Sir William Wray, 1st Baronet, of Glentworth

Sir William Wray, 1st Baronet, of Glentworth, Lincolnshire (c. 1555 – 13 August 1617) was an English Member of Parliament.

He represented the constituency of Grimsby from 1584 to 1585, Lincolnshire in 1601 and Grimsby again from 1604 to November 1611.[1] He was appointed High Sheriff of Lincolnshire in 1594 and was created a baronet on 25 November 1611.[2]

Wray was a patron of religion. The Estate of the Church, with the Discourse of Times (1602), translated and expanded by Simon Patrick from Jean de Hainault was dedicated to him.[3] John Smyth regarded Wray as the major supporter of "godly" religion in the county.[4]

Monuments to Wray and his second wife, Frances (died 1647), and to Susanna Drury, sister of Frances, exist at St Peter's church Ashby cum Fenby.[5][6]

Family

He was the son of Christopher Wray, by his wife Anne, daughter of Nicholas Girlington of Normanby, Yorkshire. He married, first, in 1580, Lucy, eldest daughter of Sir Edward Montagu of Boughton, son of Sir Edward Montagu, by whom he had eight sons and a daughter:[2][7]

Sir William married secondly, about 1600, Frances Drury, widow of Sir Nicholas Clifford of Bobbing, Kent, and daughter of Sir William Drury of Hawsted, Suffolk, and Elizabeth Stafford, by whom he was father of:

  • Sir Christopher Wray (1601–1646) of Ashby and Barlings.
  • George Wray (October 1603 – 1606)
  • Charles Wray (born March or April 1605), killed fighting in Spain.
  • Frances Wray (born October 1610), married on 25 March 1623 Sir Anthony Irby of Boston, Lincs., and had issue.

References

  1. "Baronets". Leigh Rayment. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
  2. "Wray, Christopher" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  3. Wright, Gillian. "Patrick, Simon". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/21567.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  4. Freeman, Thomas S. "Darcy, Isabel". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/74444.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  5. Cox, J. Charles (1916) Lincolnshire p. 47; Methuen & Co. Ltd
  6. Historic England. "Church of St Peter (1346925)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  7. "Cracroft's Peerage".
  8. Burke, Messrs. John & John Bernard, The Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland, and Scotland, Second edition, London, 1841, p. 584.
  9. Burkes, 1841, p. 584.
  10. Burkes, 1841, p. 581.
Attribution

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "Wray, Christopher". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.

Parliament of England
Preceded by
Thomas Moryson
Thomas Grantham
Member of Parliament for Grimsby
1584–1585
With: Thomas Moryson
Succeeded by
Thomas Moryson
Tristram Tyrwhitt
Preceded by
Thomas Monson
William Pelham
Member of Parliament for Lincolnshire
1601
With: John Sheffield
Succeeded by
John Sheffield
Thomas Clinton, Lord Clinton
Preceded by
Thomas Clinton, Lord Clinton
Edward Skipwith
Member of Parliament for Grimsby
1604–1611
With: Sir George St Paul
Succeeded by
Sir John Wray
Richard Toothby
Baronetage of England
New creation Baronet
(of Glentworth)
1611–1617
Succeeded by
John Wray



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