Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
NameSir William FITZWILLIAM, 12269
Birth1460
Death1534
FatherThomas FITZWILLIAM , 12277 (1430-1494)
MotherMargaret HARRINGTON , 13053 (1434-1494)
Spouses
1Ann HAWES, 12361
FatherSir John HAWES , 12362
ChildrenAnne , 9278 (1504-1588)
 William , 12364 (-1576)
Notes for Sir William FITZWILLIAM
Sir William Fitzwilliam (c.1460–1534) was a merchant tailor, sheriff of London, treasurer and high chamberlain to Cardinal Wolsey, one of the king's council and sheriff of Northampton.

Life

He was son of John Fitzwilliam.[disambiguation needed] His mother was Ellen, daughter of William Villiers of Brokesby in Leicestershire. It has been claimed[according to whom?] that the family was descended from one William Fitzwilliam of Green's Norton, who is stated to have been a natural son of William the Conqueror. But the existence of this natural son receives no confirmation from contemporary documents, and he is probably a figment of the genealogist's imagination. He might have been the son of the older John Fitzwilliam who was the first son of Sir John Fitzwilliam and Eleanor Greene. John Fitzwilliam(1411-1443) and Ellen Villiers(1415-1442) could not have been his parents if he was born in 1460. John Fitzwilliam (1411) was the 9th child of Sir John and Eleanor. He was born at Greens Norton.

Fitzwilliam lived and traded in Bread Street, London, afterwards in St. Thomas Apostle, having a country house at Gaynes Park, Chigwell, Essex. He was admitted to the livery of the Merchant Taylors' Company of London in 1490, of which he was warden in 1494 and 1498, and master in 1499, obtaining a new charter for the company on 6 January 1502.

In 1505, he was an unsuccessful candidate for the shrievalty of London, but was appointed to the office on the king's nomination in 1506, and was elected alderman of Broad Street ward in the same year. Elected sheriff of London in 1510 he refused to serve, and was in consequence disfranchised and fined one thousand marks by the lord mayor. The franchise was restored and the fine remitted by order of the Star Chamber, 10 July 1511. He became treasurer and high chamberlain to Cardinal Wolsey, who appointed him one of the king's council.
In 1515 he was nominated sheriff of Essex, was knighted in 1522, and was sheriff of Northampton in 1524. He entertained Wolsey during his disgrace, 1–5 April 1530, at Milton Manor, Northampton (the seat of the present Earl Fitzwilliam),[3] which he purchased in 1506 from Richard Wittelbury. Fitzwilliam rebuilt the church of St Andrew's Undershaft, London, and the chancel of Marholm, Northamptonshire.

By deed (26 May 1533) he settled twelve hundred marks on the Merchant Taylors' Company for certain religious uses since applied (under scheme of 1887) to divinity scholars at church of St. Andrew's Undershaft, London, and the chancel of Marholm, Northamptonshire. By deed (26 May 1533) he settled twelve hundred marks on the Merchant Taylors' Company for certain religious uses since applied (under scheme of 1887) to divinity scholars at St John's College, Oxford.

He died on 9 August 1534. His will is dated 21 May 1534. He was buried at Marholm.
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