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Anne Barne (Sandys)

Also Known As: "Dame Anne Barne"
Birthdate: (58)
Birthplace: Woolwich, Kent, England
Death: May 23, 1629 (58)
Woolwich, Kent, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Edwin Sandys, Archbishop of York and Cicely Sandys (Wilford)
Wife of William Barne, Knight and Edward Pulter
Mother of Anne Browne; Sir William Barne, Kt., of Woolwich; George Barne; Robert Barne, of Great Grimsby; Miles Barne and 1 other
Sister of Sir Samuel Sandys, Kt., MP; Sir Edwin Sandys, Kt., MP; Sir Miles Sandys, MP, 1st Baronet of Wilberton; Margaret Aucher; William Sandys and 3 others
Half sister of Child Sands and James Sands

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About Anne Barne

The family bible of the Archbishop shows that Anne Sandys was born 21 Junes., 1570 (Brown's Genesis, 992). The agreement of marriage was dated 11 May, 1586 (see inquisition post mortem of Sir George Barne3 ante). The monument in the Woodham Ferrers church to her mother Cecily Sandys, which enumerates the latter's nine children, refers to her as "Ann her 2nd daughter married to Sir William Barn of Woolwich".

After the death of the first husband in 1619, she married sometime prior to 25 August, 1625, Edward Poulter, esq., of Bradfield, Herts, whom she also outlived. The will of Edward Poulter, esq. of Bradfield, Herts, dated 25 August, 1625, and proved 2 May, 1626, in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (Hele; 60) is lengthy document from which only a few quotations need be made here. He directs that he be buried in Collered chancel with an "inscription to be graven in quere brass". He refers to his first wife Mary Litton of Knebworth by whom he had seven sons and four daughters. He provides that "Arthur Pulter, my grandson and heir shall suffer Anne, Lady Barne, wife of me the said Edward, peaceably to enjoy for the term of the said lady's life, one copyhold close of pasture called Stockins in Wymondley Magna, according to the time, intent, and meaning of the book of indenture of covenants, made touching the marriage of Litton Pulter, gent., son and heir of me the said Edward, and father of the said Arthur, and for provision of jointure for a second wife of the said Edward".

The widow was living 23 May, 1629, when she is named in the will of Francis Barne4 as "Ould Lady Barne, my sister in law" (see ante). She apparently returned to Woolwich to end her days, for her estate was administered upon 10 February, 1629 [-30] when a "commission was issued to Robert Barne [upon the estate of] Dame Anne Barne, late of the parish of Woolwich, co. Kent, widow, deceased to administer the goods, etc. of the said deceased." (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Administrations, 1630).

It is interesting to note that in both of the above documents, the custom of the day is followed in referring to the woman, if she had been married more than once, by the name of the husband having the highest rank, and not by the name of her last husband, if he were of inferior rank.


  1. "Virginia Historical Magazine", Virginia magazine of history and biography, p. 118, Retrieved 30 Sep 2009.


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Anne Barne's Timeline

June 21, 1570
Woolwich, Kent, England
February 2, 1587
Age 16
Woolwich, Kent, England
Age 22
Woolwich, Kent, England
Age 30
Woolwich, Kent, England
Age 33
Woolwich, Kent, England
May 23, 1629
Age 58
Woolwich, Kent, England