WYLDE (WILDE), George I (1550-1616), of the Harriots, Droitwich, Worcs. and the Inner Temple, London; later of Serjeants' Inn, Fleet Street, London

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1604-1629, ed. Andrew Thrush and John P. Ferris, 2010
Available from Cambridge University Press



Family and Education

b. c.1550, 2nd. s. of Thomas Wylde (Wild)† (d.1559) of the Commandery, Worcester, Worcs. being 1st. s. with his 2nd w. Eleanor, da. of George Wall of Droitwich.1 educ. I. Temple 1568, called by 1589.2 m. settlement 28 May and 4 June 1589,3 Frances (d. 30 Nov. 1630), da. of Sir Edmund Huddleston of Sawston, Cambs., 2s. 2da (1 d.v.p.) d. 29 Mar. 1616.4 sig. G[eorge] Wylde.

Offices Held

Dep. reader, Lyon’s Inn, 1580;5 steward, reader’s dinner, I. Temple 1591, bencher 1591-1614, auditor, treas.’s acct., 1593, 1601, reader’s attendant, 1594, 1606, 1607, auditor, steward’s acct., 1594, reader 1595, 1608, treas. 1604-5;6 sjt.-at-law 1614-d.7

Commr. subsidy, Worcs. 1599, 1600, 1608;8 j.p. Worcs. 1600-d.;9 commr. charitable uses, Worcs. 1601, 1605;10 member, Council in the Marches of Wales from 1601;11 commr. oyer and terminer, Wales and the Marches 1602-at least 1607,12 Gunpowder plotters, Worcs. and Staffs. 1606,13 gaol delivery, Worcs. 1603-at least 1614,14 inquiry, property of Gunpowder plotters, Worcs. 1606,15 property of Thomas Abington 1606,16 aid 1609.17


Wylde came from a prominent family of Worcester clothiers, but as a younger son he entered the law. From his mother he inherited property in Droitwich, including salt bullaries, the prerequisite of membership of the corporation, and the manor of Impney, one mile north-east of the borough.18 He twice sat in Parliament for Droitwich under Elizabeth and was described after his death as ‘a very learned man and chief burgess’ of the borough.19

Wylde was re-elected for the borough in 1604, when he was appointed to bill committees to enable magistrates to release prisoners (31 Mar.), prevent secret outlawries (27 Apr.) and preserve coppices, underwoods and timber (28 April). On 4 July, three days before Parliament was prorogued, he moved for the bill for coppices and underwoods to be allowed to sleep until the next session.20 In 1606 he was appointed to a three-man committee to draft a bill to confirm the property of corporations given for charitable uses (4 Mar.) and was named to the committee for John Holdich’s bill (16 May).21 In the third session he was appointed to committees for bills concerning forcible entries bill (18 Feb.), jointures, and debts (26 February).22 In the fourth session he received only one committee nomination, for Beckham’s estate bill (21 February).23

In 1614 Wylde was appointed a serjeant-at-law and, as the senior member of the call, thanked the lord chancellor (Thomas Egerton†) on behalf of his colleagues.24 Wylde made a nuncupative will on 27 Mar. 1616 and died two days later at his home in the Harriots, Droitwich. He was buried that same day in the church of St. Peter de Witton, Droitwich, where a magnificent monument, depicting him in his legal robes, was erected.25 Both his sons, John and George, subsequently sat for Droitwich, as did his son-in-law, Walter Blount.

Ref Volumes: 1604-1629

Authors: Glyn Redworth / Ben Coates


  • 1. Vis. Worcs. (Harl. Soc. xc), 104-5; Survey of Worcs. by Thomas Habington ed. J. Amphlett (Worcs. Hist Soc. 1893-5), i. 484.
  • 2. I. Temple database of admiss.; CITR, i. 360.
  • 3. C142/356/104.
  • 4. Vis. Worcs. 104-5; Survey of Worcs. by Thomas Habington, i. 484.
  • 5. Readers and Readings in Inns of Ct. and Chancery ed. J.H. Baker (Selden Soc. suppl. ser. xiii), 207.
  • 6. CITR, i. 372, 378, 392, 397, 403, 443; ii. 3, 12, 22, 30.
  • 7. Order of Sjts.-at-Law ed. J.H. Baker, 179.
  • 8. E179/201/237; 179/201/254; SP14/31/1, f. 46.
  • 9. C231/1, f. 86v; C66/1988.
  • 10. C93/1/22; 93/2/20.
  • 11. HMC Hatfield, xi. 225.
  • 12. C181/1, f. 33; 181/2, f. 51v.
  • 13. HMC Hatfield, xviii. 34.
  • 14. C181/1, ff. 46; 181/2, f. 210v.
  • 15. C181/1, f. 130; 181/2, f. 5v.
  • 16. E178/4757.
  • 17. E179/283/12.
  • 18. VCH Worcs. iii. 62; Survey of Worcs. by Thomas Habington, ii. 307; CPR, 1563-6, pp. 361-2.
  • 19. C2/Jas.I/P21/35.
  • 20. CJ, i. 160b, 187b, 189b, 252a.
  • 21. CJ, i. 277a, 309b.
  • 22. CJ, i. 337a, 342b, 343a.
  • 23. CJ, i. 398a.
  • 24. Order of Sjts.-at-Law, 325-6.
  • 25. PROB 11/127, f. 248v; C142/356/104; Regs. Church of St. Peter de Witton, Droitwich (Birmingham and Midland Soc. for Genealogy and Heraldry, 1986), p. 139; Survey of Worcs. by Thomas Habington, i. 484. The monument states he died on 27 Mar. but also says this was Good Friday, which fell on the 29th. His i.p.m. states he died on the 29th.