WILD, George (1550-1616), of Heryots, Droitwich, Worcs.
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Family and Education
b. 1550, 2nd s. of Thomas Wild† (d.1558) of Worcester by his 2nd w. Eleanor, da. and coh. of George Wall of Droitwich. educ. I. Temple 1567, called. m. bef. 1589, Frances, da. of Sir Edmund Huddleston of Sawston, Cambs., 2s. 2da.
Bencher, I. Temple 1591, auditor 1593, 1601, reader 1595, 1607, treasurer 1603-5; serjeant-at-law 1614; j.p. Worcs. from c.1594; member, council in the marches of Wales from 1602.
Wild was a Worcester lawyer who inherited from his father, a clothier, a small estate in the city. He had also the prospect of inheriting from his mother the manor of Impney, Worcestershire, and salt-pans and other property in Droitwich. He acquired property in Droitwich on his own behalf and obtained the wardship of his cousin John Buck, which gave him control of further property there. His return to Parliament for the borough to two Elizabethan parliaments left no trace on the surviving records. Though he may have supported his brother Robert’s attempt, in 1574, to exempt Worcester from the jurisdiction of the council in the marches, he was chosen to fill a vacancy in 1602 when the council was being replenished after the death of the 2nd Earl of Pembroke. Wild died 27 Mar. 1616, being buried in the church at Droitwich, where an elaborate monument survives. In his nuncupative will, he assured his wife’s jointure and the inheritance of his younger son. The rest of his lands he left to his heir with the words, ‘let him take all and pay all’. Wild’s own religious views are uncertain. His daughter married into the Catholic Blount family.
Vis. Worcs. (Harl. Soc. xxvii), 151; Habington’s Worcs. (Worcs. Hist. Soc.), i. 482-3; CPR, 1563-6, p. 362; P. H. Williams, Council in the Marches of Wales, 360-1; C142/356/104; C2.Eliz./W2/14, W12/51; cal. pat. rolls 17-30 Eliz. 23(2), p. 2; HMC Hatfield, xi. 225; xviii. 27, 34; PCC 32 Cope; VCH Worcs. iii. 62, 81 n, 210, 433; iv. 194, 287.