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Anne Petre (Browne)

Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: Ingatestone, Essex, England
Death: March 10, 1582 (64-72)
Ingastone, Essex, England
Place of Burial: Dunster, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir William Browne, Lord Mayor of London and Alice Blount
Wife of John Tyrrell Of Heron; Sir William Petre, MP and John Tyrrell, of Heron
Mother of Catherine Tyrrell; Thomasine Greville; Catherine Petre; Edward Petre; William Petre and 4 others
Sister of John Browne, MP; Matthew Browne; Elizabeth Browne and William Browne
Half sister of Charles Blount, 5th Lord Mountjoy; Dame Catherine Berkeley; Edward Blount and Juliana Mundy

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About Anne Petre

Anne was born in 1509 (her portrait states "aged 58" in 1567) the daughter of Sir William Browne, a London merchant who died (one of the few to do so) during his term as Lord Mayor of London in 1514; his widow, the daughter of Henry Kebyll, subsequently became the third wife of William Blount, 4th Baron Mountjoy. A book of hours given to her by Lord Mountjoy, who was both her stepfather and her uncle by marriage (Mountjoy's sister Constance was the mother of Anne's first husband), is in a private collection at Beeleigh Abbey.

Anne was married first to John Tyrell, son of Sir Thomas Tyrell of Heron Hall, widow of William's first wife's kinsman, Thomas Tyrell and a distant cousin of John Tyrell, (Anthony Tyrell was the second Lady Petre's nephew). By March 1542 Anne had married William bringing him an increase in income of £280, from the lease of a farm at Dunton near East Horndon, and from manors in Cambridgeshire and Hampshire. By William, she had two daughters and three sons, of whom two died young.

  • Thomasine, whose husband, Ludovic Greville, met with a tragic fate. He was twice summoned before the Privy Council, first for a violent assault on Sir John Conway, then, ten years later, for fraud. Finally, he appeared before Warwickshire Assizes in 1589 as an accomplice in two separate murders. At last, he did the decent thing; had he been convicted, his estate would have been confiscated, leaving his wife and children destitute. Instead, he refused to plead, the penalty for which was the peine forte et dure – being pressed to death by heavy weights.
  • Katherine.
  • John (1549–1613) was knighted in 1576, sat in Parliament for Essex in 1585–1586, and was created Baron Petre of Writtle, Essex, by James I on 21 July 1603.

Marriage Licence

01 Feb 1524-5 John Tyrrell & Anne Brown, of Isendon, dioc. London; at St Bennet's, Paul's Wharf.

Source: Allegations for marriage licences issued by the Bishop of London


Anne Browne, 1509-March 10, 1582, was the daughter of Sir William Browne of Flambard’s Hall (1467-1514), Lord Mayor of London in 1507-8 and again in 1513/14, and Alice Kebel (1482-June 8, 1521). Through remarriage, Anne's mother became Lady Mountjoy and was at court. Anne's first husband was John Tyrrell of Heron, Essex (d.1540). Her second, to whom she was married by March 1542, was Sir William Petre of Ingatestone Hall, Essex (1505- January 13, 1572). Curiously, the Oxford DNB entry for William Petre calls Anne the daughter of John Tyrrell and the widow of William Browne of Flambard's Hall, but the life dates of both men make this impossible. The confusion may be explained by the fact that William Petre's first wife was Gertrude Tyrrell (d. May 28, 1541), daughter of Sir John Tyrrell of East Horndon and Warley, Essex (d. 1540). My thanks to Adrian Channing for pointing this out to me. All accounts agree that she brought to the marriage a dowry of £280 a year. By her second marriage, Anne had several children: Thomasine (April 7, 1543-1611+), Catherine, Edward (d. yng), Sir John (1549-October 11, 1613), William (d. yng), and Anne (1557-1610). One record also appears to give her a daughter named Griselda, perhaps from her first marriage. Petre was in royal service to Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary, and Elizabeth. In 1561, he entertained Queen Elizabeth at Ingatestone and from 1564-66 he and his wife were responsible for keeping Lady Catherine Grey under house arrest there. As a widow, Anne remained at Ingatestone Hall and there sheltered a number of seminary priests. She was on the list of recusants for 1582 but she died before any official action was taken against her.


