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William Gulby, Esq.

Birthplace: Kent, England, United Kingdom
Death: 1439 (68-70)
Kent, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Husband of Margret Gulby and Joan Gulby
Father of Margaret Waller

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About William Gulby, Esq.

Children: 1. Margaret GULBY b: 1397 in Kent, England

William Gulby was born circa 1370 (source needed), probably in Kent.

He fought at Agincourt in 1415, in the retinue of Sir William Bourchier, and was buried in the church at Orpington in 1439.

He had a wife named JOAN (it's not known whether this was his only wife) and at least one child, a daughter [variously referred to as SYLVIA or MARGARET], who married Richard Waller, who reportedly also fought at Agincourt.

His grave marker in Orpington reportedly had a brass plate reading, in part, "William Gulby, esq. obt. 1439."


From History of the Battle of Agincourt, by Sir Nicholas Harris Nicolas: SIR WILLIAM BOURCHIER, WITH HIS RETENU. Monsr Roger Aston Monsr Richard Walgrave Monsr John Suert Thomas Arblastier John Newland. Walter Verney John Hampton. Guy Duke. Richard Halys. Edward Mackwilliam. William Franceys. Richard Kempe. Rauf Boteler WILLIAM GULBY. William Mareys Walter Haket Thomas Spencer Johll Gryffeth. William Tendrynge. John Gaywode. John Saxton. John a Thomas Nicholas Gomond


Here is a description of Gulby's monument at Orpington, from Edward Hasted’s history of Kent:

“ORPINGTON is within the ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION of the diocese of Rochester. It is a peculiar of the archbishop of Canterbury, and as such is in the deanry of Shoreham.

In this church, among others monuments and inscriptions are the following: …On a grave stone, a brass plate and inscription in black letter, for William Gulby, esq. obt. 1439; underneath, a shield of arms, a chevron between three cross molines.”


The following “plea of covenant” document shows that he had a wife named JOAN in 1436, and connects him with property at Chelsfield, Orpington, and St Mary Cray.


Note: In this period, the parties were almost always described as the querent(s) (the party who initiated the fictitious legal action that was being settled by the agreement) and the deforciant(s) (the party against whom the action had been brought). Most commonly, the property was being conveyed by the deforciant to the querent, though this was not always the case.

CP 25/1/115/311, number 427. Link: Image of document at AALT

County: Kent. Place: Westminster. Date: One month from St Michael, 15 Henry VI [27 October 1436]. Parties: John Symond', Richard Waller, Richard Jay and John Hore, querents, and William Gulby, esquire, and Joan, his wife, deforciants. Property: 3 messuages, 320 acres of land, 3 acres of meadow, 40 acres of pasture, 12 acres of wood, 7 shillings and 7 pence of rent and a rent of 4 hens and 60 eggs in Chellesfeld', Orpyngton' and Cray of the Blessed Mary. Action: Plea of covenant. Agreement: William and Joan have acknowledged the tenements and rent to be the right of John Hore, as those which the same John, John Symond', Richard and Richard have of their gift. For this: John, Richard, Richard and John have granted to William and Joan the tenements and rent and have rendered them to them in the court, to hold to William and Joan and the heirs of the body of Joan, of John, Richard, Richard and John and the heirs of John Hore for ever, rendering yearly 1 rose at the feast of the Nativity of St John the Baptist, and doing to the chief lords all other services. In default of such heirs, the tenements and rent shall revert to John, Richard, Richard and John and the heirs of John Hore, quit of the other heirs of Joan, to hold of the chief lords for ever.

Standardised forms of names. (These are tentative suggestions, intended only as a finding aid.) Persons: John Simon, Richard Waller, Richard Jay, John Hoare, William Gulby, Joan Gulby Places: Chelsfield, Orpington, St Mary Cray



The history and topographical survey of the county of Kent, second edition, volume 2 Canterbury, by Edward Hasted, 1797


Abstracts of Feet of Fines at medievalgenealogy.org.uk:


The Ancestry of Mary Isaac, c. 1549-1613: Wife of Thomas Appleton of Little Waldingfield, co. Suffolk... by Walter Goodwin Davis (Portland, Maine: 1955.), p. 83, Los Angeles Public Library, 929.2 I73.

History of the Battle of Agincourt, by Sir Nicholas Harris Nicolas, 1827

The history and antiquities of the county of Buckingham, Volume 3 [Pedigree: Waller of Beaconsfield], by George Lipscomb

William Gulby who fought at Agincourt in the retinue of Sir William Bouchier, and who was buried in the church of Orpington in 1439, the arms on his brass being *Azure*, a chevron *or* between three mill-rind crosses *argent*.
In Orpington church, on a grave stone, is a brass plate and inscription in black letter, for William Gulby, esq. obt. 1439; underneath, a shield of arms, a chevron between three cross molines.

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William Gulby, Esq.'s Timeline

Kent, England, United Kingdom
Speldhurst Church, Tonbridge Wells, Kent, England (United Kingdom)
Age 69
Kent, England, United Kingdom