ADYN, William (d. by 1605), of Dorchester and Bingham's Manor, West Stafford, Dorset.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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2nd s. of John Adyn, bailiff of Dorchester, by his w. Edith Barbet. m. Mary, da. of Robert Reve of Blandford, 1s. d.v.p. 1da.

Burgess, Dorchester 1560, bailiff 1564-5, receiver of rents 1573-9; trustee of Dorchester school 1579.1


Adyn was a draper who inherited from his father certain burgages in Dorchester, and in 1571 bought the nearby manor of Bingham where he thenceforth resided. In 1591 he was involved in a Star Chamber case relating to the manors of Frome Billet and West Stafford, being accused of riot and suppression of the truth at the assizes. He brought an action against the Dorchester authorities in 1585; and Matthew Chubbe brought a case in the Star Chamber against him. The last known reference to Adyn is a note of 1605 naming his executors.2

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: P. W. Hasler


  • 1. Hutchins, Dorset, ii. 352, 512; iv. 96; PCC 73 Leicester; Dorchester Recs. ed. Mayo, 39, 350, 360; Dorchester account bk. 2 Nov. 1573; Hutchins, ii. 367; Roberts thesis.
  • 2. Hutchins, ii. 376, 512; iv. 96; HMC Var. iv. 228; Dorchester Recs. 350, 351, 480; Bridport dome bk. f. 257; Som. and Dorset N. and Q. vi. 124; St. Ch. 5/H2/10, C3/1; Dorset Nat. Hist. and Arch. Soc. Procs. liii. 80, 83.