Henry I of Leipa was one of the founders of the noble family, which took its name from the settlement of Leipa (Lipá - today Česká Lípa). He held various positions of high office at the Royal Court: Subchamberlain, Marshal of Bohemia and provincial Hetman of Bohemia and Moravia simultaneously. In 1315 he was charged with conspiracy for drafting a document against the king and thrown in prison. He was released half a year later thanks to support on part of the nobility and the Dowager Queen, Elizabeth Richeza of Poland, who was his lifelong partner. This situation forced John of Luxembourg to launch a campaign with German troops against the Czech nobility. The conflict came to an end in 1318. He spent the last years of his life in Brno, where he had established his own court. The coat of arms of the Lords of Leipa consists of a cross made of two tree branches.
Henry had three daughters: Clara (Klára), Margaret (Markéta) and Katherine (Kateřina); and four sons: Henry the Iron One (JIndřich Železný), John (Jan), Berthold (Bertold) and Cenek (Čeněk). They too all held positions of high office.