Sir William Laken
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Sir William Laken- (Died Oct 6th, 1475) Sir William Laken was a prominent lawyer during the reigns of Kings Henry V and Henry VI, King of England. Sir William Laken served as counsel and military lieutenant to the Earl of Arundel in his early career. As a Lieutenant to Arundel, Laken was noted for his valor in the defense of England against Welsh military incursions. As a lawyer, Laken was called upon by many of England's most powerful landed families to settle the delicate legal disputes that oft set the arisocratic houses of the Kingdom against one another. Towards the denoument of his august legal career, Henry VI, King of England appointed Laken Justice of the King's Bench.
A monumental bronze of Sir William Laken can be found at Bray Church, where he was laid to rest alongside his wife Sibella, daughter and heriess of John Syferwast, Lord of the Manor of Clewer. While he was survived by two sons, neither reached William's prominence. Laken's progeny maintained their familial estate until the early 17th century when it was sold by family members who emigrated to colonial New York. Remaining elements of the Laken family can be found on the East Coast and in the Midwest of the United States.
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