Sir Anthony Poyntz (1480? – 1533) was an English diplomat and naval commander.
He was knighted in 1513, when he commanded a ship in Thomas Howard's expedition against France. In September 1518 he was sent on an embassy to the French king, and was present at the Field of the Cloth of Gold in July 1520. In 1521 he was one of the jury at Bristol before whom Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham was indicted.
In 1522 he joined in the expedition to France of Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk in command of the Santa Maria. In the following year he became vice-admiral, and was employed in command of some twelve or fourteen sail in preventing the return of John Stewart, Duke of Albany to Scotland.
His parents were Sir Robert Poyntz, and Margaret Woodville, an illegitimate daughter of Anthony Woodville, 2nd Earl Rivers. In 1523 he was administrator for his father. He inherited Iron Acton, where his descendants were seated for many generations.
He married, first, Elizabeth Huddesfield, daughter of Sir William Huddesfield (d.1499), of Shillingford St George, Devon, Attorney-General to King Edward IV; and, secondly, Joan, widow of Sir Richard Guilford. His eldest son by Elizabeth was Sir Nicholas Poyntz, a prominent courtier who built Acton Court.
- Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. .
- Maclean, Sir John & Heane, W.C., (Eds.), The Visitation of the County of Gloucester Taken in the Year 1623 by Henry Chitty and John Phillipot as Deputies to William Camden Clarenceux King of Arms, etc, London, 1885, p.129, pedigree of Poyntz
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