Edward Unton (high sheriff)

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Sir Edward Unton KB (1534 – 16 September 1582)[1] was an English politician, high sheriff and Knight of the Bath.

Edward was the eldest son of Sir Alexander Unton of Wadley House at Faringdon in Berkshire (now Oxfordshire) and his wife, Cecily, daughter of Edward Bulstrode of Hedgerley in Buckinghamshire.[1] He inherited his father's estates in 1547.[1] Eight years later, he married Anne, the daughter of Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset and widow of John Dudley, 2nd Earl of Warwick and together they had seven children.[1] His eldest son Edward became MP for Berkshire (1584, 1586)[2] and his younger son was the English ambassador to France, Sir Henry Unton.[3]

He was knighted in 1559; he was appointed High Sheriff of Berkshire in 1567.[1] Four years later (1572), he was also elected the Member of Parliament for Berkshire.[1] He had previously been MP for Malmesbury (1554) and for Oxfordshire (1563).[1]

He died in 1582 and was buried in Faringdon church.[1] His monument reads : " Here lyeth Sir Edward Unton, Knight of the Noble Order of the Bathe, whoe married Anne Countess of Warwick, daughter of Edwarde Seymer Duke of Somersett and Protector of England, by whome he had ffive sonnes, whereof 3 died younge in the life of their father; Two, namelye Edwarde and Henry onely, survyved and succeeded him, the one after the other in their father's inheritance; and two daughters, Anne married to Sir Valentine Knightley, Knight, and Scissil married to John Wentworth, Esquire"[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Ford, David Nash (2010). "Sir Edward Unton (1534-1582)". Royal Berkshire History. Nash Ford Publishing. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Ford, David Nash (2010). "Colonel Edward Unton (1557-1589)". Royal Berkshire History. Nash Ford Publishing. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Ford, David Nash (2010). "Sir Henry Unton (d. 1596)". Royal Berkshire History. Nash Ford Publishing. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Ford, David Nash (2004). "Faringdon Church Heraldic Wall Monument". Royal Berkshire History. Nash Ford Publishing. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Christopher Brome
High Sheriff of Berkshire
1567–1568
Succeeded by
John Fettiplace