William Maurice

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Sir William Maurice (April 1552 – August 1622) was a Welsh politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1593 and 1611.

Maurice was the son of Morys ap Ellis ap Morys, and grandson of Ellis ap Morris of Clennenau. He was one of the Council of the Marches of Wales. He was High Sheriff of Caernarvonshire in 1582 and High Sheriff of Merionethshire in 1591. In 1593, he was elected Member of Parliament for Carnarvonshire. He was High Sheriff of Carnarvonshire again in 1596. In 1597 he was re-elected MP for Carnarvonshire. In 1601 he was elected MP for Beaumaris. He was a personal friend of James I, and induced him to assume the title of King of Great Britain. He was knighted at Whitehall on 23 July 1603. In 1604 he was elected MP for Carnarvonshire again. He was High Sheriff of Merionethshire again in 1606. He was of Clennenau and was probably constable of Harlech Castle.[1]

Maurice died at the age of 70 and was buried at Penmorfa.[1]

Maurice married firstly Margaret Lacon only daughter of John Wyn Lacon of Elanddyn and Porkington. She died in 1572 and was buried at Selattyn on 18 February 1572. He married secondly Ellen Wis, widow of John Wis of Chwaen and daughter of Hugh ap Llewelyn. His third wife, whom he married between 6 June 1604 and 8 June 1605 was Jane Johnes widow of Sir Thomas Johnes of Abfrmarles and daughter of Rowland Puleston of Carnarvon.[1]

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Hugh Gwyn Bodvel
Member of Parliament for Carnarvonshire
1593–1597
Succeeded by
William Griffith
Preceded by
William Jones
Member of Parliament for Beaumaris
1601
Succeeded by
William Jones
Preceded by
William Jones
Member of Parliament for Carnarvonshire
1604–1611
Succeeded by
Richard Wynn