Henry VIII,the Reign
14 August 1513 – 28 October 1571
1st Marquess of Northampton
Earl of Essex
1st Baron Parr, KG
William Parr Profile
William Parr, 1st Marquess of Northampton, 1st Earl of Essex and 1st Baron Parr, KG (14 August 1513 – 28 October 1571) was the son of Sir Thomas Parr and his wife, Maud Green, daughter of Sir Thomas Green, of Broughton and Greens Norton. William Parr was brother of the Queen consort, Catherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII, and Anne Parr.
On 9 February 1527, Parr married Anne Bourchier, 7th Baroness Bourchier, daughter of Henry Bourchier, 2nd Earl of Essex. On 17 April 1543, their marriage was annulled by an Act of Parliament and her children were declared bastards. Parr also obtained his ex-wife's lands and titles, being created Earl of Essex.
He later married Elisabeth Brooke, daughter of George Brooke, 9th Baron Cobham. Their marriage was declared valid in 1548, invalid in 1553, and valid again in 1558.
He was Edward VI's 'beloved uncle' and became influencial at Edward's court, during the period of John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland's leadership in government.
On his death, at Warwick Priory, as he had no children, his titles became extinct. His body was laid to rest in St. Mary's Church in Warwick, buried in the chancel of the church.
Queen Elizabeth paid for his funeral and burial.