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William Barne, Knight

Also Known As: "Barnes"
Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: Woolwich, Kent, England
Death: May 7, 1619 (51)
Woolwich, Kent, England
Immediate Family:

Son of George Barne, Sir, MP, Lord Mayor of London and Anne Barne
Husband of Anne Barne
Father of Anne Browne; Sir William Barne, Kt., of Woolwich; George Barne; Robert Barne, of Great Grimsby; Miles Barne and 1 other
Brother of Anne Aungier; George Barne; Francis Barne; Thomas Barne; John Barne and 4 others

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About William Barne, Knight

Family and Education b. c.1558, 1st s. of Sir George Barne of Woolwich by Anne, da. of Sir William Garrard† of London. m. Anne, da. of Edwin Sandys, abp. of York, 6s. 1da. suc. fa. 1593. Kntd. 1603.

Offices Held

J.p. Kent from 1596.

Biography Barne owned property at Woolwich, Plumstead and Bexley. In the last year of his life he obtained by charter, together with Hugh Lydiard, the perpetual right to hold a market in Woolwich. The marriage of his daughter Anne with William Lovelace created a useful alliance with that Kent family. Barne’s second son Robert lived in Grimsby, and it was presumably through this connexion that William Barne was returned for the borough.

Barne is said to have been some kind of crown official. He was on visiting terms with John Chamberlain and was a friend of Sir Dudley Carleton, and sometimes acted as intermediary between these two inveterate letter writers. On one occasion he passed on a book which Carleton had sent from Europe. Other acquaintances included Henry Savile II. Barne died 9 May 1619. His son Robert had recently died in France.

Vis. London (Harl. Soc. i), 25; Lincs. Peds.(Harl. Soc. 1), 102; C142/401/201; Arch. Cant. x. 208-9; Woolwich Recs. ed. Vincent, i. 50, 299; APC, 1617-19, p. 109; CSP Dom.1611-18, p. 497; Chamberlain Letters ed. McClure, i. 439, 457; ii. 238.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603 Author: W.J.J.

IV. Sir William Barnes (George1, George2, George3), of Woolwich, Kent. Born about 1568, as he was aged 24 and more 28 September 1593, when the inquisition post mortem upon his father's estate was taken. He was knigted at Whitehall 23 July, 1603 (Shaw's Knights of England; 1906; ii; 117). He is named in his father's will as the eldest son. He was the administrator of his mother's estate, 1611-12, and is referred to in the will of his brother Francis Barne, dated 1629, as then deceased. He received the grant of a market at Woolwich 1 June, 1618. He subscribed and paid his subscription of £37-10-0 to the Second Virginia Company (Brown's Genesis, p. 825). He died at Woolwich, 7 May, 1619, where an inquisition post mortem was taken, 22 October, 1619. Neither his will nor administration has been found.

He married, about 1586, Anne Sandys, the daughter of Edwin Sandys, D. D., Archbishop of York in the reign of Elizabeth, by his second wife Cecily, daughter of Sir Thomas Wilford [Wilsford] of Cranbrook, Kent, knight. ... The widow was living 23 May, 1629, when she is named in the will of Francis Barne4 as "Ould Lady Barne, my sister in law" (see ante). She apparently returned to Woolwich to end her days, for her estate was administered upon 10 February, 1629 [-30] when a "commission was issued to Robert Barne [upon the estate of] Dame Anne Barne, late of the parish of Woolwich, co. Kent, widow, deceased to administer the goods, etc. of the said deceased." (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Administrations, 1630). (It is interesting to note that in both of the above documents, the custom of the day is followed in referring to the woman, if she had been married more than once, by the name of the husband having the highest rank, and not by the name of her last husband, if he were of inferior rank.)

The inquisition post mortem upon the estate of Sir William Barnes, recently secured by the writer from the Chancery records, in the absence of a will, is of special interest:

Inquisition taken at East Greenwich, co. Kent, 22 October, 17 James [1619] upon the estate of Sir William Barne Kt. The jury says that the said Sir William was seised of the manor of Aeon in Plumstead, a capital messuage called "le Towerplace" in Woolwich, of various messuages and lands in Plumstead and Bexley in the occupation of divers (specified) tenants, and of the manor of Calthorpe, co. Lincoln. All these premises he settled (under a fine levied in accordance with the terms of an indenture dated 10 Oct. 16 James I) on the marriage to be solemnized between Sir William Barne, Kt., his son and heir apparent, and Dorothy Manwood, second daughter of Sir Peter Manwood, Knight of the Bath; contingent remainders were thereby reserved in tail male for his other sons Robert, Thomas, Miles, John and George Barne. This marriage was afterwards celebrated. Anne, widow of Sir William in the writ named, is still living at Woolwich. Sir William died there 7 May, 17 James [1619]. Sir William Barne, his son and heir is aged 26 and more. (Chancery Inquisition Post-mortem, Series ii, Vol. 421, No. 121).

Issue of Sir William Barnes (George1, George2, George') and his wife Anne Sandys:

  • 1. Sir William Barne5 of Woolwich. Knighted at Greenwich 29 June, 1618. Aged 26, 7 May, 1619. Living and married before 16 May, 1632, when he is named in his sister Anne Lovelace's will. Married Dorothy Manwood, daughter of Sir Peter Manwood of St. Stephens, Canterbury, K. B., by Francis, daughter of Sir John Harte. Issue four sons. See also Visitation of Kent, 16x9 (Harl. Soc. lxii; 144).
  • 2. Robert Barne5 of Great Grimsby, Lincoln. Married prior to 16 May, 1632, Elizabeth Twisden daughter of Thomas Twisden of Wye, Kent. Issue eight children.
  • 3. Thomas Barne5 of Woolwich. Died unmarried, and estate administered 24 March, 1629-30.
  • 4. Rev. Miles Barne5. Of Westminster School and M. A. of Trinity College, Cambridge, 1626. Rector of Bishopsbourne, Kent. Died November 1, 1670, aged 70. Married 1632 Jane Travers. Their eldest son, the Rev. Miles Barne, was chaplainin-ordinary to Charles II, and died 1708.
  • 5. John Barne5. Died before 22 February, 1630-1. (Married Mildred ).
  • 6. George Barne5. Living and married 16 May, 1632.
  • 7. Anne Barne5. Born about 1590. Died 1633. Married 1st Sir William Lovelace, the younger; married and Dr. Jonathan Browne. See post V.



  1. ^ "Virginia Historical Magazine", Virginia magazine of history and biography, p. 118, Retrieved 30 Sep 2009.
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Woolwich, Kent, England
February 2, 1587
Age 19
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May 7, 1619
Age 51
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