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William Gardiner

Birthplace: Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk, England
Immediate Family:

Son of John Gardiner and Agnes Gardener
Husband of Elizabeth Gardiner
Father of Blessed German Gardiner
Brother of Rose Gardiner; Jone Gardiner; John Gardiner and Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, Lord Chancellor

Occupation: Presbyter at Canterbury
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About William Gardiner

William was a legatee in the 1506 will of his father.


From http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/GARDINER/2011-02/1298388677

GARDINER, GENERATIONS AND RELATIONS, Thomas Richard Gardiner ,Pub. by Thomas R. Gardiner, Leonardtown, Maryland; Vol I, pg 3:

William Gardiner, born 1488 in London, lived awhile in Hertfordshire, England. He married in 1520, in England, Elizabeth Mitchell. There seems to be only a limited amount of information available on this William Gardiner, possible brother of Steven, Bishop of Winchester. It is believed that he may have been the Presbyter at Canterbury who Steven Gardiner stopped by to visit on one of his trips back from France. It was also brought to the attention of those sitting in judgment at the Excommunication Trial of Steven Gardiner, that he had a brother by the name of William, and this William lived for awhile in Hertfordshire.

William married Elizabeth Mitchell of Yorkshire, and died in Bermondsey, Surrey.


  • This link http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/LONDON/1999-02/0918251401 continues a descent line. However, this sounds more like the family of William Gardiner & Helen Tudor ? (very wealthy)
  • This link http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=gregv&id=I68787 is sourced from "Thomas Richard Gardiner, Title: Gardiner Generations and Relations.". Richardson (Plantagenet Ancestry) has commented: "2. i. Richard Gardiner, born 1486 in London, England; died 1548 in London, England. This Richard Gardiner may have been the eldest son of William Gardiner and Helen Tudor. There is no document to prove this assumption. He may have also been the father of Germain Gardiner (b. 1505) and also of Richard (b. 1507) Sargeant at Arms to Henry VIII, who was reported to have been executed for alloegedly witholding testimony in the trial of Anne Bolyn. Since I am unable to identify this person more fully, I have not included him and his two sons to definitely be in the line of descent from William Gardiner and Helen Tudor, although in the book, STEPHEN GARDINER AND THE TUDOR REACTION, the author mentions Germain as the nephew of Stephen. In another bit of information on Germain, he was spoken of as a cousin of Stephen, so the exact identity of these three individuals are not clear." 1


  1. Title: Locke email 28 Aug 2007: "Another C.P. Correction: Jasper Tudor's bastar d daughter, Ellen,wife of William Gardiner, and her issue", Recipient: GE N-MEDIEVAL-L@rootsweb.com Abbrev: Locke email 28 Aug 2007 Author: Frank Locke Publication: 28 Aug 2007


  • Will of John Gardener of Bury St Edmunds, 1506: "Item, I bequethe to William my sone x marcs, to be payed hym withyn xij monthes after my discese. Item, I bequethe to the same William j brod lome and ij narow lomes. Item, I bequeth to the seid William ij tenements with j gardyn lyyng on Sparowhill, in Bury forseid, that I holde of Seynt Nicholas. "
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Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk, England