George Bromely


Personal and Family Information

George was born about 1526 in England, the son of George Bromely and Jane Lacon.

He died on 2 MAR 1590 in England.

His wife was Jane Wannerton, who he married in 1555. The place has not been found. Their seven known children were Francis (c1556-c1591), Margaret (c1558-?), Mary (c1560-1641), Susan (c1560-?), Edward (c1563-1626), George (c1565-?) and John (c1567-?).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


George Bromely


George Bromely


William Bromely


Roger Bromely




Beatrix Hill


Humphey Hill


Agnes Bird


Jane Lacon


Thomas Lacon


Richard Lacon


Alice Hoorde


Maria Corbet


Richard Corbet


Elizabeth Devereux



BirthABT 1526
Place: England
Death2 MAR 1590
Place: England


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Note 1

!Source: The History of Parliament, British Political, Social & Local History

BROMLEY, George , of Hallon in Worfield, Salop and the Inner Temple, London.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982

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Family and Education


b. 1525/26, 1st s. of George Bromley of Hodnet by Jane, da. of Sir Thomas Lacon of Willey; bro. of Thomas II. educ. I. Temple, called. m. by 1555, Joan, da. and h. of John Wannerton of Worfield, 4s. inc. Edward† and Francis† 3da. suc. fa. 7 July 1533. Kntd. 3 June 1580.1

Offices Held


Bencher, I. Temple 1559, Autumn reader 1561, Lent 1569, treasurer 1567-70.


Steward, crown lands, Salop by Mar. 1554; feodary, Salop by Feb. 1559; member, council in the marches of Wales by 1560; j.p. Cheshire, Denb. from 1561, Salop c.1574, Warws. c.1583; attorney-gen. duchy of Lancaster 1566-80; justice, Anglesey circuit Feb. 1567-80, Chester May 1580; eccles. commr. 1572; custos rot. Salop c.1574; recorder, Worcester 1580-7,Shrewsbury June 1580, Bridgnorth by 1583.2



George Bromley was the third of his family to achieve distinction in the law. His father had been a reader at the Inner Temple and recorder of Shrewsbury early in Henry VIII’s reign, and his cousin Thomas Bromley I died in 1555 while chief justice of the King’s bench; both father and cousin had been legal officers of the council in the marches.3


Bromley was only seven years old when his father died in 1533. It is not known to whom his wardship was granted, but his career was probably shaped by the influence of Sir Thomas Bromley, who had no son of his own, and of his mother’s family, the Lacons of Willey. Like his father, he was trained at the Inner Temple and then took service with the council in the marches. He is known to have been a member of the council by 1560, but as he was steward of crown lands in Shropshire by 1554 he may have been appointed several years earlier. Although he had inherited a house and considerable land at Hawkstone in north Shropshire, he married about 1555 into a rather obscure family from Hallon, near Willey, and went to live on his wife’s property.4


The Lacons wielded great influence at Wenlock, and it was doubtless exercised to secure Bromley’s return to the Parliament of 1558 along with another of their kinsmen, Sir George Blount, head of the leading family of south-east Shropshire. Bromley was joined in the Commons by his younger brother Thomas, who had barely begun the career which was to lead him to the woolsack. The brothers must also have benefited from their relationship to the sheriff at the time of their return, Richard Newport, an Inner Templar who had married the daughter of Sir Thomas Bromley. In the next reign George Bromley received several important judicial offices, mostly in the north-west, but his fame was overshadowed by his brother’s. He died on 2 Mar. 1589.5

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: Alan Harding





Aged 63 at death, Vis. Salop , 78, 492; C142/56/2; E150/855/4.


R. Flenley, Cal. Reg. Council, Marches of Wales, 49; HMC De L’Isle and Dudley, i. 323; CPR, 1558-60, p. 148; 1569-72, p. 440; P. H. Williams, Council in Marches of Wales, 344-5; Lansd. 683, f. 28; Somerville, Duchy, i. 409; Ormerod, Cheshire, i. 62; A. D. Dyer, Worcester in 16th Cent. 201; H. Owen and J. B. Blakeway, Shrewsbury, i. 538; Bridgnorth recs. 9/3, f. 2.


