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William Dormer, KB, MP

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Birthplace: Hayle, Buckinghamshire, England
Death: Died in Wing, Northamptonshire, England
Place of Burial: Wing, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
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Son of Sir Robert Dormer, Kt., of Wing, MP for Wycombe and Jane Dormer
Husband of Mary Margaret Sidney and Dorothy Pelham
Father of Anne Hungerford; Jane Dormer, Duchess of Feria; Richard Dormer; Thomas Dormer; Robert Dormer and 10 others

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About Sir William Dormer, KB. MP for Buckinghamshire

Sir William Dormer Born - likely in Eythrope, Waddesdon Bucks, possibly 1503 Married - (1) Mary Sidney d.10 Feb 1541/2, (2) Dorothy Catesby d.30 Sep 1613 Eythrope Died - 17 May 1575 Buried - 30 May 1575 Wing

The two inscriptions to this monument read: Here lieth the bodie of Sr William Dormer, Knight of the Bathe, sometime Lord of this Manoure of Winge who had two wives, Mary and Dorothe; Mary, his first wife, was daughter to Sir William Sidney, Knighte, by whome he had issue two sonnes, which deceased in their infancie; and two daughters, Jane and Anne. Jane, the eldest daughter was married to Don Gomis Swary Duke of Feria of Spain; and Anne his second daughter, was married to Sir Walter Hungerford, Knight, sonne and heir to the Lord Hungerford. The said Sir William Dormer deceased the 17th daye of May Anno Dni 1575 Here lieth also the bodie of Dame Dorothe, the daughter of Anothy Catesbye of Whishow, in the County of Northn Esquire second wife to the said Sr William Dormer, and the onely Foundres of this Monument; by whom he had issue, one sonne and sixe daughters, viz. Robert, Mary, Grisil, Katherine, Francis, Omphelis, and Margaret.

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The details in this biography come from the History of Parliament, a biographical dictionary of Members of the House of Commons.

Born by 1514, only son of Sir Robert Dormer of West Wycombe, Wing and London by Jane, dau. of John Newdigate of Harefield, Mdx. and Amphilicia Neville. Educ. ?I. Temple. Married first, lic. Jan 1535, Mary, dau. of Sir William Sidney of Penshurst. Married second, by 1551, Dorothy, dau. of Anthony Catesby of Whiston Northants. Suc. fa. Jul 1552. KB 29 Sep 1553. J.p. Bucks. 1547-d.; commr. relief 1550, musters 1570-4; Sheriff of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire 1553-4, 1568-9; marshal and keeper of the falcons Jul 1552-d., chief steward, Ampthill honor 15 Oct 1553-d. Kt. of the Bath.

William was a baptismal name much favoured by the Dormer family and the career of the only son of Sir Robert Dormer before the 1540s is all but impossible to disentangle from those of his numerous kinsmen. Sir Robert Dormer's involvement with Wing started at the dissolution of the Monasteries when he was granted the manor of Wing and Ascott priory. He also owned the manor at West Wycombe and this seems to be the predominant home at least in the middle part of the century. William Dormer, Sir Robert’s son, was engaged to Jane Seymour before Henry VIII decided otherwise. This did not seem to affect the Dormer's presence at Court and they continued to be a powerful influence. One of the bearers of his name was a gentleman in the household of Cromwell considered for transfer to the royal service in 1538. If Dormer was Cromwell's servant, his marriage to a daughter of Sir William Sidney, later chamberlain of the household to Prince Edward, may have been the minister's work. He served under his father in the French campaign of 1544 and is probably the ‘young Dormer’ who two years later was mustered in Buckinghamshire as a captain with 100 men. In 1546 also, with his father, he attended the reception at court for the French Ambassador. From 1535 until his mother's self-imposed exile in 1559 he lived at Eythrope.

Dormer gained his first experience of Parliament as a young man when he was returned in 1542 as second Member for Chipping Wycombe with John Gates, who had no known connexion with the county but was a groom of the privy chamber. Dormer probably also benefited from his court connexions both then and at his later returns for the shire. Nothing is known about his part in the succession crisis in 1553, but when in May 1554 Mary confirmed him in his post as falconer she did so in recognition of his support against the Duke of Northumberland. His selection as her first sheriff for Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire probably reflects the Queen's friendship with his daughter Jane, and may have influenced Dormer's return to the Parliament of 1558. Jane married the Count of Feria (later Duke de Feria) who was Felipe of Spain's chief envoy at the court and Dormer also visited Elizabeth at Hatfield during the latter part of Mary's reign.

