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George Petre

Birthplace: Brentwood, UK
Death: September 26, 1649 (36)
Immediate Family:

Son of William Petre, 2nd Baron Petre and Catherine Somerset
Husband of Anne Mostyn
Brother of Elizabeth Sheldon; Robert Petre, 3rd Baron Petre; Marie (Mary) Petre; William Petre, of Bellhouse; Edward Petre and 4 others

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About George Petre

De genealogiska uppteckningar, som äro bevarade om den engelska släkten Petre lämna emellertid inte något stöd åt den svenska släkttraditionen. Enligt dessa hade William Petre, andre lord Petre of Writtle (1575-1637), i sitt gifte med Edward Somersets andra dotter Katherine, (jfr ÖRNBERG) åtta söner. Bland dem märktes Robert, senare tredjelord Petre, och George, den yngst av sönerna. Denne George var född i West Horndon den 15 augusti 1613 och gifte sig med Anne, dotter till Henry Fox of Lehurse. Även om man för- kastar åldersuppgiften på Arboga-epitafiet, är det inte möjligt att -- som man sökt göra -- påvisa någon närmare släktskap mellan George Petre och den svenska Petresläktens stamfader. George Petre dog nämligen på godset Wexford i England den 26 september 1647.

In 1640, Anne Fox Mostyn Petre and her husband, George Petre, knight, began to build an inn in Holywell about sixteen yards from St. Winifred’s Well. Like his wife, who had been involved in the schoolkeeping controversy of the 1620s, George Petre was a well known recusant and a supporter of the Jesuits.68 Sir Francis Windebank, Secretary of State, promptly sent orders to the Sheriff of Flintshire “for reasons of State, best known to His Majesty [Charles I]” to “command that the building do immediately cease.”69 The Petres’ structure had become controversial because of suspicions that Catholics intended to use it as a chapel and retreat center for pilgrims making illegal resort to the well. An anonymous pro-Jesuit commentator on the case claimed that when the sheriff told George Petre that he was to cease building he revealed that it was “persons of Mr. Petre’s own religion” that had wrecked the construction plans.70


George Petrie was the son of the provost of Montrose of the same name. He moved to Sweden with his brother Robert [SSNE 6787] in order to live with their older brother William [SSNE 6708] after their father's death in 1628. The family were involved in the iron and steel industry and in 1635, George became a burgess of Stockholm . ....................................................................... Stockholm Stadsarkiv: Borgare i Stockholm, Register 1601-1650, p.64; Steve Murdoch, Network North: Scottish Kin, Commercial and Covert Associations in Northern Europe, 1603-1746 (Brill, Leiden, 2006), p.187. This information, drawn from a variety of sources, and was largely provided by Knut Fasting.


Sixth son of William, second Baron Petre of Writtle. Ancestors of the Petres of Bellhouse. Source: Burke, Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain, vol. 3, p. 264.


  • 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. ROBERT, third Lord Petre.
    • II. William, ancestor of the Petres of Bellhouse.
    • lII. Thomas.
    • IV. JOHN, of whom presently.
    • V. Henry.
    • VI. George
    • I. Elizabeth, m. to William Sheldon, esq. of Beoley, in Worcestershire.
    • II. Mary, m. to John, Lord Teynham.
    • III. Catherine, m. to John Carrel, of Harting, in Sussex.
  • The fourth son,
  • THE HON. JOHN PETRE, waa of Fidlers, in Essex. He married thrice. By his first wife, Elizabeth (who d. in 1658), daughter of Thomas Pordage, esq. of Radmersham, he left, at his decease in 1696, a son and successor,
  • .... etc.


  • William PETRE (2° B. Petre of Writtle)
  • Born: 24 Jun 1575, West Horndon, Essex, England
  • Died: 5 May 1637, West Horndon, Essex, England
  • Buried: 12 May 1637, Ingatestone, Essex, England
  • Notes: Student at the Middle Temple in 1593. Member of Parliament for Essex 1597-8. Married in 1596 to Catherine, 2nd daughter of Edward Somerset, 4th Earl of Worcester. Male heir born 1599. Succeeded 1613.
  • Father: John PETRE (1° B. Petre of Writtle)
  • Mother: Mary WALDEGRAVE
  • Married: Catherine SOMERSET (B. Petre of Writtle) 8 Nov 1596, Essex House
  • Children:
    • 1. Mary PETRE
    • 2. Robert PETRE (3º B. Petre of Writtle)
    • 3. William PETRE
    • 4. Edward PETRE
    • 5. Thomas PETRE
    • 6. Henry PETRE
    • 7. George PETRE
    • 8. Catherine PETRE
    • 9. Elizabeth PETRE
    • 10. John PETRE
    • 11. Anne PETRE (b. 2 Jul 1609 - d. 18 Oct 1610)
  • From: PETRE (2° B. Petre of Writtle)


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George Petre's Timeline

August 15, 1613
Brentwood, UK
September 26, 1649
Age 36