'Wren1'Index links to: Lead / Letter DRAFT
Families covered: Wrenne of Billyhall (Sherburne House), Wrenne of Binchester, Wren of Hanslope, Wren of Littur, Wrenne of the Isle of Ely, Wren of Wroxall
This family is still being researched. It has NOT yet been launched formally into the Database but is shown here as DRAFT in the hope that one or more visitors to the site will contribute information that will enable us to develop this Family List to an acceptable standard.
First displayed: 13.07.11Last updated: 09.07.13
Back to 'Can You Help ?'

William Wrenne of Sherburne House, co. Durham
m(1). _ Tippin
1. William Wrenne of Sherburne House (aka Billyhall)
  m. Margaret Simpson (dau/coheir of Robert Simpson of Henknoll)
  A. Anthony Wrenne of Billyhall (a 1575)
m. Elizabeth Wandesford (dau of Christopher Wandesford of Kirklington)
  i. Sir Charles Wrenne of Binchester, co. Durham (b c1564, d c1618)
  m. Gertrude Thornhaugh (dau of John Thornhaugh of Fenton)
  a. Lynley Wrenne of Binchester (b c1600, d 18.07.1655)
  m1/2. Peregrina Fetherstonhaugh (dau of Raphe Fatherstonhaugh of Stanhope)
  (1)+ issue (a 1666) - Charles (b c1652), Joseph (b c1655), Jane (b c1651), Barbara (b c1654), Margaret (b c1662)
  It appears that Lynley also married ...
  m2/1. Barbara Blakiston (dau of Sir William Blakiston of Gibside)
  b. Henry Wrenne of Bishop Auckland, co. Durham (5th son)
m. Mary Pemberton (dau of Michael Pemberton of 'Llanden')
  c. Frances Wrenne
  m. Ralph Blakeston (son/heir of Sir William of Gibside)
  d.+ other issue (d unm) - Charles, John, Jeremy, William, Gertrude
  ii. Francis Wrenne of Henknolle
  iii. Mary Wrenne
  m. Sir John Claxton of Nettlesworth
  iv. Jane Wrenne
  m. Sir Henry Franklin of Oldwarke
  B. Margaret Wrenne possibly of this generation
  m. Nicholas Crosyer of Newbiggin (b c02.1535, d 09.01.1580-1)
2. Cuthbert Wrenne
  The following comes from various web sites, in particular this one, supplemented by cross-references from elsewhere in the database.
m. Mary Jenkinson (dau of William Jenkinson)
  A. Francis Wren (b 18.01.1551/2, d c10.1624)
  m. Susan Wigginton (dau of William Wigginton)
  i. Christopher Wren, Dean of Windsor (b 17.09.1589, d 29.05.1658)
  m. Mary Cox (dau of Robert Cox)
  a. Christopher Wren (b/d 22.11.1631)
  b. Sir Christopher Wren (b 20.10.1632, d 25.02.1723, architect)
  m1. (07.12.1669) Faith Coghill (b c1636, d 03.09.1675, dau of Sir John (sb Thomas?) Coghill of Bletchingham)
  (1) Gilbert Wren (b 10.1672, d 07.03.1673/4)
  (2) Christopher Wren of Wroxall, Warwickshire (b 16.02.1674/5, d 24.08.1747)
m1. (c05.1706) Mary Musard (d 12.03.1713, dau of Philip Musard)
  (A) Christopher Wren of Wroxall (b 05.01.1710/1, d 25.07.1771)
  m. (07.03.1736/7) Mary Bartlett (bur 19.03.1773, dau of Phillip Bartlett)
  (i) Christopher Wren of Wroxall (b 25.10.1745, d 16.12.1797)
m. Martha Roberts (d 12.08.1779, dau of David Roberts)
  (a) Christopher Roberts Wren of Wroxall (b 13.09.1775, d before 15.08.1828) had issue
  m1. (08.03.1797) Amelia Best (d 10.11.1797)
  m2. (c1800) Anne Owen (d 01.1804, dau of Henry Owen)
  m3. (c1812) Maria Joanna Lushington-Edwards (d 19.03.1814, dau of Edward Lushington-Edwards)
  m4. (03.1815) Anne Biggs (d 04.12.1852)
  (b)+ other issue - Christopher (b/d 1773), Martha
  (ii) Thomas Wren of Wroxall (b 04.03.1736/7, d 22.01.1762)
  m. Margaret Hay (dau of Lord Hay)
  (a) Christopher Wren (b 08.08.1761, d 01.05.1842)
m. (21.11.1782) Ann Bentley (d 17.07.1799)
  (iii) Henrietta Wren (b 1739, d 1805)
  m. Clement Newman
  (iv) Sarah Wren (b 1751, d 1836)
  m. James West
(v)+ other issue - Matthew (b 1748, d 1302.1770), Philip (b 27.07.1755, d 04.1829, rector of Ipsley), Constantia Maria (d infant)
  m2. (08.03.1714/4) Constance Middleton (b 28.12.1682, d 23.04.1734, dau of Sir Thomas Middleton, widow of Sir Roger Burgoyne)
  (B) Stephen Wren (b 14.05.1722)
  m2. (1677) Jane Fitzwilliam (d 09/10.1679/80, dau of William Fitzwilliam by Jane Perry)
  (3)+ other issue - William (b 17.06.1679, d 15.03.1737/8), Jane (b 11.1677, d unm 29.12.1703)
  c. Katherine Wren
  m. Richard Fishbourne of New Windsor
  d. daughter probably of this generation
m. Rev. Henry Brunsell
  ii. Matthew Wren, Bishop of Ely (b 03.12.1585, d 24.04.1667)
  The above-mentioned web site suggests that Matthew was married to Elizabeth Broenrigg (Brownrigg?) but Wikipedia ("Matthew Wren") reports that he married Elizabeth Cutler. Wikipedia ("Robert Wright, judge") identifies 3 of his daughters as shown below.
