POYNINGS, Adrian (c.1515-71), of Wherwell, Hants.

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.1515, illegit. s. of Sir Edward Poynings, treasurer of the household to Henry VIII, of Westenhanger, Kent. educ. G. Inn 1533. m. Mary, da. and coh. of Sir Owen West of Wherwell, 1s. d.v.p. 3da. Kntd. by Aug. 1562.

Offices Held

In household of Thomas Cromwell by 1538; lt. Boulogne citadel Feb. 1546; capt. June 1546-Apr. 1547; lt. Boulogne base town Mar. 1546; lt. Calais castle 1552; capt. Portsmouth from 1559; second in command expedition to France under Ambrose Dudley 1562; marshal, Le Havre Oct.-Nov. 1562.


J.p. Hants from c.1559, Dorset 1561; duchy of Lancaster steward, Dorset 1566; commr. musters, Hants 1569; v.-adm. Hants by 1570.1


Poynings was born in Ghent when his father was in the Netherlands as ambassador to the Emperor. He became a soldier, succeeding Thomas Wyatt to commands at Boulogne, and gaining la