Chichester Wrey

Sir Chichester Wrey, 3rd Baronet (1628–1668) of Trebeigh in the parish of St Ive, Cornwall and of North Russell in the parish of Sourton, Devon, was an active Royalist during the Civil War and was Colonel of the Duke of York's Regiment and served as Governor of Sheerness.[2]

Origins

He was the eldest son and heir of Sir William Wrey, 2nd Baronet (1600–1645) of Trebeigh in the parish of St Ive, Cornwall and of North Russell in the parish of Sourton, Devon, a Member of Parliament for Liskeard, Cornwall, in 1624. At the start of the Civil War the 2nd Baronet was a Royalist and in 1642 was appointed a Commissioner of Array in Cornwall,[3] responsible for raising local militia troops for the King's army. His mother was the 2nd Baronet's wife Elizabeth Chichester, daughter of Edward Chichester, 1st Viscount Chichester (1568–1648) of Eggesford in Devon.[4]

Career

During the Civil War, like his father, he was an active Royalist and fought for the King's cause with much bravery,[5] and was knighted by King Charles I at Bristol Castle on 3 August 1643.[6] He succeeded to the baronetcy on his father's death in 1645, during the Civil War. He was Colonel of the Duke of York's Regiment and served as Governor of Sheerness.[7]

After the Restoration of the Monarchy he was elected to the Cavalier Parliament in 1661 as a member for Lostwithiel in Cornwall, sitting until his death in 1668. [8]

Marriage and children

He married Lady Anne Bourchier, the third daughter and eventual co-heiress of Edward Bourchier, 4th Earl of Bath (died 1636) of Tawstock Court in North Devon, and widow of James Cranfield, 2nd Earl of Middlesex.[9] The Wreys had been seated for several generations at the manor of Trebigh, but by the marriage of Sir Chichester Wrey with Lady Anne Bourchier, and following the death without children of Henry Bourchier, 5th Earl of Bath (1593–1654), they inherited the manor of Tawstock, thenceforth the family seat (in which parish the present baronet still lives in 2015), and several other estates.[10] By his wife he had children as follows:

References

  1. Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.877, Wrey Baronets
  2. Vivian, 1887, p.564
  3. Hunneyball, Paul, biography of Wrey, William (c.1601-1645), of Trebigh, St. Ive, Cornwall, published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1604-1629, ed. Andrew Thrush and John P. Ferris, 2010
  4. Vivian, 1887, p.564
  5. Betham, William, Baronetage of England, Vol.1, 1771, pp.300-303, Wrey Baronets
  6. Vivian, 1887, p.564
  7. Vivian, 1887, p.564
  8. "WREY, Sir Chichester, 3rd Bt. (c.1628-68), of Trebeigh, St. Ive, Cornw". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  9. Vivian, 1887, p.564
  10. Lauder, Rosemary, Devon Families, Tiverton, 2002, pp. 151–156, Wrey of Tawstock
  11. Vivian, 1887, p.564
  12. Vivian, 1887, p.564
  13. Vivian, 1887, p.564
  14. i.e. "in front of, whilst defending English Tangier": Vivian, 1887, p.564
  15. Vivian, 1887, p.564

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