William Woodhouse

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Lieutenant Admiral
Sir William Woodhouse
Born1517
Waxham, Norfolk, England
Died22 November 1564
AllegianceFlag Kingdom of England.gif Kingdom of England
Service/branchTudor Ensign 1485-1603.svg Navy Royal
Years of service1533-1564
Commands heldHMS Primrose
Keeper of Queenborough Castle
Master of Naval Ordnance
Vice-Admiral in the Channel
Vice-Admiral at Boulogne
Vice-Admiral of Suffolk
Vice-Admiral of Norfolk
Lieutenant of the Admiralty


Lieutenant Admiral Sir William Woodhouse (by 1517 – 22 November, 1564) was an English naval commander and administrator who rose to the rank of Lieutenant of the Admiralty who was head of the Council of the Marine later called the Navy Board from 1552 to 1564. He also served as a Member of Parliament of the Parliament of England from 1545 to 1564. He was prominent during an important time of the Navy Royal's development in the later half of Tudor period.

Naval Career

William Woodhouse was a naval commander and administrator who served under Henry VIII of England. He went to sea early in his youth and his career would advance through his service to the King. He was granted offices in Lynn Norfolk he was appointed Escheator for Norfolk and Suffolk from 1538 to 1539. This was followed by him being appointed Baliff of the Manor of Gaywood in 1540. In September 1542 he was appointed Captain of HMS Primrose until January 1543.[1]

In February 1543 appointed admiral of four ships in the North Sea. In November 1543 took charge of 10 ships stationed at Portsmouth with the intention of attacking French fishing waters. Appointed vice admiral of the fleet of Earl of Hertford's expedition to Scotland in early 1544 and was knighted in Leith, Scotland in May 1544. He was next appointed Vice-Admiral in the Channel and Vice-Admiral at Boulogne from July to November 1544 serving under Admiral Sir Thomas Seymour.In April 1546 he was appointed a member of the Council of the Marine and made Master of Naval Ordnance from 1546 to 1552. His next appointment came in 1552 when he was given the office of the Keeper of Queenborough Castle which he held until 1553.[2]

In December 1546 he was appointed head of the Council of the Marine as Lieutenant of the Admiralty until 1564. In 1554 he was appointed as both Vice-Admiral of Suffolk and Vice-Admiral of Norfolk until 1564. In October 1558 he was appointed for a second time Vice-Admiral in the Channel until January 1559. He remained as head of the Council of the Marine until 22 November 1564 when he died in office. The post of Lieutenant of the Admiralty then fell into abeyance until 1604.[2]

Political career

William Woodhouse was also served as a Member of the Parliament of England elected for Great Yarmouth from 1545 to 1553, for Norfolk in 1558, Norwich from 1559 to 1563, and Norfolk again from 1563 to his death in 1564.[3] He is described as "of Hickling, Norfolk".[3]

Family

Woodhouse was the youngest son of John Woodhouse of Waxham and his older brother was Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Woodhouse [2]

Footnotes

  1. Bindoff, Stanley Thomas (1982). The House of Commons, 1509-1558: History of Parliament Trust. Woodbridge, England: Boydell & Brewer. pp. 653–655. ISBN 9780436042829.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Bindoff. pp.653-655.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "WOODHOUSE, Sir William (by 1517-64), of Hickling, Norf". The History of Parliament. Retrieved 27 June 2012.

Bibliography

  1. Bindoff, Stanley Thomas (1982). The House of Commons, 1509-1558: History of Parliament Trust. Woodbridge, England: Boydell & Brewer. ISBN 9780436042829.
  2. "Woodhouse, Sir William (by 1517-64), of Hickling, Norf". The History of Parliament. History of Parliament Trust.