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Sir William Lovelace, Knight

Also Known As: "Sir William Lovelace", "the younger", "of Bethersden"
Birthdate: (44)
Birthplace: Bethersden,Woolwich,Kent,England
Death: Died in Seige Grolle, Holland, Netherlands
Cause of death: In battle at the Siege of Grolle.
Place of Burial: St Margaret-Canterbury, Kent, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir William Lovelace and Elizabeth Lovelace
Husband of Anne Browne
Father of Anne Gorsuch; Thomas Lovelace; Richard Lovelace; Francis Lovelace; Joanna (Johanna) Lovelace and 3 others
Brother of Richard Lovelace and Mabel Lovelace
Half brother of William Lovelace, the Fifth

Occupation: Englsih Knight & Soldier, Soldier: Died in Battle At Siege of Grolle In, Holland, Knight, Knight-soldier, knight
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About Sir William Lovelace, of Woolrich

Sir William LOVELACE- stockholder in the Virginia Company

  • Mother: Elizabeth AUCHER
  • Birth: 2 Feb 1584 Woolrich, Kent County, London, England
  • Death: 12 Aug 1627 At The Seige Of Groll, Hollande
  • Christening: 12 Feb 1584 Saint Alphege, Cantevury, England


The Lovelace Family and its Connections, by J. Hall Pleasants, Baltimore , Maryland,as published in the Virginia Historical Magazine

Sir William Lovelace7 (John1, Richard2, William3, William4, William5, William6). He was baptized February 12th, 1583/4, at St. Alphege, Canterbury. He is usually known as "Sir William Lovelace of Woolwich", where one of his residences, possibly acquired through his wife, was located, although he is styled in his will and in his inquisition as "Sir William Lovelace, the younger, of Bethersden", and would, of course, have succeeded to Lovelace Place had he have outlived his father. He was knighted by James 1 at Theobald's, 20 September, 1609. (Shaw's Knights of England; ii; p. 148). He married, apparently as early as 1610, Anne the daughter of Sir William Barne, knight, of Woolwich, Kent, by his wife Anne the daughter of Edwin Sandys, Archbishop of York. Both the Barne and Sandys families took a very active part in the colonization of Virginia, and will be considered later in separate sketches. Sir William Lovelace5 was a member of the Virginia Company and an incorporator of the second Virginia Charter, 1609 (Brown's Genesis of the United States: pp. 213, 939).

Sir William Lovelace was a soldier by profession, although the assertion in a letter of Charles that he "had served about forty years in ye warres" is obviously an exaggeration, as he was only forty-three at the time of his death. From some Latin lines preceding Lucasta by his son Richard Lovelaces, the poet, it appears that he had served with distinction in the Low Countries (Poetical Works of Richard Lovelace Hazlitt Edition; p. xiv). It is stated definitely both in the letter of Charles reproduced below, and in Hasted's Kcnt that Lovelace fell at the Groll. As his inquisition post mortem, a full abstract of which follows, states that he died 12 August, 3 Charles 1 [l627], there is no question that he was killed at the last siege of the Groll* in Holland. England, Holland as members of the Protestant Alliance were then at war with Spain, and Lovelace fell only a few days before the stronghold of the Groll was recaptured by the allies from the Spaniards.

  • Emphasis is laid upon the evidence that Sir William Lovelace was killed at the siege of the Groll, 12 August 1627, because it is stated in another connection that he was "slain at the siege of the Burse." In a calendar of inquisitions, temp. Henry VIII to Charles I, in the Heralds College, compiled and annoted by Sir Charles Young, Garter King of Arms, and now being published in The Genealogist (1915; xxxi; 276) occurs the following: "Sir William Lovelace, knt., slain at the siege of the Burse [1628]".

