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HAving in my first Volume of this Histori∣cal work, already said something as to the antiquity of this Family; and in particular of Sir William de Windsore Knight, who had summons amongst the Barons of this Realm to divers Parliaments in King Richard the Seconds time: I now come to Sir Andrew.*Wind∣sore Knight the principal branch thereof; viz. Sona and Heir of Thomas Windsore Esq and Eli∣zabeth his Wife, Daughter and Coheir of Iohn Andrews Esq.
This Sir Andrews Windsore hadb his chief seat at Stanwell, near Hounslow, in Com. Midd. Which fair Lordship his Ancestors had enjoied by succession, from the Norman Conquerors time: and being summon'dc to that notable Parliament, begun at Westminster 3 Nov. 21 H. 8. and held by Prorogation until the 27th of that Kings reign, was admittedd into the House, upon the first of December, the same year. (This being that Parliament which gave the fatal stroke to all the lesser Monasteries; and thereby opened the gap to the miserable ruine of all the rest, which soon after happened.)
And the next ensuing year, wase one of the temporal Lords, who subscribed that Letter to Pope Clement the seventh: intimating to him, that unless he did comply with King Henry in that busi∣ness of his divorce from Queen Katherine, his Su∣premacy here was like to be endangered.
But of this Lord Windsor I have little else to say, than what I have been told by Thomas late Lord Page 308Windsor deceased, and which he received by Tra∣dition from his Ancestors; viz. that after the dis∣solution of the greater Monasteries in 31 H. 8. the King, being inform'd by Cromwell, and some other, who had been his chiefest Agents in that work; that the most likely way to secure them, from ever returning again to those uses, whereunto their pious Founders did at first design them, would be to dispose most of them into the Hands of the Nobility and Gentry, by free Gift, easie Purchases, or advantagious Exchanges. This subtle Project so wrought with the King, as that he soon assented to put it in practice: and in order thereunto, thought fit (amongst others) to en∣gage this Lord Windsore for one: to which end he sent him a Message, that he would dine with him at Stanwell, upon a certain day, not long after; And, accordingly, did so. But, before he went away, told him, that he liked so well of that place, as that he resolv'd to have it; yet not without a more beneficial Exchange. Whereunto the Lord Windsore answering; that he did hope his Highness was not in earnest; and, that it ha∣ving been the Seat of his Ancestors for many Ages, he would not now take it from him: The King, with a stern Countenance replyed; that it must be: and Commanded him, upon his Allegi∣ance to go speedily to his Attorney General, who should more fully acquaint him with his Royal pleasure. Which daring not to refuse; he accor∣dingly repaired to the Attorney General; who shew'd him a Draught, ready made, of an Ex∣change f for that Lordship of Stanwell with its appurtenances, lying in the Counties of Midd. Surr. Buck. Berks. and Sutht. (by which the great∣ness of it may be in some sort discern'd) in lieu of Bordsley-Abby, in Com. Wigorn. Whereof being constrain'd to accept, he was Commanded to quit Stanwell forthwith, though he had then laid in his Christmass-Provisions, for the keeping of his wonted Hospitality there. Whereupon he left them in the House; saying, They should not find it B•re Stanwell.
This hapned in 34 H. 8. but was no little trou∣ble to his mind: and perhaps might conduce to the shortning of his days: For, before the end of that year, his death hapned: in order whereunto, by his Testamentg bearing date 16 Martii next ensuing▪ he bequeath'd his Body to be buried in the Quire of the Church of the Holy Trinity at Houn•slow, in Com. Midd. between the Pillars, where the Lady Elizabeth his Wife lay Interred. Appointing a convenient Tomb of Freestone to be there erected for him; with such Arms, Ima∣ges, and Inscription, as should be thought best by his Executors: As also xxiv. Torches, with four great Tapers, to be born by xxviii. poor men about his H•rse; every Torch weighing xvi l. and every Taper xii l. Each of those poor men to have for their labour, a Gown of Frize, and vi d. in money. And departed this life shortly after; for the Probateh of this his Testament beareth date ult. Iulii, next following.
