GERARD, William III (c.1551-1609), of Harrow, Mdx.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
Available from Boydell and Brewer




Family and Education

b. c.1551, 1st s. of William Gerard II. educ. Harrow sch.; Trinity Coll. Camb. 1565, BA 1569, MA 1572; G. Inn 1572, called 1580. m. Dorothy, da. of Anthony Ratcliffe, alderman of London, 8s. 6da. suc. fa. 1584.

Offices Held

Dep. to Sir Gilbert Gerard as steward of the duchy of Lancaster honour of Clare 1585; clerk of the council, duchy of Lancaster Oct. 1589-d.; steward and bailiff of the Savoy 1594; Trinity vacation reader G. Inn 1596, Lent reader 1597, dean of the chapel 1598, bencher bef. 1603.

J.p. Mdx. from 1591.


Gerard worked in close association with his uncle, the master of the rolls. He succeeded his father to property in Middlesex and Essex. At Gray’s Inn he occupied a chamber, adjoining the hall, which had long been that of his uncle, and above this he built a room for use as the duchy of Lancaster office. Either his family influence or that of the duchy of Lancaster would have been sufficient to obtain his parliamentary seats at Wigan.

Gerard made his will 7 June 1609, mindful of ‘the frailty of this mortal body and how good a thing it is for a man to be in read