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William Peryam, Kt., MP

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Exeter, Devon, England
Death: October 9, 1604 (70)
Little Fulford, Devon, England
Immediate Family:

Son of John Peryam and Margaret Periam
Husband of Elizabeth Bacon, i; Agnes Peryam and Margaret Periam
Father of Mary Pole; Jane Poyntz; Elinor Horsey and Elizabeth Basset
Brother of Margery Swete; John Peryam, MP and Grace Perriam

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About Sir William Peryam, Kt., MP

b. 1534, 1st s. of John Peryam, and bro. of John. educ. Exeter Coll. Oxf. 1551; Clifford’s Inn; M. Temple 1553, called 1565. m. (1) Margery, da. of John Holcot of Berks.; (2) Anne or Agnes, da. of John Parker of North Molton, Devon, 4da.; (3) Elizabeth, da. of Sir Nicholas Bacon†, lord keeper, wid. of Robert Doyley and of Sir Henry Neville I. suc. fa. c.1573. Kntd. 1593.

Offices Held

J.p. Devon from c.1569, many other counties from c.1583; bencher, M. Temple 1577, serjeant-at-law 1580; justice of common pleas 1581; chief baron of the Exchequer from 1593; commr. trials of Mary Stuart 1586, Earl of Essex. 1601.1

Biography The son of a Marian exile, Peryam became a London lawyer. By the time of the 1568 parliamentary election his services were no doubt already retained by the Plymouth corporation, which paid him for drawing up a bill about an almshouse during this Parliament. Peryam was a supporter of the 2nd Earl of Bedford as his father had been of the 1st. He was an overseer of the 2nd Earl’s will, and succeeded to his borough patronage at Bossiney and Camelford. Early in 1568 Peryam was called to Ireland by Sir Peter Carew, then prosecuting his claims to an Irish barony, and he was instrumental in winning Carew’s case. This may have led to his suggested appointment as judge under the president of Munster, Sir John Pollard. Though ‘scarcely known’ to Sir William Cecil, Peryam wrote to him to try to get out of it, then petitioned the Privy Council against it, mentioning his wife and children, losses previously incurred in Ireland, and his delicate state of health. The Privy Council agreed that he should serve for two years only and in the end he does not seem to have gone at all.

Peryam’s name has not been found in the journals of the 1563 Parliament. After distinguished service on the bench he was discharged of his circuit in 1603 ‘by reason of his weakness’, and he died 9 Oct. 1604 at his home near Crediton. Peryam was described by Ralegh as ‘my lord puritan Peryam’, and Thomas Wilcox, dedicating a work to John Popham and Peryam wrote ‘you both profess the holy gospel of Christ, and may ... be received amongst them that mourn for your own sins’. Peryam’s daughter Elizabeth married Robert, heir of Arthur Bassett and his daughter Mary married William Pole II.2

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603 Author: P. W. Hasler Notes 1. Vivian, Vis. Devon , 603; Roberts thesis; HMC Bath, v. 74, 269. 2. Plymouth Recs. 195; PCC 45 Windsor; J. Hooker, Life of Carew, ed. Maclean, 80-2; SP63/26/25; 27/28; CSP Ire. 1509-73, p. 402; Trevelyan Pprs. (Cam. Soc. cv), 50; E. Edwards, Life of Raleigh, ii. 250; Stowe 130, f. 110; MacCaffrey thesis, 42; Collinson thesis, 59, 811, n. 1; Harl. 6996, f. 27.

William Peryam, (Sir) was born in Exeter, Devonshire, England, in 1534, and died in Little Fulford near Crediton, Devonshire, England, in 1604. His wife was Margery Holcot He is the son of John and Elizabeth (Hone) Peryam. She was the daughter of John Holcot of Berkshire. They had no children.

His second marriage was to Anne Parker. She was born in England. She is the daughter of John Parker. They had four children:

i. Mary Peryam [#5311]: She was born probably in Little Fulford near Crediton, Devonshire, England, about 1566, and died in Devonshire, England, on May 8, 1606. ii. Elizabeth Periam: She married Robert Basset, (Sir) of Heanton-Punchardon, Devonshire. iii. Jane Periam was born in England in 1572, and died in England in 1620. She married first, Thomas Poyns. Her second marriage was to Thomas Docwra of Putteridge in Hertfordshire with whom she bore eight children: John, Periam, Henry, Ann, Elizabeth, Jane, Mary, and William. It was also his second marriage. iv. Anna Periam: She married William Williams of Herringstone, Dorset.

