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William de Stuteville, lord of Knaresborough and Aldborough, custodian of Topcliff and

Birthplace: Cottingham, Yorkshire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: 1202 (57-66)
Cottingham, Yorkshire, England (United Kingdom)
Place of Burial: Ripon, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert III de Stuteville, lord of Cottingham and Helewise (ou Hawise) Murdac?
Husband of Bertha de Glanville
Father of Nicholas I De Stuteville
Brother of Osmond de Stuteville, progenitor of the family Stuteville of Cowesby and Gressenhall; Nicholas I de Stuteville, lord of Liddel; Burga de Stuteville; Roger d'Estouteville; Eustace de Stuteville and 5 others

Occupation: Lord of Cottingham, Sheriff of Northumberland, lord of Knaresborough and Aldborough, custodian of Topcliff and Roxburgh castles
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About William de Stuteville, lord of Knaresborough

From the Dictionary of the National Biography:


WILLIAM DE STUTEVILLE (d. 1203) was governor of Topclive Castle in 1174, and of Roxburgh Castle in 1177 (RoG. Hov. ii. 58, 133). He was a justice itinerant in Yorkshire in 1189, and in the following year was sheriff of Northumberland. He remained in England during the third crusade, and was at first a loyal supporter of Richard's interests. William de Longchamp sent him to arrest Hugh de Puiset [q. v.] in April 1190, and in 1191 made him sheriff of Lincolnshire.

Afterwards he seems to have been won over by John, and in March 1193 he joined with Hugh Bardolf in preventing Archbishop Geoffrey of York from besieging Tickhill (id. iii. 35, 135, 206). Stuteville was nevertheless reconciled to the king, and in 1194 was one of the commissioners whom Richard appointed to settle the dispute between Archbishop Geoffrey and the canons of York (MADOX, Hist. Exch. i. 33).

On the accession of John, William de Stuteville received charge of the counties of Northumberland and Cumberland (RoG. Hov. iv. 91). From the new king he received a grant of fairs at Butter-Crambe and Cottingham, and by his influence at court was able to obtain a settlement of his dispute with William de Mowbray (ib. iv. 117-18). John visited him at Cottingham.. in January 1201, and in that same year made him sheriff of Yorkshire (ib. iv. 158, 161).

Stuteville died in 1203, leaving by his wife Berta, niece of Ranulph de Glanville [q. v.], two sons Robert (d. 1205) and Nicholas (d. 1219) ; the latter had a son Nicholas, who died in 1236, and with whom the male line of William de Stuteville came to an end. From a collateral branch of the family there descended Sir William de Skipwith [q. v.]

[Roger Hoveden's Chronicle (Rolls Ser.) ; Gesta Stephani and Chronique de Jordan Fantosrae ap. Chronicles of Stephen. Henry II, and Richard I (Rolls Ser.) ; Dugdale's Baronage, i. 455 ; Nicolas's Historic Peerage, ed. Courthope, pp. 457-8; Eyton's Itinerary of Henry II; Ross's Judges of England ; authorities quoted.]

From the Celtic Casimir online family tree:


William DE STUTEVILLE Lord of Cottingham 593,800,8067,8324

Born: Abt 1140, Cottingham, East Riding Yorkshire, England

Died: 1202-1203 862

General Notes:

I was originally was following Turton, who has William as son of Robert & Sibyl de Valognes, which would make him much younger than I have him now. I have changed William's ancestry based on the information from Rosie Bevan & Curt Hofemann given below.

The following is excerpted from a post to SGM, 7 Sep 2002, by Rosie Bevan:

From: "Rosie Bevan" (rbevan AT paradise.net.nz)

Subject: Stuteville of Cottingham

Newsgroups: soc.genealogy.medieval

Date: 2002-09-07 03:43:36 PST

- William son and heir, the king's justice. Married Berta possibly granddaughter (as she appears younger than the 4 daughters and outlived them) of Ranulf de Glanville. [The Durham Liber Vitae lists "Rannulfus de Glanvile et uxor ejus Berta, Matillis, Amabilis, Helewisa, Mabilia filae eorum, et Berct"].

On the death of her son Berta's property fell to Ranulf son of Robert of Middleham, Thomas de Arderne and Hugh de Auberville who each had a third of her lands in Bramham and Leyburn. All three were sons and representatives of the daughters of Ranulph de Glanville. Hugh d.1203, leaving son and heir Robert IV who died s.p.under age in 1205. William also had an illegitimate daughter.

NOTE: I believe Rosie meant William instead of Hugh, who died in 1203, leaving Robert IV. According to a prior post by Rosie, William d. 1203.


The following information is provided in a post-em by Curt Hofemann, curt_hofemann AT yahoo.com:

This needs more research. I show this William & Nicholas who married Gunnora d'Aubigny as brothers not father & son. Source: "English Baronies, A Study of Their Origin and Descent 1086-1327" by Ivor John Sanders, 1960, Clarendon Press, Oxford.

I do note that Turton & Watney show them as father & son, but as far as credibility/reliability, I choose Sanders - my opinion only.

Baron of Cottingham [Ref: Sanders p37]

Research note: Turton also mistakenly makes Bertha (niece of Ranulph) and William de Stuteville ancestors of the later Stutevilles. [Turton, W H *The Plantagenet Ancestry* (London, 1928 [Reprint by GPC 1993]) 123, 106] [Ref: Richard Borthwick <rgbor AT cyllene.uwa.edu.au> message to soc.genealogy.medieval 1 Sep 1998]

Lord de Stuteville, who married Bertha de Glanville, probably gave the Church of Dedham, in the Hundred of Lexden, Essex, to Butley Priory, founded by Lord Ranulph de Glanville, his wife's uncle. This gift continued to be held by the Prior of Butley until the dissolution.