  • Anne Browne1
  • F, #59052, b. circa 1512, d. 10 March 1581
  • Father Sir William Browne, Lord Mayor of London2 b. c 1480
  • Mother Alice Kebble2 b. c 1482, d. 8 Jun 1521
  • Anne Browne was born circa 1512 at of London, Middlesex, England.1 She married Thomas (John) Tirrell, son of Sir Thomas Tirrell and Constance Blount, circa 1532.1 Anne Browne died on 10 March 1581 at of Heron, Essex, England.1
  • Family Thomas (John) Tirrell b. c 1510, d. 3 Apr 1540
  • Child
    • Catherine Tirrell1 b. c 1533, d. b 1572
  • Citations
  • 1.[S11576] A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland, and Scotland, by John Burke, Esq. and John Bernard Burke, Esq., p. 537.
  • 2.[S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
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  • Anne Browne1
  • F, #210251
  • Last Edited=5 Nov 2006
  • Anne Browne is the daughter of Sir William Browne and Alice Kevell.1 She married Sir William Petre.1
  • Her married name became Petre.1
  • Citations
  • 1.[S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 728. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
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  • Anne Browne1
  • F, #208761, b. 1514, d. 10 March 1581
  • Last Edited=22 Oct 2006
  • Anne Browne was born in 1514.1 She was the daughter of William Browne and Lora Rochester.1 She died on 10 March 1581.1
  • Child of Anne Browne and Sir William Petre
    • 1.John Petre, 1st Baron Petre+1 b. 20 Dec 1549, d. 11 Oct 1613
  • Citations
  • 1.[S1916] Tim Boyle, "re: Boyle Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 16 September 2006. Hereinafter cited as "re: Boyle Family."
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  • William PETRE (Sir Secretary of State)
  • Born: ABT 1500, Tor Brian, Devonshire, England
  • Died: 13 Jan 1572
  • Father: John PETRE
  • Mother: Alice COLING
  • Notes: See his Biography. -
  • Married 1: Gertrude TYRRELL (b. ABT 1504 - d. 28 May 1541) (dau. of Sir John Tyrrell of Little Warley Hall and Anne Norreys) ABT 1533
  • Children:
    • 1. John PETRE
    • 2. Dorothy PETRE
    • 3. Elizabeth PETRE
  • Married 2: Anne BROWNE
  • Children:
    • 4. Thomasine PETRE
    • 5. Catherine PETRE
    • 6. Edward PETRE (b. 16 Sep 1548- d. ABT 18 Oct 1548)
    • 7. John PETRE (1° B. Petre of Writtle)
    • 8. William PETRE (b. Aug/Sep 1551- d. 14 Sep 1551)
    • 9. Anne PETRE (b. 1557 - d. 1610)
  • From: PETRE (Sir Secretary of State)


