Henry Hussey
(Abt 1202-Abt 1226)
William Paynell
Matilda Hussey
(Abt 1224-)
Sir William Paynell 1st Baron Paynel
(Abt 1254-1317)


Family Links

1. Margaret de Gatesden
2. Eve Dawtry

Sir William Paynell 1st Baron Paynel 3 4

  • Born: Abt 1254 5
  • Marriage (1): Margaret de Gatesden before Jul 1301 1
  • Marriage (2): Eve Dawtry before 6 Nov 1314 2
  • Died: 1 Apr 1317 aged about 63 5 6

  General Notes:

WILLIAM PAYNEL, younger son of William PAYNEL, and brother and heir of Thomas PAYNEL and elder brother of John PAYNEL, LORD PAYNEL, was born circa 1254. In 1293 he had a quitclaim from John de Arundel, son and heir of Robert de Arundel of Sussex, of all his right in the manor of Woolbeding. In 1296 he was returned from Sussex as a knight, resident elsewhere, holding lands in the rape of Chichester; and in the following year, from Surrey and Sussex, as holding land worth over 20 li. yearly, and therefore liable to service overseas. He was summoned for military service in Flanders and Scotland between 1297 and 1316, and to a military council at Rochester in September 1297. As William Paynell, lord of Trotton (Sussex), he took part in the Barons' Letter to the Pope, 12 February 1300/1. He was summoned to Parliament from 12 November 1304 to 16 October 1315, by writs directed Willelmo Paynel, whereby he is held to have become LORD PAYNEL; and, with his consort, from Sussex to the Coronation of Edward II, 8 Feb. 1308/9. At a date not earlier than 1277 a charter was issued by John de Camoys, son and heir of Sir Ralph (Randulphi) de Camoys, handing over to Sir William Paynel, knight, his wife Margaret, daughter and heir of Sir John de Gatesden, together with all her goods and chattels; and in 1285 and 1289 Camoys issued further charters handing over to Paynel the greater part of her inheritance. William Paynel and Margaret de Gatesden acted as joint querents in a fine of 1288; and after the death of Camoys in 1298 he married her. In the Parliaments of 1300-1302 they made a petition for Margaret's dower from the manor of Torpel, Northants, formerly held by Camoys. In 1314 William Paynel was too weak in body to do homage as heir of his brother. Thomas; and by June 1316 he had become blind. In or after the latter year he was a benefactor of Hardham Priory, giving thereto his manor of Cokeham, Sussex, and other property in that county.

He married, 1stly, circa 1298, Margaret, daughter and heir of John DE GATESDEN, and widow of John DE CAMOYS. She was living in June 1310, and died before 4 January 1310/1. He married, 2ndly, before 6 November 1314, Eve, daughter and heir of John, son of William DAWTRY, and widow of Roger DE SHELVESTRODE. He died s.p., on 1 April 1317, when any peerage which may have been created by the writs abovenamed became extinct. His widow, married, before 26 May, following, as her 3rd husband, Edward DE ST. JOHN. He died 30 November 1347. In July 1350 Eve had licence to make a pilgrimage overseas. She died 16 August 1354.

[Complete Peerage X:327-33, (transcribed by Dave Utzinger)]


William Paynell, son of William Paynell and Maud Hussey Paynell, was born about 1246, probably in Wiltshire. He died in 1317 and Littleton Paynell manor passed to his younger brother, John Paynell.

[Gowen Research Foundation - Hussey Manuscripts]


