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Michael Dormer (Lord Mayor)

ChildrenThomas Dormer William Dormer Geoffrey Dormer John Dormer Ambrose Dormer Walter Dormer Joan Dormer
Died20 September 1545
Parent(s)Geoffrey Dormer, Alice Collingridge
Spouse(s)Elizabeth (surname unknown) Katherine Dallam

NATIONAL ARCHIVES < strong > PROB < / strong > < strong > 11 < / strong > / < strong > 28 < / strong >, < strong > ff < / strong >. 2-3 1 _ SUMMARY: document below is Prerogative Court of Canterbury copy of the will, dated 21 January 1539 and proven 12 January 1540, of Edward DORMER, citizen and haberdasher of London. The Testator was the younger son of Geo < strong > ff < / strong > rey DORMER of West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, and Thame, Oxfordshire, Merchant of Staple of Calais, by his second wife, Alice Collingridge. Testator is said to have had seven brothers, including Geo < strong > ff < / strong > rey, SIR MICHAEL DORMER, Lord Mayor of London in 1541, and Peter, and five sisters, including Alice, who married Thomas Crocker or Croker of Faringdon, Berkshire; Margaret, who married Richard Cowley; and Elizabeth, who marry husband surnamed Towley. See Richardson, Douglas, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2 ed., Vol. II, pp. 421-3. However, in the below testator mentions only two brothers, MICHAEL and Peter, and one sister, Elizabeth, wife of Richard Cowley. For will of testators brother, SIR MICHAEL DORMER, see < strong > TNA < / strong > < strong > PROB < / strong > < strong > 11 < / strong > / 30, < strong > ff < / strong >. 291-4. For will of SIR MICHAEL Dormers widow, Katherine Dallam Collier Pakington DORMER, see < strong > TNA < / strong > < strong > PROB < / strong > < strong > 11 < / strong > / 46. By his wife, Katherine Sampson, testator had only daughter, Elizabeth. After the testators death, Katherine marry, as his second wife, SIR John Gresham, Lord Mayor of London, while her daughter, Elizabeth DORMER, married Gresham's second son, John Gresham. After the death of her first husband, John Gresham, Elizabeth DORMER married William Plumbe of Northend, near Fulham, whose will was proven on 1 March 1594. See History of Parliament biography of John Gresham, and Burgon, John William, Life and Times of SIR Thomas Gresham, Vol. I, pp. 456-8, both available online. For the will of William Plumbe, see < strong > TNA < / strong > < strong > PROB < / strong > < strong > 11 < / strong > / 83, < strong > ff < / strong >. 180-1. For will of testators executor, Guy Cra < strong > ff < / strong > ord, esquire, see < strong > TNA < / strong > < strong > PROB < / strong > < strong > 11 < / strong > / 36, F. 35. Cra < strong > ff < / strong > ords wife was Joan Bodley, daughter of James Bodley, mercer, of Sa < strong > ff < / strong > ron Walden, Essex, and Joan Strachey, daughter of Thomas Strachey of Sa < strong > ff < / strong > ron Walden. See Barron, Caroline M. And Anne F. Sutton, eds., Medieval London Widows, p. 2 < strong > 11 < / strong >. For will of Joan Cra < strong > ff < / strong > ord, see < strong > TNA < / strong > < strong > PROB < / strong > < strong > 11 < / strong > / 67, < strong > ff < / strong >. 244-5. LM: T {Estamentum} Edwardi DORMER in name of God, Amen. 21st day of January year of Our Lord God 1538 and in 30 years of reign of Our Sovereign Lord King Henry 8, I Edward DORMER, citizen and haberdasher of London, being of good and perfect memory, laud and praise Modern spelling transcript copyright 2013 Nina Green All Rights reserve http: / www. Oxford-shakespeare.

