|The Right Honourable
Sir William Cordell
|Speaker of the House of Commons|
|Preceded by||Clement Higham|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Gargrave|
|Residence||Melford Hall, Long Melford, Suffolk|
Following the dissolution of the Monasteries, Henry VIII granted the manor of Long Melford to Cordell. Knighted in 1558, a member of Lincoln's Inn 1538, called to the Bar 1544, bencher 1553, reader 1554, a founding member of the Russia Company, received a grant of arms for his father in 1548 and one for himself (quartering Webb) in 1549, Solicitor General to Mary I 1553, Master of the Rolls and a member of the privy council 1557, sat in five parliaments between 1545 and 1571, Speaker of the House of Commons 1558, executor to Queen Mary I, Cardinal Pole, and Archbishop Parker, founded a hospital; the Holy Trinity at Long Melford, first visitor and supporter of the foundation of St John's College, Oxford,
By his will it is found that he left charitable bequests to Cambridge and Oxford including £20 to be distributed among the poor scholars of the universities ‘unto suche as be moste towardes in vertewe and learninge’.
Cordell married Mary Clopton (d. 1584), the daughter of Richard Clopton of Ford Hall in Long Melford, Suffolk, by his first wife, Margaret Bozun, daughter of Sir Richard Bozun of Barrowby, Lincolnshire, and Thomasine Dene, the daughter and heiress of James Dene. There were no issue of the marriage.
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