Manorial Estate, 1262, Elsted Manor, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29, GB. 7 At some date previous to 1242 Bartholomew [de Elsted] had granted to John de Gatesden 2 virgates and 3 acres of land and a rent of 8s. from his demesne land of Elsted, and John agreed with the prior that all the land of Elsted which the prior had acquired from the Crofts should be held by John in fee tail, with reversion in default of issue of John to the prior. The church, advowson, and tithes of 3 acres were to be held by the prior. John also agreed to pay Clemence 10 a year from Elsted as her dower. She survived John de Gatesden and the annuity was confirmed to her by the king in 1262. Half a carucate of land in Elsted was part of the jointure of John's widow Hawise, but the manor itself appears to have passed with Trotton before John de Gatesden's death to his son John, as it was among his possessions when he died in 1258. With the other Gatesden estates, Elsted passed to Margaret, daughter and heiress of the younger John de Gatesden. She and her husband John de Camoys in 1280 recognized the right of the Prior of Boxgrove to certain land and a mill in Elsted which John de Gatesden had held for his life by a lease from a former prior, and 17 acres in Elsted in the vale of Marden. They also gave him an acre in Tulonde, and the advowson of the church, while the prior recognized their right to 22 acres of land in Kerswell furlong and 3 acres of wood lying to the south of this land.

Sir John Camoys leased the manor in 1279 for 20 years to Henry Husee of Harting, who paid the rent of 25 to Queen Eleanor on behalf of Sir John de Camoys. After Henry's death, though there were 9 years of the lease yet to run, Sir John entered into the manor, and took fealty of the tenants. Thereupon Sir William Paynel, who was then in possession of all the Gatesden manors, came to Elsted and chased away Sir John's servants, until he too was ousted by the subescheator in the king's name. In 1329 the Bishop of Exeter wrote to Sir Ralph Camoys (son of Sir John) stating that the Prior of Boxgrove claimed that he held the manor of the bishop and that Sir Ralph was his tenant; the bishop contradicted the prior's claim and told Sir Ralph that his service should be rendered to himself as for 2 knights' fees of his manor of Chidham.

The manor descended with Trotton (q.v) to the coheirs of Sir Roger Lewknor...

Manorial Estate, 1311, Bevendean Manor, Falmer, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1, GB. 8 Another estate in BEVENDEAN was held with land in Barcombe of the barony of Lewes and in 1439 formed 1 knight's fee. The overlordship descended with that of Barcombe (q.v.) to the Dukes of Norfolk after 1439 but its later history is uncertain, although it was still owing suit at Lewes in the early 17th century.

Bevendean was sold by Master William de Pierpoint in about 1242 to John de Gatesden. After John's death in 1262 his widow Hawise had the manor of Bevendean as part of her dower until in 1264 it was seized by the overlord, Earl Warenne, on the pretext that she had joined the rebels against the king. The land was restored to Hawise and descended with the manor of Camoys Court in Barcombe (q.v.), being divided in 1426 between the two sisters of Hugh de Camoys, Margaret wife of Ralph Radmylde and Eleanor wife of Roger Lewknor. William grandson of Ralph Radmylde appears to have been holding his portion in 1493-4. He died in 1499, without issue. Sometime before 1503 this land passed to John Covert of Slaugham and Hangleton who died seised of a manor of Bevendean in that year. It descended in the family of Covert with Benfield in Hangleton (q.v.) and Twineham-Benfield (q.v.) and in 1639, as 'the farm called Bevingdeane', was settled by Thomas Covert on his wife Diana, daughter of George, 1st Lord Goring. In 1664 Diana Baynham, their daughter, was holding it. This estate, apparently, by the early part of the 17th century included also the Lewknor portion and was described as half the manor of Bevendean, the other half being the property of Edward Culpeper.

The part of the manor held by Roger Lewknor and Eleanor was conveyed in 1538 by their grandson Roger Lewknor and Elizabeth [sic] his wife to Sir John Harcourt and Giles Foster, probably for a settlement. In 1559 William Morgan and Katherine his wife, a daughter of Roger Lewknor, conveyed the estate which was part of Katherine's inheritance to Thomas Walsingham after the expiry of the life interest which Anthony Stapley, husband of Mabel Lewknor, held. By the beginning of the 17th century this part of the manor had passed into the possession of Sir Walter Covert, owner of the Radmylde moiety.

Manorial Estate, 1311, Camoys Court Manor, Barcombe, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8, GB. 9 The manor of CAMOYS COURT alias BARKHAM CAMOYS, lying partly in Barcombe, but also in Ditchling and Newick, was probably represented about 1198 by land held by Maud de Bercamp. The overlordship descended with the rape. In the division of the barony in 1439 the 1 knight's fees formerly held by John de Gadesden, in which this land was included, were divided. Half a fee in Ditchling was assigned to Elizabeth, Lady Bergavenny; one fee in Bevendean and Barcombe went to the Duke of Norfolk. In 1543, however, Camoys Court was held of the joint owners of the barony, and it still owed suit at the court of Lewes down to 1835 at least.

