Sir William le Latimer, Knt.

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Sir William le Latimer, Knt., whose ancestry and wife are unknown (or not traced here), died before 22 November 1268.1

"Sir William le Latimer, Knt. comes into prominence as a royal officer about the middle of the reign of Henry III. He was Sheriff of Yorkshire from July 1254, being reappointed in 1258, and continuing till May 1260. He was appointed again in May 1266, and appears to have acted till Christmas 1267, though in Michaelmas 1267 his son William was his deputy. He was appointed escheator north of Trent 14 November 1258.

"He may be the William Ie Latimer who in 1242 was sued by the Prior of Pontefract concerning a holding in Dodsworth, and the William who in 1251/2 had a dispute with the parson of Donnington about pasture right in Silkstone.

"In Jan. 1252/3 William de Latimer and his heirs had a charter of free warren in their manor of Scampston, and a weekly market and yearly fair there, and in November 1259 a similar grant for Helpringham, co. Lincoln. In January 1257/8 he was summoned for military service. In 1259, for a fine of 1,200 marks, he obtained the custody of the lands and heirs of Hugh de Morewick.

"From 1260 onwards he appears to have enjoyed the King's special favour. In August of that year he was one of the King's messengers to the King and Queen of Scotland bearing an invitation to them to return with the messengers on a visit to Henry III, and in September, as the King's knight, he took oath on the King's soul that if the Queen was pregnant she should be taken back to Scotland whenever the King of Scots wished, and if she gave birth to a child in England that she and the child should return to Scotland without hindrance. In November 1260 he was abroad on the King's business, and again in November 1262, being described as a knight. In October 1263 he and another were authorized to compromise in the King's name with Louis IX of France touching all contentions between the King and his nobles, and was one of the King's party at the award of Louis 23 January I263/4.

"He appears to have been living 8 November 1268, when William Ie Latimer the younger is mentioned, but died before 22 November 1268, when the escheators were ordered to give up to William, his son and heir, all the father's goods in the King's hand on account of his debts while Sheriff of York, on giving bail to be answerable to the King. The name of his wife has not been ascertained."2


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  1. [S2054] George Edward Cokayne, The Complete Peerage: Or a History of the House of Lords and All Its Members From the Earliest Times: Revised and Much Enlarged (13 in 14 vols., London, England: The St. Catherine Press, 1910-1940), 7:461 (Latimer), further cited as CP.
  2. [S2054] CP, 7:460-461 (Latimer).