1658 WILLIAM FRANKE, (Mercer).
AId. William Franke, formerly an apprentice of the preceding mayor, was born about 1612. He was probably a member of the Wymeswold branch of the Franke family; was admitted a freeman 1638~9, a member of the common council 1644, chamberlain 1645 and an alderman 1660. In 1674 he was high sheriff of co. Leic., married twice and left issue by his second wife Alice, daughter of Gilbert Armstrong of Rempston, Notts., a son, William Franke of Leic., gent., to whom these arms were granted in 1689 :-Azure, a fess embattled ermine between two dexter arms in armour, fess~ways, argent, garnished or. Crest :-Out of a mural crown or, an arm embowed in armour proper, holding a sword argent, hilt and pommel or. Plate 4.
AId. Franke died at his residence in the Newarke, Leic., 29 March 1679, aged sixty~seven, and was buried in the chancel of St. Martin's 31 March. His will was proved in the P.C.C., London, in 1679. The following inscription was formerly to be seen on a flat stone in the chancel of St. Martin's church, but which is now covered :-
"Here lieth the body of William Franke, Esq.,
once mayor of this Borough, and once high sheriff of the county of Leicester. He had to his first wife Alice, the daughter of Richard Ludlam, twice mayor of this Borough, who departed this life January 20, 1661, and lieth here interred. He had to his second wife Alice, the daughter of Gilbert Armstrong, of Rempstone, in com. Nottingham, esq., by whom he
left one son, viz: William, obiit March 29, Anno Domini 1679 ce tatis 67."
(Richard Cromwell, Lord Protector, dissolved Parlia~ ment by proclamation 22 April and resigned his office in May 1659).