Sir John Wadham, Kt., of Merrifield

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John Wadham

Also Known As: "John de Wadham", "the judge"
Birthplace: Wadham Manor, Lustleigh, Devon, England
Death: Died in Ilminster, Chard, Somerset, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Gilbert de Wadham
Husband of Maude and Joan Wrothesley
Father of Isabella Hull; William Wadham, Sheriff of Devon; Margery Stourton; John Wadham; Thomas Wadham and 1 other

Occupation: Judge of the Common Pleas
Managed by: Richard Arthur Neary
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About Sir John Wadham, Kt., of Merrifield

Family and Education

?s. of Gilbert Wadham of Wadham, Devon. m. (1) Maud, 1s.; (2) bef. 1385, Joan Wrothesley, 5s. (1 d.v.p.) 3da. Kntd. by Sept. 1397. d. 27 July 1412.


It is curious that the origins of a man of such distinction as Wadham have been lost. He is consistently stated to have been the son of Sir John Wadham of Edge, but on what evidence cannot be traced.4 More likely, he was the John Wadham who received quitclaim of a rent in Wadham in 1383 in succession to his father, Gilbert, and that William Hankford, afterwards c.j.KB, our Member’s lifelong friend and associate, witnessed the deed, lends weight to this argument. If his origins are obscure, so, too, are the beginnings of his career as a lawyer. Where he received his education is not known, but by 1371 he was practicing in the central courts as an attorney. No doubt it was because of his profession that he was returned for Exeter to the Parliament of 1379, and within four years of that event he had become a serjeant-at-law.

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Sir John Wadham, Kt., of Merrifield's Timeline

Lustleigh, Devon, England
Age 21
Lustleigh, Devon, England
Age 31
Merrifield, Somerset, England
Age 41
Merefield, Somerset, England
Age 59
Memfield, Somerset, England
March 12, 1411
Age 67
July 27, 1412
Age 68
Ilminster, Chard, Somerset, England