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Rev William Wilson
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Birth: 1542
Berkshire, England
Death: May 15, 1615, England

Reverend William Wilson born 1542 Doctorate of Divinity and graduate of Merton College, Oxford BA in 1564, MA in 1570, BD in 1576, DD 1607. Rector of Islip, Oxfordshire, 1578; rector of Cliffe, co. Kent 1579, rector of Caxton, co. Kent, 1593, prebendary of St. Paul's London 1595-1615, and of Rochester Cathedral 1591-1614. About 1580 he became chaplair to Edmund Grindll, Archbishop of Canterbury, and in 1583 became the canon of Windsor, holding his position for thirty two years until his death Mary 15, 1615 at age 73, he was buried in the chapel of St.George, Windsor Castle, where a monumental brass to his memory states that he was "beloved of all in his Life, and much lamented in his Death." (Alumni Oxoniensis, vol. iv, p. 1657; Ashmole's 'History and Antiquities of Berkshire' p. 305; register, ante, vol. xxxviii, pp 306-308, and vol. lii, p. 144). He married first about 1575, Isabel, daughter of John Woodhall, Esq., of Walden, co Essex, by Elizabeth his wife, sister of Rev. Edmund Grindall, the celebrated Puritan Archbishop of Canterbury, described by Lord Bacon as 'the gravest and greatest prelate of the land." (Register, ante, vol. xxxviii,pp.301-308). He married second, Anne, sister of Rev. Erasmus Webb, canon of Windsor, who died in 1612, without issue.(Register, ante, vol. lii,pp 143-4). He was a prebend of St. Paul's of Rochester and of Windsor, and rector of Cliffe. Notes from the Antiquities of Berkshire, by Elias Ashmole, Esq (Reading, 1736) give the inscriptions found by that famous antiquary in the Chapel of St. George, Windsor Castle, relating to this family. On the North side lied a grave stone, on which, in Brass Plates, is the figure of a Man, and this Inscription "To me to live is Christ, and to dye is Gain." Phillip I.21. Here underneath lied interr'd the Body of William Wilson, Doctour of Divinitie, and Prebendarie of this Church by the space of 32 years. He had issue by Isabell Woodhall Wilson six sons and six daughters. He dy'd the 15th of May, in the year of our Lord 1615, of his age of 73. 'Who thinke of Death in lyfe, can never dye, but mount through Faith, from Earth to heavenly pleasure, weep then no more, though her his body lye, his Doul's possest of never ending Treasure." On another small brass plate on the same grave stone, is the following inscription. 'Neere unto this place lyes buried William Willson, the third son, who after along trial of grievous sickness, did comfortably yield up his spirit in the yeare of our Lord 1610, of his age of 23. On a brass plate, on a grave stone northward of the last is this inscription, 'William Wilson, late of Wellsbourne, in the County of Lincolne, Gent, departed this Lyfe, within the castle of Windosre, in the yeare of our Lord 1587, the 27 day of August, and lyeth buried in this place.' p. 309. Arms of Will'm Wilson of Welborne, per Norroy flower, 1586. 'Per pale argen and azure three lion's gambs barways, erased and counterchanged. Crest:-a lion's head erased argent guttee de sang. Harleian Coll., No. 1550, Fol. 192, British Museum: Richard Mundy's copy of the Visitation of Lincolnshire, 1564 and 1592. 
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  Isabel Woodhall Wilson (1546 - ____)*
  John Wilson (1588 - 1667)*
  Margaret Wilson Rawson (1593 - 1628)*
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St George's Chapel
Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough
Berkshire, England
Plot: St. George, Windsor Castle
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Record added: May 30, 2011
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