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Baroness Jane Braye (Halighwell)

Also Known As: "Halliwell"
Birthplace: Eaton Bray, Central Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: October 24, 1558 (67-76)
Eaton Bray, Central Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Place of Burial: Eaton Bray, Bedford
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Richard Haliwell and Jane Halighwell
Wife of Edmund Bray, 1st Baron Braye and Sir Urian Brereton, Kt., of Handforth, Cheshire
Mother of Anne Braye; Edmund Braye; Frideswide Hart; John Braye; Dorothy Knollys (Bray), Baroness Knollys of Greys and 4 others

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About Baroness Jane Braye

  • Jane Halliwell1
  • F, #26995, d. 24 October 1558
  • Last Edited=8 Jul 2005
  • Jane Halliwell was the daughter of Sir Richard Halliwell and Jane Norbury.1,2 She married, firstly, Edmund Bray, 1st Lord Braye, son of John Bray, before 21 March 1500/1.2,3 She married, secondly, Sir Urian Brereton after 1539.2 She died on 24 October 1558.2 She was buried at Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire, England.2
  • She was also known as Jane Halighwell.2 From before 21 March 1500/1, her married name became Bray.2 From after 1539, her married name became Brereton.2
  • Children of Jane Halliwell and Edmund Bray, 1st Lord Braye
    • 1.Anne Bray+4 d. 1 Nov 1558
    • 2.Elizabeth Bray+ b. c 1513, d. 1573
    • 3.Frideswide Bray+4 b. c 1516
    • 4.Mary Bray4 b. c 1518, d. 1569
    • 5.Frances Bray+4 b. 1522, d. 27 May 1592
    • 6.John Bray, 2nd Lord Braye b. c 1523, d. 19 Nov 1557
    • 7.Dorothy Bray+1 b. c 1530, d. 31 Oct 1605
  • Citations
  • 1.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume I, page 401. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 2.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 287.
  • 3.[S2] Peter W. Hammond, editor, The Complete Peerage or a History of the House of Lords and All its Members From the Earliest Times, Volume XIV: Addenda & Corrigenda (Stroud, Gloucestershire, U.K.: Sutton Publishing, 1998), page 109. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage, Volume XIV.
  • 4.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 288.
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  • Jane Halywell1,2,3,4,5
  • F, #72365, b. circa 1481, d. 24 October 1558
  • Father Richard Halywell, Esq.1,2,3,6,5 b. a 1450, d. 24 Jul 1506
  • Mother Anne Norbury1,2,6 b. c 1462, d. bt 1500 - 1504
  • Jane Halywell was born circa 1481 at of Bray Eaton, Bedfordshire, England.1 A settlement for the marriage Jane Halywell and Sir Edmund Bray, 1st Lord Bray, Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Surrey, & Sussex was made on 21 February 1497; They had 1 son (Sir John, 2nd Lord Bray) and 10 daughters (including Jane; Anne, wife of George Brooke, Lord Cobham; Elizabeth, wife of Sir Ralph Verney, of Sir Richard Catesby, of William Clarke, Esq., & of Henry Philipps, Gent; Frideswide, wife of Sir Percival Hart; Mary, wife Sir Robert Peckham; Dorothy, wife of Edmund Brydges, Lord Chandlos, & of Sir William, Lord Knolles of Greys, Viscount, Wallingford, Earl of Banbury; Ellen; & Frances, wife of Thomas Lyfield, Esq.).7,8,1,2,3,4,5 Jane Halywell married Sir Urian Brereton, Groom of the King's Chamber, son of Sir Randle Brereton, Chamberlain of Chester and Eleanor Dutton, before 1541.1,2,4 Jane Halywell died on 24 October 1558; Buried at Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire.2,4
  • Family 1 Sir Edmund Bray, 1st Lord Bray, Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Surrey, & Sussex b. c 1480, d. 18 Oct 1539
  • Children
    • Anne Bray+7,1 b. c 1509, d. 1 Nov 1558
    • Elizabeth Bray+9,2,3,4,5 b. c 1513
    • Dorothy Bray+1 b. c 1530, d. 31 Oct 1605
    • Frances Bray+10,2,4 b. c 1535, d. 27 May 1592
  • Family 2 Sir Urian Brereton, Groom of the King's Chamber b. c 1500, d. 19 Mar 1577
  • Citations
  • 1.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 549.
  • 2.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 266.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 278.
  • 4.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 253-254.
  • 5.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 278.
  • 6.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 253.
  • 7.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. II, p. 288.
  • 8.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. III, p. 347-348.
  • 9.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 739.
  • 10.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 549-550.
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  • Edmund Braye (or Bray), 1st Baron Braye (ca. 1484-18 October 1539), was an English peer.
  • Edmund Braye was the son of John Braye of Eaton Bray in Bedfordshire and the older brother of Sir Edward Braye.
  • He served as High Sheriff of Bedfordshire for 1514 and of Sussex and Surrey in 1522. He was knighted in 1513 and in 1529 he was summoned to the House of Lords as Baron Braye, of Eaton Bray in the County of Bedford.
  • Lord Braye married Jane (died on 24 Oct 1558), daughter of Sir Richard Halliwell or Hallighwell or Halywell of Holwell by Jane Norbury. He died in October 1539 and was succeeded in the barony by his son John. Lady Braye died in 1558. His eldest daughter Anne married George Brooke, 9th Baron Cobham (c1497 - 29 Sept 1558) before 1526.
  • From:,_1st_Baron_Braye


