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Sir William Awbrey (b. 1529, d. 25 Jun 1595)William Awbrey (son of Thomas Awbrey and Joan Vaughn) was born 1529 in Cantreff, Brecknockshire, Wales, and died 25 Jun 1595 in England.He married Willigford Millicent Williams on 1555 in England.
Notes for William Awbrey:
SIR WILLIAM AWBREY/AUBREY was born in 1529 at Cantreff,
Brecknockshire, Wales.He came from a well-established family
of Breconshire.According to his great-grandson John Aubrey,
he learned the first grounds of grammar in the College of Brecon,
whence he proceeded to Oxford at the age of 14, where in a
few years he so much profited in humanity and other recom-
mendable knowledge, especially in rhetoric and histories, as that
he was found to be fit for the study of the civil law, and thereupon
was also elected unto the fellowship of All Souls College.
His parents were Thomas Awbrey Or Aubrey of Cantreff, born 1481
in Abercynfrig, Brecknockshire, Wales and Joan Vaughn.In 1555,
he married Willigford Millicent Williams in England.She was born
between 1530-1532 in Tainton County, Oxford, England.
On October 7, 1553 he was appointed joint professor of civil law.
The post had previously been held by John Story, first alone and
later with Robert Weston, but as Story had not had the last grant
sealed it was again at the crown's disposal.Of the stipend of L 40
a year, Awbrey presumably received half, but at some time during
his tenure, he acquired Story's half interest and it was he alone
who surrendered the office on 22 Feb. 1559.He appears to have
discharged its duties by deputy.In 1554, the letures were given
by William Mowse and in 1557, Awbrey went to France as Judge
Marshal of the army led by William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke.
Sir William Awbrey's patronage by Pembroke went back at least
to the first year of Queen Mary's reign, for it was to the Earl that
he must have owed his election to the Parliament of April, 1554.
William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke, was constable of Carmarthen
Castle and wielded much influence in the borough.By January,
1558, when Sir William Awbrey was next returned to the House,
the connection had been strengthened by their wartime service
together, and it was as the hero of St. Quentin, as well as chancellor
and chamberlain of Brecon and Constable of the Castle, that the
Earl of Pembroke could procure Awbrey's Membership of this
Parliment is the entry of his name of Brecon Boroughs on the
original Crown Office list.What part Awbrey played in the pro-
ceedings of either Parliament is unknown.
In 1558, Sir William Awbrey had most of his life and career still ahead
of him. He was to rise high as a civil lawyer and ecclesiastical
administrator and to be a Member of three Elizabethan Parliaments,
the last of them separated by nearly 40 years from the one in which
he had first sat.
He died on June 25, 1595 and was buried in St. Paul's Cathedral.
William, sometimes called the second son, was educated in the
College School of Brecon, shence he went to Oxford and became
a Fellow of All Souls College, and at age 25, the Queen's Lecturer
in Civil Law and D.C. L.By the Earl of Pembroke he was made
Judge Advocate of the Army at St. Quentin and on his return to
England, practiced in the Court of Arches with great success.
He was one of the Council of the Marches of Wales, a Master in
Chancery and Vicar-General for the Province of Canterbury.
He purchased Abercynfrig and Palleg from his cousins and died
in his house in Doctors Commons on 25 June, 1595, age 66 and
was buried 28 July and had a monument in St. Paul's Cathedral.
The witnesses of his funeral certificate were Edward Awbrey,
John Awbrey, late of Abercynfrig, Thomas and Dot Awbrey.
His Coat of Arms appear in glass in the Cartoon Gallery, at the old
Archiepiscopal seat of Knole.They are; 1/2 Quarterly of 6, 1 and
6 Awbrey. 2 Argent, a wolf salient sable. 3 Sable, a chevron
between 3 spearheads argent. 4 Argent, 3 cocks, sable 5 Asure,
More About William Awbrey:
Burial: 26 Jun 1595, St. Paul's Cathedral, England.
More About William Awbrey and Willigford Millicent Williams:
Marriage: 1555, England.
Children of William Awbrey and Willigford Millicent Williams are:
- +Edward Awbrey, Sir, b. Abt. 1555, Abercynfrig, Wales, d. date unknown, Wales.