Sir Alexander, Anne Willison and Jane
Hillesden was inherited by Alexander when he was just sixteen and a wardship was established in 1559 with his mother Margaret looking after the estate. He lived only to the age of thirty-four, with his first wife Ann Willison (1548-1566) dying at eighteen during childbirth (she was daughter to Richard Willison of Sugwas). Anne was from Sugwas, Hereford; hence their memorial (below) is in Hereford Cathedral.
Alexander remarried Lady Mary Martin from London in 1573.
Mary was the daughter of the Lord Mayor of London, Sir Roger Martin. They had one son Thomas in 1574 before she died at just seventeen years old. I cannot establish if this death was also in childbirth, but it appears likely. The memorial below was erected by a Margaret Denton, presumably Alexander’s mother, after his 1576 death.
|Note on shorthand acronyms being used in the DFB:|
– GGF1 / GGM1 – means first great-grandfather /mother;
– GU11 / GA11 – means eleventh great-uncle / great-aunt;
– 1C3 – means first cousin three times removed