Oliver Cromwell's Great Grandfather

Oliver Cromwell's Great Grandfather, Sir Richard Williams alias Sir Richard Cromwell of Hinchingbrooke

Sir Richard Williams (1496 - 1544)

Alias Sir Richard Cromwell of Hinchingbrooke

Cromwell Arms

 

Oliver’s great grandfather gained favour with Henry VIII leading to a knighthood, and from the dissolution of monasteries the monastic spoils of, the Abbeys of Ramsey and Sawtry, the Priories of Huntingdon and St Neots, and the Nunnery of Hinchingbrooke all lying in Huntingdonshire.

He married Francis, daughter of Sir John Murfyn, alderman and Mayor of London (1518) and also changed his name from Williams to Cromwell in recognition of his maternal uncle, Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, who unfortunately had fallen from grace with Henry VIII and been executed.

Sir Richard ended his career as a gentleman of the Kings Privy Council.