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William de Alfreton (fitzRanulf), Sheriff of Nottingham and Derby

Also Known As: "William FitzRalph", "of Alfreton", "fitzRanulph"
Birthplace: Wellbeck, Nottinghamshire, England
Death: circa 1185 (32-41)
Welbeck, Nottinghamshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Ranulf de Alfreton, Sheriff of Nottingham and Derby and Amicia Avenel, of Haddon
Husband of Idonea de Blackwell
Father of Isabella de Alfreton
Brother of Robert de Alfreton, Lord of Alfreton, Norton & Marnham and Avice fitzRanulf de Alfreton

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About William de Alfreton, Sheriff of Nottingham and Derby


From https://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=ancestorsearch&id...

William FitzRalph. He was the son of Ranulph fitzIngelram and Amicia Avenel de Haddon. He married Idonea de Blackwell. It appears their only child was Isabel.

From Robert Thoroton, 'Billeby and Ranby', in Thoroton's History of Nottinghamshire: Volume 3, Republished With Large Additions By John Throsby, ed. John Throsby (Nottingham, 1796), pp. 446-447. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/thoroton-notts/vol3/pp446-447 [accessed 13 October 2019].

(fn. 4) Isabella, the daughter of William Fitz-Ranulf, sometime wife of John de Orreby, gave and confirmed to the canons of Wellebec the mill of Bileby, which William Fitz-Ranulf her father, gave, with his body there to be buried, and the moyety of the mill of Blackwell, which Idonea her mother gave to the said canons, with her body there to be buried also.


Not to be confused with a different William fitz Ralph (1140 - 1200)

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_FitzRalph

William FitzRalph was the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the Royal Forests from 1169 to 1177.[2] After, he was the seneschal of Normandy for 22 years under two dukes of Normandy, Henry II and Richard I, from 1178 to 1200 ...

  • Other names: Guillaume fils Raoul
  • Parents: Ralph FitzGeremund and Hawise
  • Wife: Edelina
  • Issue: 1 son & 3 daughters: Robert FitzRalph; Edelina; Matilda de Salicosa Mara; Avicia
  • Ref: Statham, S. P. H. (1926). "Later descendants of Domesday holders of land in Derbyshire" (PDF). Journal of the Derbyshire Archaeological and Natural History Society. 48: 60. Retrieved 13 October 2019 link pdf Page 59 - 60



The FitzRanulf family was descended from the Saxon Earl Ingram. Ranulf (Ralf) de Alfreton was the son of Ingram and served twice (1155-1156 and 1160-1164) as Sheriff of Nottingham and Derby during the reign of Henry II.

Ralf had two sons, William and Robert , both of whom, like their father, became Sheriff of Nottingham and Derby. Robert served from 1165 to 1168 and William from 1169 to 1176. They served jointly as Sheriff from 1177 to 1179.

The family was greatly favoured by King Henry II.

Robert FitzRanulf was Lord of Alfreton, Norton and Marnham. He later took the name of ‘de Alfreton’.

Sometime between 1172 AD and 1176 AD, Robert made a gift of land to a group of monks to set up an abbey in Beauchief. The abbey was dedicated to St. Mary (The Virgin) and St. Thomas the Martyr (Thomas Becket). It is believed that Robert had some involvement in the murder of Beckett. He also gave the Abbey the churches of Alfreton and Norton.

By 1183 Robert had passed on his titles to his son William and had become a priest and joined the order at Beauchief Abbey.

William FitzRanulf became Lord of Alfreton and Norton in 1180 AD. William was also a benefactor of Beauchief Abbey, giving the abbey the mill at Coal Aston.

When William’s daughter Alice married Sir Radulphus, first Lord of Ecclesall, some of the Alfreton estate passed over in the form of a dowry. The lands and titles passed directly to Robert (2) and in turn to his son Thomas.

Thomas had no male heirs to carry on the family name and rights and so on his death, the titles and properties passed through Robert’s daughters when they married. Alicia married Sir William de Chaworth and Amicia married Robert de Lathom.

From http://www.disnorge.no/slektsforum/viewtopic.php?p=62728

‘William son of Ranulf', confirmed gift by his father of the church of Osberton to the canons of the church of St. Mary and St. Cuthbert of Wyrkesop [confirmed by his descendant Thomas de Chaworth ca. 1260-1287] - A2A, Nottinghamshire Archives: Foljambe of Osberton: Deeds and Estate Papers [DD/FJ/1/1 - DD/FJ/1/194], DD/FJ/1/24/8[3]


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Wellbeck, Nottinghamshire, England
Wellbeck, Nottinghamshire, England
Age 37
Welbeck, Nottinghamshire, England