  m. Elizabeth Cutler (dau of Joseph Cutler of Ipswich)
  a. Susan Wren (b 25.01.1633) 
  m. Robert Wright of Wangford (b c1634, d 1689, Chief Justice)
  b. Anne Wren 
  m. ?? Ball
  (1) John Ball of Hampton Court (d 05.01.1732)
  m1. Frances Watts (dau of Edm und Watts by Mary Wren, cousin) @@ just below @@
  (A) Francis Ball
  m2. Alice Wright (dau of Chief Justice Robert Wright, cousin)
  (B)+ other issue - John, George possibly of this marriage
c. Mary Wren
  m. Edward Watts
  (1) Frances Watts
  m. John Ball of Hampton Court (d 05.01.1732, m2. Alice Wright) @@ just above @@
  d.+ other issue including Matthew (b 20.08.1629, d 14.06.1672, writer)
3. Thomas Wrenne of Haddenham, Cambridgeshire
The next generation is supported by Visitation (Cambridgeshire, 1575+1619, Wrenn).
  A. Thomas Wrenne or Wren of Hynton in the Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire
  m. Elizabeth Payton (dau of Sir Robert Payton (Peyton) of Isleham, m2. William Medley)
  Visitation provides no more on this line. The following connection comes from the above-mentioned web site (identified as a useful source for the line of Sir Christhoper Wren the architect), supplemented by cross-references from elsewhere in the database..
i. Thomas Wren of Littur (b c1610, d 1662, Captain)
  m. Mary Blennerhassett (dau of John Blennerhassett of Ballycarty)
  a. Charles Wren of Littur (b c1645, d 1725)
  m. Ellen Blennerhassett (dau of Thomas Blennerhassett of Lettur)
  (1) John Wren (b 1684, d 1769)
  m. Honora Ponsonby
(A) Thomas Wren of Littur (b 1710, d 1793)
  m. (17.10.1770) Alice Leslie (dau of Robert Leslie of Leslie Lodge)
  (i) Thomas Wren
  (a) George Wren of Littur possibly fits here
  m. Alicia Sandes (d 07.07.1885, dau of William Sandes of Pyrmont)
  (ii) Leslie Wren
  (iii) Aphra Wren probably of this generation
  m. William Sandes of Pyrmont (b 1773, d 1852)
  (iv) daughter probably of this generation
  m. (1807, sp?) John Blennerhassett of Rockfield
  The following connection is wholly presumptuous, being based only on the shared association with the Isle of Ely.
  ii. ?? Wren possibly father of ...
a. Charles Wren of the Isle of Ely possibly fits here
  (1) Anne Wren (d 16.10.1726, heir)
  m. (probably by 1692) George Monson (b 27.02.1657-8, d 16.10.1726)
4. Jane Wrenne possibly of this generation
  m. Rowland Maddison of Unthank
The following comes from BCG (vol 1 (1891), Smith of Gordon Brook, p7) which identifies the following Geoffrey as brother of William of Sherburn House (ancestor of Sir Christopher the architect).
Geoffrey Wren (d 1527, rector of Hanslope)
1. ?? Wren presumed intermediary generation, father or grandfather of ...
  A. Hugh Wren of Hanslope, Buckinghamshire (d 1585)
  m. Margaret
  i. Christopher Wren of Hanslope (d 1613)
m. Mary
  a. Hugh Wren of Hanslope (b 1598, d 1658)
  m. Eleanor (d 1658)
  (1) Hugh Wren of Hanslope (b 1629)
  (A) Christopher Wren of Hanslope (b 1664)
  m. Sarah
  (i) Christopher Wren of Pindon End, Hanslope (b 1694, d 1765)
  (a) Sarah Wren
  m. John France
  (ii) Sarah Wren (b 1703, d 11.06.1778)
  m. Thomas Smith of Moor End (b 1701, d 1766)

Main source(s): Vistiation (Durham, 1575+1615+1666, Wrenn of Binchester) with input from various web sites as reported above
Back to top of page