William Ibgrave took More’s place with Mortymer at some time after More’s death but the partnership was short-lived because as mentioned in the previous post Mortymer died in 1528. A full description of the benefits Ibgrave was able to secure as a member of Henry’s court at the time of the Dissolution is provided in Levey’s “The Art of the Broderers”. However, here are few additional facts… William Ibgrave became a freeman of the City of London on Oct. 22, 3 Henry VIII, so, 1512. He first appears in the wardrobe accounts in October 1514 collecting a rather large sum of money (£300) on behalf of Mortymer, so it is likely (although not for sure), that Ibgrave had served his apprenticeship with him and had become a journeyman in Mortymer’s household.
William Ibgrave and Robert Ibgrave, his brother, were both named with other broderers on the conveyance for the property in Gutter Lane in 1534. Robert, although not named on any patents probably worked closely with his brother. They were both included as broderers, on the list of all the “freemen householders” on the list of all Mysteries, crafts and occupations, compiled in 1537.
Thomas Ibgrave was named as his father’s partner in a patent granted in 1551 by Edward VI.
It is not known if William was ever a warden of the Broderers’ Company, but Robert served with Thomas Packard around 1552. During his time as warden, William’s younger sons, Ellis and John became members of the Broderers’ through patrimony.
William died in 1555 and was buried in Abbot’s Langley, Hertfordshire. His son Thomas passed away shortly after and was buried in St Benet’s, Paul’s Wharf. Thomas’ widow Anne, passed away in 1559 and was buried alongside her husband naming his Uncle Robert as her executor.
Ellis Ibgrave’s death warranted a mention in Henry Machin’s Chronicle on July 5, 1563.