BOTELER, William (c.1540-1602), of Biddenham, Beds.

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. c.1540, 1st s. of William Boteler of Biddenham by Anne, da. of Thomas Peacock. educ. ?Queens’, Camb. 1555; G. Inn 1559. m. (1) Dorothy, da. of Robert Sarger of Molesey, Surr., s.p.; (2) by 1585, Ursula (d.1621), da. of Thomas Smythe I of Westenhanger, Kent, 2s. 3da. suc. fa. 1555.

Offices Held

Escheator, Beds. and Bucks. 1576-8; j.p. Beds. from c.1584, sheriff 1587-8, 1599-1600.


An Edward Boteler sat for Bedfordshire in 1378, by which time the family had been settled at Biddenham for over half a century. Boteler’s father bought Newnham priory and Boteler himself bought further property in and around Bedford. Th