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George Prater, Esq.

Also Known As: "George Prather", "Esquire"
Birthdate: (48)
Birthplace: Inglesham or Eaton Water, Wiltshire, England
Death: June 15, 1564 (48)
Shefford Magna, Wiltshire, England
Place of Burial: Latton, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of John Prater, Esq. and Elene Prater
Husband of Jane Prater
Father of Col. Richard Prater; John Prater; Gentleman Anthony Thomas Prater; Elinor Prater; Dorothy Provender and 8 others
Brother of Joane Stephens; John Prater; Alis Prater and Bartholomew Prater

Managed by: Donald Franklin Colvin
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About George Prater, Esq.

George Prater lived at Latton, Wiltshire which has been in existence since before the Roman occupation of England. There are still old Roman ruins there today.

Gary Benton Prather (family historian) believes that George was the Reeve of Nunney, Somerset, working under his cousin Sir William Paulet. George later purchased the holdings of Nunney from his cousin in a tax deal, which kept the Manor of Nunney in the family. Nunney Castle was included in this transaction which was handled by a Jack Prater. We do not know how Jack is related to the family. It is possible that Jack was the nickname for John. This was a very common nickname that was used in those days. Records state that Nunney was purchased out of the estate of George's father John.

George lived during the time that King Henry the Eighth created the Church of England and discontinued recognition of the Catholic Church. This was a harsh time for the Praters as they were Catholic. The Praters were heavily taxed for their religion, but because of their high social and political connections they continued to do well. Also they were related to other noble and titled families.

George died "interstate". He was buried in his church at Latton, Wiltshire. His tomb is under the floor of the church in the seventh isle.

The name Prater was the Anglican version of the Latin word Presbyter, Presbyter, Prater, The Elder, Praetor, Praetorian was a class of people of early Roman times who were magistrates, justices, and learned men whose position was usually inherited.


George Prater purchased the Nunney Castle from John Prather Estate.


  • George Prater1,2
  • M, #80387, b. circa 1510
  • George Prater was born circa 1510 at of Wiltshire, England.1
  • Family
  • Child
    • Alice Prater+1,2 b. c 1535
  • Citations
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 253.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 91.
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  • George Prater
  • Birth: 1516 Wiltshire, England
  • Death: Feb. 1, 1564 Latton, Wiltshire, England
  • George Prater and Jane Plott had ten children: Richard (oldest son and heir, married to Margaret Ashfield), Anthony, George, John, Dorothy (married to George Provender), Nicholas, Bartholomew, Margaret, Eleanor and Alice (married to Thomas Walrond).
  • The Prater coat of arms is registered with Burke's Heraldry as follows: "Prater (Prather) — Water Co., Wiltshire, England. Sable three wolves' heads erased argent on a chief or.; a lion passant of the first. Crest: a pegasus courant sable ducally gorged or."
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • John Prater (1492 - 1547)
  • Elene Prater (1493 - 1556)
  • Spouse:
  • Jane Plott Prater (1515 - 1587)*
  • Children:
    • Richard Prater (1540 - 1580)*
    • Anthony Prater (1545 - 1593)*
  • Burial: All Saints Churchyard, Latton, Wiltshire Unitary Authority, Wiltshire, England
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 120887007
  • From:


  • Parishes: Stanton St. Bernard
  • A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 10. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1975.
  • .... etc
  • The demesne farm was held from successive earls by beneficial leases, for years on lives renewable by fines. By c. 1554 it was held by George Prater (fn. 30) and in 1567 by his son Anthony. (fn. 31) Much litigation was brought about by Anthony's extortionate activities in Stanton, as a result of which he was several times bound over at quarter sessions, (fn. 32) excommunicated, subjected to the compelling intervention in Stanton of Henry earl of Pembroke's rent collectors, and possibly imprisoned. (fn. 33) He was described in 1601 as 'a troublesome man'. (fn. 34) Anthony's occupation of the demesne is implied in 1592, (fn. 35) but by 1594 he was dead. (fn. 36) He had sons Thomas and William who surrendered the land in 1602. (fn. 37) It was then leased to Thomas Baskerville (d. 1620–1), (fn. 38) and was afterwards held by his widow Joan. (fn. 39)
  • .... etc.
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  • The visitation of Wiltshire 1565 by Harvey, William
    • PRATER of Latton.
  • Arms : — Sable, three wolves' heads erased Argent, on a chief Or a lion passant of the field, impaling Quarterly 1 and 4 Argent, a trefoil slipped between three mullets Gules (Ashfield). 2, Azure, in chief two lions rampant addorsed Or, in base two bars wavy Argent. 3, Or, three, lions passant in pale Sable.
  • GEORGE PRATER of Latton, co. Wilts, mar. Jane, da. of Richard Plott of Blewberye, co. Berks, and by her had issue, — RICHARD, son and heir ; Anthony, second son ; George, third son ; John, fourth son ; Nicholas, fifth son; Bartholomew, sixth son; Alis, mar. to Thomas Walrond of Alborne, co. Wilts, Gent. ; Margerett, mar. to William Kembyll of Wyddyll, co. Wilts ; Elinor and Dorathe, unmar.
  • RICHARD PRATER of Eton Water, co. Berks, Gent., son and heir of George, mar. Margerett, da. of Humfrey Ashfeild of Heythorp, co. Oxford, Esq., and by her had issue, — George, son and heir; Humphrey, second son ; Richard, third son.


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George Prater, Esq.'s Timeline

Inglesham or Eaton Water, Wiltshire, England
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Eaton, Wiltshire, , England
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Latton, Wiltshire, England
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Latton, Wiltshire, England
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Latton, Wiltshire, , England
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Latton, Wiltshire, England
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