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Margaret Fitzwilliam (Clarell)

Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Aldwark, Yorkshire, England
Death: 1462 (61-69)
Yorkshire, England
Place of Burial: Church Of Austin, Friar, Tickhill, Yorkshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir Thomas Clarell, Kt., of Alderwarke and Matilda Clarell (Montgomery)
Wife of Sir John 'the older' Fitzwilliam, Kt.; Robert Waterton and Sir William Gascoigne, XII
Mother of Sir William Fitzwilliam, Kt.; Eleanor Ryther; John Fitzwilliam, (?died young); Robert Gascoigne; John Gascoigne and 7 others
Sister of Elizabeth Clarell
Half sister of Elizabeth Fitzwilliam; Richard Clarell and Thomas Clarell

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About Margaret Fitzwilliam

  • Margaret Clarell1,2
  • F, d. after 1467
  • Father Thomas Clarell, Esq.2 b. c 1368, d. 1 May 1442
  • Mother Maud Montgomery2 b. c 1368, d. b 17 Mar 1457
  • Margaret Clarell was born at of Aldwark, Yorkshire, England. A contract for the marriage of Margaret Clarell and Sir John FitzWilliam was signed on 19 January 1410; They had 2 sons (William & John) and 1 daughter (Eleanor).2,3 Margaret Clarell married Sir Robert Waterton, son of Sir Robert Waterton and Joan Sayville, after 28 December 1421.2 Margaret Clarell married Sir William Gascoigne, Sheriff of York, son of Sir William Gascoigne and Jane Wyman, on 7 February 1426; Married secretly. They had 4 sons (William, Robert, John, & Ralph) and 5 daughters (Jane, Anne, Margaret, (daughter who married Robert Darnsfeld) & (daughter who married Hamon Sutton)).2 Margaret Clarell died after 1467.2
  • Family 1 Sir William Gascoigne, Sheriff of York d. c 1462
  • Children
    • Jane (Joan) Gascoigne+
    • Anne Gascoigne+4 d. a 7 Jun 1488
    • Sir William Gascoigne+5 b. c 1426, d. bt 15 Jul 1461 - 13 Jan 1464
    • Robert Gascoigne b. c 1432
  • Family 2 Sir John FitzWilliam b. 27 May 1397, d. 28 Dec 1421
  • Children
    • Eleanor FitzWilliam+6 d. a 20 Jun 1475
    • Margaret FitzWilliam
    • Sir William FitzWilliam+2 b. c 1417, d. 1 Dec 1474
  • Family 3 Sir Robert Waterton d. 17 Jan 1425
  • Children
    • Margaret Waterton b. c 1422
    • Elizabeth Waterton+ b. c 1424
  • Citations
  • 1.[S4834] Unknown author, Lineage and Ancestry of HRH Prince Charles by Paget, Vol. II, p. 408; Wallop Family, Vol. 4, line 436.
  • 2.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 634.
  • 3.[S15] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, p. 350.
  • 4.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 290.
  • 5.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 349.
  • 6.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 623.
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  • Margaret Clarell1
  • F, #325792
  • Last Edited=22 Dec 2008
  • Margaret Clarell is the daughter of Sir Thomas Clarell.2 She married Sir John Fitzwilliam, son of Sir John Fitzwilliam and Eleanor Green.1
  • Her married name became Fitzwilliam.
  • Child of Margaret Clarell and Sir John Fitzwilliam
    • 1.Sir William Fitzwilliam+2 d. 1 Dec 1474
  • Citations
  • 1.[S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 983. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • 2.[S37] BP2003. [S37]
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  • Earl Fitzwilliam was a title in both the Peerage of Ireland and the Peerage of Great Britain held by the head of the Fitzwilliam family.[1] The Fitzwilliams acquired extensive holdings in South Yorkshire, largely through strategic alliances through marriage. In 1410, Sir John Fitzwilliam of Sprotborough, who died in 1421, married Margaret Clarell, daughter of Thomas Clarell of Aldwark, the descendant of a major Norman landholding family. Thus did the Fitzwilliams acquire the Clarell holdings.[2] .... etc.
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  • John FITZWILLIAM of Sprotborough (Sir Knight)
  • Born: 1397, Sprotbourough, Yorkshire, England
  • Died: 1421, Rouen
  • Father: John FITZWILLIAM (Sir Knight)
  • Mother: Eleanor GREENE
  • Married: Margaret CLARELL (b. ABT 1397) (dau. of Thomas Clarell and Matilda Montgomery) (m.2 Robert Waterton - m.3 William Gascoigne) ABT 1416, Aldwark, Yorkshire, England
  • Children:
    • 1. William FITZWILLIAM of Sprotborough (Sir)
    • 2. Eleanor FITZWILLIAM
    • 3. Clara FITZWILLIAM
    • 4. Isabel FITZWILLIAM
  • From: FITZWILLIAM of Sprotborough (Sir Knight)1
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  • Robert Waterton, (c. 1360 – 17 January 1425) was a trusted servant of the House of Lancaster under three monarchs, Henry IV, Henry V, and Henry VI. As Constable of Pontefract Castle, he had custody of Richard II after that king was deposed.[1][2]
  • Robert Waterton, likely born circa 1360, was the son of John Waterton[3] of Waterton, Lincolnshire and Joan, daughter of Peter de Mauley, 2nd Baron Mauley.[2] He had a brother, John Waterton,[2] and was a nephew of Sir Hugh Waterton.[4] .... etc.
  • Sir Robert Waterton (I) married secondly, by 1422, Margaret Clarell (a Lady of the Garter), widow of Sir John Fitzwilliam (d. 17 September 1421) of Sprotborough, Yorkshire, son and heir of Sir John Fitzwilliam (d. 5 July 1417) by Eleanor Greene, daughter of Sir Henry Greene. Margaret Clarell was the daughter of Thomas Clarell, esquire, of Aldwark, North Yorkshire, by Maud Montgomery, daughter of Sir Nicholas Montgomery (d.1424) of Cubley, Derbyshire.[17][18]
  • By her first husband, Margaret Clarell had two sons, Sir William Fitzwilliam, who married Elizabeth Chaworth, and John Fitzwilliam, and a daughter, Eleanor Fitzwilliam, who married Sir William Ryther. After Robert Waterton's death, Margaret Clarell contracted a clandestine marriage, on 7 February 1426, to Sir William Gascoigne (c.1405 – before March 1454) of Gawthorpe, Yorkshire, grandson of William Gascoigne, Chief Justice of England, by whom she had four sons and five daughters.[17][19][20][2][21]
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  • Margaret Clarell

