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Courtier and local magnate

The Knollys family, based at Rotherfield Greys near Henley, were pre-eminent in Berkshire and Oxfordshire through much of the sixteenth century, and remained powerful and influential well into the seventeenth. William Knollys (c. 1545-1632) was High Steward of Abingdon from 1601 until his death. It was he who secured for the town the two important charter revisions of 1610 which improved the status of its courts, added certain properties to its endowment, and granted it additional fairs and markets as sources of income.

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