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Henry Brunker (abt. 1510 - bef. 1568)

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Henry Brunker aka Brounker, Brouncker
Born about in Melksham, Wiltshiremap
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died before in Wiltshire, Englandmap
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Brunker-1 created 12 Oct 2010 | Last modified | Last edit: 26 Aug 2016
01:04: C. Mackinnon proposed a merge of Brunker-1 and Brouncker-8. [Thank C. for this]
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By Steve Hunt

Henry was recorded in the visitations of Wiltshire in 1565 and 1623. The 1565 visitation records that Henry first married Elizabeth Braybrooke, daughter of James Braybrooke of Abingdon, Berkshire. They has two children, Jone and Elizabeth. Henry subsequently married Ursula Yate, daughter of John Yate of Lyford, Berks. They had five children: William, Henry, Suzan, Ann and Ellinore.

Henry is noted in the will of his brother in law, John Smyth, of Corsham, WIltshire, in 1538.

Henry Brouncker of Melksham is recorded as the Sheriff of Wiltshire for 1558.


  • Visitation of Wiltshire 1565. Published by William Pollard & Co. 1897. Edited by Metcalfe W.C.
  • Wiltshire Visitation Pedigrees 1623. With additional pedigrees and arms collected by Thomas Lyte of Lyte's Cary, Co. Somerset 1628. The Publications of the Harleian Society. Vol LV and LVI. Edited by GD Squibb. 1954.
  • Will of John Smyth. Clothier of Corsham. 1538. PROB 11/27/357. National Archives.
  • List of Sheriffs of WIltshire - Wikipedia.

==BROUNCKER, Henry (c.1550-1607), of Erlestoke, Wilts. and West Ham, Essex. Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981 Available from Boydell and Brewer

Biography Detail Constituency Family & Education Offices Held Biography End Notes Related Resources 1558-1603 Members 1558-1603 Constituencies 1558-1603 Parliaments 1558-1603 Surveys PREVIOUS BIOGRAPHY NEXT BIOGRAPHY ConstituencyDates WESTBURY 1572 DEVIZES 1584 DEVIZES 1586 DEVIZES 1589 DORCHESTER 1601 Family and Education b. c.1550, 2nd s. of Henry Brouncker of Melksham and Erlestoke, Wilts. by his 2nd w. Ursula, da. of [?John] Yate of Lyford, Berks.; bro. of William. educ. M. Temple 1566. m. Anne, da. of Henry Parker, Lord Morley; at least 1s., William, 1st Visct. Brouncker. Kntd. 1597.1

Offices Held Surveyor of all issues lost by jurors from 1589; lord president of Munster 1603; member of Household by May 1603.2

Biography Brouncker was returned at Westbury and Devizes through the local standing of his family. There is no obvious patron for him at Dorchester; perhaps the best guess would be Sir Robert Cecil, who may have been behind Brouncker’s lucrative grant of ‘issues lost by jurors’, the origin of which has not been ascertained. As his brother was also present in his earlier Parliaments it is not possible to distinguish Henry Brouncker’s committee activity, if any, but certainly in 1601 he was named to committees dealing with the penal laws (2 Nov.) and parliamentary business (3 Nov.).3

By 1597 Brouncker was serving in Ireland, where he was knighted in September by Thomas, 5th Lord Burgh at Drogheda. Three years later he was sent on an official mission to Scotland, where the English agent described him as ‘reasonable well thought on ... true, wise and not disliked’. On his return he is mentioned as providing furniture for the Earl of Essex in the Tower. Early in 1603 he was ordered to assist the Countess of Shrewsbury to guard Lady Arbella Stuart. He remained at court under James I, a list of May 1603 naming him as one of those who had unrestricted access to the privy chamber. In the same year he became president of Munster, an office which he presumably still held at his death on 3 June 1607: he was buried in St. Mary's, Cork.4

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603 Author: J.C.H. Notes 1. C142/152/166; Vis. Wilts. (Harl. Soc. cv, cvi), 32; CP, ii. 344-5. 2. PRO Index 6800; CSP Dom. Add. 1580-1625, p. 431; LC2/4/4; Harl. 6161, f. 132. 3.HMC Hatfield, x. 94, 107; E. Edwards, Life of Raleigh, ii. 435; CJ, i. 113; D’Ewes, 349, 413, 481, 623, 624; PCC 15 Babington; Wards 9/140, f. 114; PRO Index 6800; CSP Dom. 1591-4, p. 508; 1603-10, p. 59; Lansd. 72, f. 162. 4.HMC Hatfield, x. 340; xi. 418; Add. 30262, f. 17; HMC Rutland, iv. 388; Harl. 6161, f. 132; CSP Dom. Add. 1580-1625, p. 431; Harl. 1443, f. 136.

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On 23 Oct 2015 at 09:50 GMT Steve Hunt wrote:

Brouncker-3 and Brunker-1 appear to represent the same person because: there are various surname spellings for this family including Brunker/Bruncker, Brounker/Brouncker. The visitation of 1565 is probably the best source of information on Henry's immediate family members. Regards.

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