BRAUNCHE, William (c.1522-1601/2), of Abingdon, Berks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. c.1522, s. of Richard Braunche (d.c.1544), woollen draper, of Abingdon. m. (1) Barbara (d.1560), da. of Thomas Jennings of Abingdon; (2) Katherine (bur.1597), 4s. 4da.1

Offices Held

Mayor, Abingdon 1583, 1587 and previously.2


Braunche was a draper and, later, maltster of Abingdon. As early as 1566 he was a chief burgess who had already served as mayor. On 1 Mar. 1601 he gave his son Thomas his goods and chattels, reserving for himself only a small income and a chamber, and surrendering the right to make any bequests beyond those contained in the document; these were largely to his ‘surviving children and included a black gown and cloak to his ’unthrifty and disobedient son’ Lyonell. The will was proved 24 Apr. 1602.3

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: Roger Virgoe


  • 1. A. C. Baker, Historic Abingdon (1963), pp. 38-41; Req. 2/179/63; PCC 24 Montague.
  • 2. HMC 2nd Rep. 149.
  • 3. Vis. Berks. (Harl. Soc. lvi), 13; PCC 24 Montague.