Sir William DRURY of Hawstead

Born: 30 Mar 1550, Hawstead, Suffolk, England

Died: 8 Jan 1589

Father: Robert DRURY of Hawstead

Mother: Audrey (Ethelreda) RICH

Married: Elizabeth STAFFORD ABT 1560

Children:

1. Robert DRURY of Hawstead (Sir)

2. Charles DRURY

3. Frances DRURY

4. Elizabeth DRURY (C. Exeter)

5. Susannah DRURY (d. 1607, while hunting, in Lincolnshire)

6. Diana DRURY (V. Wimbledon)

7. Dorothea DRURY (d. infancy at age 4 months)



The Drury name can be documented as far back as the Battle of Hastings, 14 Oct 1066, when Sir John de Drury fought proudly alongside William the Conqueror. He distinguished himself enough to be listed on the 'Roll of Battle Abbey'.

Sir John de Drury was to set the watermark for the Drury name. The Drurys proudly and honorably served their monarchs without question.

His grandfather and namesake William Drury, was advisor to King Henry VIII. He did the same for Edward VI, as well as Queen Mary. His service to the crown allowed him to embark two thousand acres of rich land as well as five hundred acres of wooded land.

Sir William followed the family tradition and fought alongside King Henry, in campaigns all over Europe. He made a name for himself as a master military strategist, as well as a master maritimer. 

It was Queen Elizabeth, herself, who asked him to return to court while he was in self-imposed exile during Mary's reign (due to being Protestant and my association with the Earl of Bedford). Sir William had known Elizabeth since she was young and consider her to be a dear friend. Honor and service is first and foremost. His family motto is 'Sine Non Causa', (Not Without Cause), this speaks volumes for Drury family beliefs.

Married to Elizabeth Stafford, daughter of Sir William Stafford and Dorothy Stafford. She was one of the Queen's maids of honor, the Queen graciously granted their union and was in attendance at the wedding. In 1578 the Drurys held a feast for Queen Elizabeth at their manor in Hawstead.

He served Elizabeth as Sheriff of Suffolk (1583), and Marshall of Berwick, along the Scottish border before being assigned as the Lord Justice to the Council of Ireland. He take his duties seriously and have handled matters in Ireland very competently. He was said to be the "most able commander in the Irish Wars". The Queen often entrusts him with important matters of state, because of their close friendship and his loyalty to the crown.

Elizabeth Stafford,

Lady Drury

attributed to William Seger c. 1585

He had a quarrel about precedency with Sir John Borough, and died from wounds recibed in a duel with him in France. His wife Elizabeth was left deeply in debt. Her husband owed 6000. The Drury estate was seized by the Crown in 1591.

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