Sir William Chaworth, Kt., of Wiverton

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About Sir William Chaworth, Kt., of Wiverton

Sir Thomas had by his second wife, Isabel de Ayles-bury, five sons and as many daughters. The two elder sons, William and John, married the two co-heiresses of Sir Nicholas Bowet, but their sons dying without male heirs, Johanna, the only daughter of William, succeeded to Alfreton as heiress, and married John Ormond, Esq. In Alfreton. Church, Derbyshire, John Ormond and his wife are commemorated by a brass tablet, from which it appears that John Ormond died 1503, and the said Joan 1507. A lengthy account of Joan's ancestry is given as the "daughter and heir of William Chaworth, Knt."

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Joan Chaworth was the daughter of Sir William Chaworth (d.1467) and Elizabeth Bowett, daughter and coheir of Nicholas Bowett of Rippingale, Lincolnshire. She was the granddaughter of Sir Thomas Chaworth (d.1459), who had four sons, Sir William Chaworth (d.1467), John Chaworth (d. 1464), Sir Thomas Chaworth (d. May 1465), and George Chaworth (d.1466).

In 1465 Joan's father, Sir William, was described as 'a sickly man', unable even to ride, and died within two years. Joan's only brother, Thomas Chaworth (1457–1483), married Margaret Talbot, daughter of John Talbot, 2nd Earl of Shrewsbury, and sister of John Talbot, 3rd Earl of Shrewsbury, but he suffered a mental illness and died without issue in 1483.

Sir Thomas Chaworth's three younger sons had all also died by that time, and only the fourth son, George, left surviving male issue. John Chaworth was murdered in 1464, leaving an only son, Thomas, who died without issue in December 1485; Sir Thomas Chaworth died without issue in May 1465; and George Chaworth died in 1466, leaving a young grandson, George Chaworth (d.1521), who inherited the manors of Wiverton and Edwalton, and was ancestor of George Chaworth (d.1639), created Viscount Chaworth of Armagh in 1628. With the death of Joan's brother Thomas in 1483, the male Chaworth line was thus all but extinguished, and Joan, as her brother's heir at law, inherited most of the extensive Chaworth estates.


John Ormond married, 1485, Joan Chaworth, born about 1463, only daughter of Sir William Chaworth of Wiverton. On the death of her childless cousin Sir Thomas Chaworth in 1483, Joan was heiress to the manors of Medbourne (Leicestershire), Marnham (Nottinghamshire) and Alfreton. Sir Thomas had been married to John Ormond's first cousin Margaret Talbot daughter of the 2nd Earl of Shrewsbury and Elizabeth Butler, sister of the 5th, 6th and 7th Earls of Ormond). It was likely through the influence of his Talbot relations that John Ormond's marriage to the Chaworth heiress was secured.


  • The visitations of the county of Nottingham in the years 1569and 1614 : with many other descents of the same county by (Flower, William), d. 1588; Saint-George, Richard, Sir, d. 1635; Mundy, Richard; Withie, John; Marshall, George William, 1839-1905; College of Arms (Great Britain). “Donham.” Page 160. Archive.Org
  • The visitation of Yorkshire in the years 1563 and 1564 : made by William Flower, esquire, Norroy king of arms by Flower, William, ca. 1498-1588; Norcliffe, Charles Best; College of Arms (Great Britain). “Dunham.” Page 100-101. Archive.Org
  • His eldest son, William, who was then about 28 years old, succeeded to the bulk of the family fortunes. He had already served as sheriff of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire during his father’s lifetime, but did not achieve the same distinction as the late Sir Thomas.14
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Sir William Chaworth, Kt., of Wiverton's Timeline

May 18, 1457
Wiverton, Rushcliffe District, Nottinghamshire, England
Age 36