Edward Bromely


Personal and Family Information

Edward was born about 1563 in England, the son of George Bromely and Jane Wannerton.

He died on 2 JUN 1626 in Worfield, Shropshire, England.

His wife was Margaret Lowe. They were married, but the date and place have not been found. They had no known children.

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Edward Bromely


George Bromely


George Bromely


William Bromely


Beatrix Hill


Jane Lacon


Thomas Lacon


Maria Corbet


Jane Wannerton


John Wannerton


John Wannerton


Alicia Barker



BirthABT 1563
Place: England
Death2 JUN 1626
Place: Worfield, Shropshire, England
Christening17 OCT 1563


Bromley Visi...


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!Source: George Bromley https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Bromley_.

of Shifnall, Grange and Bridgnorth. Baron of the Exchequer, MP for Bridgnorth.

!Source: https://www.stpeterschurchworfield.com/blank-page

Sir George Bromley's memorial

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.

!Source: The Visitation of Shropshire, 1623 https://www.wikitree.com/photo.php/e/e5/Bromley-418.jpg


!Source: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Bromley-562#1563_Birth_and_Parentage

Sir Edward Bromley MP

Born 1563 in Shropshire, Englandmap

Son of George Bromley and Joan Bromley

Brother of Margaret Wolryche and Mary Cotton

Died 2 Jun 1626 at about age 63 in Shropshire, Englandmap

Cross Reference: Others named in History of Parliament Biography


Sir George Bromley, father of Edward, died 1589.

Joan Waverton, daughter of John, of Hallon and Waverton, mother

Francis Bromley, Brother of Edward and heir of Sir George

Margaret Lowe, daughter of Nicholas, Edward's wife, married 1593

Sir Henry Bromley, cousin german of Edward

Edward Bromley, brother of Sir Henry

Sir Thomas Bromley, uncle, Lord chancellor

Thomas Bromley, nephew

George Bromley, youngest brother of Edward



1563 Birth and Parentage


He was baptized 17 Oct. 1563,1 [1]


He was the second son of Sir George Bromley† of the Inner Temple and Hodnet, Salop and Joan, da. and h. of John Waverton of Hallon and Waverton, Worcs.;2 [1]

He w-as the brother of Francis†. [1]



He was educated at Shrewsbury g.s. 1577; I. Temple 1580, called 1590.3 [1]

1586 Member of Parliament


He was a Member of Parliament for Bridgnorth in 1586, 1589, 1593 1597, 1601, and 1604-6 Feb 1610.[1]

1593 Marriage


On 18 April 1593 he married Margaret , da. and h. of Nicholas Lowe of Enville, Staffs., s.p.4 [1]

1610 Knighted


He was knighted 26 Feb./25 Mar. 1610.6 [1]

Offices Held


J.p. Salop by 1596-d.; steward, Morfa Forest, Salop 1603;8 commr. inquiry, lands of Gunpowder plotters, Salop 1606, subsidy 1608, 1621-2, 1624, oyer and terminer, the Verge 1611-d., Oxf. circ. 1617-d.9[1]


Bencher, I. Temple 1603-10, Lent reader 1606;10 sjt.-at-law 1610;11 Exch. bar. 1610-d.;12 judge of assize, Northern circ. 1610-18, Midland circ. 1618-d.;13 recorder, Much Wenlock, Salop by 1617, Shrewsbury, Salop by 1619, Bridgnorth, Salop ?1622-d.14[1]



Bromley was cousin german to Sir Henry Bromley*, and should not be confused with the latter’s brother Capt. Edward Bromley, a participant in Essex’s rebellion of 1601.15 The Bridgnorth MP’s father, Sir George Bromley, held lands scattered across northern Shropshire, but these went to the heir, Francis, while Bromley himself followed his father into the legal profession at the Inner Temple. Bromley’s mother inherited other estates near Bridgnorth, where Sir George was recorder until 1589, and the family lived at Hallon, four miles east of the town, a conjunction which explains Bromley’s repeated return for the borough from 1586.16[1]


Although an experienced lawyer, Bromley left little mark on the parliamentary sessions in which he sat. On 14 Apr. 1604 he was named to attend the conference with the Lords at which the king outlined his initial plans for the Union. A week later he was ordered ‘to draft a bill of outlaws’, doubtless the measure barring recusants, outlaws, perjurers and forgers from election to Parliament which had been inspired by the return of the supposedly outlawed Sir Francis Goodwin; he was named to the bill committee five days later, but it was never reported. He was also one of the lawyers ordered to scrutinize Francis Moore’s draft bill to confirm letters patent , and while not named to this bill committee on 4 June, he was co-opted to that considering the Lords’ amendments on 5 July.17 As a trustee of the Worcestershire estates of Sir Thomas Littleton*, 1st bt., he chaired the committee for the bill to reverse the attainder of the latter’s father .18[1]


In 1607 Bromley made unsuccessful overtures to Michael Hickes* for preferment as surveyor of the Court of Wards, but at his elevation to the coif and the judicial bench as an Exchequer baron in February 1610 he was still described as ‘an obscure lawyer of the Inner Temple’. This promotion doubtless owed something to his family background: his father had been chief justice of Chester, and his uncle Sir Thomas Bromley†, lord chancellor. Yet it can hardly have been a coincidence that only two weeks after his patent as Exchequer baron was sealed, he inherited the family estates in Shropshire upon the death of his nephew, Thomas Bromley.19 His appointment created a vacancy at Bridgnorth which resulted in a contested by-election, from which he apparently remained aloof. His parliamentary patronage subsequently focused on Much Wenlock, where his influence as recorder secured the return of his nephew Thomas Wolryche three times during the 1620s.[1]

Issue and Inheritance


Bromley had no children, and consequently, in 1615, he designated Sir Henry Bromley’s youngest son as his heir general. However, the latter was presumably dead by the time Bromley came to write his will on 14 Oct. 1625, in which he left most of his goods to the second son of Sir Thomas Bromley*. He died on 2 June 1626 and was buried at Worfield, Shropshire ten days later.20 The family estates passed to his younger brother George, none of whose descendants sat in Parliament.[1] Sir Edward's will is imaged on this profile and is important for linking the several families together. [2]

1626 Death


He died 2 June 1626.7 sig. Edw[ard] Bromley.[1]

He was succeeded by his nephew Thomas Bromley 1610;5 [1]