  • PETRE, William (1505/6-72), of Ingatestone, Essex and Aldersgate Street, London.
  • b. 1505/6, s. of John Petre of Tor Newton in Torbryan, Devon by Alice, da. of John Collinge of Woodland, Devon; bro. of John I and Robert†. educ. Oxf. adm. by 1519; fellow, All Souls 1523; BCL and BCnL 1526; DCL 1533; adv. Doctors’ Commons 8 Mar. 1533. m. (1) ?Feb. 1534, Gertrude (d. 28 May 1541), da. of Sir John Tyrrell of Warley, Essex, 1s. d.v.p. 2da.; (2) by Mar. 1542, Anne (d. 10 Mar. 1582), da. of William Browne of Flambards Hall, Essex and London, wid. of John Tyrrell (d.1540) of Heron in East Thorndon, Essex, 4s. inc. Sir John† 2da. Kntd. Jan. 1544.4
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  • Sir William Browne (died 3 June 1514) served as Master of the Worshipful Company of Mercers from 1507 to 1514, and as alderman, auditor, Sheriff and Lord Mayor of London. He died in office on 3 June 1514 while serving his term as Lord Mayor.
  • William Browne was the son and heir of Sir John Browne by his second wife, Anne Belwode.[1] His father, Sir John Browne, was Lord Mayor of London in 1480. His paternal uncle, another Sir William Browne, was Lord Mayor of London in 1507. His father's family was from the north of England; in his will William Browne left a bequest 'to my poor kinsfolks on my father's side in Northumberland'.[2] .... etc.
  • Browne married firstly Katherine Shaa, the daughter of Sir Edmund Shaa (d. 20 April 1488), Lord Mayor of London, and his wife, Julyan, by whom he had a son and daughter:[2][13]
    • William Browne (d.1551), esquire, son and heir, underage at his father's death. He married Thomasine, the daughter of Sir Thomas Baldry, Sheriff of London, by whom he had a son, Thomas Browne, esquire, who married Jane Alington, daughter of Sir Giles Alington of Horseheath, Cambridgeshire.[2][5][14]
    • Julian Browne, who married Sir John Mundy, Lord Mayor of London.[15]
  • Browne married secondly, Alice Keble (d. 8 June 1521), the daughter of Henry Keble (1452 – April 1517), Lord Mayor of London, and Joan Bryce, by whom he had two sons and three daughters, whose births during the years 1503–1511 are recorded in Latin in the Keble-Petre Book of Hours.[2][16][17]
    • John Browne, Warden of the Mint, who married firstly Anne Montgomery, the daughter of Sir John Montgomery of Cubley, Derbyshire, by whom he had no issue. He married secondly, by 1541, Alice Baldry, the daughter of Sir Thomas Baldry, by whom he had two sons and a daughter. He married thirdly, by 1546, Christian Carkeke, the daughter of William Carkeke of London, by whom he had two sons and several daughters.[18]
    • Matthew Browne, of whom nothing further is known.
    • Anne Browne (d. 10 March 1582), who married firstly John Tyrrell (d.1540) of Heron, Essex, by whom she had two daughters, Katherine Tyrrell and Anne Tyrrell. She married secondly, by March 1542, as his second wife, Sir William Petre (1505 – 13 January 1572) of Ingatestone Hall, Essex, by whom she had a son, Sir John Petre (1549 – 11 October 1613), and two daughters, Thomasine Petre (born 7 April 1543) and Katherine Petre (b.1545).[19][20]
    • Elizabeth Browne, of whom nothing further is known.
    • Another daughter, of whom nothing further is known.
  • After the death of Sir William Browne, Alice (née Keble) married, by February 1515, as his third wife, William Blount, 4th Baron Mountjoy, by whom she had a son, Charles Blount, 5th Baron Mountjoy, and a daughter, Katherine Blount (c.1518 – 25 February 1559), who married firstly Sir John Champernowne of Modbury, Devon, and secondly Sir Maurice Berkeley of Bruton, Somerset.[21][22][23]
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  • Sir William Petre (died 1572) was a secretary of state to Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I.
  • Educated as a lawyer at Oxford, he became a public servant, probably through the influence of the Boleyns, one of whom, George, he had tutored at Oxford and another of whom, Anne, was married to the king. He rose rapidly in the royal service and, in 1543, was knighted.
  • Petre was adept at sidestepping the great religious controversies of the day and held high office through the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I until, owing to ill health he retired a rich man to Ingatestone, a village in Essex, where he had built Ingatestone Hall. He died in 1572. Sir William's son John Petre, 1st Baron Petre was created Baron of Writtle in 1603. The later Lords Petre have mostly been Catholics. Their name is pronounced "Peter".
  • William Byrd wrote a Pavan and a Galliard for Sir William Petre, which were published as part of his Parthenia.
  • Born about 1505 or 1506, Petre was one of the sons of John Petre, a farmer and tanner of a family long established at Tor Newton in Torbryan, Devon, by his marriage to Alice Colling, from nearby Woodland. Both of his grandfathers were franklins.[2]
  • In 1519 Petre matriculated at the University of Oxford as a law student. .... etc.
  • Petre married firstly, in about 1533, Gertrude Tyrrell (d. 28 May 1541), concerning whose parents there is conflicting evidence. In some sources she is said to have been the daughter of Sir John Tyrrell (d. 28 February 1541)[4] of Little Warley Hall, Essex,[2][3] the eldest son and heir of Humphrey Tyrrell, esquire, by his second wife Elizabeth Walwin, the daughter of John Walwin, esquire, of Longford, Herefordshire.[5][4] However neither a daughter, Gertrude, nor her husband, Sir William Petre, nor their children are mentioned in his will dated 20 February 1541.[4] Similarly, Gertrude's mother is said in some sources to have been Anne Norris, the daughter of Edward Norris[6][7] of Yattendon by Frideswide Lovell, and the granddaughter of William Norreys and Joan de Vere, daughter of John de Vere, 12th Earl of Oxford. However the will of Sir John Tyrrell's widow, Anne, dated 16 July 1552 and proved in 1562,[6] indicates that she was not Anne Norrys, and that Sir John Tyrrell (d. 28 February 1541) had two wives, both named Anne; as King points out 'it is manifest from his will, that, at the time of her marriage with him she was the widow of John Hopton, by whom she had a daughter Elizabeth'.[6] In her own will Dame Anne Tyrrell mentions only her son, Maurice Tyrrell, and her daughter Elizabeth (née Hopton), now the wife of Sir John Perient (d.1551), Auditor of the Court of Wards and Liveries.[8]
