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The Estcourts were an established family in both Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, but no suitable William appears on the pedigrees. The MP may have been the ‘Mr. William Estcourt of Wiltshire’ admitted to Lincoln’s Inn in 1584; this man was probably related to Giles Estcourt and may just possibly have been the William Estcourt of Chaldon Herring, Dorset, who died about 1587. The almost complete lack of references to him suggests that the MP died young. No connexion has been found with the Danvers family, the usual patrons at Cirencester.
Bristol and Glos. Arch. Soc. Trans. xxviii. 102; Rudder, Glos. 653-5; Vis. Glos. (Harl. Soc. xxi), 56-7; C2 Eliz./01/38; Vis. Devon (Harl. Soc. vi), 38.