WEARE, alias BROWNE, William (d.1585), of Calne; later of Salisbury, Wilts.

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

?rel. to Robert Weare alias Browne. m. Thompson Williamson, wid. of one Hynckley.

Offices Held

Burgess, Calne by 1562, commoner 1564-72, guild steward 1566; gov. Salisbury 1581.


One of the few MPs in this period described as of yeoman status, Weare was active in the local life of his borough. In 1576 he was paid £1 4s. for serving in Parliament. He moved to Salisbury, set up as an innkeeper, and died in 1585. In his will, made 9 May and proved 30 June of that year, he left his property in Salisbury to his wife and provided legacies of £100 apiece to his son John and his stepson. He left 40s. to the chamber of Salisbury, who were asked to distribute a similar amount to the poor at his funeral.

PCC 33 Brudenell; Wilts. Arch. Soc. recs. br.vii. passim; Hoare, Wilts. Salisbury, 290.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: W.J.J.