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William Bardolf, 4th Baron of Wormegay

Also Known As: "William lV lord Bardolf", "William Bardolph"
Birthplace: Wormegay,Norfolk,England
Death: Died in Friar Carmelites, Lynn, Norfolk, England
Place of Burial: Friar Carmelites, Of Lynn, Norfolk, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir John Bardolf, 3rd Baron Wormegay and Elizabeth d'Amory
Husband of Agnes Poynings, Baroness of Bardolf
Father of Thomas Bardolf, 5th Baron Bardolf of Wormgay; Cecily Stapleton; Elizabeth Bardolph and Robert Bardolf
Brother of Margaret de Welles; Cecily Bardolph; Isabel Bardolph and Agnes Bardolf

Occupation: Greve Bardolf av Wormgay 4th, He fought in the wars in Scotland and Ireland.
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William Bardolf, 4th Baron Bardolf From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

William Bardolf, 4th Baron Bardolf, of Wormegay, Norfolk and 3rd Baron Damory (21 October 1349 – 29 January 1386) was an extensive landowner in Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Suffolk and Surrey. He was the son of John Bardolf, 3rd Baron Bardolf and Hon. Elizabeth Damory, suo jure 2nd Baroness Damory.[1] His maternal grandparents were Sir Roger Damory, Lord Damory and Lady Elizabeth de Clare, a granddaughter of King Edward I.[1] In 1382, Bardolf had livery of his lands from the Crown. He was a descendant of William de Warenne, 2nd Earl of Surrey.[citation needed]

He was summoned to parliament from 20 January 1376 to 3 September 1385, as "William Bardolf of Wormegay". He served in the French and Irish wars, latterly under John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster.


He married Agnes (d. 12 June 1403), daughter of Sir Michael de Poynings, 2nd Baron Poynings, Kt., of Bures (1317–1369). Coppinger wrote: "Sir Michael de Poynings, 2nd Baron, gave a thousand marks to Queen Philippa in 1366 for the wardship and marriage of William, son and heir of John Lord Bardolf, to the end that he might take Agnes his daughter to wife, who by the name of 'Agnes Bardolf' is mentioned as a legatee in the will of her mother, Joane Lady Poynings dated 12th May 1369 and by that of 'Lady Bardolf my sister' in the will of Thomas Lord Poynings 28th October 1374."

Lord Bardolf and his wife had two sons and two daughters:[1]

  • Thomas Bardolf, 5th Baron Bardolf[1]
  • William Bardolf[1]
  • Cecily Bardolf (d. 1432) married Sir Brian Stapleton, of Ingham (1379–1438), Sheriff of Norfolk, a veteran of the Battle of Agincourt, and had issue Sir Miles Stapleton.[1]
  • Elizabeth Bardolf, wife of Robert Scales, 5th Lord Scales and secondly Sir Henry Percy, son of Sir Thomas Percy and Elizabeth Strabolgi.[1]

Bardolf died in 1385, aged 36, and was succeeded by his son, Thomas Bardolf, 5th Baron Bardolf. His widow remarried Sir Thomas Mortimer, illegitimate son of Roger Mortimer, 2nd Earl of March. Thomas was attainted as a traitor in 1397 and died shortly before Agnes in 1403.


  • Douglas Richardson. Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families, Genealogical Publishing, 2005. pg 608. Google eBook
  • Burke, John and John Bernard, The Royal Families of England, Scotland, and Wales, with their Descendants, Sovereigns and Subjects, London, 1851, vol.2, p.vii, and pedigree CXVII.
  • Waters, Robert E.C., B.A., Barrister of the Inner Temple, Genealogical Memoirs of the Extinct Family of Chester of Chicheley &c., London, 1878, vol.1, p. 140.
  • Burke, Sir Bernard, C.B.,LL.D., Ulster King of Arms, The Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire, London, 1883, p. 22)
  • Coppinger, W.A., M.A., etc., The Manors of Suffolk, London, 1905, pp. 46–49.
  • Rye, Walter, (editor), The Visitation of Norfolk, 1563 & 1613, made by William Hervey, Clarencieux King of Arms, Clarencieux Cooke, and John Raven, Richmond Herald, London, 1891, p. 65.
  • Rye, Walter, Norfolk Families, part II, Norwich, 1912, p. 845.
  • Carr-Calthrop, Colonel Christopher William, C.B.E.,M.D., etc., Notes on the Families of Calthorpe & Calthrop, etc., Third edition, London, 1933. A pedigree showing Bardolf's the descent from Edward I, King of England and his wife Eleanor of Castile is on p. 43.
  • The Visitation of Suffolk, 1561, pp. 186 & 243.
  • Weis, Frederick Lewis, et al., The Magna Charta Sureties 1215, 5th edition, Baltimore, 2002, p. 49.
  • Richardson, Douglas, Magna Carta Ancestry, Baltimore, 2005, p. 40.


