Sir William Wrey, 2nd Baronet

Sir William Wrey, 2nd Baronet (1600 August, 1645) of Trebeigh, St Ive, Cornwall and North Russell, Sourton, Devon, was MP for Liskeard, Cornwall in 1624.


He was the only son of Sir William Wrey, 1st Baronet (d.1636) of Trebeigh, St Ive, Cornwall and North Russell, Sourton, High Sheriff of Cornwall in 1598,[2] by his wife Elizabeth Courtenay,[3] a daughter of Sir William V Courtenay (1553–1630) of Powderham in Devon (by his wife Elizabeth Manners, daughter of Henry Manners, 2nd Earl of Rutland (1526-1563)).


He inherited on his father's death an estate of over 6,000 acres including four manors in Cornwall and a share in four others.[4]


William Wrey was MP for Liskeard, Cornwall, in 1624. He was knighted before March 1634[5] and in 1636 he succeeded his father as 2nd Baronet. At the start of the Civil War he was a Royalist and in 1642 was appointed a Commissioner of Array in Cornwall,[6] responsible for raising local militia troops for the King's army. His son Chichester Wrey was also an active Royalist, and fought for the King's cause with much bravery.[7]

Marriage & progeny

In about 1624 he married Elizabeth Chichester, daughter of Edward Chichester, 1st Viscount Chichester (1568-1648) of Eggesford in Devon,[8] who brought with her a large dowry of £2,000.[9] He left progeny 3 sons and 3 daughters[10] including:


Wrey died in August 1645.[14]

See also



  1. Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.877, Wrey Baronets
  2. regnal year 41 Elizabeth, per Betham, p.301
  3. Vivian, Lt. Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p.247, pedigree of Courtenay
  4. Hunneyball
  5. Hunneyball
  6. Hunneyball
  7. Betham
  8. Stated incorrectly by Betham as daughter of "Sir Edward (sic) Chichester, Earl of Donnegall" (Arthur Chichester, 1st Earl of Donegall (1606–1674) was in fact her brother
  9. Hunneyball
  10. Hunneyball; Betham states 1 son only
  11. Betham
  12. Betham
  13. Betham
  14. Hunneyball
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