GROVE, William (1532/33-82), of Shaftesbury, Dorset, and Donhead St. Andrew, Wilts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Family and Education

b. 1532/33, s. of Robert Grove of Donhead St. Andrew by Joan, da. of John Combe of Cann, Dorset. educ. Winchester, adm. 1546; New Coll. Oxf. adm. 1549, BA 1553; G. Inn, adm. 1557. m. by 1564, Thomasin, da. and h. of Edward Mayo (Mayhew) of Fonthill, Wilts., 4s. 4da. suc. fa. 1579/80.1

Offices Held

Jt. (with fa.) steward to the 1st and 2nd Earls of Pembroke; j.p. Dorset, Wilts. 1573/74-d.2


William Grove was returned for Shaftesbury while a student at Gray’s Inn; no doubt his patron was his father’s master the 1st Earl of Pembroke. Within a few years he was to be associated with his father in the stewardship of all Pembroke’s lands in the south-west: the office was granted to father and son in survivorship. They were also made joint keepers of the Earl’s house and park of Stoke Trister in Somerset and at his death Robert Grove left William all his household stuff there. In 1563 William Grove bought an estate in the parish of Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, and two years later the manor of Sedgehill in the same county, but he continued to live mainly at Shaftesbury, where he died on 6 Sept. 1582. Letters of administration were granted late in 1582 to his widow and his son John.3

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: Helen Miller


  • 1. Aged 13 on admission to Winchester. Hoare, Wilts. Dunworth, 58; Vis. Wilts. (Harl. Soc. cv, cvi), 129; PCC 23 Arundell.
  • 2. Pembroke Survey (Roxburghe Club cliv), 560-1.
  • 3. Ibid. 426, 560-1; PCC 23 Arundell; Hoare, 55; C142/226/163; PCC Admins. 1581-6, f. 49v; Som. and Dorset N. and Q. ii. 87.