TRYE, William (1660-1717), of Hardwicke, Glos.
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Family and Education
b. 30 July 1660, 1st s. of Thomas Trye of Hardwicke (d.v.p. 1670, s. of William Trye) by Anna, da. and coh. of Richard Jones of Hanham, Glos. educ. St. Edmund Hall, Oxf. 1677. m. by 1685, Mary (d. 1724), da. and coh. of Thomas Horne of Horncastle, Yorks., 3s. 1da. suc. fa. 1670; gdfa. 1681.1
Freeman, Gloucester 1692.2
Trye’s family had owned estates at Hardwicke, near Gloucester, since the 15th century. He succeeded to these on his grandfather’s death in 1681, though in 1682 he was stated to be resident in France. At Gloucester in the 1690 election he secured his return by mobilizing the support of the poorer freemen, and despite subsequent complaints that he was ineligible in not being a freeman himself, no action was taken against him. A Tory, he was classed as a Court supporter in lists compiled by Lord Carmarthen (Sir Thomas Osborne†) in March and December 1690. Robert Harley*, on the other hand, in his analysis of April 1691, was uncertain whether to categorize him as a supporter of the Court or the Country party, a sign perhaps t