When Mary decided that Elizabeth should no longer be kept in the Tower of London in 1554 she was sent to the palace at Woodstock starting on 19 May. The first night of the journey was spent at Richmond, the second at Windsor and the third at West Wycombe with Sir William Dormer. The following night was spent at Rycote with Lord Williams and she arrived at Woodstock on 23 May. On the return journey from Woodstock to Hatfield Elizabeth may have spent the night at Ascott Manor again under the auspices of Sir William Dormer. These associations with Elizabeth, and the Dormers obvious loyalty to the crown, stood them in good stead even though they were known to be a Catholic family.

The death of Mary and the departure of Jane and his mother soon after for the Continent did not harm Dormer although he shared their dislike for the Anglican settlement. Re-elected to Parliament in 1571, he remained active in local management until his death on 17 May 1575. --------------------

Sir William Dormer (before 1514 – 17 May 1575) was a Tudor knight, captain and politician.[1] He is best known for a broken engagement to Jane Seymour , who later became the third wife of Henry VIII

The details in this biography come from the History of Parliament, a biographical dictionary of Members of the House of Commons. Born by 1514, only son of Sir Robert Dormer of West Wycombe, Wing and London by Jane, dau. of John Newdigate of Harefield, Mdx. and Amphilicia Neville. Educ. ?I. Temple. Married first, lic. Jan 1535, Mary, dau. of Sir William Sidney of Penshurst. Married second, by 1551, Dorothy, dau. of Anthony Catesby of Whiston Northants. Suc. fa. Jul 1552. KB 29 Sep 1553. J.p. Bucks. 1547-d.; commr. relief 1550, musters 1570-4; Sheriff of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire 1553-4, 1568-9; marshal and keeper of the falcons Jul 1552-d., chief steward, Ampthill honor 15 Oct 1553-d. Kt. of the Bath.==

-------------------- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Dormer

Sir William Dormer (before 1514 – 17 May 1575) was a Tudor knight, captain and politician.[1] He is best known for a broken engagement to Jane Seymour, who later became the third wife of Henry VIII.[citation needed] Contents [hide] 1 Biography 2 Marriages and issue 3 Notes 4 References 5 Further reading Biography[edit]

William Dormer was born before 1514,[1] the only child of Sir Robert Dormer (died 2 or 8 July 1552) of West Wycombe and Wing, Buckinghamshire, and London, and his wife Jane Newdigate (d.1568),[2] daughter of John Newdigate (died 15 August 1528) of Harefield, Middlesex, by Amphyllis Neville (d. 15 July 1544).[3][4] He was the grandson of William Dormer, esquire, and his first wife, Jane Launcelyn, the daughter and coheiress of Sir John Launcelyn,[5][1][6] and the great-grandson of Geoffrey Dormer, Merchant of the Staple at Calais (d. 9 March 1503).[7][8]

From 1535 until 1559 the Dormer main residence was Eythrope in Buckinghamshire. A William Dormer was in the service of Thomas Cromwell, and considered for transfer to royal service in 1538.[9] If the subject of this biography was that William Dormer then his marriage to Mary, daughter of Sir William Sidney may have been assisted by Cromwell.[1]

Dormer was returned as the second member for Chipping Wycombe in the parliament of 1542, and served under his father's command in the war against France in 1544. He may well have been the "young Dormer" who for two years was captain of 100 men at a muster in Buckinghamshire. Two years later (in 1546) he accompanied his father to a reception at court for the French ambassador.[1]

In 1553 he was returned as a knight of the shire for Buckinghamshire in the second parliament of Edward VI. It is not known what his position was in the succession crisis in 1553 when John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland, attempted to place Lady Jane Grey on the throne, but in May of 1554 Queen Mary confirmed him in his post as falconer in recognition of his support for her against Northumberland. He may have been made Sheriff for Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire due to his daughter, Jane Dormer's, friendship with Queen Mary, and his daughter's connection to the Queen may also have influenced his return to Mary's fifth parliament as knight of the shire for Buckinghamshire in 1558.[1]

