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a practice that he amassed a large fortune. In 1551 he was admitted a Burgess of Shrewsbury, being then described as "Literatus," and in 1569 he obtained the appointment of Feodary of Shropshire. Mr. Prynce married. Dorothy, daughter of William Leighton, of Plaish, by whom he left several children, one of whom, Sir Richard, was Sheriff of Shropshire in 1627. The Member died in October, 1598, and his will was proved in the Prerogative Court in February, 1599. Mr. Prynce was M.P. for Ludlow in 1557-8.

(116) EDWARD CORDELL (1562) was M.P. for Portsmouth in 1557-8. He married Abigail, daughter of Sir Arthur Heveningham and widow of Sir George Digby, knighted for his services at Zutphen. Mr. Cordell was one of the 6 Clerks of the Chancery, and was described as of the Parish of St. Dunstan, London, and of Long Melford, Suffolk. His will was proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury in 1590.

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(117) Sir HENRY TOWNSHEND (1571 and 1572) was the third son of Sir Robert Townshend, Chief Justice of Chester, whose monument is still in Ludlow Church. Sir Henry was admitted to Lincoln's Inn in 1559, and was called to the Bar on April 12, 1569, was made a Bencher of the Inn in 1579, and was Autumn Reader in 1580. In an old manuscript of 1576 he is described as sonne to Justice Townshende and well learned." In the Early Chronicles of Shrewsbury (of which place he was Recorder) he is called "a most worthy Esquire," and it is said of him that "he was so full of pitie and mercie that he did what was possible for the lyfe of the prisoners." Henry Townshend married the daughter of Sir Rowland Hayward, of Cound. He was M.P. for Bridgnorth 1571-83, Justice of Chester 1576 to 1621, Steward of Shrewsbury 1597, Burgess of Ludlow 1584, M.P. Ludlow 1614, one of the Council of the Marches of Wales 1574, Knighted 1604, Recorder of Ludlow 1577-1621, first Recorder of Oswestry 1617, Recorder of Leominster 1590. He died in December, 1621, and was buried at Cound. He reckoned himself" 84 years of age. His will was proved in P.C.C. in 1621.

(118) THOMAS OTTLEY (1571) was possibly the second son of Adam Ottley of Pitchford and Mary, daughter of Richard Mainwaring. (He cannot have been the eldest son of Richard Ottley as the latter was not born until 1566). If this is correct, the Member married Christabel, daughter of Richard Lyster of Rowton.


It is, however, possible that the M.P. was the eldest son of John Ottley of Hencote, and of Whittington, Staffordshire, where also the Member lived, afterwards moving to Rodington. He married Isabel, daughter of Richard Mytton, and had 3 daughters1 and apparently a son Richard.2 1563 Thomas Ottley purchased a house at Ford and probably went to live there. The Member is, no doubt, the Thomas Ottley who was buried at Pitchford as "owner of Ford," on the 1st March, 1622.

(119) THOMAS SACKFORD (1572), or Seckford, is difficult to identify. There were two of the same name returned to this Parliament, the one for Bridgnorth, and the other, described as "Junior," for Ipswich. The family was an old one, settled at Seckford in Suffolk, and the Dictionary of National Biography gives an account of this Member which, somewhat abbreviated, is as follows:-"Second son of Thomas Sackford, born about 1515, admitted to Gray's Inn 1540, one of the Masters of Request in 1558, and Surveyor of the Court of Wards and Liveries and Steward of the Court of Marshalsea, one of the Commissioners for Ecclesiastical Causes in 1570, M.P. for Ipswich in 1572 as well as Bridgnorth. He was buried on 15th January, 1588, at Woodbridge, Suffolk, where he founded almshouses which still exist."

This account seems rather to confuse the two men, probably father and son, as it is Thomas Sackford the younger who was Master of Requests. The father died in 1575. Thomas Sackford the younger was in 1572 appointed Porter and Keeper of the Prisoners in the Marches of Wales, and this would bring him into immediate relations with Bridgnorth and Ludlow, and probably account for his representation

1 Shropshire Shreds and Patches II., 117. 2 Ditto VII., 51.

of the former place. One of the finest black and white houses in Ludlow is Castle Lodge, and this was described by Churchyard in his Worthiness of Wales as "a fair house of Mr. Sackford's which he did build." This house, in the close vicinity of Ludlow Castle, was no doubt convenient for the one who held the honourable office of Porter and

Keeper of the Prison. The will of the younger Thomas Sackford was proved in the Prerogative Court in 1587.

(120) JEROME CORBET (1584) was the 4th son of Roger Corbet, of Moreton Corbet (Sheriff of Shropshire 1530), and Anne, daughter of Andrew Lord Windsor. He followed the profession of the law, and practised at the Court of the Marches. In a letter addressed by William Gerard, one of the Council of the Marches, to Sir Francis Walsingham, in 1575, Mr. Corbet is described as "a young man, an utter Barrister in Court, but so slow of despatch as not meet for that Court." Notwithstanding this scathing report, Jerome Corbet seems to have made his way, and in 1586 he was appointed one of the Council of the Marches. He married Dorothy daughter and heiress of Thomas Poyner, of Beslow, by whom he had three children, and he seems to have gone to Beslow to reside. Mr. Corbet was buried at Moreton Corbet on the 30th July, 1598.

