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  • ID: I12318
  • Name: John 1st Baron WILLIAMS , of Thame, Sir 1 2 3
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1500 in Rycote, Thame, Oxfordshire, England 3
  • Death: 14 OCT 1559 in Ludlow Castle, Shropshire, England (dspms) 3
  • Burial: 15 NOV 1559 Thame, Oxfordshire, England
  • Note:

    JOHN WILLIAMS, 2nd son of Sir John Williams, of Burghfield, Berks, by Isabel (or Elizabeth), daughter of Richard MORE, of Burghfield and of Preston Candover, Hants, was born circa 1500. He was in the royal service before 11 May 1528, becoming Clerk of the King's Jewels, 8 May 1530; Receiver of the possessions of Edward, Duke of Buckingham, 6 March 1530/1; Joint Master (with Thomas Cromwell) of the King's Jewels, 1535-36, and sole Master thereof (on Cromwell's attainder), June 1540-March 1543/4. In 1536 he was ordered to provide 20 men to serve against the rebels in the North and was himself one of the first to arrive at Stamford, with Sir William Parr and Sir John Russell, to restore order there in October. He attended the christening of Prince Edward, 15 October 1537, and was made receiver of the possessions of Woburn Abbey, 16 July 1538, from which year he took a prominent part in visiting and dissolving the greater monasteries and received large grants of monastic lands for his services. Sheriff of Oxon. and Berks, 1538-39, being knighted during his shrievalty before 28 June 1539. His newly acquired manor of Rycote, Oxon., where he mostly lived, was assured to him by Act of Parliament 1539 and he had licence to empark there, 31 December following. He accompanied the King to meet Anne of Cleves at Blackheath, 3 January 1539/40; became Steward of the manors of Grafton and Hartwell, Northants, 8 February, and Bailiff of Potterspury, in that co., 11 February 1539/40; M.P. for Oxon., 1541-44, 1547-52, and 1553; Master of the Game of cygnets in the Thames, 21 March 1541/2; Commissioner for the sale of Crown Lands, 6 May 1543; Treas. of the Court of Augmentations, in 3 reigns 31 March 1544-January 1553/4, when the Court was dissolved; had licence to retain 10 persons in livery, 22 May 1544; Master Forester of Whittlewood Forest, Northants, 10 September 1544. On 10 October 1549 he was sent by the Council with Wingfield to Windsor to guard the King's person and arrest the Protector, Somerset. For making irregular payments, as Treasurer of the Augmentations, he was imprisoned in the Fleet from 8 April to 22 May 1552, being granted full liberty, 2 June. After the death of Edward VI he proclaimed Queen Mary in Oxfordshire, before 13 July 1553, and raised (it was said) 6,000 or 7,000 men for her cause. As Sheriff (again) of Oxon. and Berks, 1553-54, he was ordered, 8 March 1553/4, to convey Bishops Cranmer, Ridley, and Latimer to Oxford and was present in an official capacity at their burning there, 16 October 1555 and (Cranmer) 21 March 1555/6. He was sum. to Parliament on 3 April 1554, and later, by writs directed Johanni Williams de Thame Ch'r, whereby he is now held officially to have become LORD WILLIAMS OF THAME, although he may have been so created by letters patent. He took his seat, 5 April following. Chamberlain of the Household to King Philip, April 1554-58. On 19 May 1554 he escorted the Princess Elizabeth from the Tower to Woodstock, where she was to be kept under restraint; and on her accession as Queen he was appointed Lord President of the Council in the Marches of Wales, February 1558/9 till his death. He was founder of the free school in Thame.

    He married, 1stly, before 4 July 1524, Elizabeth, widow of Andrew EDMONDS (died 23 June 1523), of Cressing Temple, Essex, daughter and coheir of Thomas BLEDLOWE, by Elizabeth, daughter and coheir of Sir Humphrey STARKY, Chief Baron of the Exchequer, 1483-86. She died 25 October 1556 and was buried 4 November in the chapel at Rycote. He married, 2ndly, shortly after 19 April 1557, Margaret, da. of Thomas (WENTWORTH), 1st LORD WENTWORTH, by Margaret, daughter of Sir Adrian FORTESCUE. He died s.p.m.s. 14 October 1559 at Ludlow Castle and was buried 15 November, with great state, at Thame, when the Barony, if created by patent, became extinct, but if created by writ, fell into abeyance. M.I. at Thame. His widow, by whom he had no surviving issue, married, 10 October 1560, at St. Alphege's, London Wall, Sir William Drury, Lord Justice of Ireland (1578), who died s.p.m. about 13 October 1579 at Waterford, being buried in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. She married, 3rdly, before 15 July 1580, James CROFTS, Esquire, who survived her. She was living, 10 July 1587 and died about 20 July, perhaps in that year. [Complete Peerage XII/2:649-54, (transcribed by Dave Utzinger)]


    SOURCE: Six Centuries of the Moores of Fawley, Berkshire, England, And their Descendants Amid the titled and untitled Aristocracy of Great Britain and America by David Moore Hall,. Printed for the Committee by O.E. Flanhart Printing Co., Richmond, VA 1904. - See listing on page 2.

