Sir Roger Fiennes

Is your surname Fiennes?

Research the Fiennes family

Sir Roger Fiennes's Geni Profile

Records for Roger Fiennes

221,289 Records

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!

Sir Roger Fiennes

Also Known As: "Sir Roger /Fiennes-Fynes/"
Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Herstmonceaux, Sussex, England
Death: November 18, 1449 (65)
Place of Burial: Herstmonceaux,Sussex,England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir William de Fiennes, Sheriff of Surrey and Elizabeth Fiennes
Husband of Lady Elizabeth Fiennes
Father of James Fiennes; Margaret Carew; Sir Richard Fiennes, Lord Dacre; Sir Hugh Fenne, Treasurer to the Household and Robert Fiennes
Brother of Sir James Fiennes, 1st Baron Saye and Sele and Richard Fynes Fiennes

Managed by: Private User
Last Updated:

About Sir Roger Fiennes

Christened on 14 September 1384.

Built Hurstmonceaux Castle.

Sheriff of Sussex and Surrey.

Herstmonceux Castle is a brick-built Tudor castle near Herstmonceux, East Sussex, United Kingdom.

Early history

The first written evidence of the existence of the Herst settlement appears in William the Conqueror's Domesday Book which reports that one of William's closest supporters granted tenancy of the manor at Herst to a man named ‘Wilbert'. By the end of the twelfth century, the family at the manor house at Herst had considerable status. Written accounts mention a lady called Idonea de Herst, who married a Norman nobleman named Ingelram de Monceux. Around this time, the manor began to be called the “Herst of the Monceux”, a name that eventually became Herstmonceux.

A descendant of the Monceux family, Roger Fiennes, was ultimately responsible for the construction of Herstmonceux Castle in the County of Sussex. Sir Roger was appointed Treasurer of the Household of Henry VI of England and needed a house fitting a man of his position, so construction of the castle on the site of the old manor house began in 1441. It was this position as treasurer which enabled him to afford the £3,800 construction of the original castle. The result is not a defensive structure, but a palatial residence in a self-consciously archaising castle style.

In 1541, Sir Thomas Fiennes, Lord Dacre, was tried for murder and robbery of the King's deer after his poaching exploits on a neighboring estate resulted in the death of a gamekeeper. He was convicted and hung as a commoner, and the Herstmonceux estate was temporarily confiscated by Henry VIII of England, but was restored to the Fiennes family during the reign of one of Henry's children.[1]

The profligacy of the 15th Baron Dacre, heir to the Fiennes family, forced him to sell in 1708 to George Naylor, a lawyer of Lincoln’s Inn in London. Naylor’s grandson followed the architect Samuel Wyatt’s advice to reduce the Castle to a picturesque ruin by demolishing the interior. Thomas Lennard, 16th Baron Dacre, was sufficiently exercised as to commission James Lamberts of Lewes to record the building. The castle was dismantled in 1777 leaving the exterior walls standing and remained a ruin until the early 20th century.

He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Sussex.1 He was invested as a Knight before 8 June 1422.1 He held the office of Treasurer of the Household between 1439 and 1446.1 He built Herstmonceux Castle with spoils from Hundred Years War
view all 15

Sir Roger Fiennes's Timeline

September 12, 1384
Of, , Sussex, England
September 14, 1384
Herstmonceaux, Sussex, England
Age 27
Of, Herstmonceaux, Sussex, England
Age 28
Of, Herstmonceaux, Sussex, England
Age 29
Herstmonceux, East Sussex, England
Age 30
Hurstmonceux, Sussex, England
Age 33
Sculton Bordeleys, , Norfolkshire, England
November 18, 1449
Age 65