GREEN, William I, of Poole, Dorset.
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Mayor, Poole 1560-1, 1561-2, 1562-3, 1564-5, 1571-2; commr. piracy, 1583.
The parentage and family connexions of this Poole merchant and shipowner are unknown, except that in 1565 an Edward Green of Poole died intestate, and William Green, next of kin, was granted administration of the estate. He was at that time part owner of a ship in the town, and in 1568 he was one of three Poole merchants who gave a £50 bond to compensate Lord Mountjoy for any loss he might suffer from the granting of the new town charter. Green was twice returned to Parliament for his borough, and was one of the Poole burgesses who signed the election indenture in 1584, after which time his name does not appear in the records. He was not named in the list of burgesses when the Poole arms were confirmed at the heralds’ visitation of 1579, and it is not known whether he was the William Green who was in trouble in 1582 for victualling a pirate at Studland Head. An Alice Green, widow, of Poole, died intestate in 1598, when three female relatives were granted administration.
Roberts thesis; Hutchins, Dorset, i. 8, 21, 22, 34; Som. and Dorset N. and Q. ii. 14, 229; SP12/38/91; Poole great bk. f. 39; Dorset Mus. 2693B; H. P. Smith, Hist. Poole, ii. 93; Dorset Nat. Hist. and Arch. Soc. Procs. lxxi. 88.