WOLRYCHE, John (c.1637-85), of Dudmaston Hall, Quatt, Salop.
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Family and Education
b. c.1637, 5th but 3rd surv. s. of Sir Thomas Wolryche, 1st Bt.†, of Dudmaston Hall by Ursula, da. of Thomas Ottley of Pitchford. educ. Stone g.s. Staffs.; Christ’s, Camb. adm. 19 May 1653, aged 16, BA 1657; G. Inn 1655, called 1661, ancient 1680. m. c.1670, Mary (d.1678), da. of Mathew Griffith, DD, chaplain to Charles I, wid. of George Elphick of Gray’s Inn, 2s. suc. fa. in Dudmaston estate 1668.
Freeman, Bridgnorth 1669, recorder 1676-d.; j.p. Salop 1670-d., commr. for assessment 1673-80, capt. of militia by 1679-d., dep. lt. 1683-d.
Wolryche’s ancestors had been settled in Shropshire since at least the 13th century, first sitting in 1435 for Bridgnorth. But Wolryche’s father owned considerable property near Wenlock, which he represented in three Parliaments. A commissioner of array and royalist governor of Bridgnorth, he compounded in 1646 for £730. Owing to the insanity of his eldest brother, Wolryche inherited Dudmaston on trust, which was confirmed by a private Ac