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William Latimer
Walter Ledet
(-Bef 1257)
(-After 1257)
William Latimer 1st Baron Latimer of Corby
(-Bef 1305)
Alice Ledet
(Abt 1255-Bef 1317)
William Latimer 2nd Baron Latimer of Corby
(Bef 1275-1327)


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1. Lucy de Thweng

William Latimer 2nd Baron Latimer of Corby 1 2 3

  • Born: Bef 17 Nov 1275 4
  • Marriage (1): Lucy de Thweng in 1294
  • Died: 27 Feb 1327 5


Inquisition: Post mortem, Bef 17 Nov 1305. 4 320. WILLIAM DE LATIMER.

No writ (cf. Calendar of Fine Rolls, Vol. I, p. 505).

LEICESTER. Inq. taken at Kyrk Langeton ...... 33 Edward I.

Est Langeton. 11 virgates of land, held, of the inheritance of Alice his wife, of Nicholas de Asteleye by knight's service. One of these virgates is held by two free tenants rendering 2s. 6d. yearly, and the other 10, each containing 15a., are held in villeinage. There are also in the town 3 cottars (coterelli) who render 3s. a year, and a windmill which renders 13s. 4d.

Kirke Langeton. 2s. 6d. rent from two free tenants holding half a virgate, held, of the inheritance of the same Alice, of the same Nicholas by knight's service.

West Langeton. 2s. rent from two free tenants for two cottages, held, of the inheritance of the same Alice, of the same Nicholas by the aforesaid service.

Thorp by Langeton. 10s. 6d. rent from 5 free tenants holding 2 virgates, held of the same Nicholas by the same service.

[......]. 2s. rent from 2 free tenants holding half a virgate, held of Sir Ralph de Sancto Laudo by knight's service of the inheritance of the aforesaid Alice. And ........ in the same town holds half a virgate of land and pays 1/2 lb. pepper yearly; ........ cottage and renders 2 capons at Christmas; and there are 8 bondmen holding ........, each virgate containing 15a.

Gutmundeleye. 19s. rent from 3 cottars, held of Ralph de Sancto Laudo by knight's service, of the inheritance of the same Alice.

Smetheton. 3s. 3d. rent from 2 cottagers, held of Ralph Turvile by knight's service, of the inheritance of the same Alice. There are there 9 bondmen holding 9 virgates of land, each containing 15a.

William le Latimer, his son, aged 30 years and more, is his heir.

See Vol. IV, No. 330. C. Edw. I. File 115. (15.)

Inquisition: Post mortem, 8 Mar 1317. 6 37. ALICE, LATE THE WIFE OF WILLIAM LE LATYMER, alias ALICE LA LATYMERE.

Writ, 8 March, 10 Edward II.

NORTHAMPTON. Inq. 8 April, 10 Edward II. Corby. A moiety of the town with the hundred (extent given), including free tenants in Carleton, and a wood in the king's forest of Rockyngham, held at fee farm of the king in chief as of his ancient demesne, rendering 100s. yearly at the king's exchequer by the hands of the sheriff of Northampton. William le Latymer, her son, aged 40 and more, is her next heir.

Writ of plenius certiorari on the complaint of Nicholas le Latymer that the escheator had ejected him from the manor of Sutton, and the hamlets of Potton, Holm and Stratton, which he entered upon after the death of the said Alice by virtue of a feoffment made by John de Kynardeseye, clerk, 14 March, 10 Edward II.

BEDFORD. Inq. 6 April, 10 Edward II. Sutton. The manor with the hamlets of Potton, Holm and Stratton, was held for her life, by the gift of John de Kynardeseye, clerk, with the king's licence, of the king in chief as of the honour of Huntingdon, now in the king's hand by the forfeiture of Robert de Brus, by service of 1/2 knight's fee, with remainder to the same Nicholas and the heirs of his body, and further remainder to Thomas, earl of Lancaster, and his heirs.