  • Braye, Baron (E, 1529)
  • Edmund [Bray], 1st Baron Bray(e)
  • 1st son and heir of John Bray, of Eaton Bray, co. Bedford, and nephew and heir of Sir Reynold Bray KG, Lord High Treasurer to King Henry VII
  • born
  • mar. Jane Halighwell (mar. (2) Sir Urian Brereton; d. 24 Oct 1558 ; bur. at Eaton Bray, co. Bedford), dau. and hrss. of Sir Richard Halighwell, of Holwell, by his wife Jane Norbury, dau. of Sir John Norbury
  • children
    • 1. Hon John Bray, later 2nd Baron Bray(e)
    • 1. Hon Anne Bray (d. 1 Nov 1558; bur. in Cobham Church, co. Kent), mar. bef. 1526 George [Brooke], 9th Baron Cobham of Kent, and had issue
    • 2. Hon Elizabeth Bray (b. c. 1513; d. after 1573), mar. (1) 1528 Sir Ralph Verney, of Pendley, co. Hertford, and Middle Claydon, co. Buckingham, Sheriff of Bedfordshire and of Buckinghamshire (d. 1546), (2) Sir Richard Catesby, of Ashby St Leger, co. Warwick, (3) William Clark, and (4) Henry Phillips, and had issue by her first husband:
      • 1a. Edward Verney, of Pendley .... etc.
    • 3. Hon Frideswide Bray (b. c. 1516), mar. Sir Percival Hart, of Lullingstone Castle, co. Kent (d. 1580), and had issue
    • 4. Hon Mary Bray (d. 1569), mar. Sir Robert Peckham, and had issue
    • 5. Hon Dorothy Bray (b. c. 1530; d. 31 Oct 1605), mar. (1) c 1548 Edmund [Brydges], 2nd Baron Chandos, and (2) as his first wife William [Knollys], 1st Earl of Banbury, and had issue by her first husband
    • 6. Hon Frances Bray (b. c. 1535; d. 1592), mar. Thomas Lyfield, of Stoke D'Abernon, co. Surrey, and had issue
  • died 18 Oct 1539 (bur. at Chelsea, co. Middlesex)
  • created by writ of summons 4 Dec 1529 Baron Bray(e)
  • suc. by son
  • note knighted 1513; Sheriff of Bedfordshire 1514-15 and of Surrey and Sussex 1522
  • From: - SEARCH SITE FOR Brereton


