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William (Montfort) de Montfort (abt. 1375 - 1452)

Sir William de Montfort formerly Montfort
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Sir William de Montfort is a descendant of Robert FitzWalter (see text below).



Birth and Parents

William de Montfort was the son of Sir Baldwin de Montfort and Margaret de Clinton. He was of age in 1396, pointing to a likely birth date of about 1375.[1][2] His birthplace is unknown: his father held lands in Berkshire and Warwickshire,[1][2] so it may well have been in one of those counties.


In 1415 William was given letters of protection to go to France[3] and he was probably in Normandy with his cousin Richard de Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick during the English conquest of Normandy following the Battle of Agincourt.[1][2] William served as steward of the household of Richard de Beauchamp[1][2] in 1417-8.[3] In 1417 he entrusted his estates to trustees as he was about to go to France. In the trust deed he is described as an Esquire,[4] but he was subsequently knighted, probably in France and probably by Richard de Beauchamp,[3] and certainly by 1419: he is described as a knight in documents relating to Coleshill, Warwickshire from 1419 onwards.[5]

William's connection with Richard de Beauchamp was close for many years, and he was entrusted with looking after substantial estates of Richard's.[3] When Richard died in 1439, William was appointed one of the trustees who looked after his estates during the minority of his heir.[3] Richard's second wife, Isabel le Despenser, died near the end of 1439, and named William as executor of her will.[3]

In 1422 William returned from France to England, where he took an active part in local affairs, mainly in Warwickshire.[1][2] He represented Warwickshire in Parliament as Knight of the Shire in 1410, 1422, 1423, 1427, 1429, 1437, 1445 and 1450.[3] In 1422 he was made a Justice of the Peace for Warwickshire.[3]

William was Deputy Sheriff of Worcestershire in 1423-4 and 1440-1.[3]

In 1430 William became a "King's Knight", committing himself to serve for a year in France with 40 men.[3]

He was three times High Sheriff of Warwickshire, in 1431-2, 1441-2 and 1450-1.[1][2][6]

In 1435, in his role as Justice of the Peace, nine Oxford scholars were brought before him, accused of ambushing him and trying to kill him: the case was transferred to the Court of the King's bench.[3]

In 1437 William was again in France, serving as lieutenant (then a senior military position). He was Captain of Honfleur, Normandy for a period the following year.[3]

In 1443 William was granted exemption from being made to hold official offices against his will.[3] He still retained powerful connections: in 1450 Humphrey Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, put his name forward as a candidate to become a Knight of the Garter, though nothing came of this.[3]


In about 1394 William's older brother John died, leaving William as his heir. As a result, he held lands in Warwickshire and Berkshire, and his first marriage brought him further lands in Warwickshire and Oxfordshire.[1][2] In 1436 he was assessed for £258 in tax for his Warwickshire lands, the highest figure for any knight in the county, showing the extent of his estates there.[7]

Marriages & Children

William married twice. His first wife was Margaret Pecche, posthumous daughter, and joint heir, of Sir John Pecche and Katherine. They married before 1407.[1][2][3][8] They had the following children:

Margaret Pecche died before April 1417.[1][2]

William's second wife was Joan Alderwich, daughter of William Alderwich[8] of Aldbridge, Staffordshire, and widow of William Brokesby of Shoby, Leicestershire. They had one son:[1][2][3]


Sir William de Montfort died on 6 December 1452. He was buried at Aldridge, Staffordshire.[1][2] His will was dated 10 November 1451, and showed a strong preference for Edmund, his son by his second marriage, to the disadvantage of Baldwin, son by his first marriage. This preference led to considerable trouble between Edmund and Baldwin in the 1450s.[3] William's second wife Joan survived him - she is recorded as living in 1454.[1][2]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 Douglas Richardson. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham, 2nd edition (Salt Lake City: the author, 2011), Vol. I, pp. 169-170, MONTFORT 8
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 Douglas Richardson. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham (Salt Lake City: the author, 2013), Vol. IV, pp. 141-142, MONTFORT 11
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 History of Parliament Online, entry for 'Mountfort (Montfort), William I (d.1452), of Coleshill in Arden, Warws.'
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Andrew Watkins (ed.). The Early Records of Coleshill c.1120-1549, Dugdale Society, 2018, pp. 257-8
  5. Andrew Watkins (ed.). The Early Records of Coleshill c.1120-1549, p. 259 and later passim
  6. List of Sheriffs of England and Wales, Public Record Office, 1898, reissued by Kraus Reprint Corporation, 1963, p. 145, Internet Archive
  7. Andrew Watkins (ed.), The Early Records of Coleshill c.1120-1549, p.11
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 The Visitation of the County of Warwick, 1619, Harleian Society, 1877, p. 56, Internet Archive: the Harleian society edition wrongly gives the last name of William's first wife's father as Peele, and the first name of his son by his second marriage as Edward
  • Richardson, Douglas. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. Salt Lake City: the author, 2013. See also WikiTree's source page for ‘’Royal Ancestry’’.
  • Richardson, Douglas. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. 2nd edition. Salt Lake City: the author, 2011. See also WikiTree's source page for ‘’Magna Carta Ancestry.’’


Magna Carta Project

William (Montfort) de Montfort appears in Magna Carta Ancestry in a Richardson-documented trail from Gateway Ancestor Thomas Booth to Magna Carta Surety Baron Robert FitzWalter (vol. I, pages 258-261 BOOTH). This trail, set out in the Magna Carta Trails section of the Gateway's profile, was project-approved/badged in April 2016 by a Magna Carta project member, and re-reviewed and revised for the Magna Carta project by Michael Cayley on 10 March 2021.
William (Montfort) de Montfort is also in a badged trail to FitzWalter from Gateway Ancestor Obadiah Bruen. See the Magna Carta Trails on John Bruen's profile to view the profiles in this trail.
See Base Camp for more information about identified Magna Carta trails and their status. See the project's glossary for project-specific terms, such as a "badged trail".

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I plan to do some work on this profile on behalf of the Magna Carta Project
posted by Michael Cayley
I have now re-reviewed this profile for the Magna Carta Project, and revised and expanded the bio section. If anyone spots any typos etc, please either correct them or message me. Thanks!
posted by Michael Cayley
fyi - I added WikiTree-36 (the project account for Magna Carta project) to meet clarified guidelines - see

Cheers, Liz

p.s. trail is to Booth-1645, reviewed April 2016 (see Base Camp

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett