Sir William le Scrope

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William Bracewell Le Scrope, Sir Knight

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Bracewell, Wensley, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: February 1, 1312 (63-71)
Bracewell, Wensley, Yorkshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir William Bracewell Scrope and Constance le Scrope (de Newsom)
Husband of Constance Scrope (de Newsom)
Father of Sir Henry le Scrope, Lord Chief Justice; Margaret le Scrope; Stephen Le Scrope; Sir Geoffrey le Scrope; Elizabeth de Cleseby and 1 other
Brother of Richard Le Scrope

Occupation: Knight
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About Sir William le Scrope

Sir William Le Scrope was the son of William Le Scrope. He was born between 1245 and 1255 in Bolton or Bracewell, Wensley, Yorkshire, England. He succeeded his brother Richard Le Scrope. Sir William Le Scrope was listed as holding the manor of West Bolton in 1286. He served as Bailiff of Richmonshire in 1294. He was later knighted at the Battle of Falfirk in 1298.

He married Constance de Newsom (Gille) [born about 1249 in Newsom On Tyne, Yorkshire, England]. They had four children, including two sons, Henry Le Scrope and Geoffrey Le Scrope, from which the two great family lines of the Scropes of Bolton and the Scropes of Masham have descended.

Sir William Le Scrope died in February, 1312.

WILLIAM LE SCROPE, son and heir; of Wensley, was a witness in 1280 and 1285. Sir Thomas de Roos of Kendal and Sir William Aton, both more than 80 years of age in 1386, deposed that Sir William Scrope, father of Henry the chief justice and his brother Geoffrey, was the most noble tourneour, or bohourdeour, of his time, even before he was knighted. He held in East Bolton in 1284-85 of the Earl of Richmond, in 1285-86 in Yafforth, in 1286-87 in West Bolton, Little Bolton and East Bolton; and in 1296 obtained for himself and his heirs a grant of free warren in East and Little Bolton, Fencotes and Yarnwick. In September 1296, with Henry, he witnessed a grant by the abbot of Fountains to Harsculf de Cleseby. In 1298 he was knighted at the battle of Falkirk. He appears to have transferred the manors of East and Little Bolton to his son Henry, since by deed dated 4 June 1303 Henry granted these manors to his father William for life. He almost was dead before 1 February 1311/12.

He married Constance, certainly daughter of Thomas, son. of Gille de Newsom (k). [Complete Peerage XI:533-4, (transcribed by Dave Utzinger)]

(k) Thomas son of Gilde or Gille (no Gillo, as in the pedigrees) of Newsham, made more than one grant of land in Newsham-upon-Tees to the abbey of Rievaulx, and a further grant was made by Constance daughter of Thomas Gille of Newsham. On 8 Apr 1315 Thomas abbot of Rievaulx and Sir Henry le Scrope entered into a covenant arranging an exchange of lands etc. in East Bolton, Wensleydale and Bellerby, the property of the abbey, against lands in Newsham on Tees, the property of Scrope.

Possessed lands in Boulton, County York, 1296. He was said to be the best Knight of the whole country at jousts and tournments.

Sir William le Scrope, was bailiff to the earl of Richmond in Richmondshire.

The great-great-great-grandson of Hugh was Sir William le Scrope, of Bolton, in Wensleydale, Yorkshire, who had two sons, Henry le Scrope (d. 1336) and Geoffrey le Scrope (d. 1340), both of whom were in succession chief justice of the king's bench and prominent supporters of the court in the reign of King Edward II of England.


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Sir William le Scrope's Timeline

Bracewell, Wensley, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 23
Yorkshire, England
Age 32
Masham, Yorkshire, England
Age 32
North Yorkshire, UK
Age 36
Of, Croft, Yorkshire, England
Age 40
Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 40
February 1, 1312
Age 67
Bracewell, Wensley, Yorkshire, England