The Lords Saye and Brooke lost interest in the venture and after much wrangling the land was sold and became a part of Connecticut.

Lord Saye turned his interests south-westward and concentrated his efforts and finances on the Providence Island Company.

via Saybrook Settlement On 19th March 1631/2.

This Charles Fiennes is described as the brother of Lord Saye and Sele

via The British Empire in America : Containing the History of the Discovery, Settlement, Progress and State of the British Colonies on the Continent and Islands of America, Volume 1, Page 123

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