William Bardolf, Knt., 4th Lord Bardolf, and his wife, Agnes Poynings

I. WILLIAM BARDOLF, Knt., 4th Lord Bardolf, of Wormegay, Caister,

Cantley, Fincham, and Strumpshaw, Norfolk, Ruskington, Caythorpe,

Digby, Fillingham, and Westborough, Lincolnshire, Clopton, Suffolk,

Addington, Surrey, Plumpton, Sussex, etc., son and heir, born 21 Oct.

1349. He married after 10 Feb. 1365/6 AGNES POYNINGS (or PONYNGES),

daughter of Michael de Poynings, Knt., 1st Lord Poynings, by Joan,

daughter of Richard Rokesley, Knt. They had two sons, Thomas, Knt.

[5th Lord Bardolf] and William, and two daughters, Elizabeth (wife of

Robert Scales, Knt., 5th Lord Scales, and Henry Percy, Knt.) and

Cecily (wife of Brian Stapleton, Knt.). His wife, Agnes, was a

legatee in the 1369 will of her mother, Joan Poynings, and in the 1374

will of her brother, Thomas Poynings, 2nd Lord Poynings. He presented

to the churches of Watton-atte-Stone, Hertfordshire and North Runcton,

Norfolk in 1373. In 1375 he presented to the chapel of St. Mary in

Watton-atte-Stone, Hertfordshire. He was summoned to Parliament from

28 Dec. 1375 to 3 Sept. 1385, by writs directed Willelmo Bardolf' de

Wirmegeye. In 1377 he brought a suit against William Fitz Hugh of

London, goldsmith, "for refusing to surrender four scochons

[escutcheons] with hatchments of his arms" which were found in Fitz

Hugh's possession. SIR WILLIAM BARDOLF, 4th Lord Bardolf, died 29

Jan. 1385/6. He left a will requesting burial at the Friar Carmelites

at Lynn, Norfolk. His widow, Agnes, married (2nd) shortly after 10

April 1386 Thomas Mortimer, Knt., of Cavendish, Wratting, and

Stansfield, Suffolk, and, in right of his wife, of Wormegay, Cantley,

and Caister, Norfolk, Chief Justice of Ireland, 1382, Seneschal (or

Under Steward) of the Liberty of Bury St. Edmund, younger son of Roger

de Mortimer, Knt., K.G., 2nd Earl of March. They had no known issue.

He fought at the Battle of Radcot Bridge in 1387, where he killed

Thomas Molineux, Constable of Chester Castle. He presented to the

churches of Cantley and Whinburgh, Norfolk in 1391. In 1392 he

presented to the church of Garveston, Norfolk. He was a legatee and

named a supervisor of the 1396 will of Walter Brugge, clerk. In 1397

he presented to the church of Wormegay, Norfolk. He was impeached of

high treason by Parliament in 1397, and became a fugitive. His chief

crime was the same as that of Warwick and Gloucester, namely the

levying of war against the king at Harringay Park (now Hornsey),

Middlesex in 1388. The king did not ask for any declaration of the

crime by Parliament. Sir Thomas was to stand convicted by default if

within three months he failed to appear to stand trial. On 24 Sept.