As the year of death is incorrectly given here, and as the original inquisition contains no reference whatsoever to the place of death, the compiler of the calendar of inquisitions has obviously added from some other source the statement in regard to the Burse. The writer has not only been unable to find any confirmation of this statement, but has been unable to locate a place of this name in Holland, or to find any reference to such a siege. It seems quite possible, however, that some minor engagement at a place bearing such a name may have taken place in connection with the operations about Groll. Among the Egerton MSS. in the British Museum (No. 2553; folio 60-B) is a very interesting letter from Charles 1 to the Governor of Sutton's Hospital, London, later known as Charterhouse School, apparently written early in 1628, endorsed "For one of Sir William Lovelace's Sons". This letter, a copy of which follows, has been published in the Gentleman's Magazine (1884! ii; p. 462):

From His Majesty to ye Governour of Sutton's Hospital

Whereas we are given to understand that Sir William Lovelace after he had served about forty years in ye warres, and was slaynte at ye last siege of Grolle, and his fortune most depending upon ye warres left his lady ritch only in great store of children, and she most humbly beseeching us to bestow one of our places in Sutton's Hospital upon one of his sonnes, Wee are pleased to grant his request. Wherefore our royal pleasure is that ye Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, and others ye governours of ye said Hospitall doe take orders that Thomas Lovelace his son may be admitted ye said house in our prime place at yr next thereon.

Given under our hand this day in ye fourth yeare of our reign

[Charles Rex]

From the will of Sir William Lovelace and the inquisition post mortem upon his landed estate, and from the will of his widow Lady Anne, here, reproduced for the first time, many facts of interest are learned. As Sir William Lovelace was outlived by his father he never came into actual possession of Lovelace Place, although the inquisition specifically states that the "remainder" was vested in him, subject to the life interest of his father. From the inquisition we also learn that the tenure of Lovelace Place was held by the Lovelaces "of the Archbishop of Canterbury as of his Manor of Bethersden by fealty." Reference is also made in his will and in the inquisition to other lands held by him in Bethersden and to sundry lands in Shoulden, Chart Magna, Shidonhurst and Canterbury in the county of Kent. How he actually came into legal possession of these various properties during his father's lifetime, except in the case of the Shoulden lands which he acquired by purchase, is somewhat uncertain. It seems most probable that they had been made over by indenture to him by his father prior to July 15, 1622, the date of his will, as his father makes no mention in his will, dated 6 October, 1629, of any lands whatsoever, disposing only of personal property. On the other hand any lands belonging to the elder Sir William, in regard to which he died intestate, would of course have passed by law to the issue of his only Son Sir William, deceased. Those which the grandfather had held by the "custom of gavelkind of Kent" would, however, have been equally divided among all his grandsons, while those held by entail, as Bethersden Place, would all have passed to his eldest grandson Richard, the poet. As no property in Woolwich is mentioned in the will or inquisition it seem probable that his residence there was of a temporary character, and with his wife's family, the Barnes. Sir William Lovelace, the younger, had by his wife Anne Barne eight children, five sons and three daughters who reached maturity, and whose names are known. As neither the parish register of Betheraden nor of Woolwich covering this period are in existence, the exact dates of baptism or birth of most of the children cannot be determined. Anne was certainly the eldest child; Richard the poet was the eldest son and be-came the proprietor of Lovelace Place. The wills show that Thomas, Francis and William were respectively the second, third and fourth sons. The inquisition shows that Joan was the "child to be born" named in Sir William's will, dated 15 July, 1622; Elizabeth, not named in her father's will, was the youngest daughter, and Dudley, or as he styled himself, Dudley-Posthuums,was the youngest child and born after August 12, 1627, the date of his father's death. It will be noted that the only children named in the inquisition are those who under their father's will were to receive land or legacies chargeable against land. The inquisition settles a point of no little general interest-the exact date of birth of Richard Lovelace, the poet.

All biographical sketches of him state that he was born in 1618, although none give the month and day. The inquisition now enables us to show that this date is incorrect, and to fix the date of his birth definitely as December 6, 1617.