  • Anne Brooke, Baroness Cobham, born Anne Braye (21 March 1501 – 1 November 1558), was the wife of Sir George Brooke, 9th Baron Cobham. She was the attendant horsewoman at Anne Boleyn's coronation as Queen Consort on 1 June 1533,[1] and she was allegedly one of the first accusers of Queen Anne in 1536.[2] Anne Brooke was Baroness Cobham from 1529 until her death in 1558.
  • Anne Braye was born on 21 March 1501 in Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire, England, the eldest daughter of Sir Edmund Braye (c.1480- 18 October 1539), who would be created 1st Baron Braye on 4 December 1529 by King Henry VIII of England, and Jane Halliwell (c.1480- 24 October 1558. She had a brother, John Braye, 2nd Lord Braye, of whom she was one of his co-heirs, along with her younger sisters, Elizabeth, Frideswide, Mary, Frances, and Dorothy Bray, Baroness Chandos. The latter was 23 years Anne's junior.
  • In 1517 or before 1526, she married George Brooke (1497- 29 September 1558), the brother-in-law of poet Sir Thomas Wyatt. He was knighted in July 1523 by the Earl of Surrey after the taking of Morlaix, and he would succeed his father as 9th Baron Cobham on 19 July 1529; henceforth, Anne was styled as Baroness Cobham. They lived at Cobham Hall in Kent and Cowling Castle.
  • Together George and Anne had 10 sons and four daughters. These included:
    • Dorothy Brooke (b.1518)
    • Elizabeth Brooke (25 June 1526- 2 April 1565), married bigamously William Parr, 1st Marquess of Northampton, while he was still wed to Anne Bourchier, 7th Baroness Bourchier.
    • Sir William Brooke, 10th Baron Cobham (1 November 1527- 6 March 1597), married firstly, Dorothy Neville, by whom he had one daughter; and secondly in 1560, Frances Newton, one of Queen Elizabeth I's Ladies of the Bedchamber by whom he had seven children.
    • Catherine Brooke (b.c.1527), married John Jerningham, by whom she had issue.
    • George Brooke (27 January 1533- 1570), married Christiana Duke, by whom he had issue.
    • Thomas Brooke (1533–1578), married and had issue.
    • John Brooke (1535–1594)
    • Sir Henry Brooke (5 February 1537/1538- c. 1591 or January 1592), married Anne Sutton (- c. January 1611/1612), daughter of Sir Henry Sutton, from Nottinghamshire, by whom he had issue John Brooke, 1st Baron Cobham and Philippa Brooke (- c. September 1613, bur. Stockeston, Leicestershire, 28 September 1613), wife of Walter Calverley and Sir Thomas Burton, 1st Baronet
  • In April 1533, Anne received a letter of summons from the King to attend the coronation of his second wife, Anne Boleyn.[3] She was allocated the role of Queen Anne's attendant horsewoman for the royal procession from the Tower of London to the Queen's coronation at Westminster Abbey, and as such was required to find white palfreys for herself and her ladies. Although her own robes and long cloth of gold trapper for her horse were provided for, Anne was expected to equip her attendants herself.[4]
  • Her husband was a distant cousin of Anne Boleyn, through his mother, Dorothy Heydon whose own mother, Anne was an aunt of Sir Thomas Boleyn. .... etc.
  • From:,_Baroness_Cobham


  • Edmund BRAY (1º B. Bray)
  • Born: 1484, Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire, England
  • Acceded: 4 Dec 1529
  • Died: 18 Oct 1539
  • Buried: Chelsea Church
  • Notes: See his Biography.
  • Father: John BRAY
  • Mother: ¿?
  • Married: Jane HALLIGHWELL (b. ABT 1480 - d. 24 Oct 1558) ( dau. of Richard Halywell of Harberton, Esq., and Anne Norbury) (m.2 Sir Urian Brereton) ABT 1499, Holwell, Bedfordshire, England
  • Children:
    • 1. Anne BRAY (B. Cobham)
    • 2. Elizabeth BRAY
    • 3. John BRAY (2º B. Bray)
    • 4. Dorothy BRAY (B. Chandos of Sudeley)
    • 5. Mary BRAY
    • 6. Frideswide BRAY (b. ABT 1516)
    • 7. Frances BRAY (b. 1522 - d. 27 May 1592)
    • 8. Dau. BRAY
    • 9. Dau. BRAY
    • 10. Dau. BRAY
    • 11. Dau. BRAY
  • From: BRAY (1º B. Bray)


After the death of Edmund Bray, the testatrix’ mother, Jane (nee Halighwell) Bray (d. 24 October 1558) married Sir Urian Brereton of Handforth, Cheshire. See Maclean, John, ed., Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society for 1882-83, (Bristol: C.T. Jeffries), Vol. VII, p. 304 at: Sir+Richard+Halighwell%22+%22anne+Norbury%22&source=bl&ots=mecnAQcO00&s ig=gDLZlARtOAKYGOnOm4NHWd_cbLE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=O3xNU8CoE6GIyAGtoHYAw&ved=0CCgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22Sir%20Richard%20Halighwell%2 2%20%22anne%20Norbury%22&f=false.


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Eaton Bray, Central Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom
March 21, 1501
Eaton, Bedfordshire, , England
Plymouth, Devon, England
Tring, Hertfordshire, England
London, Middlesex, England
Stoke D'Abernon, Surry, England
Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire, , England
Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire, , England
October 24, 1558
Age 72
Eaton Bray, Central Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom