Middle English wreien, wraien, wrayen (“to show, make known, accuse”), from Old English wrēġan (“to urge, incite, stir up, accuse, impeach”), from Proto-Germanic*wrōgijaną. Akin to Dutchwroegen, Germanrügen, Swedishröja.
The tradition that he was descended from Dr Rowland Taylor, Cranmer's chaplain, who suffered martyrdom under Mary, is grounded on the untrustworthy evidence of a certain Lady Wray, said to have been a granddaughter of Jeremy Taylor.
RAY (or WRAY, as he wrote his name till 1670), John (1628-1705), sometimes called the father of English natural history, was the son of the blacksmith of Black Notley near Braintree in Essex, where he was born on the 29th of November 1628, or, according to other authorities, some months earlier.
On the 10th of November he was brought in guilty before Lord Chief Justice Wray; and in reply to him said: "If our religion do make traitors we are worthy to be condemned; but otherwise are and have been true subjects as ever the queen had."
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