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Barons FitzWarin

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The Barony of FitzWarin (aka FitzWaryn, FitzWarine, FitzWarren, etc.) is an abeyant title in the Peerage of England. It was created by Writ of Summons for Fulk V FitzWarin in 1295. His grandfather Fulk III FitzWarin had recovered Whittington Castle in 1205. The castle and title descended from father to son until the death of the 7th Baron in 1420. The title was inheritted by his sister Elizabeth FitzWarin. On her death the title was abeyant between her two daughters Thomasine Hankford and Elizabeth Hankford. On the death of Elizabeth, Thomasine was the sole heiresses and her husband Sir William Bourchier, Count of Eu was summoned to Parliament as Baron FitzWarin.[1]

At this point, he was jure uxoris 9th Baron FitzWarin and most sources continue the numbering of the 1295 creation. However, the Complete Peerage counts this as a new creation, based on the modern doctrine that was tested when the co-heirs attempted to call this title out of abeyance in 1914 (nb. possibly influenced by previous attempts). Sir William Bourchier swore allegiance to the King in Parliament 24 July 1455, two years after his wife had died. He was summoned from 2 Jan 1448/9 to 7 Sep 1469.[2] The title went abeyant again on the death of Henry Bourchier, 5th Earl of Bath, his sisters Elizabeth, Dorothy and Anne were his co-heirs.[1]

Both the title created in 1295 and the title possibly created in 1455 remain in abeyance, with multiple possible co-heirs. In the final case heard by the Committee for Privileges of the House of Lords in 1914, the senior heirs were determined to be Henry Gage, 6th Viscount Gage and Col. Hugh Montgomerey-Campbell, descendants of daughters Elizabeth and Anne of 2nd da. Dorothy Grey, along with a junior heir Reginald Joselph Weld, descendant of 3rd da. Anne Wrey.[1]

See also "A Note on the FitzWarin Peerage Case" CP 2nd Ed. v.5 appx. I, pp.800-801.

Baron FitzWarin of Caundle Haddon

Sir William FitzWarin, nicknamed le frere of Caundle Haddon and almost certainly a younger brother of Fulk FitzWarin (d. 1349), was summoned to a Great Council 25 Feb 1342 by Edward III. This Council has been incorrectly described as a Parliament and William and his son are often erroneously considered peers, by Dugdale and others.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Complete Peerage 2nd ed. v. 5. pp. 495-512
  2. Complete Peerage 2nd Ed v.5 Appendix I pp. 800-801
  3. Complete Peerage 2nd ed. v. 5. p. 512

See also: Baron FitzWarin

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