    CITATION(1):Copied from the above source: Elizabeth Moore was m. to Sir John Williams, Knight, of Thame, co. Oxford, one of whose kindred, Sir Richard Williams, Knight, eldestson of Morgan ap William or Williams, (of ancient Welsh descent from the Lords of Powys and Cardigan, who flourished about the time of the Conqueror), by his wife, a sisterof the illutrious Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, (see his Annates Bill, 25 Henry VIII, C. 20 and 21), assumed at the special desire of King Henry VIII the surname of his uncle Cromwell and was ancestor of the Protector. Issue, 1-Reginald. 2-John. Burke No. 1, Gardiner supra, Burke No. 6.

    CITATION(2):Copied from the above source:
    Rt. Hon. Sir John ap WILLIAM or WILLIAMS, Knight, (1559), Baron Williams of Thame, Lord Chamberlain, Lord President of Wales, etc.; a master in diplomacy, who retained the friendship of four successive princes, was a member of the household of King Henry VIII, and received by Patent in the eighteenth year of that monarch L10 per annum for his faithful care of a pet greyhound, afterwards becoming clerk of the king's jewel office and treasurer of the same. He purchased in the thirtieth year of Henry VIII from Giles Heron, Esq., of Shakewell, co. Middlesex, the Manors of Great and Little Rycote, co. Oxford. In the next year, being then a Knight, he received from the King the chief stewardship of the manors of Grafton and Hartwll, co. Northampton, also the manors of Witham, Weston-on-the-Green and Botley. He was made chief supervisor of all swan in the Thames and other rivers, except those of Lancaster. He obtained a special patent for retaining ten persons, gentlemen and yeomen, in his household, and giving them livery badges. He had another grant of office as Treasurer of the Court of Augmentation. Upon the death of Edward VI he appeared in behalf of Queen Mary and in 1555 was solemnly created Lord Williams of Thame at St. James palace, appointed Lord Chamberlain to King Philip, and summoned to Parliament. Upon the accession of Queen Elizabeth, fortune still favored him and he was appointed by that Queen Lord President of Wales. He m. (1st wife) Elizabeth, daughter and coheir of Thomas Bledlow, Esq, son and heir of Thomas Bledlow, sheriff of London in 1472, Issue. 1-Henry, m. Anne, daughter of Henry, Lord Stratford, and (dsp) 2-Francis d. unm. 3-Isabelle. 4-Marjery; he m. (2nd wife) Marjery, daughter of Thomas, Lord Wentworth. No issue. Upon his death in 1559, his estates devolved upon his two daughters, Lady Wenman and Baroness Norreys, as co-heirs, and the Barony of Williams of Thame fell into abeyance. Burke No. 1, Gardiner supra. Burke No. 8
    Stanley's Memoirs of Westminster, Hood's Cromwell.
    Note. -This allowance of livery badges was especially complimentary to Baron Williams as the custom of so-doing had been discontinued by Henry VII.

    Father: John WILLIAMS , of Thame & Burghfield, Sir b: ABT 1469 in Thame, Oxfordshire, England
    Mother: Elizabeth MOORE , Heiress of Burghfield b: ABT 1480 in Burghfield, Bradfield, Berkshire, England

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth BLEDLOWE b: ABT 1506 in London, Middlesex, England
    • Married: BEF 4 JUL 1524 in 2nd husband 1st wife
    1. Has Children Margaret WILLIAMS , Heiress of Rycote b: ABT 1534 in Rycote, Thame, Oxfordshire, England

    Marriage 2 Margaret WENTWORTH b: ABT 1530 in Nettlestead, Bosmere, Suffolk, England
    • Married: AFT 4 APR 1557 in 1st husband 2nd wife 3

    1. Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999
      Page: 1724
    2. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
      Page: IX:643-45
    3. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
      Page: XII/2:650-4
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