From Maud de Bercamp the holding passed to her son Ralph de Pierpoint; but William de Pierpoint, who held demesne in Barcombe in 1235, had sold his land there by 1242 to John de Gadesden or Gatesden who was then holding 3 knights' fees in 'Bercompe'. John married Hawise Savage, widow of John de Nevill, in about 1246 and died in 1262. Hawise died about 1269. The marriage of John's grand-daughter and heiress Margaret was granted to Robert Waleraund. In or about 1279 Margaret married Sir John de Camoys but deserted him for William Paynel, whom she married after Sir John's death in 1298. Margaret died about January 1311 and her son Ralph de Camoys was holding land in the vill of Barcombe in 1316. On his death in 1336 his lands passed to his son Thomas, who died without issue in 1372 holding the reversion of the manor, after the death of William de Mallynge, jointly with his wife Margaret. She was still holding them in 1386. Sir Thomas de Camoys, his nephew, succeeded him. In 1412 his lands in Barcombe were worth 5 a year and in 1428 were assessed as knight's fee. He died in 1421, and was succeeded by his grandson Hugh, then aged seven, on whose death in 1426 the Camoys property descended to his sisters, Margaret, wife of Ralph Radmylde, and Eleanor, wife of Roger Lewknor of Trotton. Ralph Radmylde survived Margaret and died in 1443, when her half of the manor passed to their son Robert, then aged 18. Robert was succeeded in 1457 by a son William, a child of 6, but this part of the manor appears soon to have passed to Roger Lewknor, in whose family the whole manor descended. At this date the manor was still known as Barcombe, but later it acquired the name Camoys Court.

Manorial Estate, 1316-1354, Empshott Manor, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU33, GB. 10 William Dawtrey (de Alta Ripa) was holding the manor of Empshott in 1291, in which year he settled it on Peter de la Stane (or Stone) for life, with reversion to John Dawtrey (possibly son of William) and Elizabeth his wife, who may have been a daughter of Peter, with reversion to the heirs of Peter if John and Elizabeth died without issue. It is just possible that this Elizabeth survived her husband and became the wife of James de Norton who held the manor in the early fourteenth century. By 1316, however, William Paynel was holding Empshott, evidently by the right of his wife Eva, who possibly was the direct heir of Peter de la Stane, and succeeded to the manor on the death of Elizabeth because Elizabeth had no children by her first husband. William died without issue in 1317, and Eva, who in 1321 was abducted and married by Edward de St. John, 'she being willing and consenting thereto,' was holding the manor conjointly with her second husband in 1346. She survived him also and lived until 1354, when the manor passed to her kinsman and heir Roger son of John de Shelvestrode. Joan, the daughter and heir of John de Shelvestrode, and probably granddaughter of Roger, married John Aske of Yorkshire, who in 1428 was holding the half fee in Empshott which Edward de St. John once held.

Inquisition: Post mortem, 6 Apr 1317. 6 46. WILLIAM PAYNEL.

Writ, 6 April, 10 Edward II, and duplicate.

WILTS. Inq. Monday the feast of St. Mark, 10 Edward II.

Lutleton Paynel. The manor (extent given), held of the king in chief by service of a knight's fee, which service is assigned for the keeping of the castle of Devises for forty days at his own costs whenever there shall be war in those parts, and in time of peace it shall render 20s. yearly to the constable of the castle.

Knyhttone Paynel. The manor (extent given), held of Henry Heosee of Hertynges by service of a sparrow hawk or 2s. yearly.

He died on 1 April in the year aforesaid. John Paynel, his brother, aged 50 and more, is his next heir.

SURREY. Inq. 24 April, 10 Edward II. (defaced.)