1397 an order was sent to Roger Mortimer, Earl of March, Lieutenant of

Ireland, to send Sir Thomas over to appear before the Parliament. Sir

Thomas fled to one of the Irish septs and was outlawed. In 1401-1402

Agnes, Lady Bardolf released the manor of Grays (in Cavendish),

Suffolk to Robert Poynings, Lord Poynings, and others. She presented

to the church of North Runcton, Norfolk in 1402. SIR THOMAS MORTIMER

died sometime before 14 March 1402/3 (possibly in Scotland), on which

date his widow, Agnes, had license to go on a pilgrimage to Rome and

Cologne with twelve men and twelve horses in her company. Agnes, Lady

Bardolf died 12 June 1403, and was buried in Trinity Priory, Aldgate,

London. She left a will dated 9 Jan. 1402/3, proved 13 June 1403

(P.C.C. 4 Marche).


Parkin, An Essay Towards a Topog. Hist. of the County of Norfolk 9

(1808): 66. Clutterbuck, Hist. & Antiqs. of Hertford 2 (1821): 477-

485 (Bardolf pedigree). Nicolas, Testamenta Vetusta 1 (1826): 82, 92-

93, 116, 162. Williams Chronicque de la traïson et mort de Richart

Deux roy Dengleterre (1846): 10, 135-136. Stapleton, De antiquis

legibus liber: Cronica maiorum et vicecomitum londoniarum (1846).

Nichols, Chronicle of the Grey Friars of London (Camden Soc. 53)

(1852): 6-9. Sussex Arch. Colls. 15 (1863): 1-56. Henslowe,

Wermigey; or The weir amid the water (1865): 111-112. Dublin Univ.

Mag. 89 (1877): 493-494 (biog. of Sir Thomas de Mortimer).

Waters ,Chester of Chicheley 1 (1878): 140 (pedigree chart). Burke,

Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages (1883): 22-23 (sub

Bardolf). Norfolk Antiquarian Miscellany 3 (1885) : 25. Genealogist

n.s. 17 (1901): 246-247. C.P.R. 1391-1396 (1905): 301, 601 (Thomas

Mortimer, Knt. styled "kinsman" of William de Beauchamp, 1st Lord

Bergavenny in 1395). C.P.R. 1401-1405 (1905): 214. Copinger, Manors

of Suffolk 1 (1905): 49. List of Inqs. ad Quod Damnum 2 (PRO Lists

and Indexes 22) (1906): 611, 625, 636. Stow, A Survey of London 1

(1908): 141. C.P. 1 (1910): 419 (sub Bardolf); 5 (1926): 397 (sub

FitzAlan); 11 (1949): 503-504 (sub Scales); 14 (1998): 65 (states

parentage of Joan, wife of Michael de Poynings, is "unknown"), 572

(citing Sussex N&Q 4 (1932-33): 51-53). The Monthly Mag., or British

Register 36(2) (1913): 325-326 (letter of King Henry IV dated 27 May

[year not stated] granting letters of safe conduct at request of Duke

of Rothesay to John Spershot, Esq., and John Feller, valet, "who were

formerly dwelling with Sir Thomas Mortemer, knight, deceased" to come

to England, or elsewhere, and return). Thomas, Cal. of Plea &

Memoranda Rolls of the City of London 1364-1381 (1929): 255; 1381-1412

(1932): 233-239. VCH Sussex 7 (1940): 109-113. Train, Abs. of the

IPMs Rel. Nottinghamshire 1 (Thoroton Soc. Recs. 12) (1949): 99-100; 2

(1952): 112-113. Paget, Baronage of England (1957) 24: 1-2 (sub

Bardolf). Cal. Inqs. Misc. 4 (1957): 188-189; 6 (1963): 81-82, 117,

129, 132-135, 207, 231. Bellamy, The Law of Treason in England in the

Later Middle Ages (1970): 182. Albion 7 (1975): 161-173.


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October 21, 1349
December 22, 1369
Age 20
Birling, Sussex, England
Age 20
Age 21
Birling, Sussex,England
Age 35
England, Kent, Gower
January 29, 1386
Age 36
Friar Carmelites, Lynn, Norfolk, England
March 24, 1937
Age 36
January 10, 1938
Age 36
April 13, 1970
Age 36