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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 Elizabeth Shilston and Joan Wrothesley
Father of Isabella Hull; William Wadham, Sheriff of Devon; Margery Stourton; John Wadham and Thomas Wadham

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

Sir John de Wadham, of Merrifield, Born: 1344, Wadham Manor, Lustleigh, Devon, England; Died: 27 Jul 1411, Merifield Manor, Ilminster, Chard, Somerset, England

Parents: John de Wadham & Elizabeth


  1. Elizabeth SHILSTON
  • Isabella Wadham+
  • Margaret Wadham
  1. Joan Wriothesley
  • Sir William Wadham of Edge Barton & Meryfield+
  • Margery Wadham+


"Like his father he became a Judge, but he was known in his time as "THE JUDGE" It is the title to which he is most often referred. Said to have decended from Wm de Wadham of Devon in Rn [Reign] of Edw 1 (1272-1307). Was Justice of Common Pleas in Richard II (1388) (Chron Ser. p.51, 55). He bought the manor at Ilton "Merrifield" (sometimes referred to Muryfield) 1387, and paid tithe to Athelney Abbey in Somerset. John became MP of Exeter 1379 and of Devon 1401. Anne McKecknie says he was the patron of Silverton, Knighted in 1401 when an MP. In his IPM wife is shown as Joan. See: "Extracts of the Abbey of Athelney." CRS Pub "1380 John Wadham fine f1 admisson as freeman in Exeter." " 6585