Compton and Bromlegh. A messuage, 60a. arable, 60a. pasture, 2a. meadow, 60a. wood, 4l. 3s. 1d. rent, &c., held of Richard de Wyndesore as of his manor of Stanewelle by service of 1/4 knight's fee, 7s. yearly, and suit at the hundred of Godalmyng.

Westcote. The manor (extent given), held of the earl of Panbroch by service of 1d. yearly.

Heir as above, aged 40 and more.

SUSSEX. Inq. 18 April, 10 Edward II.

Wolbedynge. The manor (extent given), with the advowson of the church, held of the king in chief by service of carrying the standard of the footmen (vexillum pediclm') when he shall have come into that country in time of war, from the bridge called Shytebrugge to the bridge called Wolvardesbrugge or the reverse.

Ate Fure. The manor (extent given), held of Ralph le Kamays in chief by service of 4s. yearly.

Imhaghe by Putteworth. 10a. land held of Eva Dautry by service of a bolt (?) (petibuli) yearly.

Doneketone. A tenement with 26s. 8d. rent, held of the heirs of Henry de Percy by service of enclosing a perch of paling about the park of Petteworthe.

Hamtonet. The manor (extent given), held in chief of John de Sancto Johanne by service of 1/20 knight's fee, and suit of court at Halfnakede; 46a. arable and 20s. rent, &c., held of the bishop of Exeter of the manor of Chudeham by service of 10s. yearly; and a water-mill held of William de Sancto Georgio by service of 1d. yearly.

Manewode precinct. 8a. land called Seyhenhes (?) held of William le Taverner, lord of Hunstede, by service of 1d. yearly.

Heir as above, aged 60.

[SOUTHAMPTON.] Inq. 22 April, 10 Edward II.

Ochangre. The manor (extent given), held of the king in chief by serjeanty, by service of keeping the king's white pack of hounds (albam moetam canum) when he shall come into the forest of Wolvemere.

Aulton. 60a. arable, held of the king's ancient demesne of Aulton by service of rendering 9s. yearly to the farm of Aulton, and doing suit at the king's court there.

West Worldham. A messuage, 40a. arable, 3a. meadow, pasture for 100 sheep, 8a. wood, and 13s. 8d. rent, which he used to hold of James de Molyns by service of 25s. yearly, but now it is held of the king by service of doing suit at his hundred of Haliburn only, which hundred is in the hand of Queen Margaret as dower, because the said William bought the said service of 25s. of the said James.

Heir as above, aged 50 and more.

C. Edw. II. File 54. (21.)

William married Margaret de Gatesden, daughter of Sir John de Gatesden of Woolavington, Sussex and Hawise de Courtenay, before Jul 1301.1 (Margaret de Gatesden was born on 22 Jan 1245 11 and died before 4 Jan 1311 1.)

William next married Eve Dawtry, daughter of John Dawtry of Barlavington, Sussex and Elizabeth de la Stane, before 6 Nov 1314.2 (Eve Dawtry was born about 1297 and died on 16 Aug 1354 5.)


1 John L. Kemmis, <i>The Family of Kemmis</i>(http://www.kemmisfamily.info/TheKemmisBook/kemmis00.html).

2 George Edward Cokayne, "Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom" (Sutton Publishing Ltd., 2000), X:321-2.

3 George Edward Cokayne, "Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom" (Sutton Publishing Ltd., 2000), X:327-31, II:506.

4 Newsgroup: soc.genealogy.medieval, at groups - google.com, Ronnie Bodine (RBodine996), 8 Apr 1999.

5 George Edward Cokayne, "Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom" (Sutton Publishing Ltd., 2000), X:327-31.

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

7 <i>A History of the County of Sussex</i>, 8 (London: Victoria County History, 1953), 4: 8-10.

8 <i>A History of the County of Sussex</i>, 8 (London: Victoria County History, 1953), 7: 223-227.

9 <i>A History of the County of Sussex</i>, 8 (London: Victoria County History, 1953), 7: 80-83.

10 William Page, editor, <i>A History of the County of Hampshire</i>, 4 (London: Victoria County History, 1911), 3: 17-19.

11 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, <i>Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem </i> (London: n.p., n.d.), 1 Henry III: 122-129.

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