After the death of Queen Mary, Dormer's mother, Jane (née Newdigate), and Dormer's daughter, Jane, left England for the continent. Dormer, too, disliked Queen Elizabeth's Anglican compromise; however his Catholic family connections did not harm his political standing, either in national politics (in 1571 he again sat as a member of Parliament for Buckinghamshire in Elizabeth's third parliament), or in local affairs.[1]

Dormer died at the age of 72, and was buried in the family vault in the church of Wing. His second wife, Dorothy, had a monument built for him in the church, and founded an almshouse in the village of Wing in his memory.[citation needed] Marriages and issue[edit]

Dormer married firstly Mary, eldest daughter of Sir William Sidney and Anne Pakenham.[10] They had two sons, Thomas Dormer and Robert Dormer, said to have died as infants,[11] and two daughters, Anne Dormer, who married Sir Walter Hungerford,[12] and Jane Dormer, a lady in waiting to Queen Mary who married the Duke of Feria, Spanish ambassador to the Court of Saint James.[13][14]

After the death of his first wife Dormer married, about 1550, Dorothy Catesby (d.1613), the daughter of Anthony Catesby (d.1554) of Whiston, Northamptonshire by his wife Isabel.[11] Dorothy Catesby was twenty years Dormer's junior.[citation needed]

They had one son, Robert Dormer, 1st Baron Dormer, who married Elizabeth Browne, the daughter of Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu,

and six daughters: Mary, who married Anthony Browne, the twin brother of Mary Browne, mother of Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton; Grissel;

Katherine, who married John St John, 2nd Baron St John of Bletso (d.1596);

Frances;

Amphyllis;

and Margaret (d.1637), who married Sir Henry Constable (d.1607).[15][11] After Sir William Dormer's death his widow, Dorothy, married Sir William Pelham.[11][16] -------------------- He married sometime after 2-10-1542, maybe about 1552.

Retrieved from Wikitree <http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Dormer-68> and <http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Dormer-138> 7-27-2015:

He was born in either Eythorpe Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, before 1514 and died 5-17-1575 in Wenge, England, or he was born in Hayle, Elthorpe, Buckingham, England in 1503 and died 3-17-1575 in Wenge.

From Geni <https://www.geni.com/people/Sir-William-Dormer-KB-MP-for-Buckinghamshire/6000000009264396534?through=6000000015760888491#/tab/overview> 7-27-2015

He was buried in All Saints Parish Church, Wing, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom.

The two inscriptions to this monument read: Here lieth the bodie of Sr William Dormer, Knight of the Bathe, sometime Lord of this Manoure of Winge who had two wives, Mary and Dorothe; Mary, his first wife, was daughter to Sir William Sidney, Knighte, by whome he had issue two sonnes, which deceased in their infancie; and two daughters, Jane and Anne. Jane, the eldest daughter was married to Don Gomis Swary Duke of Feria of Spain; and Anne his second daughter, was married to Sir Walter Hungerford, Knight, sonne and heir to the Lord Hungerford. The said Sir William Dormer deceased the 17th daye of May Anno Dni 1575 Here lieth also the bodie of Dame Dorothe, the daughter of Anothy Catesbye of Whishow, in the County of Northn Esquire second wife to the said Sr William Dormer, and the onely Foundres of this Monument; by whom he had issue, one sonne and sixe daughters, viz. Robert, Mary, Grisil, Katherine, Francis, Omphelis, and Margaret.

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The details in this biography come from the History of Parliament, a biographical dictionary of Members of the House of Commons.

Born by 1514, only son of Sir Robert Dormer of West Wycombe, Wing and London by Jane, dau. of John Newdigate of Harefield, Mdx. and Amphilicia Neville. Educ. ?I. Temple. Married first, lic. Jan 1535, Mary, dau. of Sir William Sidney of Penshurst. Married second, by 1551, Dorothy, dau. of Anthony Catesby of Whiston Northants. Suc. fa. Jul 1552. KB 29 Sep 1553. J.p. Bucks. 1547-d.; commr. relief 1550, musters 1570-4; Sheriff of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire 1553-4, 1568-9; marshal and keeper of the falcons Jul 1552-d., chief steward, Ampthill honor 15 Oct 1553-d. Kt. of the Bath.