(121) WALTER LEE (1584) was the eldest son of Richard Lee of Langley and Eleanor, daughter of Walter Wrottesley. The Member was admitted to Shrewsbury School in 1562, being described "armigeri filius et hæres." He was entered at the Inner Temple in 1569. In 1583 Walter Lee bought 4 Mills at Shifnal, and in 1585 he obtained the pardon of Queen Elizabeth for purchasing the Manor of Kemerton. He died unmarried in the lifetime of his father, who lived till 1591.

(122) EDWARD BROMLEY (1586-1610) was one of the most eminent of the Bridgnorth Members. He was the second son of Sir George Bromley, Knight, Justice of Chester and nephew of Lord Chancellor Bromley, and was baptised at Worfield on October 15, 1563. He was educated at Shrews

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bury School, which he entered in 1577 and was admitted to the Inner Temple where he was called to the Bar in 1590 and was Lent Reader in 1606. He was appointed one of the Barons of the Court of Exchequer in February, 1610 and this vacated his seat for Bridgnorth. knighted on the 25th March, 1610. He married Margaret, one of the daughters and heiresses of Nicholas Lowe of Tymore, but had no issue. He died on the 2nd of June, 1626 and was buried at Worfield, where there is a fine monument. His will, which was edited by the Rev. W. G. D. Fletcher, F.S.A., in the Transactions, (2nd Series) vol. V., 226, was proved in the Prerogative Court on the 20th November, 1626. The Member was appointed Recorder of Wenlock in 1607 and in that capacity seems to have received many presents from that Borough, including silver bowls, both in 1617 and 1618. His wife was buried at Loughborough, Leicestershire, 23rd March, 1656-7. Her will was proved 28th May, 1657.

(123) JOHN LUTWYCHE, of Shipton Hall, who represented Bridgnorth from 1586-1600, and was one of the Bailiffs in 1580 and 1586, was the 6th son of Richard Lutwyche, of Lutwyche Hall, and is described in the Shropshire Visitation as "of Lincoln's Inn, 26 December, 1586." In Blakeway's Sheriffs he is said to have been an eminent Attorney, and to have been one of the Executors of Judge Owen of Condover. He is stated to have been a man of piety and munificence, and to have rebuilt the chancel of Shipton Church, in which chancel he was buried on the 25th May, 1615. His will was proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury in the same year.

(124) THOMAS HORDE (1601) was the eldest son of John Horde, of Park Bromage, who was M.P. for Bridgnorth in 1554. He married Mary, daughter of Edward Foxe, of Ludford, and had several children. The Member sold the family estate of Horde Park to Sir William Whitmore, of Apley, in 1619. Mr. Horde was High Bailiff of Bridgnorth in 1603, 1610 and 1616, and was also Recorder of the Borough.

(125) Sir LEWIS LEWKNOR (1603-4) was admitted to the Middle Temple in 1579 as the son and heir of Thomas Lewknor, of Shelsley, Suffolk, and was no doubt attracted into Shropshire by the Court of the Marches. Lewis Lewknor took his degree of M.A. at Cambridge before going to the Middle Temple. He obtained a position at

Court, and was made Master of Ceremonies to King James I., who knighted him at Newark in April, 1603. Sir Lewis Lewknor probably owed his seat at Bridgnorth to the influence of his relative, Sir Richard Lewknor, C. J. of Chester. The Bridgnorth records for this year, 1604, contain this entry: "Sugar loaves bestowed on Sir Richard Lewknor, Knight, 28/-," and in the same paper, "Paid for returning the Burgesses' names to Parliament 4/-." Lewis was M.P. for Midhurst in 1597, and died in 1626.


(126) Sir FRANCIS LACON (1610) was elected for Bridgnorth at the bye election caused by the appointment of Sir Edward Bromley as one of the Barons of the Exchequer, and as this did not take place until February, 1610, the return cannot have been made in 1604, as stated in the official list. Francis Lacon was the eldest son and heir of Rowland Lacon, of Willey, Sheriff of Shropshire 1571, and was born in 1568. He was admitted to Gray's Inn in 1588, and was appointed one of the Council of the Marches of Wales on the 19th June, 1609. Sir Francis, who was the first of the family to live at Kinlet, was Sheriff of Shropshire in 1612. He was knighted at Dublin on the 13th July, 1599. Sir Francis married Jane, daughter of Lord Montacute, and had a son Rowland Lacon. He and his wife seem to have been both Roman Catholics, and in 1624 he was reported by the House of Commons as being a Justice of the Peace for Shropshire who was suspected of being a Popish recusant. Sir Francis died in or before 1646. The administration to his estate was only granted in 1650.

(127) JOHN PEIRSE (1614) was probably one of an old Bridgnorth family, as the name frequently appears in the list of Bailiffs. In 1608 the grantees from the King of the

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