William (Huntingfield) de Huntingfield

William (Huntingfield) de Huntingfield (abt. 1160 - bef. 1221)

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Sir William "Keeper of Dover Castle" de Huntingfield formerly Huntingfield
Born about in Frampton, Lincolnshire, Englandmap
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[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married before 1194 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died before in Holy Landmap [uncertain]
Profile last modified 11 Sep 2019 | Created 22 Mar 2012 | Last significant change: 12 Sep 2019
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Magna Carta Surety Baron
William de Huntingfield was one of the twenty-five medieval barons who were surety for Magna Carta in 1215.
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"William de Huntingfield was another of the group of East Anglian landowners who were active in the opposition to King John. He had connections with Robert FitzWalter, the main rebel leader and one of the Twenty Five, and with another rebel, the Lincolnshire knight, Oliver de Vaux. He held seven knights’ fees of the honor of Eye in Suffolk, including the manor of Huntingfield, from which he took his name, and several knights’ fees of other baronies, including that of Lancaster.

"William entered King John’s service in 1203 as temporary custodian of Dover Castle, and acted as an itinerant justice on the eastern circuit in 1208-9 and as sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk in 1209-10. He sent knights on John’s expedition to Ireland in 1210 and served in person with the king in 1214 on his failed venture to Poitou. The signs are that by instinct and upbringing he was a natural royalist.

"It is not surprising, then, that he was a latecomer to the opposition, turning against John only in 1215 and joining the rebels at their muster at Stamford in Easter that year. Like others, he may well have been moved by a sense of financial grievance, as he had offered speculative fines for favours, which had left him indebted, although John had offered some respite. After being appointed to the Twenty Five, he joined Robert FitzWalter and William de Mandeville in asserting rebel control over East Anglia and in offering assistance to Louis of France after his arrival in England. Like Richard de Montfichet, he was captured at the battle of Lincoln in May 1217, and in September two his knights came before royal agents to negotiate his ransom.

"William died before October 1225, leaving as his heir his son, Roger (d. 1257), and a daughter Alice, widow of the Lincolnshire knight, Sir Richard de Solars."

Above text courtesy of Professor Nigel Saul and the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Committee


Knight, of Huntingfield and Mendham, Suffolk, Harlton, Cambridgeshire, Frampton, Fishtoft, and Southorpe, Lincolnshire, etc., Keeper of Dover Castle, Warden of the Cinque Ports, and Sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk, 1209-–1211, justice itinerant in Lincolnshire.
With his wife Isabel, he was a patron of Castleacre Priory, and in 1194, was disputing with her son, William de Stuteville, concerning her dower. He had a grant of the manor of Clafford, Hampshire in 1205. His wife, Isabel, died in 1207.
In 1213 he gave the king six fair Norway goshawks for license to marry his daughter, Alice, then widow of Richard de Solers, and to have assignation of her dowry out of the lands of her late husband. In 1213 he held the office of accountant with Aubrey de Vere, Earl of Oxford, for the customs of Norfolk and Suffolk.
In 1215 he was one of the chief barons concerned in the obtaining of Magna Carta, and one of the twenty-five chosen for its observance. He was among those excommunicated by the Pope. With others, he overran Essex and Suffolk, but the King overran Norfolk and Suffolk, his estates being among those devastated.
In Nov. 1216 he was granted the vill of Grimsby, Lincolnshire with all liberties and free customs by Prince Louis of France. He fought at Lincoln on 20 May 1217, and was taken prisoner by the King’s forces. On 23 June 1217 all his lands in Lincolnshire were granted to John Marshal. He made peace with King Henry III 6 Oct. 1217, and had restitution of his estates.
In 1219 he had leave to go to the Holy Land on crusade. He died while on crusade, possibly in the Holy Land, sometime prior to 25 Jan 1221.

Memorial to Sir William de Huntingfield

In his family's ancestral parish church of St. Mary's in Huntingfield, Suffolk, is his name on a plaque in the nave of the Abbey Church. This is a still active church that has parts of it showing walls from its 11th century founding.

Family property

"Soon after the conquest, Roger, lord of the manor of Huntingfield, assumed the name of his lordship, and devised the same to William de Huntingfield, his son and successor ; founder of Mendham Priory, in King Stephen's reign, about the year 1140, and who deceased in 1155.

"Roger de Huntingfield, his son and heir, flourished in the reign of King Henry II. ; whose son William, was one of the Barons who signed Magna Charta, in the 17th of King John, 1215. He was Sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk, and an accountant with Alberic de Vere, Earl of Oxford, and others, for the customs of those counties.

"In the 14th of King Henry III, Roger de Huntingfield, his son and heir, purchased Huntingfield Hall, in Norfolk, of John de Lacy, Constable of Chester, and Earl of Lincoln, and Margaret his wife, it being the inheritance of Saier de Quincy, late Earl of Winchester."[1]


Sir William de Huntingfield and his wife Isabel had the following children [2]. :

  1. Roger de Huntingfield, Knt
  2. Alice de Huntingfield
  3. Isabel de Huntingfield
  4. Sarah de Huntingfield
  5. Margaret (or Margery) de Huntingfield


  1. A topographical and genealogical history of the County of Suffolk, p. 241.
  2. Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, III:375-376

See also:

  • Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd edn, (2011), Vol 2, p. 434. Calls his wife "Isabel fitz William", though she probably called herself Isabel de Gressenhall.
    • Richardson's Royal Ancestry, Vol. III p. 374-377 (2013)


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  • Needs Re-review: #Notes, specifically (appears to have been pasted in from somewhere?) ~ Noland-165 19:59, 11 September 2019 (UTC)
  • Needs Source Check: Information not part of Professor Nigel Saul's article needs inline references as to source. ~ Noland-165 19:59, 11 September 2019 (UTC)

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On 11 Sep 2019 at 20:00 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

On 9 Jun 2018 at 16:16 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Just to clarify - Frampton, Lincolnshire exists. A WikiTree category for it does not. I don't create wanted categories, and I'm not comfortable creating categories for other projects, so I deleted [Category:Lincolnshire] since that is now a "no–people profiles category".

Cheers, Liz

On 9 Jun 2018 at 02:32 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Category:Frampton, Lincolnshire doesn't exist, so I removed Category:Lincolnshire instead.

On 9 Jun 2018 at 00:36 GMT Chris Hampson wrote:

As part of the England counties cleanup we're trying to move place references down as far as we can. Can you change the 'Lincolnshire' Category link to 'Frampton, Lincolnshire' please?

Cheers, Chris

On 26 Feb 2018 at 08:53 GMT Shelley Freestone wrote:

On 1 Mar 2017 at 19:49 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:

I agree with Chet Snow's reply to the same Comment as below from Chase Ashely on Robert De_Vere, which ends with:
"Respected genealogist Richardson does not so why should we?"

On 28 Feb 2017 at 23:51 GMT Chase Ashley wrote:

Unless an original record can be produced that shows he was called "Sir", it should be deleted as a prefix since "Sir" supposedly wasn't used as an honorific in England until 1297 and, in any event, was for lesser mortal like knights and baronets. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir

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