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Sir Reginald Bray KG (c. 1440 – 1503) was an Englishmarker courtier, advisor to Henry VII and architect of the Henry VII Lady Chapelmarker in Westminster Abbeymarker.

Sir Reginald was born in Worcestermarker in around 1440, the second son of Sir Richard Bray and educated at the Royal Grammar School Worcestermarker. He was created a Knight of the Bath at the coronation of Henry VII, and, later, a Knight of the Garter. He also became Treasurer and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. In 1496 he was created Steward of the University of Oxfordmarker and became Speaker of the House of Commons.

A new man, his most notable achievement in Government was the restructuring of the King's finances. He continued the work of Edward IV in moving away from the collection of royal revenues through the Exchequer system and instead increasing the application of the Chamber of the Household system to collect money. He was also made paymaster of the unsuccessful operation intended to relieve the Dukedom of Brittany from being annexed by Francemarker, although the failures of this mission can in no way be attributed to him.

As well as designing Henry VII's Chapelmarker at Westminster, he also designed St George's Chapelmarker in Windsor Castlemarker and Great Malvern Priorymarker. At St George's Chapel, the vault is carved in various places with the insignia of hemp bray as a pun on Sir Reginald's name and to signify his support and design of the chapel.

He also took a major role in the construction of Jesus Collegemarker in Cambridgemarker and was friends with its founder, John Alcock.

He died in 1503 and is buried in St George's Chapel Windsor.


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