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William Welles, Knight

Also Known As: "William de Welles"
Birthdate: (53)
Birthplace: Welles, Lincolnshire, England
Death: 1463 (49-57)
Immediate Family:

Son of Eudes de Welles and Maud de Greystoke, Lady Gainsby
Husband of Anne Barnewall
Father of Ismay Welles; Helen Chevers; Elizabeth Welles; Elinor Chevers and Thomas Welles
Brother of Lionel de Welles, 6th Baron Welles; Anne Lawrence and Anne Welles

Occupation: Knight, Lord Chancelor of Ireland, Lord Chancellor of Ireland
Managed by: Ann Margrethe Nilsen
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About Sir William Welles, Lord Chancellor of Ireland

Sir William Welles ( 1409/10-1463 ) was an English-born statesman and judge in fifteenth-century Ireland, who held the office of Lord Chancellor of Ireland: he was the brother of Lionel de Welles, 6th Baron Welles, a prominent supporter of the House of Lancaster, who was killed at the Battle of Towton.[1]

  • 'Sir William de Welles1
  • 'M, #46835, b. circa 1410
  • Father Eudo de Welles1 b. c 1387, d. b 26 Jul 1417
  • Mother Maud Greystoke1
  • ' Sir William de Welles was born circa 1410 at of Well, Lincolnshire, England. He married Anne Barnewall circa 1431.2
  • 'Family Anne Barnewall b. c 1412
  • Citations
  • 1.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 758.
  • 2.[S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
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  • 'Sir William Welles1
  • M, #217503
  • Last Edited=27 Mar 2012
  • ' Sir William Welles married Anne Barnewall.1
  • ' He held the office of Lord Chancellor [Ireland] in 1461.1
  • 'Child of Sir William Welles
    • 1.Kate Welles+2
  • 'Children of Sir William Welles and Anne Barnewall
    • 1.Elizabeth Welles+1 d. b 26 Apr 1506
    • 2.Ismay Welles+3
  • Citations
  • 1.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume XII/1, page 9. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 2.[S47] Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd, editor, Burke's Irish Family Records (London, U.K.: Burkes Peerage Ltd, 1976), page 1154. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Irish Family Records.
  • 3.[S5792] Robin Dening, "re: Rochfort Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger LUNDY (101053), 2 January 2012. Hereinafter cited as "re: Rochfort Family."
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  • Maud GREYSTOKE (B. Welles)
  • Born: ABT 1340, Ravensworth, Yorkshire, England
  • Father: Ralph GREYSTOKE (5º B. Greystoke of Greystoke)
  • Mother: Catherine CLIFFORD (B. Greystoke of Greystoke)
  • Married: Eudo De WELLES (B. Welles)
  • Children:
    • 1. Lionel De WELLS (B. Welles)
    • '2. William De WELLES
    • 3. Mary De WELLES
  • From: GREYSTOKE (B. Welles)
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  • 1475-76 (15 & 16 Edw. 4)
  • c. 71 [P.R.O. vol. 4]
  • 'Inquisition taken on death of Anne Barnewall, late wife of Sir William Welle's, formerly wife of John Darcy of Platin, to be void
  • Repealed
  • 28/2007, ss. 2, 3 and Schedule 2, Part 1
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  • 'Calendar of the patent and close rolls of chancery in Ireland (1861) Vol. 1
  • Pg. 79
  • Membrane 13.
  • 108. Exemplification of the enrolment of a deed, dated 5th January, 3° Edward IV., on the Memoranda Rolls of the Exchequer, on the petition of Sir George Flemynge, of Stevenston, knight, whereby John Fleming, William Waringe, and Thomas Yonge,
  • Pg. 80
  • 32, 33
  • Hen. VIII.
  • chaplains, declare that they have given to 'Anne, late wife of Sir William Welles, knight, deceased', all the messuages, lands, and tenements which they had, amongst others, by the gift and feoffment of the said 'William', in Stevenston, Judgeston, Personeston, Newtown of Rathbran, Monteneston, Doweston, and Dandleston, 48 acres in Knyghton, 6 acres in Fudeston, 24 acres in Peverelston, 16 acres in Pierston, in the parish of Inchemoght ; 80 acres in Frencheston, 26s. 6d. issuing out of Heyroneston, 40 acres in Rathraynolde, near .Siddan, and 8 messuages, with the appurtenances in the town of Trim, in the county of Meath ; To hold to the said 'Anne for the term of her life', with remainder to Richard Welles and his heirs male, remainder to Thomas Welles and his heirs male, remainder to Robert Welles and his heirs male, remainder to Elizabeth, wife of Christopher Plunket, Lord of Killen, Elizabeth, wife of Walter Chever, and Ismay, wife of Thomas Nangle, daughters of said 'William Wellis, and their heirs for ever. And they declare that they have given to the said Anne' the lands of Dromsaury, Portneston, and Ballyshytruk, in the county of Meath ; To hold for her life, with remainder to Thomas Welles and his heirs male, remainder to Robert Welles and his heirs male, remainder to Richard Welles and his heirs male, remainder to the daughters of 'William Welles' ; To hold for ever. The order for exemplification is signed by Bartholomew Dillon, Chief Baron of the Exchequer, and dated Nov. 12, 10°.
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  • 1462 (2 Edw. 4) c. 12 [P.R.O. vol. 3]
  • Confirmation of letters patent to Sir William Welles of offices of Chancellor and Chief Butler of Ireland
  • 1463 (3 Edw. 4 No. 2) c. 10 [P.R.O. vol. 3]
  • Regulations as to prises of wines to be taken by Sir William Welles, Chief Butler of Ireland
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Lord Chancelor of Ireland

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Husband's Name

William WELLES ;[SIR KNIGHT] (AFN:FC2M-S5)  Pedigree   
Born:  Abt 1410  Place:  Well, Lincolnshire, England   
Father:  Eudo WELLES (AFN:9BBZ-M9)  Family  
Mother:  Maud Or Matilda De GREYSTOK (AFN:9BBZ-NG)   


Wife's Name

Anne BARNEWALL (AFN:FC2M-TB)  Pedigree  

Born: Abt 1415 Place: Of, Crickston, Meath, Ireland





1. Sex Name

 F Elizabeth WELLES (AFN:858G-MM)  Pedigree   
   Born:  Abt 1446   Place:  , , Meath, Ireland   
   Died:  1491/1492   Place:  
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Sir William Welles, Lord Chancellor of Ireland's Timeline

Welles, Lincolnshire, England
Age 30
Age 32
Navan, , Meath, Ireland
Age 38
Meath, Ireland
Age 40
Newcastle, County Meath, Leinster, Ireland
Age 43
Age 53