Owen and Blakeway, i. 273; Bodl. Blakeway 8, f. 285; ECP, v. 233, 604; LP Hen. VIII, xii.


Trans. Salop Arch. Soc. , i. 13.


Ibid. , ii. 314-15

!Source: George Bromley

George Bromley was an English lawyer, landowner, politician and judge of the Mid-Tudor and Elizabethan period, a member of an important Shropshire legal and landed gentry dynasty. Although his career was overshadowed by that of his brother Thomas Bromley, George Bromley was of considerable importance in the affairs of the Welsh marches and the Inner Temple. He was an MP for Liskeard 1563, Much Wenlock in 1558 and 1559 and Shropshire in 1571 and 1572.[2]


Background and early life


George Bromley was born around 1526. He was the first son of[3][4]


George Bromley of Hodnet, close to Market Drayton in Shropshire, the son of William Bromley of Mitley and Beatrix Hill.

Jane Lacon, daughter of Sir Thomas Lacon of Willey, Shropshire.


The elder George Bromley was a prominent lawyer, important in the affairs of the Inner Temple,[5] where he was Autumn Reader for 1508[6] and Lent Reader for 1509,[7] although he refused the honour for Lent 1515.[8] He was also recorder of Shrewsbury. His younger cousin,[4] Thomas Bromley, also served as recorder of Shrewsbury and was made Chief Justice of the King's Bench by Mary I.[9] The cousins both exercised considerable power regionally as legal officers of the Council in the Marches of Wales,[5] which embodied the power of central government in this still-turbulent region.


The young George Bromley was left without a father in 1533 and must have undergone a protracted, wardship but nothing is known of it. It was possibly ameliorated by the influence of his father's cousin, Chief Justice Thomas Bromley.


Sir George Bromley's memorial


George Bromley’s parents were George Bromley of Hawkstone and his wife Jane, daughter of Sir Thomas Lacon of Willey. He married Joan , the daughter and sole heir of John Wannerton of Hallon, Worfield in 1555 and had 6 sons and 4 daughters.


During his career as a lawyer, politician and judge he served as Member of Parliament for Much Wenlock, Liskeard and Shropshire. He was knighted in 1571 and made Chief Justice of Cheshire in May 1580. He died on 2nd March 1589 aged 63.

[Note: Julian calendar year starts March 25 while Gregorian starts January 1.]


Sir George’s tomb is a fine example of an alabaster monument, heavily decorated and painted. Remnants of the gold are still visible. Near the base of the right hand pillar are emblems of mortality consisting of a skull, a spade and a mattock and on the left hand side an inverted torch. The exact date of the monument is not known. Around the tomb are the figures of his children, which have unfortunately been damaged at some time in the past.


Sir Edward Bromley’s tomb.


The tomb with its elaborate canopy is in memory of Sir Edward Bromley baptised in Worfield on 17th October 1563, and his wife Margaret Lowe, daughter and heiress of Michael Lowe, of Tymore, Enville, Staffordshire. Sir Edward was a distinguished lawyer, and is depicted on his tomb wearing legal costume. He held the position Baron of the Exchequer 1609-1610 and was knighted on 25th March 1610. He died on 2nd June 1626 without issue. The Bromley family crest can be seen underneath the canopy and an early example of graffiti can also be seen on the pillars.


Jane Wannerton Bromley

Birth 1533

Death 19 Nov 1606

Burial Saint Peter's Churchyard, Worfield, Shropshire Unitary Authority, Shropshire, England

Memorial ID 169771241 · View Source

Saint Peter's Churchyard Bromley or Wannerton

Family Members

Spouse George Bromley 1525–1589


Margaret Bromley Wolryche

Mary Bromley Cotton unknown–1641

Francis Bromley 1556–1591

Edward Bromley 1563–1626