William Bowes (ambassador)

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William Bowes of Streatlam, (died 1611), was an English ambassador to Scotland, Warden of the West March, Treasurer of Berwick-upon-Tweed, and Member of Parliament for Westmorland.

In Scotland[edit]

Bowes represented Elizabeth I at the court of James VI of Scotland.[1] His uncle, Robert Bowes, had earlier held the position.

In June 1597 William was sent to Scotland with Robert Bowes to discuss border affairs and incidents at Swinburn and Eslington Road involving the Scottish border warden Sir Robert Kerr of Cessford (later Lord Roxburgh), and they met James VI first at Linlithgow Palace, and on 20 June in the garden of Falkland Palace.[2]

In June 1599 William became concerned by the activities of a private English gentlemen, Edmund Ashfield, who had obtained permission to visit Scotland. William assisted in Ashfield's kidnap and rendition to England and faced an angry Edinburgh mob at his lodging. William was recalled soon after.[3]

Family[edit]

William was the eldest son of George Bowes of Streatlam and Dorothy Mallory. He succeeded to his father's encumbered estates in 1580.

Around the year 1600 William married Isabel Wray, daughter of the English judge Sir Christopher Wray.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mackie, J. D., ed., Calendar of State Papers Scotland, vol. 13 part 1, Scottish Record Office, HMSO (1969), xx-xxi; Bruce, John, ed., Letters of Queen Elizabeth and King James VI of Scotland, Camden Society (1849) pp.135-8.
  2. ^ Mackie, J. D., ed., Calendar of State Papers Scotland, vol. 13 part 1, Scottish Record Office, HMSO (1969), pp.4-5, 21, 24
  3. ^ Mackie, J. D., ed., Calendar of State Papers Scotland, vol. 13 part 1, Scottish Record Office, HMSO (1969), xx-xxi.
  4. ^ see History of Parliament/ IHR