Edmund Braye, 1st Baron Braye
|1st Baron Braye|
Arms of Braye
|Died||18 October 1539|
Edmund Braye was the son of John Braye of Eaton Bray in Bedfordshire and the older brother of Sir Edward Braye. Sir Edmund inherited a large portion of his uncle Sir Reginald Bray's property, which was confirmed under a deed of settlement, made between himself and Sir William Sandys and his wife Dame Margery Sandys, in adjustment of a dispute between the parties regarding the lands of the deceased.
He served as High Sheriff of Bedfordshire for 1514 and of Sussex and Surrey in 1522. He was knighted in 1513 and in 1529 he was summoned to the House of Lords as Baron Braye, of Eaton Bray in the County of Bedford.
He was in attendance on King Henry VIII when he met Francois I on the Field of the Cloth of Gold in June 1520, "one of those nobles who with their pawned manors glistening on their backs followed Henry VIII to the field of the golden folly".
Lord Braye married Jane (died on 24 Oct 1558), daughter of Sir Richard Halliwell or Hallighwell or Halywell of Holwell by Jane Norbury. He died in October 1539 and was succeeded in the barony by his son John. Lady Braye died in 1558. His eldest daughter Anne married George Brooke, 9th Baron Cobham (c1497 - 29 Sept 1558) before 1526. His second daughter Elizabeth married Sir Ralph Verney. Frideswide married Sir Percyval Hart, chief sewer and knight harbinger to King Henry VIII. The youngest daughter was Dorothy Bray, Baroness Chandos.
| High Sheriff of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire
Sir John St John
|Peerage of England|
| Baron Braye
- Lyson's Magna Britannia p.78
- G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume II, page 288.