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  • Sir John Wadham, Justice of the Court of Common Pleas1
  • M, d. 1411
  • Sir John Wadham, Justice of the Court of Common Pleas was born at of Merrifield, Somersetshire, England.1 He married Joan Wrottesley.1 Sir John Wadham, Justice of the Court of Common Pleas died in 1411.1
  • Family Joan Wrottesley
  • Child
    • Margery Wadham+1
  • Citations
  • 1.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. XII/1, p. 302.
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  • John Wadham1
  • M, d. 27 July 1412
  • Father Gilbert Wadham d. a 1383
  • John Wadham was born at of Edge in Branscombe, Devonshire, Merrifield in Ilton, Somersetshire, England. He married Joan Wrothesley, daughter of (Mr.) Wrothesley. John Wadham died on 27 July 1412.
  • Family Joan Wrothesley d. a 1412
  • Child
    • Isabella Wadham+
  • Citations
  • 1.[S7159] Unknown author, The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, by Ronny O. Bodine, p. 118, OFHS Newsletter, December 1995, p. 89; Wallop Family, p. 430.
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  • Wadhams genealogy, proceded by a sketch of the Wadham family in England.. ([c1913])
  • 1. Sir John Wadham, of Edge, Devon. c. 1360.
    • 2. Sir John, Justice of Common Pleas, 1388-1397, still living in 1411-12. Buried at Branscombe. mar. Joan Wrothesley. Buried at Ilminster. ch: Sir William, d. 1452 buried at Ilminster.; Thomas, of Redworthy.; Margery m. Sir John Stourton, created 1st Baron Stourton, died 1463.
      • 3. Sir William, d. 1452 buried at Ilminster. mar. Margaret, da. and co-h. of W. Cheselden. ch: Sir John, of Merifield.; Elizabeth mar. Stawel, of Collestone (Cothelestone).; Mary mar. W. Montacute, of Henleigh, n. Crewkerne.; Lawrence of Merifield. mar. Margaret, 3rd d. of Sir W. Hody, ; William of Catherstone. mar. Jane, d. and co-h. of William Payne, of Catherstone, Dorset.
        • 4. Sir John, of Merifield. mar. Elizabeth, d. and co-h. of Stephen Popham. ch: John Wadham, Knt.; Edward, of Pole Anthony, Tiverton.; Alice mar. Nicholas, son of Hugh Stukeley.
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  • [Publications] - Somerset Record Society
    • 1411. JOHN WADHAM, KNT.
    • [25 MARCHE. FO. 193.]
  • I, John Wadham, knight, make my will in this manner :
  • I bequeath my body to be buried where it shall please God to dispose.
  • Item, I bequeath to Joan, my wife, 100li., two great silver dishes (discos) called "chargeours," eighteen silver dishes, six silver saltcellars, my better silver basin (peluem) with a ewer (lauacro), two silver cups with covers, made in the manner of a chalice, one cup silver gilt, my better vestment with the apparel of the altar of the same suit, my better chalice, missal, portuous (portiforium), the two better cloths (mappas) with towels (manutergijs) four brass bowls (ollas) , two plates (patellas), three of the better beds, whereof one of "Tapsarie " ; two jugs (picarios),1 viz., one pottle,2 and one quart (unum potellum et unum quartum) of silver, one silver saltcellar, one pix (pixidem) called "Pere" ; all the stock (instaurum) of wines at Muryfeld, and one waggon (plaustrum) bound with iron.
  • Item, I bequeath for paying four chaplains to be hired (locandorum) for one year to celebrate for my soul, and the souls for which I am bound, 40 marks ; and if this can be done at a less price, the residue shall be expended for the souls of Maude, late my wife, my father and mother, Richard Brankescomb, Margaret his wife, Cicely Turberuill and all faithful deceased.
  • Item, I bequeath for my funeral expenses 10li.
  • Item, to each of the orders of Friars of London, 13s. 4d.
    • 1 Picarius, quidam ciphus, Anglice "a curskyn." Wright's Vocabularies (Wulcker), i, p. 602.
    • 2 Pottle, a liquid measure containing four pints.
  • To the Friars Preachers of Exeter, 10s., and to the Friars Minors there, 10s.
  • Item, I bequeath to the amending of the church of Brankescomb, 20s.
  • Item, to the amending of the church of Knouston, 20s.
  • Item, to Joan, formerly wife of Walter Scherp, one cup called "pece."
  • Item, I bequeath to Cicely my sister, 100s.
  • To Agnes, her daughter, 13s. 4d.
  • To William Hankeford, one silver cup with a cover.
  • Item, I bequeath 6 marks 3s. 4d. to celebrate one thousand masses immediately after my decease for my soul.
  • Item, to William my son, 100li., six silver dishes (discos), one great dish called "charger," one silver jug (picarium) called "potett" one saltcellar, one bed of " Tapserye," eight oxen and one hundred sheep.
  • Item, I bequeath to John my son, 100li., six dishes, eight oxen, one silver jug (picarium) called "Quarte," and a great dish called "Charger."
  • Item, to Walter my son, 40li.
  • Item, to Margery my daughter, 100li.
  • To Joan my daughter, 100li.
  • To Elizabeth my daughter, 100li.
  • To Thomas my son, 100li.
  • And if any of my said infants die before they come of age or be promoted, the sum bequeathed to them shall be divided among my other infants.
  • Item, I bequeath for holding the anniversary of me and of Maude late my wife, one hundred sheep so long as it may last.
  • Item, to each of my executors administrating besides my wife, 5 marks.
  • Item, to each of the daughters of John Serteyn by Margery his wife, except Joan, wife of Walter Merwode, 10s.
  • Item, to Joan, wife of William Wyke next Colompton, 30s.
  • Item, to Thomas her son, 40s.
  • Item, to the three brothers of the said Thomas, to each of them 13s. 4d. ; and to Julian his sister, ten sheep.
  • Item, I bequeath to Bartholomew Pyle, 40s.
  • To John atte Heyghes of Sylferton, 20s.
  • To the Abbot and Convent of Athelney, to pray for my soul, 5 marks.
  • Item, I bequeath to the mending of the muddy way (vie lutose) between Clyst and Nyweton Popelford, 4li.
  • Item, to the mending of the muddy way from Scheftysby towards Schirborn, 100s.
  • Item, I bequeath to the vicar of Wythlakyngton, 20s. for tithes forgotten, and that he may pray for me.
  • Item, I bequeath to the mending of the church aforesaid, 20s.
  • To the vicar of Ayshull, 6s. 8d.
  • To John Deye, 6s. 8d.
  • To the Friars Preachers of Yeuelchester, 20s.
  • Item, I have remised to John Healleway 20s. that he owes me.
  • Item, I bequeath to John Walsche, 40d.
  • To John Brwer, my priest ( presbitero], 20s.
  • To John Thuselburgh, 10s.
  • To John Cook of Haydon, 13s. 4d.
  • To Edith Caylly of Ilton, 6s. 8d.
  • To Walter Clerk of Ilton, 6s. 8d.
  • Item, to the vicar of Brankescomb church, for tithes forgotten, and that he may pray for me, 6s. 8d.
  • Item, to the mending of the church of Haydon, 10s.
  • Item, to the prisoners of Yeuelchester, 40d.
  • To Agnes Deye, 40d.
  • To John Whyte, my chaplain, 20s.
  • To John Schyphurd of Cleyhanger, 40d.
  • Item, to Nicholas Olyuer, 6s. 8d.
  • To the mending of the church of Ilton, 13s. 4d.
  • To Thomas Hayward, 6s. 8d.
  • Item, I bequeath to Joan, my wife, the residue of all my goods not above bequeathed or disposed, and I make the said Joan and the aforesaid William Hankeford and Bartholomew Pyle executors of this my will.
  • In witness whereof to this my will I have affixed my seal.
  • Given on Saturday, the Feast of St. Gregory the Pope, 13 Hen. IV [March 12, 1411].
  • Proved 12th August, A.D. 1412. Commission to Masters John Grylby, rector of Donzete, and William Torporlegh, rector of West Dowlesh, diocese of Bath and Wells, to commit administration, &c.
  • [In Subsidy Roll 13 Hen. IV (1411-12), testator's lands in Somerset are as follows :
    • "John Wadham miles man. de Myryfeld certas terras in Hardyngton, Gudeston, Overattebar et Chilton, xlii li." (Bath F. C. Proc., ix, 3, 192.)]
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  • Sir John Wadham
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  • Last Edited=19 Jan 2003
  • Child of Sir John Wadham
    • 1.Marjory Wadham+
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  • WADHAM, Sir John (d.1412), of Edge in Branscombe, Devon and Merrifield in Ilton, Som.
  • ?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. 1397.2
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  • John Stourton, 1st Baron Stourton (19 May 1400 / c. 1404 – 25 November 1462) was an English soldier and politician. .... etc.
  • Lord Stourton married Margery or Marjory, daughter of Sir John Wadham, about 1431. They had: .... etc.
  • From:,_1st_Baron_Stourton
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Lustleigh, Devon, England
Age 21
Lustleigh, Devon, England
Age 31
Merrifield, Somerset, England
Age 41
Merefield, Somerset, England
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Judge of the Common Pleas
Age 59
Memfield, Somerset, England
July 27, 1411
Age 67
Ilminster, Chard, Somerset, England