The portrait of Sir William Lovelace7 which is reproduced here is from a photograph of the painting in the Dulwich Gallery (Gallery No. 365-panel 25x21 inches). An excellent copy in oil of this same portrait is in the collection of Mr. Walter deC. Poultney of Baltimore. It is interesting to note that this portrait, as well as those of his father and grandfather are referred to in his wife's will. Lady Lovelace's will also shows that she was at one time in the Low Countries. His widow Lady Anne Lovelace married, January 20, 1630, at Greenwich as her second husband Jonathan Browne, Doctor of Laws. Browne matriculated at Gloucester Hall, Oxford 13 October, 1620, aged 19, and received the degree of B. C. L. 1624/5, D. C. L. 1630 and L. L. D. He held the following preferements: rector of Shelly, Essex, 1621; rector of St. Faith's, London, 1628; rector of Hertingfordbury, Herts, 1630; canon of Hereford Cathedral, 1636; dean of Hereford Cathedral 1636; canon of Westminster Abbey! 1639. He outlived his wife and died December, 1643, and his will (undated and unregistered) was proved 8 April, 1645 (Oxford Wills; Prerogafive Court of Cantabury, 1645). A copy of this will in the possession of the writer shows that he had a daughter Anne Browne who had married prior to 8 April, 1645, Herbert Croft, S. T. P. The will of "Dame Anne Lovelace, now the wife of Jonathan Browne, of London, Doctor of Laws", dated 16 May, 1632, and proved by her husband, 22 May, 1633, of which a full abstract will follow, makes bequests to "my daughter Anne Browne". The date of marriage, 20 January, 1630, of Jonathan Browne and Anne (Barne Lovelace as given by Crisp (Visitation of England and Wales; Notes - ; 121), may be incorrect, for unless Anne Browne married Croft at a very early age, it is hard to see how she could have been a daughter by Anne (Barne) Lovelace, as the wills indicate she was.

The will of Sir William Lovelace, dated July 15th, 1622, disposes of sundry family manors and lands, which his father, who did not die until 1629, had doubtless already legally settled upon him. The will of Sir William Lovelace the younger of Bidersden [Bethersden], co. Kent, knight, dated 15 July, 1622, was proved 23 June, 1628, in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury -(1628; Barrington 60). The following is an abstract

I Sir William Lovelace of Bidersden, co. Kent, knight, appoint my wife Anne Lovelace and Thomas Twisden of Wie, co. Kent, esq., guardians of my children, and I make the said Thomas Twisden my executor with my wife. I give to them all my lands whatsoever in Bethersden, Holden [Sholdenl, Chart Magna, Shidonhurst and Canterburie, till my eldest son Richard Lovelace attain his age of 24, when he shall enter therein. If he die before that age, I give them to my second son Thomas, and in the event of his death, to my third son Francis at 24. I give to my said two younger sons all my lands in the parish of Sholden, co. Kent, which I purchased of Sir Peeter Manwoode. To my daughter Anne Lovelace, all my stock and adventure in the East India Company, with all the profits thereon to be paid her at her age of 21 or marriage. To the child to be born to me £200 if a son, £300 if a daughter, to be paid out in lands. I give to the said Thomas Twisden my embroidered scarf, with all my horses, swords and arms whatsoever.

(signed) William Lovelace.

Witnesses: Thomas Atone, Eric. Tucker.

Proved 23 June 1628 by Anne Lovelace, the relict, the other executor being dead.

The inquisition post mortem upon the estate, of Sir William Lovelace7 taken 9 August 1628 (Court of Wards and Liveries-Inquisitions Post mortem; 77; p. 128), has never been previously published, and contain most interesting data. It will be noted that the inquisition does not mention the younger children, William, Elizabeth and Dudley who were not born at the time their father's will was made, 15 July 1622, and were not provided for under its terms, but does mention Joan who was "the child to be born to me" of the will.

