DORMER, Sir William (by 1514-75), of Wing, Bucks.

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. by 1514, o.s. of Sir Robert Dormer by Jane, da. of John Newdigate. educ. ?I. Temple. m. (1) lic. 11 Jan. 1535, Mary (d.1542), da. of Sir William Sidney of Penshurst, Kent, 2s. d.v.p. 2da.; (2) Dorothy (d.1613), da. of Anthony Catesby of Whiston, Northants., 1s. Robert 6da. suc. fa. 1552, KB Sept. 1553.1

Offices Held

J.p. Bucks. from c. May 1547; sheriff, Beds. and Bucks. 1553-4, 1568-9.

Biography

At the accession of Elizabeth, Dormer’s mother and his daughter, the Duchess of Feria, went abroad, but Dormer himself remained, his Catholicism notwithstanding. He retained his local county offices, was classified as a ‘hinderer’ of religion in 1564, and was elected knight of the shire in 1571, just when old Lady Dormer’s connexions with Sir Francis Englefield and other Catholic exi