WRAY, William (c.1626-69), of Ashby, Lincs. and The Strand, Westminster.
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Family and Education
b. c.1626, 1st s. of Sir Christopher Wray† of Ashby by Albinia, da. and coh. of Sir Edward Cecil†, 1st Visct. Wimbledon. educ. travelled abroad (Italy, Switzerland, France) c.1645-6. m. c.1652, Olympia, da. of Sir Humphrey Tufton, 1st Bt., of The Mote, Maidstone, Kent, 3s. 5da. suc. fa. 1645; kntd. 6 June 1660; cr. Bt. 27 June 1660.
Capt. of horse (parliamentary) c.1643-5.
Commr. for assessment, Lincs. 1645, 1649-52, 1657, Jan. 1660, 1661-3, 1664-d., (Lindsey) 1648, Aug. 1660-1, 1663-4; j.p. (Lindsey) 1647-50, 1651-d.; commr. for militia, Lincs. 1648, Mar. 1660, security 1655-6, col. of militia ft. Apr. 1660, capt. vol. horse Aug. 1660, dep. lt. c. Aug. 1660-d.; commr. for sewers, Hatfield chase and Lincs. Aug. 1660.2
Wray was the great-grandson of Sir Christopher Wray, the Elizabethan Speaker. Wray’s father represented the borough, in both the Short and Long Parliaments, and raised a regiment for the parliamentary army in which Wray himself is said to have held a commission. However, he was abroad on his travels when he was returned under age as a recruiter for the sec