William Gerard (c1525-1584)

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William Gerrard of Harrow was born circa 1525 in England to James Gerard (c1500-) and Margaret Holcraft (c1505-) and died 1584 in England of unspecified causes. He married Dorothy Page (c1526-) . Notable ancestors include Charlemagne (747-814), Hugh Capet (c940-996), Rurik (c832-879), Alfred the Great (849-899), William I of England (1027-1087). Ancestors are from England, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Belgium, the Netherlands.

William Gerard (aft. 1520–1584) was an English Member of Parliament for the constituencies of Preston and Wigan during the reigns of Mary I and Elizabeth I of England.


Gerard was born after 1520. He was the son of James Gerard of Astley and Ince, Lancashire and Margaret, daughter of John Holcroft; and brother of Sir Gilbert Gerard of Ince.

By 1552 Gerard had been appointed Receiver of the Middlesex lands of the Edward, Lord North by 1552. He was return as a member of four parliaments: Preston October 1553 (1st Parliament of Mary I); Wigan 1559 (1st Elizabeth); Wigan 1563 (2nd Elizabeth); and Wigan, 1571 (3rd Elizabeth). He was Feodary for Middlesex in 1565. He was appointed a governor of Harrow School in 1572. From March until December 1578 he was escheator in Kent and Middlesex, and from around 1583 he was a Justice of the Peace in Middlesex. He died on 19 September 1584


Gerard married Dorothy, daughter of Thomas Page of Sudbury Court, Middlesex. They had eight sons including William Gerard (c. 1551–1609) and four daughters


Offspring of William Gerrard of Harrow, M.P. and Dorothy Page (c1526-)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Dorothy Gerard (c1548-1626) 1548 1626 Thomas Waller (c1546-1627)

William Gerard (c1551-1609) 1551 England 23 August 1609 England Dorothy Ratcliffe

Gilbert Gerard
Thomas Gerard
Richard Gerard
Frances Gerard


Will dated January 17th, 1581; proved 1584 (30, Watson). Names wife Dorothy to have Flamberds for life, sons William, Gilbert, Thomas and son Richard, who has a good living, daughters Dorothy and Frances, loving brother Sir Gilbert Gerrard,

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