C. Edw. II. File 54. (12.)

Manorial Estate, 1327, Sutton Manor, Sutton, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19,GB. 3 In 1086 the Countess Judith had eight tenants under her whose holdings ranged from half a hide to two hides. (fn. 7) It is impossible to say to which of these holdings Sutton manor owes its origin, but it is probable that quite early, as often happened, the various portions became gradually concentrated in the hands of one person. Dugdale states that Robert Foliot (c. 1168) married the daughter and heiress of Richard de Reincourt, lord of Sutton in Bedfordshire, and that to him succeeded Richard Foliot his son, whose only child Margery married Wyschard Ledet about 1198, (fn. 8) and he held the manor in 1216. (fn. 9)

In 1222 his daughter Christina Ledet married Henry de Braybrooke, (fn. 10) who had already inherited from his father free tenements in Sutton. (fn. 11) Christina, who afterwards married Gerard de Furnival, (fn. 12) survived her second husband many years, and at her death, which occurred at some time previous to 1271, she left two granddaughters as co-heirs. (fn. 13) Of these Alice, who was married to William le Latimer, received Sutton manor as part of her share in Christina's estate. (fn. 14) In 1315 Alice le Latimer vested her right to the manor in John de Kinnardseye, who granted it back to her for life with remainder to Nicholas le Latimer and heirs of his body, and failing such to Thomas earl of Lancaster and his heirs. (fn. 15) Alice le Latimer died before 1317, in which year Nicholas acquired possession of Sutton manor, (fn. 16) which by 1327 had passed to William le Latimer, son of Alice. (fn. 17) His son William held Sutton at his death in 1336, (fn. 18) when the manor passed to his son, also William, who was under age at the time of his father's death. (fn. 19) He died in 1381 without male heirs, leaving a daughter Elizabeth, wife of John Neville of Raby, (fn. 20) who held this manor in right of his wife at the time of his death in 1389. (fn. 21)

7. V.C.H. Beds. i, 259a.
8. Dugdale, Baronage, i, 679.
9. Rot. Lit. Claus. (Rec. Com.), i, 250.
10. Dugdale, Baronage, i, 728.
11. Abbrev. Plac. (Rec. Com.), 87.
12. Testa de Nevill (Rec. Com.), 243.
13. Chan. Inq. p.m. 55 Hen. III, No. 59.
14. Plac. de Quo War. (Rec. Com.), i, 77; Feud. Aids, i, 4.
15. Feet of F. Beds. 8 Edw. II, No. 11; Cal. of Pat. 1313\endash 17, p. 22.
16. Cal. of Close R. 1313\endash 18, p. 398.
17. G. E. C. Complete Peerage; Chan. Inq. p.m. 1 Edw. III, No. 46. Nicholas le Latimer was probably an elder son of Alice le Latimer, but in spite of the terms of the settlement by which the property, on failure of heirs of his body, was to fall to the duchy of Lancaster, Sutton remained some time longer in the Latimer family.
18. Ibid. 9 Edw. III, No. 51.
19. Feud. Aids, i, 22; Close R. 29 Edw. III, m. 1.
20. Chan. Inq. p.m. 4 Ric. II, No. 35. He is described as seised of lands and tenements in Sutton held of the honour of Huntingdon, and also the advowson of Sutton church, but his wife at her death in 1384 held the manor, worth 15 3s. 10d. (Chan. Inq. p.m. 7 Ric. II, No. 52).
21. Ibid. 12 Ric. II, No. 40.

Inquisition: Post mortem, 2 Mar 1327. 5 50. WILLIAM LE LATYMER, LE LATIMER, or LATIMER.

Writ, 2 March, 1 Edward III.

KENT. Inq. 11 March, 1 Edward III.

Asshe. The manor (extent given), held of the heir of John de Mouubrai by service of a quarter of a knight's fee and rendering at the said heir's manor of Ryerhs for the ward of the castle of Rochester 24s. yearly.

Bromlegh. 2 messuages, lands, and a water-mill (extent given), including a tenement called Blakebrok, held of the bishop of Rochester by service of 8s. yearly, and doing suit at his court of Bromlegh every three weeks; and 3a. of marsh pasture held of the prior of Christchurch, Canterbury, by service of 4d. yearly.

Beghenham. 57a. arable and 3a. marsh pasture, held of Maurice de Brun by service of 10s. 3d. yearly, and doing suit at his court of Beghenham every three weeks.

William his son, aged 26 years, is his next heir.

BEDFORD. Inq. Sunday after St. Gregory the Pope, 1 Edward III. Sutton. The manor (extent given), held of the king as of the honour of Huntingdon, which is in the king's hands by reason of the forfeiture of Robert de Bruys, by service of half a knight's fee. He died on Friday after St. Matthias the Apostle.

Heir as above.

SURREY. Inq. 9 March, 1 Edward III.

Wodeton. The manor (extent given), including a park with deer, and a tillage called 'la Claye,' held of the king by reason of the lands of Hugh le Despenser, the younger, and Eleanor his wife, as of her pourparty now in the king's hand, by service of a knight's fee and of 1d. yearly rent at the manor of Blechynglegh, and doing suit at the court of the same manor every three weeks.

Ockelegh. A building, lands, and rent called Holebrok (extent given), held of Nicholas Malemeyns by service of rendering (to him) 40d. yearly, and half a mark yearly to the prior of Merton.

Heir as above.

LINCOLN. Return by the escheator that he has not caused an inquisition to be made, being informed that the said William did not die seised of any lands in the county, and that William son and heir of the said William, as is found by other inquisitions, did not wish to sue out any inquisition thereof.

Writ, 2 March, 1 Edward III.

CUMBERLAND and WESTMORELAND. Inq. Saturday after the Annunciation, 1 Edward III. (Edwardi filii Regis Edwardi de Karnarvan.) He held no lands or tenements in these counties in demesne as of fee on the day he died; but long before his death he enfeoffed his son, William le Latymer, of the manors of Gamelesby and Unthank, to him and his heirs for ever, by virtue whereof the said William still holds them. The manors are held of the king in chief by service of rendering 13s. 4d. yearly to the king for cornage in his castle of Carlisle, and are in the hands of tenants-at-will, who render 13l. 6s. 8d. yearly.

Heir as above, aged 25 years and more.

YORK. [Inq.] . (fragment undated and much defaced.)

[Rill]yngton. A bovate of land in the hands of tenants-at-will, held of Sir William de Ros of Hamelak by service of a twentieth part of 1 1/2d. yearly.

And he sometime held the manors of Scamston, Thornton in Pickeringlithe, Syvelyngton, Tyverington and Scotton, with the reversions of the manors of Wodhous and Catbeeston which Thomas le Latymer his brother holds for life by his gift, and the reversion of his houses in York which John de Newby holds for life by his gift, and the reversion of the town of Bridale which Bartholomew de Fanacourt holds for life of his gift; but long before his death he granted the same with their homages, wardships, reliefs, escheats, advowsons of churches &c. to William le Latymer his son, who still survives, and the heirs of his body, with remainder to Thomas his son and the heirs of his body, with further remainder to Warin le Latymer and the heirs male of his body, with ultimate reversion to the said William le Latymer, deceased, and his heirs.

Danby. The manor, with tenements, in Glasdale and Lelum was granted to him for life by the late King Edward, with remainder to his son William and his heirs, to hold of the king in chief by service of a knight's fee.

Scamston. The manor and the reversions of Bridale, and of the manors of Wodhouse and Catbeeston (extent given?), are held of the heirs of Ralph, late Baron of Graistok, who is in the king's wardship, by service of a knight's fee.

Thornton in Pikeringlyth. The manor is held of the king as of the honour of Albemarle by service of a knight's fee.

Syvelyngton. The manor, excepting 4a. land, is held of John Bigot, lord of Seteryngton, by service of three parts of a knight's fee; and the said 4a. land are held of the heir of the earl Marshal by knight's service, and are charged to the castle of Pickeryng in 4s. 6d. yearly.

Tyverington. The manor is held of Ranulph de Nevyll by knight's service.

Scotton. The manor is held of the earl of Richmond by knight's service.

York. The said houses are held of Mayor and bailiffs of the city.

Danby. The manor with tenements in Glasdale and Lelum was granted to him for life by the late King Edward with remainder to his son William le Latymer and his heirs, to hold of the king in chief by service of a knight's fee.

Heir as above, aged 25 years.

There is an early paper copy of part of this inquisition annexed.

