Dr William Aubrey

This is a very interesting e mail. Attached is our relation to Francis Bacon and his uncle Gwilym Seisyll (William Cecil Lord Burleigh). The latter carried essentially all the ministerial work for Elizabeth I Tudor on his own back. He was plain dressed and used a donkey for transport. Elizabeth 1st is of course our ancestral cousin through King Tewdwr Mawr ap Cadell, descended from Hywel Dda. Dr. William Aubrey was granted extensive lands by his cousin Elizabeth 1st, as you know, so he could ride all day on his own estates. My guess is that knighthood was an arbitrary process, as it is now. Doctor of Laws was of course an earned doctorate. The Elizabethan court was a brilliant one, but was always under threats of one kind or another. Although our cousins the Tudors have a genealogy that can be traced to 150 B. C., they were considered as usurpers by the Yorkists, and the Scots were always a threat from the north. It is possible that Sir Walter Raleigh knew Dr. William Aubrey, he would certainly have known Lord Burleigh. The book on the Aubrey Dynasty is doing very well on www.aias.us. Sir Francis Bacon was made Baron Verulam and Marquis St Albans by our ancestral cousin James 1st Stuart but fell out of favour and had to leave court due to false charges by the Duke of Buckingham faction. So courts were dangerous places, and it could be that Dr. William Aubrey preferred Abercynrig to the London Court. So he may not have been at Court long enough to be noticed for a knighthood. The latter was a sinecure title in those days, as it is now, a doctorate was much more significant. It was essentially a Welsh court, Elizabeth 1st gave permission for our cousin Blanche Parry to commission a supreme masterpiece of the Welsh language, the 1588 Bible of Dr. William Morgan and other scholars, translated from the Greek and Hebrew, and not Latin. In 1588, the Court was under great pressure from the Armada, because Elizabeth has been excommunicated as a protestant. The Pope or Bishop of Rome declared that anyone could kill her without punishment, so she was always heavily guarded. Her father Henry VIII Tudor was always a catholic and Fidei Defensor, defender of the catholic faith, despite taking over the church himself and dissolving the monasteries.

On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 9:43 PM <saawbrey> wrote:

Good to hear from you Stuart. Happy all is well.

A question for the two of you. It is not of importance, just curiosity.

Nearly all references to Dr William use only the prefix – Dr.

With all his involvements with and for Queen Elizabeth, why was he never knighted? Or, was he? I have found no record of it.

A guess is he had no desire for it as a Doctor of Laws was more prestigious than a knighthood (without one of the orders) and a prefix of Sir.

I am always interested in what was going on during the time of our ancestors and not just a family tree. I have wondered what it was like for Dr William with his interaction with the Queen.

What was his relationship, if any, with Sir Walter Raleigh, a contemporary?

Did he know William Cecil and his son. Recently, I discovered a letter Dr William sent to Cecil. So, there is the answer to that question. Also, recently discovered a letter Hotton sent to William Cecil highly commending Dr William to the Queen for his work done in trade negotiations in Bruges during the 1560s.

I wish someone would write a book about Dr. William. So much has been written about his great grandson, John Aubrey, FRS.


Stuart Awbrey


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