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Career

DORMER was demy at Magdalen College, Oxford, and bring up in learning there. He acquired considerable wealth as a London Mercer, and as a member of the wool Staple at Calais, and was actively involved in both affairs of the Worshipful Company of Mercers and in civic government. He was Sheriff of London in 1529-30, Master of Mercers in 1531 and 1545, Alderman from 1531 until his death in 1545, and Lord Mayor of London in 1541. DORMER purchased several manors, including Long Crendon, which he bought from Thomas Grey, 2 Marquess of Dorset in 1520, and the manor of Hughenden, which he purchased from the Crown for £387 in 1539 after the last Prior of Kenilworth had surrendered it during the dissolution of monasteries. In 1539, DORMER marries Katherine, and he and his wife reside for a time at Key, property which her former husband, Richard Collier, had purchased in 1520. It was said to have an extensive holding on the south side of Cheapside, almost opposite Mercers' Hall, in the parish of Pancras, Soper Lane. Collier had directed in his will that if his two children died without issue, his property called Sun was to be sold to establish a free school in Horsham, Sussex, where he had been born, and Key was to be Grant to Mercers' Company to enable them to pay schoolmaster and maintain school. Collier's children had both died by 1540, and Mercers had to persuade widow and sole surviving executor, Katherine, now married to Sir Michael DORMER, to establish a school. In August 1540, DORMER paid £8 6s 8d for a house and garden near Horsham church, which remained the home of the College of Richard Collyer until 1893. Almost 300 years after DORMER's purchase, as result of a lawsuit in 1810, it was Find that, as school property had been conveyed to DORMER by deed date 10 August 1540, school was therefore now property of DORMER's heir at law, but that it was impracticable at such a distance of time to ascertain who was such heir at law. DORMER was knight after 1538, probably during his term as Lord Mayor of London in 1541. He made his will on 17 September 1545, leaving house in London and extensive land in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire to his widow, six sons, and daughter. He appoints as executors his wife, Katherine, and son, John, and as overseers his son-in-law, Anthony Stapleton, and his nephew of half blood, Sir Robert DORMER, son of William DORMER, and father of Sir William DORMER.

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Marriages and issue

Funeral of Lady Dormer. Sir Michael Dormer, who had been Lord mayor in 1541, died in 1545, directing his body to be buried in the churchyard Lawrence in Jury, London, where Elizabeth, his wife lay; leaving issue by his wife Katharine several children, whose names will be found in Collins's Peerage, tit. Dormer. P. 300. Double marriage of Lord Talbot to Lady Anne Herbert, and Lord Herbert to Lady Katharine Talbot. Francis Lord Talbot died before his father, and without issue, in 1582. The marriage here record of Lord Herbert, afterwards second earl of Pembroke, was also fruitless. On occasion of Lady Katharine Talbot's marriage, her father inforced Ancient feudal right of receiving benevolence from his tenants as ayde pour fille marier. See letter on subject, dated from Coldharbar, xx of Marche, 1562, in Lodge's Illustrations of British History, I. 348; followed by account of sums collected in the counties of York, Nottingham, and Derby, which amount to 321 l. 7 s. 6 d. P. 301. Exposure of termagant wife. Custom somewhat similar still existed in parts of Berkshire towards the end of last century, and about 1790, one of the members of Camden Society witnessed a procession of villagers on their way to the house of a neighbouring farmer, in the parish of Hurst, who was said to have beaten his wife. Serenaders, consisting of people of all ages and denominations, were well supplied with kettles, tin cans, cover-lids, hand-bells, pokers and tongs, and cows' horns, and, drawing up in front of the farm, commenced the most horrible din, showing at least that the ceremony was properly known by name of rough music. After some time, the party quietly disperse, apparently quite satisfied with the measure of punishment inflicted by them on delinquent. For similar practices, see Brand, ii. 151, and MS. Sloane 886. P. 302. Sir William Fitz William, who died at the time of King Henry VIII. In year 1534, was merchant-taylor of London, and alderman of Bread-street ward. He was the first of his family at Milton, co. Northampton, and was buried at Marham in that county: see Bridges's History thereof, vol. Ii. P. 520. Ibid. Loss of Queen's ship Greyhound. A short account of this event will be found in Stowe's Chronicle. Sir Thomas Finch had been appointed to succeed Sir Adrian Poynings as knight marshal of the army in France; and, having previously sent over his brother Sir Erasmus Finch to have charge of his band, and his kinsman Thomas Finch to be provost marshal, he at length embarqued in Greyhound, having there aboord with him, besides three score and sixe of his own retinue, foure and forty other gentlemen, two of them being brethren to Lord Wentworth, to wit, James Wentworth and John Wentworth, with divers others, who in whole amount to number of two hundred persons and upward.

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