C. Edw. III. File 3. (5.)

Manorial Estate: Potton Manor, Sutton, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19, GB. 7 The overlordship of POTTON MANOR, also called POTTON REGIS, the principal manor, passed to Isabel the second sister, wife of Robert Bruce. Their son, Robert Bruce the elder, was exercising the overlordship in 1284, (fn. 9) but with the forfeiture of Robert Bruce the younger, the overlordship passed into the king's hands. (fn. 10)

The earliest mention of sub-tenants of this manor has been found in 1214, where Wischard Ledet and Margery, his wife, were holding twelve virgates of land in Sutton, by the service of one-fourth of a knight's fee. (fn. 11) Christina, their daughter and heir, brought the manor as dower to her husband, Henry de Braybrook, who was holding it in 1227. (fn. 12)

In 1271 this manor became the property of her granddaughter, Alice, wife of William le Latimer, (fn. 13) and followed the same descent as Sutton manor (q.v.), until its lapse into the duchy of Lancaster, (fn. 14) and...

9. Chan. Inq. p.m. 55 Hen. III, No. 59; Feud. Aids, i, 3.
10. Feud. Aids, i, 23; Chan. Inq. p.m. to Edw. III, No. 48.
11. Feet. of F. Beds. East. 15 John.
12. Rot. Lit. Claus. (Rec. Com.), 178; Cal. of Chart. R. i, 22.
13. Chan. Inq. p.m. 55 Hen. III, No. 59.
14. Hund. R. (Rec. Com.), 3; Plac. de Quo Warr. (Rec. Com.), 2, 77; Chan. Inq. p.m. 10 Edw. II, No. 48; 4 Ric. II, No. 35; 12 Ric. II, No. 40; 9 Hen. VI, No. 24; Feud. Aids, i, 3, 23; Cal. of Pat. 1313-17, p. 222; Duchy of Lanc. Misc. Bks. 21, fol. 173d.

Manorial Estate: Burton Latimer Manor, Burton Latimer, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN15, GB. 8 In the reign of Edward the Confessor, Earl Ralph, probably the earl of Hereford, held 8 hides of land, (fn. 8) which constituted, until the first half of the 13th century, the manor of Burton, and paid the service due from 1 knights' fees. (fn. 9) In 1086, it was held of the king in chief by Guy de Reinbuedcurt, (fn. 10) whose son Richard was the tenant under Henry I. (fn. 11) Richard is said to have pledged the manor in payment of a gambling debt, to the King, (fn. 12) who granted it, to hold at pleasure, to Alan de Dinant, a Breton who defeated the champion of the King of France near Gisors. (fn. 13) This grant, which was continued to Alan's successors, evidently caused confusion as to the payment of scutage, and in 1173\endash 74 an inquiry was ordered as to the fee which Roland de Dinant held of the King. (fn. 14) Margery, the daughter and heir of Richard de Reinbuedcurt, married Robert Foliot and their descendants continued to return Burton amongst their fees. (fn. 15) Margery, the granddaughter of Robert Foliot, brought their rights in the manor to her husband Wischard Ledet, who answered for the Foliot barony in 1210\endash 12. (fn. 16) In 1215, his lands were seized by King John, and his Northamptonshire holdings were granted to Hugh Neville. (fn. 17) Ledet, however, recovered Burton, which escheated to the Crown at his death, about 1221. (fn. 18) It seems clear, however, that at this time, or a few years later, a division of the manor was made between the heir of Wischard Ledet and the successors of Alan de Dinant. The former relinquished the overlordship of the whole manor and obtained a third of the township of Burton, which formed a separate manor, held in chief of the King in demesne as half a knight's fee. (fn. 19) It was known as AYLESFORD'S MANOR (fn. 20) or BURTON LATIMER. (fn. 21) Wischard Ledet's heir was his daughter Christina, the wife first of Henry de Braybroc (fn. 22) and then of Gerard de Furnival. (fn. 23) She outlived both her eldest son Wischard, who took the name of Ledet, and his son Walter, so that on her death between 1266 and 1270, (fn. 24) her heirs were Walter's daughters Alice and Christina, the wives of the brothers William and John Latimer, and Burton was apparently assigned to Alice. (fn. 25) In the meantime, the manor had been subinfeudated. In 1242 it was held by Henry de Aldwinkle, probably only for life, (fn. 26) since it was given, possibly in the lifetime of Christina, (fn. 27) to her younger son Gerard de Furnival. (fn. 28) He gave it to his elder daughter Christina, the wife of William de Aylesford or Eylesford, (fn. 29) and it was held of the Latimers for the rent of 1 oz. of silk or 12d. a year. (fn. 30) The younger Christina, as a widow, apparently granted it both to Gerard de Furnival and to John Devereux and, though an ensuing lawsuit in 1283 was decided in favour of Furnival, (fn. 31) Devereux evidently obtained a further grant of it for life as he died seised in 1316. (fn. 32) It reverted to Christina's son, Gerard de Aylesford (fn. 33) and passed in direct succession to Edmund, (fn. 34) John (fn. 35) and John de Aylesford. The last granted all his right in the manor in 1369 to his overlord William, Lord Latimer, the greatgrandson of Alice Ledet. (fn. 36) On the death of Lord Latimer's widow in 1389 it passed to their daughter Elizabeth and by her marriage to the Nevilles, (fn. 37)...

