Sir William Saunderson

Sir William Saunderson
Ralph Saunderson had been a naval captain and in 1686 acquired the lease of the Eastcombe Manor, following work for the Orange cause. The family lived in a large house in Greenwich. In 1705 his son had leased an additional 220 acres in the marshland area, and another 50 acres at £2 an acre. This was granted through a royal dispensation because of services to the Crown. Saunderson gave a great deal of plate to the Greenwich Royal Hospital for Seamen and his Greenwich house was also purchased by the Royal Hospital, Saunderson was knighted in 1714 and went on to become Black Rod. He was succeeded in 1727 by his son, another William, he also became Black Rod and it is this Sir William who was the owner when the Skynner map was drawn up. He died in 1754

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