William Killigrew (Chamberlain of the Exchequer)

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Sir William Killigrew (died 1622) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1571 and 1614. He was chamberlain of the exchequer between 1605 and 1608.

Killigrew was the fifth son of John Killigrew of Arwennack and his wife Elizabeth Trewinnard, daughter of James Trewinnard of Trewenard. In 1571, he was elected Member of Parliament for Grantham and in 1572 he was elected MP for Helston. He became feodary and escheator for the Duchy of Cornwall and constable of Launceston Castle in 1576 by which year he was groom of the Privy Chamber. In 1578 he was farmer of the profits from seals in Queen’s Bench and the Court of Common Pleas. He was commissioner for musters for Cornwall by 1582 and was a J.P. for Cornwall from 1583 to 1587. In 1584 he was elected MP for Penryn. He was receiver for Devon and Cornwall by 1588 and was commissioner for goods from Madre de Dios in 1592. In 1593 he was elected MP for Fowey. He was commissioner acting treasurer of the chamber in 1595 and commissioner for goods from Cadiz in 1596. In 1597 he was elected MP for Cornwall. He was knighted in 1603. In 1604 he became MP for Liskeard. From 1605 to 1608 he was Chamberlain of the Exchequer. In 1614 he was elected MP for Penryn again.[1]

After 1611, Killigrew married the daughter of Thomas Saunders of Uxbridge, Middlesex, Margaret or Margery, who was the widow of Robert Woolman and of John Leigh. He had at least one son, Robert.

Killigrew died in 1622 and was buried in St. Margaret’s, Lothbury near his brother Henry.


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Roger Manners
Wlliam Cooke
Member of Parliament for Grantham
With: Arthur Hall
Succeeded by
John Vaughan
Arthur Hall
Preceded by
Sir Edward Bray
John Gayer
Member of Parliament for Helston
With: John Vyvyan
Succeeded by
Humphrey Prideaux
William Lewis
Preceded by
John Killigrew
Robert Peter
Member of Parliament for Penryn
With: John Killigrew
Succeeded by
John Killigrew
William Onslow
Preceded by
John Rashleigh
Member of Parliament for Fowey
With: Samuel Lennard
Succeeded by
John Rashleigh
Thomas Treffry[disambiguation needed]
Preceded by
Peter Edgcumbe
William Bevil
Member of Parliament for Cornwall
With: Jonathan Trelawny
Succeeded by
Sir Walter Raleigh
John Arundell
Preceded by
Thomas Edmunds
Sampson Lennard
Member of Parliament for Liskeard
With: Reginald Nicholas
Succeeded by
Richard Connock
John Glanville
Preceded by
Sir William Maynard
Member of Parliament for Penryn
With: (Sir) Francis Crane
Succeeded by
(Sir) Francis Crane
Robert Jermyn