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John (FitzHugh) Fitz Hugh (1180 - 1220)

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Illustrious Men
John Fitz Hugh was one of 16 Illustrious Men, counselors to King John, who were listed in the preamble to Magna Carta.
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John (FitzHugh) Fitz Hugh was a member of aristocracy in England.

A faithful minister of King John, most of the time. Died on crusade about 1220. His widow's name was Gunnora Bending but he had another bigamous relationship.[1]

Blomefield wrote, concerning Ormesby near Great Yarmouth in Norfolk:

King John, when Earl of Morton, granted it to Robert de Berners, at the aforesaid rent.
Robert enfeoffed John Fitz-Hugh therein, whose daughter Julian, married Adam son of Hervey, who held it of King Henry III. in his 11th year, at the said rent; and in the 37th of that King, Julian, widow of Adam, was sued for this lordship, when she pleaded that the King had granted it to her and her husband, and her heirs, that she performed in the King's court personal homage, and now produced King John's charter, (when Earl of Morton) whereby he gave it to Robert de Bernarijs, who enfeoffed John Fitz-Hugh her father.[2]

And in Kirtlington, Oxfordshire:[3]

Certainly 'the mill at Kirtlington' was sold by Ingerram de Kirtlington to John Fitzhugh, and by Fitzhugh's son-in-law, Adam Fitzhervey, to Gilbert Basset, who gave two mills to Bicester Priory c. 1240. In 1535 the priory leased the mill to John Andrewes of Kirtlington.(Valor Eccl. (Rec. Com.), ii. 188.)

...and also...

By an unusual arrangement its administration was apparently placed in the hands of the reeve and four men of the village; (G.C. Homans, Eng. Villagers of 13th century, 336, commenting on Rot. Normannie (Rec. Com.), i. 131.) but this cannot have been for long as in 1204 it was handed over from the custody of Geoffrey le Sauvage to the royal minister, John Fitzhugh, who was to account for it at the Exchequer. (Rot. Litt. Claus. (Rec. Com.), i. 14.) Fitzhugh was still in possession in November 1215, when he was ordered to hand over part of the fee to Ralph de Montibus; (Ibid. 334.) but he deserted the king in 1216 and was deprived of the remainder of the fee in favour of John's mercenary captain William de Bréauté. (Bk. of Fees, 253.)

A charter connecting Gunnora to Kirtlington also exists.[4]


  1. See for example Ward, Women in England in the Middle Ages, p.65 and Tyerman, England and the Crusades, 1095-1588, p.209. Gunnora is also discussed on the Medieval Bending webpage:
  2. Francis Blomefield, 'East Flegg Hundred: Ormesby', in An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 11 (London, 1810), pp. 231-240. British History Online [accessed 5 June 2016].
  3. 'Parishes: Kirtlington', in A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 6, ed. Mary D Lobel (London, 1959), pp. 219-232. British History Online [accessed 30 May 2016].

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On 11 Sep 2018 at 03:49 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

I changed the dates for Julian, which resolved the "born after father's death" error.

One question still unresolved: Information in this profile says Julian was a widow "in the 37th of that King [Henry III]," which this Regnal calendar says is 28 October 1252 - 27 October 1253. However, page 417 of the #Hervey source says "37 Henry III. 1266."

So Julian's death date is now "after 1252" based on this Regnal calendar and Adam's death is 1265 based on #Hervey showing Julian as a widow "37 Henry III. 1266."

On 11 Sep 2018 at 03:03 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

source given for Adam's profile, on p 421, talks about lack of evidence for Adam & Julian having a son John. But also the chart, p 417, says their son John died 1292-3 (and that Julian was alive & a widow in 1266).

I think that John Hervey-30 (1290-1384) needs to be detached as son of parents Adam Hervey-33 and Julian Fitzhugh-459. Either that or all the dates for him/his family & descendants revised.

On 11 Sep 2018 at 02:27 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

looking at Warning - his 1220 death with daughter Julian born 1226 - I think that 1205 might be a better birth year for her. Text talks of Adam (FitzHervey), her husband, holding property "of King Henry III. in his 11th year".

11th year of Henry III = 28 October 1226 - 27 October 1227

37th of Henry III = 28 October 1252 - 27 October 1253

On 3 Jan 2018 at 19:00 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

fyi - testing over... |needs= works fine in the template. Thanks for letting me test it on this profile (you can delete this comment if you like).

the project's maintenance categories are listed [here].

for details about the needs= for Magna Carta profiles, see [this section of the Magna Carta Project sticker page - the needs= feature works the same on both the sticker & the project boxes (including the one for Illustrious Men).

Cheers, Liz

On 22 Jun 2016 at 20:51 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

all set. Thanks again!

On 22 Jun 2016 at 19:55 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Nice profile! Thanks Andrew :D

I took a look at another Illustrious Man & he had Category:Magna Carta Category:Illustrious Men & {British Isles 742-1499}

I didn't PPP this profile because it only has initial cap. I've linked this profile to the name listed on the Magna Carta Project page, which is styled FitzHugh. EuroAristo naming standards call for internal cap for "Hugh" -

c. Names that include ‘Fitz’: Fitz- names should be written with mid-caps, that is, a capital letter for the father's name. For example, write FitzAlan, FitzGeoffrey, FitzGerald, etc. This is the same pattern as used in names with Mac-: MacMurray, MacDonald, etc. Do not leave a space.

Thanks again! Liz

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