Francis Moore (barrister)
One of the ablest lawyers of his day, Moore was appointed counsel and under-steward to Oxford University, of which he was created M.A. on 30 Oct. 1612. In parliament he was a frequent speaker, and is supposed to have drawn the well-known statute of Charitable Uses which was passed in 1601. The conveyance known as lease and release was his invention which remains one of two main ways to extend a lease, each with financial and physical demise advantages and disadvantages.
He was knighted in 1616, soon after being appointed Under Steward of Oxford University. Sir Francis had several legal reference works published and died at South Fawley on 20 November 1621.
He had married Anne, the daughter of William Twitty of Boreham, Essex; they had three sons and two daughters. His eldest surviving son, Henry, was made a baronet on 21 May 1627.
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Goodwin, Gordon (1894). "Moore, Francis (1558-1621)". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography. 38. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
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