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William Clopton was the son of Richard Clopton of Fore Hall in Melford, Suffolk, England, and his second wife, Margery Playters, the daughter of William Playters of Sotterly, Suffolk. William's birthdate is uncertain: see Research Notes.
William married Margery Waldegrave, daughter of Edward Waldegrave, Esq. and Joan Acworth. The marriage must have taken place before 1580 as their daughter Anne was baptised on 19 January 1580. They had four sons and six daughters:
William was the secondary heir to his uncle, Francis Clopton, in a will that Francis prepared on 2 February 1559. In the will, Francis describes William as the son of his brother, Richard, and does not indicate that William is not of age to hold his inheritance. Francis also bequeaths money to Richard, William's younger brother, who is not yet 23 years old.
Francis had no children when he wrote his will, but he wrote in a provision for any children born subsequently. He bequeathed them the manors of Stampforde, Castlynns with Clopton Hall, Chapmans in Poslingforde, and Chipley as well as "all the landes, meadowes, pastures, feadings, woodes, underwoodes, rentes, reversions, and services" within the towns and feldes of Myche, Waldingfielde, Litell Waldingfield, Acton, Groton, Edwardiston, Boxforde, and Lyndesey. Francis named William as the remainder if no children were born. Francis died not long after preparing the will, and his estate was settled by his wife, Bridgett, on 7 July 1559, and William became a member of the landed gentry with the legacy of children who were never born.
By 1575, William was living in London, and he seems to have spent his patrimony. He had to grant rights to all of his properties to Queen Elizabeth under the provision that she would not implement the grant upon the condition that William pay 40 shillings annually into the Exchequer. After marrying, William and his family resided at Castelyns Manor, Groton, Suffolk being the first of his family to do so in spite of the manor being in the holdings of his ancestors since the time of King Edward I.
In her will dated 2 February 1585, William's half sister, Mary Clopton Cordell, bequeathed him "my basin and ewer of silver parcel (i.e. partially) gilt for a remembrance of my goodwill unto him."
William served as a Justice for the Hundred of Babrega in 1614.
William's will was dated 5 September 1615. He died on 9 August 1616, and was buried at Groton, Suffolk. His will was proved on 28 November 1616. An Inquisition Post Mortem was held on 10 April 1617, and all of the lands that William had granted to the Crown were still his. Thus, he must have cured his profligate ways and made his annual payments into the Exchequer.
Wiiliam's birth date is not known with any certainty - see main section of Biography. There is nothing in the mention of him in the will, dated 2 February 1559, of his uncle Francis to imply he was then under age. His younger brother Richard was described in the will as not yet 23. That suggests Richard was born in about 1536, and, given that some of his sisters are likely to have been born between William and Richard, points to William being born before 1535.
William Clopton is in a trail from Magna Carta Surety Baron William de Huntingfield to Gateway Ancestor William Clopton that was approved for the Magna Carta Project on 6 September 2019 by Michael Cayley. This profile was developed in accordance with project standards (by a former Gateway Guardian of William Clopton). See Base Camp for more information about Magna Carta trails.
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