BULMER, Sir William (by 1465-1531), of Wilton, Yorks.

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. by 1465, s. of Sir Ralph Bulmer of Wilton by Joan, da. of Sir William Bowes of Streatlam, co. Dur. m. by 1490, Margery (d.1524), da. of John Conyers, 3s. 1da. suc. fa. 23 June 1486. Kntd. ?30 Sept. 1497.2

Offices Held

Commr. musters, Yorks. (N. Riding) 1495, 1511, 1512, concealed lands, Northumb. and Westmld. 1505, subsidy, Yorks (N. Riding) 1512, 1514, 1515, 1523, 1524; j.p. Yorks. (N. Riding) 1496-1514, (E., W. and N. Ridings) 1525-d., ?Cumb. 1525, Westmld. 1525-d., Northumb. 1531; sheriff and escheator, Durham 1503-16, 1523-7, jt. (with s. Sir John) 1527-9; sheriff, Yorks. 1517-18; member, council of 4th Earl of Shrewsbury 1522; lt. east march 1523; lt. Norham castle, Northumb. 1523; member, council of Duke of Richmond and steward of his household 1526.3


Sir William Bulmer was descended from a long-established Yorkshire family and was related to many leading ones in the north: among kinsmen named as feoffees to various uses in his will were Sir William Eure, Sir Thomas Hilton, John, 4th Lord Lumley, and Ralph Neville, 4th Earl of Westmorland. His wife was a granddaughter of William Neville, Lord Fauconberge and Earl of Kent, and sister of William Conyers who was raised to the peerage in 1509.4

Bulmer earned his knighthood in the Earl of Surrey’s Scottish campaign of 1497. Sixteen years later Thomas Ruthall, bishop of Durham, singled him out for praise after Flodden, and thereafter he was increasingly employed both by Ruthall and his successor Wolsey, and by the crown, as a soldier and administrator. In 1519 he incurred the King’s wrath when it appeared in the course of a star chamber suit against him that ‘being the King’s servant sworn, [he] refuse