William Parr, 1st Baron Parr of Kendal

William Parr, 1st Baron Parr Of Kendal

William Parr, 1st Baron Parr of Kendal

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William Parr, 1st Baron Parr of Kendal, KG (1434 – 1483Linda Porter. Katherine, the Queen, MacMillan, 2010. ISBN 0312384386.) was an English courtier and soldier. He was the eldest son of Sir Thomas Parr (1405–1464) and his wife Alice (who was the daughter of Sir Thomas Tunstall of Thurland, Lancashire).


The Parr family originally came from Parr, Lancashire. Sir William's great-grandfather, Sir William de Parre (died 1405), son of Sir John de Parre, lord of Parr; married, in 1383, Elizabeth, daughter of John de Ros, and granddaughter and heiress of Sir Thomas de Ros, baron of Kendal; through his marriage he acquired Kendal Castle and one-fourth part of the barony of Kendal, which continued in the family till after the death of William Parr, Marquis of Northampton, when the Marquis's widow surrendered it to Queen Elizabeth I.

It was known as 'The Marquis Fee.' This branch of the family resided at Kendal.

His paternal grandparents were John Parr (c. 1383–1409) and Agness Crophull, widow of Walter Devereux. From her previous marriage she was mother to a younger Walter Devereux and paternal grandmother to Walter Devereux, Lord Chancellor of Ireland.

Sir Thomas Parr, the courtier's father, was sub-vice comes for Westmorland from 1428 to 1437, and was sheriff from 1461 to 1475. He was assaulted in going to Parliament in 1446, the case being noticed in Parliament and took an active part in the wars of the Roses on the Yorkist side; he was...
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