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William de Stuteville

Birthplace: Burton Agnes, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Cowsby, Thirsk, North Riding Yorkshire, England
Place of Burial: Yorkshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Osmond de Stuteville and Isabel de Gressinghall
Husband of Margaret de Say of Richard's Castle, Baroness of Burford
Father of Annabel de Stuteville and Margery de Stuteville
Half brother of Roger de Stuteville, Sheriff of Northumberland; Alice de Huntingfield; Sir Roger de Huntingfield; Sarah (Huntingfield) de Keynes and Isabel de Huntingfield

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About William de Stuteville


On 23 November 1219 Margaret Say married her third and final husband, William Stuteville, who was to hold Richard's Castle and Burford until his death in 1259, much to the eventual chagrin of Margaret's son and heir, Hugh Mortimer. William's career as Lord of Burford does not seem to have been very eventful, and we can expect little capital was expended on the borough or castle as it was to be held only for William's lifetime and was repeatedly claimed by William's son-in-law, Hugh Mortimer. By holding the castles of Richard's Castle, Stapleton, and maybe Bleddfa, William Stuteville was a marcher baron and as such it is no surprise to find Robert Bund receiving 6d from the king on 1 October 1226 for going to visit Hugh Mortimer (of Wigmore) and William Stuteville.

At Easter 1242, Hugh, the son of Robert Mortimer, launched a determined attempt to gain his mother's lands, probably on the occasion of her death. The attempt failed, but in 1243 Hugh was granted his mother's hereditary lands of Homme (Hamme) and Clifton on Teme in Worcestershire and Cascob (Cascope) in Radnorshire as a settlement by his father-in-law. It is interesting that no castle was mentioned at Homme and it may be presumed that the old motte of Richard Fitz Scrope set in the now peaceful Worcestershire had long been derelict. The same is probably true of Tenbury, or Burford motte. the town of Tenbury Wells offering far better accommodation to the Lord of Burford than an ancient and obsolete castle.

William Stuteville died before 20 May 1259, when Sir Hugh Mortimer, aged 40, inherited Richard's Castle and the BURFORD BARONY.


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William de Stuteville's Timeline

Burton Agnes, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 21
East Riding, Yorkshire, , England
Age 35
Gressenhall, Mitford, Norfolk, England
May 20, 1259
Age 70
Cowsby, Thirsk, North Riding Yorkshire, England
Yorkshire, England