ELLYS, William (d.1611), of Bristol.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

m. Mary, da. of Walter Glisson of Bristol, 5s. 1da.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Bristol 1583-4, alderman by 1597, mayor 1598-9.2


Ellys was one of the Bristol MPs who saw through the House a bill for the erection of a hospital for orphans and the poor. He may have attended committees concerning forestallers (7 Nov.), cloth (18 Nov.), a bill concerning merchant adventurers of Bristol (28 Nov.), Newport bridge (29 Nov.), and bread (13 Jan. 1598), to which the burgesses of Bristol were appointed. His trade was presumably to Spain and Portugal, for he was named in the grant of incorporation to the merchants trading to these countries made by James I in 1605. He was also one of the four Bristol merchants named as assistants to the new company. His will, made on 12 May 1610, was proved by his son Philip on 15 Mar. following. He left £10 to the poor of Bristol and £10 to those of Bideford, where he was born.3

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: A. M. Mimardière


  • 1. Folger V. b. 298.
  • 2. Vis. Som. (Harl. Soc. xi), 39; Bristol and Glos. Arch. Soc. Trans. xxvi. 137; Bristol Charters 1509-1899, ed. Latham (Bristol Rec. Soc. xii), 250.
  • 3. D’Ewes, 552, 558, 564, 565, 571; S. Seyer, Mems. of Bristol, i. 255; CSP Dom. 1598-1601, p. 187; HMC Hatfield, ix. 139, 325; Recs. Merchant Venturers of Bristol, ed. McGrath (Bristol Rec. Soc. xvii), 2-3, PCC 20 Wood.