Sir William Lovelace the younger of Betherisden, co. Kent, Knight. Inquisition taken at the castle in Canterbury 9 August 4 Charles 1 [1628]. The said Sir William was seised of the wood or woodland called Limbered Wood, containing about 100 acres, in Bethersiden; a farm or messuage, & 18 acres of land in Bethersiden in the tenure of Thomas Bird; enclosed land there called The Parke (about 70 acres), in the occupation of George Trusser a messuage & 30 acres of land there in the tenure of James Wills; a tenement there called Loders House, in the tenure of Andrew Loder; 15 acres called Hunt's Lands, in the tenure of-Loder, widow; a messuage and 60 acres called Carpenter's Farm, in the tenure of -----Howard; a messuage & 50 acres called Barboddender,, in the tenure of Thomas Waterman; 30 acres called Burthouse lands, in the tenure of-Gadsby; a messuage & 60 acres called Elites Farme, in the tenure of the said George Trusse; tenements in the occupation of-Carpenter, widow, Thomas Witherden, Richard Long, Thomas Ellis, John Wilverden, Stephen Austen and John Howlet, all in Betherisden; a messuage in the parish of All Hallows, Canterbury, in the occupation of John Jorden; 2 messuages and 40 acres of land in Betherisden, lately purchased of the heirs of Thomas Blechenden, in the occupation of John Holmes and George Morris; a messuage called "le Mazondien house, keeper house or warriner's house" in the Downes in the parish of Shouldon, co. Kent, and 50 acres of land called Sandhilles and Outgroundes, lying between the sea and the marahes there, late in the tenure of Christian Hurlstone and Ezekiel Barbar, and afterwards of-Brooke; marshes heretofore called "le Netherrnarahe" in Shouldon, late belonging to the dissolved house called-"le Mazondew" of Dover, & now called the Mazondew marshes, containing about 60 acres. At the time of his death and eversince, his father, Sir William Lovelace, Kt; was and is seised of a capital messuage and 30 acres of land in Betherisden, now in the occupation of the said Sir William Lovelace the father and George Trusse.

By their deed dated 18 February 18 James 1 [1620] the two Sir William's granted to John Blechenden, citizen and mercer of London, an annuity of £20 payable out of all the premises, at the south door of the parish church of Tenterden, beginning in the year 1623. The interest of the said John Blechenden in the said annuity has been conveyed to Sir John Hales, Kt., heir apparent of Sir Edward Hales, baronet. The will of Sir William the son is here recited. He died 12 August 3 Charles 1 [1627]. Richard Lovelace, his son and heir, was then aged 9 years, 8 months, 3 days at the time of the death of his father. The chief messuage in Betherisden, in the occupation of his father for his life, with remainder to the deceased Sir William, is held of the Archbishop of Canterbury as of his manor of Bethersiden by fealty and a rent of- Dame Anne Lovelace, his widow, is still living. Thomas Twisden named joint guardian with her of his children by the will of the said Sir William, died at Wye, co. Kent, 1 August 1 Charles I. His sons Thomas and Francis Lovelace survive. After the date of his will. his wife Anne bore a daughter Joan, who is now alive.

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  • Richard Lovelace (1618–1657) ....
  • Richard Lovelace was born in 1618. His exact birthplace is unknown, and may have been Woolwich, Kent, or Holland.[1] He was the 'oldest son of Sir William Lovelace and Anne Barne Lovelace' ....
  • Richard's 'father was the son of' Sir William Lovelace and Elizabeth Aucher who was the daughter of Mabel Wroths and Edward Aucher, Esq. who inherited, under his father's Will, the manors of Bishopsbourne and Hautsborne. Elizabeth's nephew was Sir Anthony Aucher (1614 – 31 May 1692) an English politician and Cavalier during the English Civil War. He was the son of her brother Sir Anthony Aucher and his wife Hester Collett. ....
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Sir William Lovelace was from an old distinguished military and legal family. The Lovelace’s owned a considerable amount of property in Kent. William died in battle.


William Lovelace is Dorothy Willard's 10th great grandfather. Dorothy Willard (Duncan) -John Henry Duncan, Dorothy’s father-Emma Whitman, John Henry’s mother- Mary Jane Stodghill, Emma’s mother- Joel Stodghill, Mary’s father- Durette Stodghill, Joel’s father- Joel Stodghill, Durette’s father- James Stodghill, Joel’s father- Ann Madison, James’ mother- Isabella Minor Todd, Ann’s mother- Anne Gorsuch, Isabella’s mother- Anne Lovelace, Anne Gorsuch’s mother- William Lovelace, Anne Lovelace’s father.

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Sir William Lovelace, of Woolrich's Timeline

St. Alphege, Cantebury, England
February 2, 1583
February 2, 1583
St Alphage-Canterbury, Kent, England
Age 26
Lovelace, Kent, England
Age 30
Kent, England, United Kingdom
December 6, 1617
Age 34
Bethersden, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Age 37
Deal, Kent, United Kingdom
Age 38
Woolwich, Kent, England
Age 41
Kent, England, United Kingdom