  • By his first wife, Gertrude Tyrrell, Petre had two daughters:
    • Dorothy Petre (1534–1618), whose godmother, in 1535, was Dorothy Barley (d.1557), the last Abbess of Barking Abbey.[9] She married Nicholas Wadham,[2] with whom she co-founded Wadham College, Oxford, granting the presentation of a living to her new foundation, together with much other local property.[citation needed]
    • Elizabeth Petre, god-daughter of Jane Wriothesley, wife of Thomas Wriothesley, 1st Earl of Southampton,[citation needed][10] who married John Gostwick of Willington, Bedfordshire.[2]
  • Petre married secondly, by March 1542,[2] Anne Browne (c.1509[11] – 10 March 1582),[2] widow of John Tyrrell (d.1540), esquire,[6][12] eldest son of Sir Thomas Tyrrell and Constance Blount, daughter of John Blount, 3rd Baron Mountjoy, and daughter of Sir William Browne, Lord Mayor of London, by his second wife, Alice Keble (d. 8 June 1521), the daughter of Henry Keble (1452 - April 1517), Lord Mayor of London, and Joan Bryce.[13] By her first marriage, Anne (née Browne) was the mother of an only daughter, Katherine Tyrrell, who married Sir Richard Baker, the eldest son and heir of Sir John Baker, Chancellor of the Exchequer.[14]
  • Petre second wife brought him a marriage portion of £280[2] from the lease of a farm at Dunton near East Horndon, and from manors in Cambridgeshire and Hampshire. By her Petre had three sons and two daughters:
    • John Petre, 1st Baron Petre (1549–1613), who 1570 married Mary (d. 2 August 1604), eldest daughter of Sir Edward Waldegrave of Borley, Essex.
    • Two sons who died young.
    • Katherine Petre, who married John Talbot of Grafton, Worcestershire.[2]
    • Thomasine Petre, who married Lodovick Greville, son of Sir Edward Greville of Milcote, in Stratford-upon-Avon, by whom she was the mother of Sir Edward Greville (d.1634).[2][15] In 1589 Thomasine's husband, Lodovick Greville, was charged as an accessory to murder; refusing to plead, he was pressed to death.[15]
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  • Sir Richard Baker (by 1530 - 27 May 1594), was an English politician.
  • Richard Baker was the eldest son of Sir John Baker, Chancellor of the Exchequer. He had a younger brother, .... etc.
  • Baker married firstly Katherine Tyrrell, the stepdaughter of Sir William Petre. She was the daughter and heiress of John Tyrrell (d.1540), esquire, of Heron in East Horndon, Essex, (eldest son of Sir Thomas Tyrrell and Constance Blount), and his wife, Anne Browne,[2][3][4] the daughter of Sir William Browne, Lord Mayor of London, by his second wife, Alice Keble (d. 8 June 1521), the daughter of Henry Keble (1452 - April 1517), Lord Mayor of London, by whom he had two sons and a daughter. .... etc.
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  • John Petre, 1st Baron Petre (20 December 1549 – 11 October 1613) was an English peer.
  • John was the only surviving son of the statesman Sir William Petre by his second wife Anne, daughter of John Tyrrell of Heron in Essex and widow of Sir William Browne, Lord Mayor of London. A talented amateur musician, he kept a full set of musical instruments (lute, five viols, virginals and organ) and was a patron of the composer William Byrd, a fellow catholic who lived at nearby Stondon Massey. On several occasions, Byrd brought a group of musicians to Ingatestone to entertain at Christmas and dedicated a collection of his Graduale settings to Lord Petre. John Petre was not endowed with the ability of his father and a much less forceful character but being a diligent landowner, public figure and a competent musician along with his great possessions and his father’s fame served him well. We know little more about him. Like his descendants, he was a Roman Catholic, but he must have kept his religious opinions in the background, or James would hardly have made him a peer.
  • In 1570, he married Mary (died 2 August 1604), eldest daughter of Sir Edward ‘Walgrave’ (or Waldegrave) of Borley. By the time of her marriage, Mary was fatherless and poor but gave her parents-in-law ‘much joy in his choice’. She left four sons, .... etc.
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  • Sir John Talbot of Grafton, Worcestershire (1545 – 28 January 1611[1]) was a prominent recusant English Catholic layman of the reigns of Elizabeth I of England and James I of England. .... etc.
  • He was the father, by Katherine Petre, daughter of Sir William Petre and his second wife, Anne Browne, daughter of Sir William Browne, Lord Mayor of London, of: .... etc.
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  • A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and ... by John Burke
  • Pg.264
  • SIR WILLIAM PETRE, of Tor Brian, Devonshire, secretary of state to HENRY VIII. married, for his second wife, Anne, daughter of Sir William Browne, lord mayor of London in 1514, and was father of
  • SIR JOHN PETRE, who was elevated In the peerage as Lord Petre, Baron of Writtle, in 1603. His Iordship married Mary, daughter of Sir Edward Waldegrave, knt. of Barclay, in Essex, and was s. at his decease in 1637 by his son,
  • WILLIAM, second Lord Petre, of Writtle, who married Catherine, second daughter of Edward, fourth Earl of Worcester, and had
    • I. .... etc.


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Anne Petre's Timeline

Ingatestone, Essex, England
Age 6
England, United Kingdom
Age 6
April 7, 1543
Age 29
April 28, 1545
Age 31
Longford Hall, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom
September 16, 1548
Age 34
October 1551
Age 37
Age 43
Age 66