WOLLEY, Francis (1583-1609), of Pyrford, Surr.

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. 1583, 1st s. of John Wolley of Pyrford by his 2nd w. Elizabeth, da. of (Sir) William More I of Loseley, wid. of Richard Polsted of Albany. educ.Merton, Oxf. 1596, BA 1598; L. Inn 1600. m. 11 Sept. 1594, Mary, da. of Sir William Hawtry of Pyrford; 1da. illegit. suc. fa. 1596. Kntd. 1603.

Offices Held

Clerk of the pipe from 1607.


Wolley, aged 18, was returned to the 1601 Parliament for Haslemere on the nomination of his uncle (Sir) George More, the lord of the manor. In 1595 his father, the Latin secretary, was trying to provide for his son’s future by having him joined with him in his patent as clerk of the pipe, but Francis secured the reversion only in 1605 and the clerkship itself in 1607. He also obtained the reversion of the keepership of Folly park, Windsor forest. On Twelfth Night 1608 he was among those gambling with James I when