born about 1389 Alnwick, Yorkshire, England

died after 1441 Gawthorpe, Yorkshire, England


  • Thomas Clarell of Aldwarke

born about 1357 Aldworke, England

died 1 May 1442 drowned in Don River


  • Matilda Montgomery

born before 1370 Cubley, England




  • William Gascoigne

born about 1389 Gawthorpe, Yorkshire, England

died before1466 Gawthorpe, Yorkshire, England


?Anne Gascoigne born about 1404 Harewood, Yorkshire, England

?Katherine Gascoigne born about 1407 Harewood, Yorkshire, England

  • Sir William Gascoigne Lord of Gawthorpe born about 1409 Gawthorpe, Yorkshire, England

died 1463/64 Gawthorpe, Yorkshire, England

?Elizabeth (Isabel) Gascoigne born about 1411 Harewood, Yorkshire, England

?Alice Gascoigne born about 1413 Harewood, Yorkshire, England died 3 July 1482 England

?Henry Gascoigne born about 1415 Micklefield, Yorkshire, England died 25 August 1457

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Margaret Fitzwilliam's Timeline

Aldwark, Yorkshire, England
Age 20
Sprotborough, Yorkshire, England
Age 22
Sprotborough, West Riding, Yorkshire, England
Age 29
Monston, Yorkshire, England
Age 31
Gawthorpe, Yorkshire, England
Age 31
Gawthorpe, Yorkshire, England
Age 33
Gawthorpe, Yorkshire, England
Age 33
Rothwell, West Yorkshire, England
Age 33
Gawthorpe, Yorkshire, England
Age 37
Gawthorpe, Yorkshire, England