By Elizabeth his Wifei, Sister and Coheir to Edward Blount Lord Montjoy, he had Issue three Sons; then surviving; viz. Sir William Windsore Knight, his Sonk and Heir (forlGeorge, his eld∣est Son, who Married the Lady Vrsula one of the Sisters and Heirs to Iohn Earl of Oxford, diedm in his life time, without Issue) Edmund, and Tho∣mas: and four Daughters; Elizabeth Married n to Sir Peter Vavasour of Spaldington, in Com. Ebor. Knight; Anne too Sir Roger Corbet of Mor∣ton-Corbet, in Com. Salop. Knight; Edyth to pGeorge Ludlow of Hill-Deverell, in Com. Wilts. Esq: and Eleanor, firstq to Raphe Lord Scrope of Upsall, and afterwardsr to Sir Edward Nevill Kt.
Which William,* so succeeding him in his Ho∣nour, upon the Death of King Edward the Sixth, was one of the first that appeared† for Queen Mary. And Married twice; FirstsElizabeth, Daughter and Coheir of Peter Condray, of Hariet, in Com. Sutht. Esq Widdow of Richard Pawlet Esq: by whom he had Issue Philip a Son, who diedt young. Secondly,uMargaret, the Daugh∣ter and Heir to William Samburne Esq and by her had IssuexEdward his Son and Heir; and two other Sons, Walter and William; and nine Daughters; viz.yElizabeth first Married to Henry Son to Thomas Lord Sands; secondly to Sir George Pawlet Knight; and thirdly to ... Scrope of Hamilton, in Com. Buck. Secondly Eleanore to Sir Christopher Brome of Halton, in Com. Oxon. Knight. Thirdly, Bridget to Edward Fer∣rers of Badsley-Clinton, in Com. Warr. Esq. Fourthly Mary, to William Scot of the Mote, in Com. Suss. Esq. Fifthly, Dorothy to Thomas Pauncefote of Haresfelde, in Com. Gloue. Esq. Sixthly Anne; Seventhly V•sula; and Eighthly Margaret, who all died Unmarried; and Ninthly, another Anne, Wife of Henry Grey of Pirgo, in Com. Essex, Heir Male to Henry Duke of Suffolk.
Which Edward* the eldest Son; in 4 Mariae serv'd† at the Siege of St. Quintins (his Father then living.) And by his Testamentz bearing date 20 Dec. an. 1572. (15 Eliz.) bequeath'd his Body to be buried in the Parish Church of Bra∣denham, in Com. Buck. And gave to his Son Frederick all these parcels of Plate; viz. his gilt Cup called the Helmet; two standing Pots, all gilt; Ten standing Cups after the new making, of the Almain-manner, of his best plate; Four Beer Cups, all gilt; a Salt of Gold and Crystal; which his Father (as Lord Panterer of England) had by his Office, at the Coronation of Queen Mary. Appointing that all his Armour, together with his Plate before bequeathed, should go from Heir Male to Heir Male of his Body, one after another.
But after this being at the Spawe, by a Codicil a to this his Testament, bearing date there 18 Iu∣nii, an. 1573. (in the same 15th year of Queen Eliz.) he bequeath'd his Body to be buried in the Cathedral Church of the noble City of Leage; appointing that a convenient Tomb should be there erected to his memory: but his Heart to be inclosed in Lead, and sent into England; there to be buried in the Chapel at Bradenham, under his Father's Tomb, in token of a true English man.
The certain time of his death I have not seen: but that he died in those parts, is sure enough: and that by the ••dy Catherine his Wife, Daugh∣ter b to Iohn Earl of Oxford (by Dorothy his Wife, Daughter to Raphe Nevill Earl of Westmorland) he had Issuec four Sons; Frederick, Henry, Ed∣ward, and Andrew: and four Daughters; viz.dMary and Elizabeth, who died in their Infan∣cies; Margaret Married to Iohn Talbot of Gras∣ton, in Com. Wigorn. Esq. And Catherine to Ro∣bert Andley of Berechurch, in Com. Essex Esq. Which Catherine departede this life 17 Ian. an. 1599. (12 Eliz.) and was buriedf in the Chan∣cel at Tar•ick, in Com. Wigorn. with this Epitaph upon her Monument.