BRAUNCHE, William (c.1522-1601/2), of Abingdon, Berks.
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Family and Education
b. c.1522, s. of Richard Braunche (d.c.1544), woollen draper, of Abingdon. m. (1) Barbara (d.1560), da. of Thomas Jennings of Abingdon; (2) Katherine (bur.1597), 4s. 4da.1
Mayor, Abingdon 1583, 1587 and previously.2
Braunche was a draper and, later, maltster of Abingdon. As early as 1566 he was a chief burgess who had already served as mayor. On 1 Mar. 1601 he gave his son Thomas his goods and chattels, reserving for himself only a small income and a chamber, and surrendering the right to make any bequests beyond those contained in the document; these were largely to his ‘surviving children and included a black gown and cloak to his ’unthrifty and disobedient son’ Lyonell. The will was proved 24 Apr. 1602.3