WEARE, alias BROWNE, William (d.1585), of Calne; later of Salisbury, Wilts.
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Family and Education
?rel. to Robert Weare alias Browne†. m. Thompson Williamson, wid. of one Hynckley.
Burgess, Calne by 1562, commoner 1564-72, guild steward 1566; gov. Salisbury 1581.
One of the few MPs in this period described as of yeoman status, Weare was active in the local life of his borough. In 1576 he was paid £1 4s. for serving in Parliament. He moved to Salisbury, set up as an innkeeper, and died in 1585. In his will, made 9 May and proved 30 June of that year, he left his property in Salisbury to his wife and provided legacies of £100 apiece to his son John and his stepson. He left 40s. to the chamber of Salisbury, who were asked to distribute a similar amount to the poor at his funeral.
PCC 33 Brudenell; Wilts. Arch. Soc. recs. br.vii. passim; Hoare, Wilts. Salisbury, 290.