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Strangways, Giles

Male 1486 - 1546


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  • Born  4 May 1486  Of Abbotsbury, Dorsetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Buried  11 Dec 1546  Melbury Sampford, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I04869  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  16 Jun 2015 

    Father  Strangways, Henry, Of Melbury Sampford, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1504, Lady Chapel, Abbottsbury, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Arundall, Dorothy,   b. Abt 1465, Of Lanherne, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location, Of Melbury Sampford, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1480  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F02230  Group Sheet

    Family  Mordaunt, Joan,   b. Abt 1487, Of Copley, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location, Of Melbury Sampford, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1502  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Strangways, Eleanor
     2. Strangways, Elizabeth
    >3. Strangways, Henry,   b. Abt 1502, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Sep 1544, Siege of Boulogne, France Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F01520  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Esquire of the Body of Henry V111
      Purchased the monastery and manors of Abbotsbury and East Elman in 1543-1544.
      Justice of the Peace
      MP for Dorset in 1529 and 1539

      The earl was succeeded by his cousin and coheir Eleanor, wife of Thomas Strangways of Stinsford (Dors.) (d. 1484). (fn. 144) Their grandson Sir Giles Strangways (d. 1547) was owner in 1543, (fn. 145) and his grandson Sir Giles held Kingsdon Cary at his death in 1562. (fn. 146) The manor then passed successively to John (d. 1593), Sir John (d. 1666), Giles (d. 1675), and Thomas (d. 1713). (fn. 147) Thomas Strangways, son of the last, died without issue in 1726 and the manor descended to his surviving daughter Susanna, wife of Thomas Horner of Mells (subsequently known as Thomas Strangways Horner). (fn. 148)
      From: 'Parishes: Kingsdon', A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 3 (1974), pp. 111-120. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=66492 Date accessed: 13 January 2011.


      Henry Lord Daubeney, 6 June last, confessed in the presence of Sir Giles Strangwais, Henry Strangwais, and Wm. Thornhull, that the week before Pentecost last, George Grenway, dwelling within 3 miles of the abbey of Forde, sued to the said lord to take John Harris to his service, saying he was within 20 miles of Perott and would come to his Lordship if he would be good lord to him. "Wherefore it may please your Lordship to write your letters commanding the said George to attach the said Harris."
      From: 'Henry VIII: June 1537, 26-30', Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 12 Part 2: June-December 1537 (1891), pp. 47-85. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=75702 Date accessed: 14 January 2011.


      ...Sir Giles Strangways (the elder), son of Henry, married Joan, daughter of Sir William Mordaunt, of Bedfordshire, and was the first of the family that possessed both Melburys. On the death of Henry Trenchard and Anne, his wife, widow of the last William Bruning, he became possessed of Melbury Osmund. He obtained a grant (35 Henry VIII.) for £1,096 of the site of the monastery at Abbotsbury, the manor and lands there, the fishery of the Fleet, etc. He also owned at his death the manor and advowson of Mappowder, the manors of Burton and Charlton, in Charminster. He died in 1546, and was buried at Melbury, being the first of the family there buried.


      History of Parliament Online:
      Giles Strangways’s grandfather was the first of the family to settle in Dorset, having been persuaded to leave Yorkshire by Thomas Grey, 1st Marquess of Dorset. Melbury Sampford, which became the family residence, was acquired by Giles’s father Henry through his second marriage to the widow of William Browning of Melbury; five years after Henry’s death his son had a house in London and property in eight counties and the Isle of Wight. The estates in Dorset were to be further increased by a grant in 1543 of the dissolved abbey of Abbots-bury and the manors of Abbotsbury and East Elworth, for which Strangways paid nearly £2,000.
      The premature death of Strangways’s son left him at the age of nearly 60 with a 16 year-old grandson, another Giles Strangways as his heir. He was not the only one to foresee the possibility that he would die within the next five years and the King thereupon claimed rights of wardship and marriage over his heir; when in August 1546 he was rumoured to be dying, Sir Richard Rich secured a grant of the wardship directly from the crown. In the event Strangways lived long enough to arrange his grandson’s marriage and to set up a trust in part of his lands for the young man and his wife; when he died, on 11 Dec. 1546, he left an heir still under age but protected against the worst risks of wardship. By his will, made on 20 Sept. 1546, Strangways also provided for his two daughters, his younger grandson and grand-daughters, and his bastard son Thomas Symonds. He bequeathed £6 13s. 4d. a year for two years for a priest to say mass for the repose of his soul and the souls of his wife and son, £20 to Baron Russell and £10 each to Sir John Horsey (his fellow-knight in 1529 and 1539) and John Tregonwell to help the executors and overseers of his will. He was buried at Melbury Sampford, where an inscription commemorates him and his wife.