Sir William Wrey, 2nd Baronet
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, by his wife Elizabeth Courtenay, 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)).
William Wrey was MP for Liskeard, Cornwall, in 1624. He was knighted before March 1634 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, 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.
Marriage & progeny
In about 1624 he married Elizabeth Chichester, daughter of Edward Chichester, 1st Viscount Chichester (1568-1648) of Eggesford in Devon, who brought with her a large dowry of £2,000. He left progeny 3 sons and 3 daughters including:
- Betham, William, Baronetage of England, Vol.1, 1771, pp.300-303, Wrey Baronets
- 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
- Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L. & Drake, H.H., (Eds.) The Visitation of the County of Cornwall in the year 1620, Harleian Society, 1st series, Volume 9, London, 1874, p. 268, pedigree of Wrey
- Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., The Visitations of Cornwall: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1530, 1573 & 1620; with Additions by J.L. Vivian, Exeter, 1887, pp.564-566, pedigree of "Wrey of Trebeigh"
- Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.877, Wrey Baronets
- regnal year 41 Elizabeth, per Betham, p.301
- 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
- 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
- Hunneyball; Betham states 1 son only