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Margaret Drury

Did you know that in the Middle Ages you could buy a husband or wife for your child? The ultimate DBM (Daddy bought me) in this case MBM (Mummy bought me).

In 1519 Margaret Drury, widow of John Drury the heir to the Rougham estate who had died in 1498, bought the wardships of Edmund West of Cornard, Suffolk and Elizabeth Day. She bought these wardships so she could control the finances and education of these children in order to marry them off to her own children.

Her second son Francis married Elizabeth and her daughter Dorothy married Edmund and then Robert Downes of Melton in Norfolk.