The Stutevilles were a great baronial house; they came in at the Conquest, and received large possessions in England. Robert de Stuteville fought against Henry I. at Tenerchebrai, and was taken prisoner. [fn 86]

The family was officially connected with the Glanvilles in the North, and a close friendship appears to have existed between the two houses. One of them married a daughter of the De Valoins, which probably cemented still closer the families.

William de Stuteville, of Gressenhall, Norfolk (a baron of the realm), espoused Margaret, daughter and heiress of Hugh de Say, of Richard's Castle, from whose descendants it passed by a female to the Talbots. The arms of Stuteville and Glanville are still to be seen at Richard's Castle.

Bertha de Stuteville (nee Glanville) brought with her, on her marriage, the lordships of Braham and Leyburn. She had two sons, Robert, ob. s.p.; and Nicholas, who succeeded his brother (7th John). He married Gunnora, daughter of Hugh de Gurney, and relict of Robert de Gant, and by her had issue Nicholas de Stuteville, who died, 17th Henry III., leaving two daughters and coheiresses - Johanna, who married Hugh de Wake; and Margaret, the wife of William Mastoc. [fn 87]

In the year 1207, Robert, son and heir of Ralph, Lord of Middleham, who married Helwisa de Glanville, daughter of Lord Ranulph de Glanville, the Chief Justiciary, gave 200 marks fine to the King for livery of the property belonging to Bertha, niece of Lord Banulph de Glanville, and wife of William de Stuteville, lying in Leyburn and Barham. [fn 86]

Banks says that the family of Skipwiths descend from a younger son of this personage

[Ref: Records of the Anglo-Norman House of Glanville from A.D. 1050 to 1880, by Wm. Urmston S. Glanville-Richard, Esq. (London: Mitchell and Hughes 1882) http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/jglanville/roanhg5.htm]

Caveat Emptor, this last ref. differs from my research in places too.


Curt 593


1. Alt. Death; 1202. 8067

Marriage Information:

William married Bertha (Emma) DE GLANVILLE, daughter of Sir Gerard DE GLANVILLE of Eye and Emma DE CUKENEY. (Bertha (Emma) DE GLANVILLE was born about 1150 in Eye, Suffolk, England.)

from fmgMedlands

2. WILLIAM de Stuteville (-after [1190/91]). The Chronicle of Meaux, in Yorkshire names "Willielmum, Nicholaum, Eustachium et Robertum" as the sons of "Robertus…de Stutevylla, quondam dominus de Cotyngham", adding that all except Nicholas died childless[836]. "Robertus de Stutevilla" confirmed donations to Rievaulx of "terram de Houetona", with the consent of "Willelmi filii mei et aliorum filiorum meorum", by undated charter witnessed by "…Johanne de Stutevilla, Nicholao de Stutevilla, Rogero de Stutevilla, Bartholomæo de Stutevilla…"[837]. [King Henry II confirmed “manerium de Leestune...et Uptonam...et [revenue from] terra de Selfleta” to “Ranulfo de Glamvilla” by undated charter, witnessed by “Ricardo de Luci, Hugone de Cressi, Roberto de Stutevill, Rogero de Stutevill, Willielmo de Stutevill”[838]. The witness William de Stuteville could have been the same William who is named in [1172]. Alternatively, he could have been Robert [III] de Stuteville’s son.] The 1190/91 Pipe Roll records "William de Stuteville (Reginald de Basset for him) renders his account; in lands granted to the K. of Scotland 100s for half a year"[839]. A charter of King John dated 3 Feb 1200 confirmed donations to Keldholm Priory, Yorkshire, including those made by “Roberti de Stutevill, et concessione Willielmi de Stutevill hæredis sui”[840].

from Early Yorkshire Charters: - the date of his birth is probably c. 1140 - Easter 1173 he was granted custody of the manors of Knaresborough and Aldeborough, granted by Henry II to hold for 3 knights service - in 1174 he had custody of Topcliff castle - in 1174 he fought with his father with the army of Yorkshire against the Scots - in 1176 he had custody of Roxburgh castle - Pipe Rolls show that he was sheriff of Northumberland in 1190 and again in 1199-1201, in Lincolnshire in 1191, in Yorkshire from 1200-1202, and of Cumberland and Westmoreland from 1199-1203 - in 1199 he was given custody of the counties of Northumberland and Cumberland and their castles - he acted as the kings justice between October 1188 and September 1194 - there is evidence that William married Berta, a nice of Ranulf de Glanville, in 1205 or 1206 William gave a third of his lands in Bramham and Leyburn for her hand. Berta died without heirs. - William de Stuteville died shortly before 4 June 1203. He was buried in the chapter house at fountains abbey. - at Michaelmas 1205 there is an accounting of William's debts, amounting to nearly 2300li

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William de Stuteville, lord of Knaresborough's Timeline

Cottingham,East Riding,Yorkshire,England
Cottingham, Yorkshire, England
- 1176
Age 34
Topcliffe, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Age 37
Roxburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 49
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
- 1191
Age 50
Northumberland, United Kingdom
Age 51
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
- 1194
Age 54
York, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
- January 1201
Age 59
Northumberland and Cumberland, United Kingdom