ARMYN, William (1561-1622), of Osgodby, Lincs.

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

b.1561, 1st s. of Bartholomew Armyn by his 1st w. Mary, da. of Henry Sutton of Burton by Lincoln, wid. of (1) George Carr of Aswarby, (2) Edward Langford. educ. G. Inn 1577. m. (1) 26 Apr. 1590, Martha (d.1602), da. of William Lord Eure by Margaret, da. of Sir Edward Dymoke, at least 1s., William; (2) Mar. 1607, Anne Prettyman (d.1619), wid. of Christopher Wise of London, ?s.p. suc. fa. 1598. Kntd. 23 Apr. 1603.

Offices Held

J.p.q. Lincs. (Kesteven) 1601, sheriff, Lincs. 1603.


Of a family long established at Osgodby, near Grantham, and belonging to the Lincolnshire faction opposed to the 2nd Earl of Lincoln, Armyn presumably owed his return in 1589 to Lord Burghley, who often used his influence at Grantham. The 3rd Earl of Rutland, another interested patron in 1586, had died before the 1588 election. Armyn was evidently on good terms with the Earl’s family: he received his knighthood during James I’s journey from Scotland to London, at Belvoir castle.

Armyn’s father had been concerned in the disputes over fen drainage between