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Notes for Robert Wynne

Lord Mayor Robert Wynne of Canterbury, England.

Robert and his wife Frances died within 2 days of each other with the Plague.

Salop, England is now Shrewbury, England. Robert and his wife Frances died within 2 days of each other with the Plague.
Moved to Kent abt 1575-1580. All information from: A Mayor of Canterbury: William Watmer, The Children's friend by Dorothy Gardiner, FSA. The Wynne's were members of the Woolendrapers Guild. Robert Wynne, the woolendraper, apprenticed to John Rose, Alderman, was released from his indenture and became a Freeman of the City in 1590. Nine years later he was Lord Mayor of Canterbury. (Cowper, Roll of Freemen of Canterbury, Pg 243) Owned 3 properties in Kent County; farm in Whitesmaple Parish near Canterbury, 2 houses in St. Mildreds Parish, Canterbury and an oatmeal mill near St. Georges as well as two other houses.

(Canterbury Wills, Comistory Court of Canterbury, Vol. 41 folio 4, FHL Film 188854
Text: Abstract of The Nuncupative Will:
Proved 5 Dec 1609 submitted as a noncupative Will
This is the last will and Testament a nuncupative of Robert Wynne late of the parish of St. Mary Bredman in the City of Canterbury, Alderman deceased by him uttered and declared for his last will and testament he being in good and perfect memory on the fourth day of ye month of September 1609 in these words following or the like in effort viz the said Robert Wynne being moved to make his will he said his will was quickly made for he did give and bequeath to Frances his wife the one half of his goods and chattels and the other halfe of his good and chattels he did give & bequeath to his children and he did move and appoint Frances his wife to be Executrix of his will & he named William Wattmer his brother to be his overseer and the said Robert Wynne further willed that Frances his wife should pay to Sara Effield her legacy given her in ye will of Christopher Effield her father deceased of whom the said Robert Wynne was Executor. He should leave enough behind him to discharge the same. Witnesses present at the uttering of the promises by the said Testator Robert Wynne for his last will and testament. Joseph Colege, Mr. James Bissell, Clerk, Leonard Ashendon and others. s/ James Bissell, Leonard Ashendon. Probatum: (Proved) 5 Dec 1609 by witness John Fish, Executor James Bissell & Supervisor William Watmer.

The WYNNE family is mentioned in the Hasted History of Canterbury volumes as far back as a John Wynne, Member of Parliament in 1356. The Wynnes were members of the Woolendrapers Guild.

The parish records of St. George's in Canterbury show he and his wife were buried two days apart in September, 1609. Their deaths were in connection with a visitation of the plague to Canterbury, either bubonic plague, or typhus. The outbreak was severe. They left five young children orphans, and had it not been for the kindness of their uncle, William Watmer, they would have been destitute. He saw to it they were removed from the infected house until it was cleansed, and reclothed, housed, and looked after them during the quarantine. Then he boarded [BO:Peter:BO] and John with Rowland Dixon, the tailor, to follow an apprenticeship in their father's trade. Thomas was old enough to assume the responsibilities of his parent's house, Uncle William took Elizabeth and Anne to his home, and looked after the financial affairs of the young children. There is a detailed article of several pages length in the Archaeologia Cantiana, published by the Kent Archaeological Society, 1948, by Dorothy Gardiner, which tells of the dealings of "A Mayor of Canterbury: William Watmer, the Children's Friend" .

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