His third marriage was to Elizabeth Bacon. She was a daughter of Nicholas Bacon, (Sir). They had no children.

From Dictionary of National Biography, entry for Peryam, Sir William (1534–1604)

Peryam, Sir William (1534–1604), judge, was the eldest son of John Peryam of Exeter, by his wife Elizabeth, a daughter of Robert Hone of Ottery St. Mary, Devonshire (Pole: Collections for Devon, p. 149). He was born at Exeter in 1534, and was a cousin of of Thomas Bodley, (Sir). His father, a man of means, was twice mayor of Exeter, and his brother, Sir John, was also an alderman of that town and a benefactor of Exeter College, Oxford. William Peryam was educated at Exeter College, Oxford, where he was elected fellow on 25 April, but resigned on 7 Oct. 1551, and sat for Plymouth from 1562 to 1567. He joined the Middle Temple, where his arms are placed in the hall, was called to the bar in 1565, became a serjeant-at-law in Michaelmas term 1579, and on 13 Feb. 1581 was appointed a judge of the common pleas. Upon Sir Christopher Hatton's death in 1591, he was named one of the commissioners to hear causes in chancery, and he was frequently in commissions for trials of political crimes, particularly those of Mary Queen of Scots, the Earls of Arundel and Essex, and Sir John Perrot. Accordingly in January 1593 he was promoted to be chief baron of the exchequer, and was knighted, and presided in that court for nearly twelve years. On 9 Oct. 1604 he died at his house at Little Fulford, near Crediton, Devonshire, and was buried at Little Fulford church, in which neighbourhood he had bought large estates. He had also built a "fayre dwelling house" (Pole: Collections for Devon, p. 221) at Credy Peitevin or Wiger, which he left to his daughters, and they sold it to his brother John. A picture, supposed to be his portrait, and ascribed to Holbein, is in the National Portrain Gallery, London (Notes and Queries, 5th ser. vi. 88,135). He was thrice married: first to Margery, daughter of John Holcot of Berkshire; secondly, to Anne, daughter of John Parker of North Molton, Devonshire; thirdly, to Elizabeth, a daughter of Sir Nicholas Bacon, lord-keeper; and he left four daughters of whom the eldest, Mary, was married to Sir William Pole of Colcombe, Devonshire, and Elizabeth to Sir Robert Basset of Heanton-Punchardon, Devonshire; Jane married Thomas Povntz of Hertfordshire; and Anne, William Williams of Herringstone, Dorset. His widow, in 1620, endowed a fellowship and two scholarships at Balliol College, Oxford, out of lands at Hambledon and Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire.

References cited:

       Boase's Registrum Coll. Exon. (Oxford Historical Society), pp. 66, 370
       Foss's Judges of England
       Prince's Worthies
       Pole's Collections for Devon
       Dugdale's origines, pp. 48, 225
       State Trials, i. 1167, 1251, 1315, 1333
       App. 4th Rep. Public Records 272–96
       Walter Yonge's Diary, p. 8
       Green's Domestic State Papers, 1591–1603
       Foster's Alumni Oxon.
       Strype's Works, Index
       Official Returns of Members of Parliament

Peryam was also spelled "Periam" and "Periham". Sources:

   Dictionary of National Biography: "Peryam".
   Harlkian Society No. 6: The Visitation [of the Heralds] to the County of Devon, 1620, pp. 212–214
   The Docwra Family Research Project, July, 2002

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Sir William Peryam, Kt., MP's Timeline

Exeter, Devon, England
April 30, 1567
Age 33
Fulford, Devon, England
Age 35
Age 39
October 9, 1604
Age 70
Little Fulford, Devon, England
January 15, 1949
Age 70
January 15, 1949
Age 70
January 27, 1949
Age 70
January 27, 1949
Age 70
June 13, 1969
Age 70