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John Wadham

Also Known As: "John de Wadham", "the judge"
Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: Wadham Manor, Lustleigh, Devon, England
Death: July 27, 1412 (68)
Merifield Manor, Ilminster, Chard, Somerset, England
Immediate Family:

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

Occupation: Judge of the Common Pleas
Managed by: James Fred Patin, Jr.
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About Sir John Wadham, Kt., of Merrifield

Family associated with Wadham (Merryfield House) Castle see

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.

History of Parliament Online


  • John Wadham1
  • M, #22835, 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
  • [S7159] Unknown author, The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, by Ronny O. Bodine, p. 118, OFHS Newsletter, December 1995, p. 89; Wallop Family, p. 430.
  • From:


  • Sir John Wadham, Justice of the Court of Common Pleas1
  • M, #39185, 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
  • [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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  • Sir John Wadham
  • M, #3449
  • Last Edited=15 Feb 2015
  • Sir John Wadham married, secondly, Joan Wrottesley.1
  • He held the office of Puisne Judge of the Court of Common Pleas.1 He lived at Merrifield, Somerset, England.1
  • Child of Sir John Wadham and Joan Wrottesley
    • Marjory Wadham+
  • Citations
  • [S37] BP2003 volume 2, page 2815. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • From:



  • [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, I00s.
  • 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, Kt., of Merrifield's Timeline

Lustleigh, Devon, England
Age 21
Lustleigh, Devon, England, UK
Age 31
Merrifield, Somerset, England
Age 59
Memfield, Somerset, England, UK
July 27, 1412
Age 68
Ilminster, Chard, Somerset, England