Saturday 16 December 2017

Sir William Mainwaring and the Siege of Chester

Sir William Mainwaring was of the family of Mainwarings from Over Peover in Cheshire. Aged 29, he was killed during the Siege of Chester in 1644, aged 29 years. As the document below shows, his wife paid for a monument to him in Chester Cathedral, countersigned by other ancestors including Robert Brerewood and Francis Gamull.

The monument is no longer in the choir, but is now located in the South Transect, to the right of the large blue window.

The monument reads:
“To the perpetual memory of the Eminently Loyal Sir Wm Mainwaring Esquire eldest son of Edmund Mainwaring Esquire Chancellor of the County Palatine of Chester of the Ancient Family of the Mainwarings of Peover in the said County. He died in the service of his prince and country in the defence of the City of Chester wherein he merited singular honour for his fidelity, courage and conduct. He left by Hester his lady (daughter and heiress unto Christopher Wase in the County of Bucks Esquire) four sons and two daughters. His eldest daughter Judith married unto Sir Inbusby of Addington in the County of Bucks Kt. His youngest daughter Hester unto Sir Thomas Grobham-How of Kempley in the County of Gloucester Kt.  He died honourably but immaturely in the twentyninth year of his age Octo^r th9 1644.  His Lady Relict creates this monument of her everlasting love and his never dying honour. Oct^r 25th 1671.”

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