William was a baptismal name much favoured by the Dormer family and the career of the only son of Sir Robert Dormer before the 1540s is all but impossible to disentangle from those of his numerous kinsmen. Sir Robert Dormer's involvement with Wing started at the dissolution of the Monasteries when he was granted the manor of Wing and Ascott priory. He also owned the manor at West Wycombe and this seems to be the predominant home at least in the middle part of the century. William Dormer, Sir Robert’s son, was engaged to Jane Seymour before Henry VIII decided otherwise. This did not seem to affect the Dormer's presence at Court and they continued to be a powerful influence. One of the bearers of his name was a gentleman in the household of Cromwell considered for transfer to the royal service in 1538. If Dormer was Cromwell's servant, his marriage to a daughter of Sir William Sidney, later chamberlain of the household to Prince Edward, may have been the minister's work. He served under his father in the French campaign of 1544 and is probably the ‘young Dormer’ who two years later was mustered in Buckinghamshire as a captain with 100 men. In 1546 also, with his father, he attended the reception at court for the French Ambassador. From 1535 until his mother's self-imposed exile in 1559 he lived at Eythrope.

Dormer gained his first experience of Parliament as a young man when he was returned in 1542 as second Member for Chipping Wycombe with John Gates, who had no known connexion with the county but was a groom of the privy chamber. Dormer probably also benefited from his court connexions both then and at his later returns for the shire. Nothing is known about his part in the succession crisis in 1553, but when in May 1554 Mary confirmed him in his post as falconer she did so in recognition of his support against the Duke of Northumberland. His selection as her first sheriff for Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire probably reflects the Queen's friendship with his daughter Jane, and may have influenced Dormer's return to the Parliament of 1558. Jane married the Count of Feria (later Duke de Feria) who was Felipe of Spain's chief envoy at the court and Dormer also visited Elizabeth at Hatfield during the latter part of Mary's reign.

When Mary decided that Elizabeth should no longer be kept in the Tower of London in 1554 she was sent to the palace at Woodstock starting on 19 May. The first night of the journey was spent at Richmond, the second at Windsor and the third at West Wycombe with Sir William Dormer. The following night was spent at Rycote with Lord Williams and she arrived at Woodstock on 23 May. On the return journey from Woodstock to Hatfield Elizabeth may have spent the night at Ascott Manor again under the auspices of Sir William Dormer. These associations with Elizabeth, and the Dormers obvious loyalty to the crown, stood them in good stead even though they were known to be a Catholic family.

The death of Mary and the departure of Jane and his mother soon after for the Continent did not harm Dormer although he shared their dislike for the Anglican settlement. Re-elected to Parliament in 1571, he remained active in local management until his death on 17 May 1575. --------------------

Sir William Dormer (before 1514 – 17 May 1575) was a Tudor knight, captain and politician.[1] He is best known for a broken engagement to Jane Seymour , who later became the third wife of Henry VIII

The details in this biography come from the History of Parliament, a biographical dictionary of Members of the House of Commons. Born by 1514, only son of Sir Robert Dormer of West Wycombe, Wing and London by Jane, dau. of John Newdigate of Harefield, Mdx. and Amphilicia Neville. Educ. ?I. Temple. Married first, lic. Jan 1535, Mary, dau. of Sir William Sidney of Penshurst. Married second, by 1551, Dorothy, dau. of Anthony Catesby of Whiston Northants. Suc. fa. Jul 1552. KB 29 Sep 1553. J.p. Bucks. 1547-d.; commr. relief 1550, musters 1570-4; Sheriff of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire 1553-4, 1568-9; marshal and keeper of the falcons Jul 1552-d., chief steward, Ampthill honor 15 Oct 1553-d. Kt. of the Bath.==