8. V.C.H. Northants. i, 342b.
9. Red Bk. of Exch. (Rolls ser.), 331\endash 2.
10. V.C.H. Northants. i, 342b.
11. Ibid. p. 389b.
12. Baker, Hist. of Northants. i, 521.
13. Book of Fees (P.R.O.), ii, 937.
14. Great Roll of the Pipe (Pipe Roll Soc.), xxi, 53.
15. Dugdale, Baronage, i, 679; Red Bk. of Exch. (Rolls ser.), 331\endash 2; Pipe Roll Soc. xviii, 53; Pipe Roll, 13 John, m. 13.
16. Wrottesley, Ped. from the Plea R. 525; Pipe Roll, 6 John; Red Bk. of Exch. (Roll ser.), 173, 532.
17. Rot. Litt. Claus. (Rec. Com.), i, 235b.
18. Excerpt. e Rot. Fin. i, 80.
19. Book of Fees, i, 499; Feud. Aids, iv, 12.
20. Chan. Inq. p.m. 12 Ric. II, no. 34.
21. Anct. D. A, 8428.
22. Excerpt. e Rot. Fin. i, 80.
23. Cal. Inq. p.m. ii, no. 374.
24. Cal. Pat. 1258\endash 66, p. 559; Cal. Inq. i, no. 781.
25. Ibid.; Cal. Close, 1279\endash 88, p. 325; Chan. Inq. p.m. 5 Edw. III (1st nos.), no. 43.
26. Bk. of Fees, ii, p. 937.
27. Cf. Rot. Ric. Gravesend (Cant. and York. Soc.), p. 105.
28. Ibid.; Assize R. 1256, m. 33; De Banco R. 427, m. 203.
29. Ibid.
30. Cal. Inq. p.m. v, no. 569.
31. Assize R. 1256, m. 33.
32. Feud. Aids, iv, 12, 29; Cal. Inq. v, no. 569.
33. Ibid.; Chan. Inq. p.m. 17 Edw. II, no. 37.
34. Ibid.; ibid. 5 Edw. III (1st nos), no. 43; Cal. Close, 1327\endash 30, p. 414.
35. Ibid.
36. Close R. 46 Edw. III, m. 28; G.E.C. Complete Peerage.
37. Chan. Inq. p.m. 12 Ric. II, no. 34.

William married Lucy de Thweng, daughter of Robert de Thweng and Matilda Hansard, in 1294.


1 Robert Halstead, <i>Succint genealogies of the noble and ancient houses of Alno or de Alneto, Broc of Stephale, Latimer of Duntish, Drayton of Drayton, Mauduit of Westminster, Green of Drayton, Vere of Addington, Fitz-Lewes of Westhornedon, Howard of Effingham and Mordaunt of Turvey justified by publick records, ancient and extant charters, histories and other authentick proofs, and enriched with divers sculptures of tombs, images, seals, and other curiosities </i> (London, GB: W. Burrell, 1685), 41-2.

2 John Burke, <i>A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britian and Ireland, Enjoying Territorial Possessions or High Official Rank: but Uninvested with Heritable Honours, Volume 1</i> (Henry Colburn, 1835), Vol 1. p 681.

3 Victoria County History of Bedfordshire, Vol. 2, pp 246-251.

4 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, <i>Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem </i> (London: n.p., n.d.), 13 Edward III: 278-279.

5 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, <i>Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem </i> (London: n.p., n.d.), 6 Edward II: 22-32.

6 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, <i>Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem </i> (London: n.p., n.d.), 6 Edward II: 8-19.

7 Victoria County History of Bedfordshire, Vol. 2, pp 237-242.

8 A History of the County of Northampton, Vol. 3. pp 180-186.

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