William WALLOP

Member of Parliament

Born: ABT 1553, Southampton and Wield, Hants, England

Died: 1617

Buried: Wield Church

Father: Oliver WALLOP of Farleigh (Sir)

Mother: Anne MARTIN

Married 1: Margaret ASHELEY (dau. of Henry Asheley of Wimborne St. Giles) (w. of John Hawles of Monkton Up Wimborne)

Married 2: Averine KNIGHT (dau. of William Knight of Southampton) (w. of William Staveley of Southampton) 1585

Married 3: Margery FISHER (dau. of John Fisher of Chilton Candover) 1614


The details in this biography come from the History of Parliament, a biographical dictionary of Members of the House of Commons.

Third son of Sir Oliver Wallop of Farleigh by his second wife, Anne, dau. of Robert Martin of Athelhampton, Dorset; half-bro. of Sir Henry Wallop. Educ. Magdalen Coll. Oxf. 1571. Married first Margaret, dau. of Henry Asheley of Wimborne St. Giles, Dorset, wid. of John Hawles of Monkton Up Wimborne, Dorset, s.p.; second, c.1585, Averine or Averna, dau. and coh. of William Knight of Southampton and wid. of William Staveley of Southampton, s.p.; and third, c.1614, Margery, dau. of John Fisher of Chilton Candover, s.p. Burgess, Southampton 1584, mayor 1596-7, 1610-11; j.p. Hants 1583-c.1587, q. 1593-6, sheriff 1599-1600.

The younger son of a leading Hampshire family, Wallop became a merchant in Southampton, taking a leading part in the administration of the town after becoming a burgess in 1584. He did, however, own land in the county, and on two occasions was a member of the commission of the peace for Hampshire. A list, probably drawn up in 1587, names him as one of those to be dropped from the commission, the probable reason being that Sir Henry Wallop, another member of the family, was a justice. But between 1593 and 1596 William was again on the commission and a member of the quorum. He first sat in Parliament for Lymington through the influence of his half-brother, Sir Henry Wallop, steward of the manor. Wallop was licensed to depart on 8 Mar 1589. In 1597 he was returned to Parliament for Southampton, being elected at the end of his first term as mayor.

Wallop made his will on 17 Dec 1616, and it was proved by his executrix, his third wife Margery, on 18 Dec of the following year. He left 50 to be spent on his tomb and 100 for his funeral expenses, 10 of it to be distributed among the poor. 100 was bequeathed to the town of Southampton as a fund to help poor young men to set up in trade. After his legacies had been paid, the remainder of the personal estate was to go to his wife Margery. Wallop died 15 Nov 1617, and was buried in the church at Wield.

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