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  • ID: I148803
  • Name: William Marrow
  • Surname: Marrow
  • Given Name: William
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1395/1436 1
  • Death: from 8 Oct 1464 to 15 May 1466 2
  • Reference Number: ernRC8
  • _UID: 2A08E00C996EB841952412957393F5A61F61
  • Note:
    Subj: William Marowe's widow etc
    Date: 9/14/05 7:03:17 AM Pacific Daylight Time
    From: (Peter Marrow)

    It is a year after the death of William Marowe, grocer, mayor of London 1455/56, and now after the death of his youngest daughter, Agnes, that we find one possible reason for William, being referred to as a knight in later pedigrees and documents. From: 'Folios 41 - 50: Feb 1465-6 -', Calendar of letter-books of the city of London: L: Edward IV-Henry VII:

    Custod 'pueror' Will i Marowe orph' Civit'.

    12 May, 6 Edward IV. [A.D. 1466], came Dame (Footnote 1) Katherine Marowe, widow, John Reynkyn, John Marchall, Thomas Riche, mercers, and Philip Hardbeen, grocer, and entered into bond in the sum of 1,860 for the delivery into the Chamber of divers sums of money and jewels, to the use of William, Thomas, Johanna, and Katherine, children of William Marowe, late Alderman, the same being bequeathed to them by their said father, and accruing to them by the decease of Agnes, their sister. (Footnote 2).

    Which bond is a vast sum to be passed on to her siblings with the death of little Agnes. So it seems that Katherine is now putting on 'airs and graces' by calling herself 'Dame' and wants people to think she is a widow of a knight and not just the widow of a former mayor. Many mayors were knighted of course and she may have thought she wasn't receiving her just respect or deference without that honour and title.

    The Calendar of letter books editor's footnotes read:

    1. Another instance of an unwarranted assumption of the title by the widow of a man who never received the honour of knighthood. Cf. supra, pp 40, 51.

    2. A marginal note to the effect that on the 28th April 19 Edward IV [A.D. 1479], Robert Frogmarten, who married the above Katherine, daughter of William Marowe, came into Court, before Richard Gradyner, the mayor, and the Aldermen, and acknowledged satisfaction for his wife's property.

    'Robert Frogmarten' is the chap normally known as Robert Throckmorton of Coughton.
    Subj: House sign to heraldry?
    Date: 1/6/06 7:26:34 AM Pacific Standard Time
    From: (Peter Marrow)

    William Marowe of London, d. 1464, held much property in the city including quays on the River Thames. By 1488 the wharf called Galey key was held in conjunction with another property called 'le Maydenhede', and both were then in the possession of Williams' son William and heirs. It lay opposite Galey key on the north side of Thames Street, three doors along from the eastern corner of Bear Lane in Petty Wales (Petywales, Petiwales). 'Le Maydenhede' or Maidenhead was probably a brewhouse. W.F. Carter, in his history of the family quite reasonably, in my view, speculates that a sign showing a maiden's head would have been hung on the front of the brewhouse building. The arms adopted by William Marowe seem to have been: Azure a Fess between three maiden's heads couped Argent crined Or.

    Carter espouses the notion that the maiden depicted was the virgin Mary as the 'ground' is blue (azure) in the later arms, a colour invariably associated with the blessed Virgin Mary. If this biblical connotation is true, it was evidently lost on later Marrow armigers who emblazoned very profane or impious and immodest ladies as charges on their shields.........

    Does anyone know of the definite adoption of an heraldic charge from a house sign?
  • Change Date: 14 Apr 2009 at 01:00:00

    Father: William Marrow , Lord Mayor of London 1455 b: 1375/1418

    Marriage 1 Katherine Rich b: 1410/1440
      1. Has No Children William Marrow b: ABT 1453
      2. Has Children Catherine Marrow b: ABT 1459
      3. Has No Children Thomas Marrow b: 1425/1467

      1. Title: Burke's Peerage and Baronetage
      2. Title: 2005-9 (September)
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