OWEN, William (c.1540-80), of Oxford.

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, 2nd s. of George Owen (d.1558) of Godstow, Oxon. prob. by his 1st w. Lettice of Suff. educ. L. Inn Feb. 1557. m. (1) c.1557, Ursula, da. of Alexander Fettiplace of Swinbrook, Oxon., ?s.p.; (2) by May 1562, Anne, da. of John Rawley of Billesby, Northants., 2s. 3da.

Offices Held

Freeman, Oxford 1570.2


Owen’s father, receiver general of the duchy of Lancaster and physician to Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary, acquired property in Berkshire and to the west of Oxford, including Godstow nunnery. He died in debt to the duchy, leaving his widow, the eldest son Richard and Owen himself to pay off what they could by instalments. Owen sold much of the Berkshire property. He leased Cumnor Place, once the house of the abbots of Abingdon, to Anthony Forster, steward to