-------------------- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Dormer

Sir William Dormer (before 1514 – 17 May 1575) was a Tudor knight, captain and politician.[1] He is best known for a broken engagement to Jane Seymour, who later became the third wife of Henry VIII.[citation needed] Contents [hide] 1 Biography 2 Marriages and issue 3 Notes 4 References 5 Further reading Biography[edit]

William Dormer was born before 1514,[1] the only child of Sir Robert Dormer (died 2 or 8 July 1552) of West Wycombe and Wing, Buckinghamshire, and London, and his wife Jane Newdigate (d.1568),[2] daughter of John Newdigate (died 15 August 1528) of Harefield, Middlesex, by Amphyllis Neville (d. 15 July 1544).[3][4] He was the grandson of William Dormer, esquire, and his first wife, Jane Launcelyn, the daughter and coheiress of Sir John Launcelyn,[5][1][6] and the great-grandson of Geoffrey Dormer, Merchant of the Staple at Calais (d. 9 March 1503).[7][8]

From 1535 until 1559 the Dormer main residence was Eythrope in Buckinghamshire. A William Dormer was in the service of Thomas Cromwell, and considered for transfer to royal service in 1538.[9] If the subject of this biography was that William Dormer then his marriage to Mary, daughter of Sir William Sidney may have been assisted by Cromwell.[1]

Dormer was returned as the second member for Chipping Wycombe in the parliament of 1542, and served under his father's command in the war against France in 1544. He may well have been the "young Dormer" who for two years was captain of 100 men at a muster in Buckinghamshire. Two years later (in 1546) he accompanied his father to a reception at court for the French ambassador.[1]

In 1553 he was returned as a knight of the shire for Buckinghamshire in the second parliament of Edward VI. It is not known what his position was in the succession crisis in 1553 when John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland, attempted to place Lady Jane Grey on the throne, but in May of 1554 Queen Mary confirmed him in his post as falconer in recognition of his support for her against Northumberland. He may have been made Sheriff for Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire due to his daughter, Jane Dormer's, friendship with Queen Mary, and his daughter's connection to the Queen may also have influenced his return to Mary's fifth parliament as knight of the shire for Buckinghamshire in 1558.[1]

After the death of Queen Mary, Dormer's mother, Jane (née Newdigate), and Dormer's daughter, Jane, left England for the continent. Dormer, too, disliked Queen Elizabeth's Anglican compromise; however his Catholic family connections did not harm his political standing, either in national politics (in 1571 he again sat as a member of Parliament for Buckinghamshire in Elizabeth's third parliament), or in local affairs.[1]

Dormer died at the age of 72, and was buried in the family vault in the church of Wing. His second wife, Dorothy, had a monument built for him in the church, and founded an almshouse in the village of Wing in his memory.[citation needed] Marriages and issue[edit]

Dormer married firstly Mary, eldest daughter of Sir William Sidney and Anne Pakenham.[10] They had two sons, Thomas Dormer and Robert Dormer, said to have died as infants,[11] and two daughters, Anne Dormer, who married Sir Walter Hungerford,[12] and Jane Dormer, a lady in waiting to Queen Mary who married the Duke of Feria, Spanish ambassador to the Court of Saint James.[13][14]

After the death of his first wife Dormer married, about 1550, Dorothy Catesby (d.1613), the daughter of Anthony Catesby (d.1554) of Whiston, Northamptonshire by his wife Isabel.[11] Dorothy Catesby was twenty years Dormer's junior.[citation needed]

They had one son, Robert Dormer, 1st Baron Dormer, who married Elizabeth Browne, the daughter of Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu,

and six daughters: Mary, who married Anthony Browne, the twin brother of Mary Browne, mother of Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton; Grissel;

Katherine, who married John St John, 2nd Baron St John of Bletso (d.1596);

Frances;

Amphyllis;

and Margaret (d.1637), who married Sir Henry Constable (d.1607).[15][11] After Sir William Dormer's death his widow, Dorothy, married Sir William Pelham.[11][16]

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1503
1503
Hayle, Buckinghamshire, England
1524
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Age 21
Hayle Buckinghamshire,England
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Ascot, Berkshire, England
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January 6, 1538
Age 35
Eythrope, Buckinghamshire, England
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Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, England
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Eythorpe,Buckinghamshire,England
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England
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Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, England
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Buckinghamshire, England
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