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William Furnival (1326 - 1383)

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Sir William "4th Baron Furnivall" Furnival
Born in Alton, Staffordshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 20 Jan 1366 (to 12 Apr 1383) [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Farnham Royal Manor, Buckinghamshire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Profile last modified 31 Oct 2019 | Created 9 Mar 2012
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Sir William de Furnival of Alton, Staffordshire (b. 23 Aug 1326 Alton, Staffordshire - d. 12 Apr 1383; bur. Worksop Priory, Notts), 4th Baron Furnivall



William is the son of Sir Thomas, 2nd Lord Furnivall and Joan Verdun. He succeeded his brother Thomas in 1365/6, and had an unsuccessful marriage with the widow of Sir John Dagworth of Dagworth. His sole heir was his daughter Joan, who married Sir Thomas Neville.


  • Thomas "the hasty", 3rd Lord Furnivall (d.s.p 1365/6)


His marriage to Thomasine (d. 20 Jul 1409), widow of Sir John Dagworth of Dagworth (d. 13 Aug 1360), was apparently so bad, she had to petition the king for help. Thomasine said she couldn't live with him because she was in fear for life, and William would not give her any money in spite of all the assets she brought to the table. Even after "he was adjudged by law of Holy Church to give her £100 annually," he ignored the order and continued with the abuse.[1] But Thomasine outlived him and died c. 1409. Her parentage is unknown.


  • livery of brother's lands: 25 May 1365 ( Edw.3.m 13).
  • In right of Thomasine: manors of Dagworth, Suffolk, and other lands in Essex -- Dagworth came through her first husband.


  • Before the Coronation of Richard II, he claimed, as tenant of Farnham-Royal, Buckinghamshire, to fina a glove for the King's right hand, and to support the King's right arm so long as he should hold the Rod. This claim was allowed, provided he took knighthood.[2]
  • Knighted 14 Jul 1377 (Cl.1 Ric.2.m 45).


  • About to go on a pilgrimage to Prussia, 28 Nov 1367 (Pat.41 Edw.3.p 2.m 4d).

Inquisition Post Mortem

The first Writ for the Inquisition of William de Furnyvall, knight, was dated 20 April, 6 Richard II [1383]. He was seised of lands in Essex, Suffolk, Leicestershire, Wiltshire, Middlesex, London, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Herefordshire and the Marches of Wales, Gloucestershire and the Marches of Wales, and Monmouthshire. The return for Essex indicated that he had died on 12 April last [1383]. His wife Thomasina was still living. Joan, his daughter, aged 14 years and more, wife of Thomas de Nevyl, was his heir. The return for Suffolk concerning the manor of Dagworth indicated that Margaret his daughter, aged 15 years, was his heir. The advowson of the churches at Eyum, Derbyshire, and Whystan, Yorkshire, were assigned in dower to Joan (who was still living) late the wife of Thomas Furnivall, as was the fee from the manor of Aston, Yorkshire.[1].


  1. M. C. B. Dawes, A. C. Wood and D. H. Gifford, 'Inquisitions Post Mortem, Richard II, File 26', in Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem: Volume 15, Richard II (London, 1970), pp. 307-319. British History Online [accessed 4 September 2019]. Items 776-793.
  • "Petition of William Furnival," in Liber Custumarum, pp. 613-4. Google Books
  • "Petitioners: Thomasina de Fornivall (Furnival), wife of William de Fornivall," (c. 1383). Ref. SC 8/46/2291. National Archives UK. Web.
  • Richardson, D. Royal Ancestry, III, p. 51
  • Richardson, D. (2011). Magna Carta Ancestry, pp. 255. Google Books.

See Also...

  • Clay, J.W. (1913). Extinct Northern Peerages, pp. 82. Thomasine's orgins are incorrect in this pedigree. She's not the dau. of Thomas, Lord Dagworth ... that's Eleanor (Dagworth) FitzWalter's father.

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On 14 Oct 2017 at 19:49 GMT RJ Horace wrote:

Clay, J.W: Extinct Northern Peerages (1913), page 82, VII.

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