Name: William FITZWILLIAM
Given Name: William
Change Date: 21 Jun 2015 at 14:32
SOURCE: Cowdray: its early history
p 18-19 "Sir William took possession of Cowdray about 1535 , and as we have seen the greater part of the building is d ue to him. He was one of the most eminent men of his time , being a Knight of the Garter, Lord Keeper of the Privy Se al, and Lord High Admiral, and he stood high in the favou r of Henry VIII.
There was a picture by Holbein of the Earl of Southampton ( as he was them) at Cowdray, in which he was represented a s 'walking by the sea, holding a staff with a golden knob , his face very fine.' This is still in existence being no w at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
The most interesting relic of Sir WIlliam's tenure of Cowdr ay is the beautiful porch to the Hall, where the ceiling an d doorways still preserve evidence of his many honours.
In 1536 Sir William received a grant of Easebourne Priory f rom Henry VIII.
Early in 1538, King Henry VIII seems to have paid one of se veral visits to Cowdray, and the Royal Arms over the hall p orch (now somewhat mutliated) are commemorative of this vis it.
Lord Southampton died in 1542 while on an expedition agains t the Scots, and his body was not brought back to Midhurst . Having no children, his estates at Cowrday passed to hi s half brother, Sir Anthony Browne."
Father: Thomas FITZWILLIAM
Mother: Lucy NEVILLE b: Abt 1468