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William de Herle

Male Bef 1270 - 1347  (> 77 years)

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  • Name William de Herle  [1
    Born Bef 1270  of Caldecote, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Mar 1347  [4, 5, 6, 7
    Person ID I10261  Ancestry of PNH & TNH
    Last Modified 13 Nov 2016 

    Father Robert de Herle 
    Family ID F5686  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret,   d. Bef 1339 
    +1. Margaret de Herle,   d. Aft Nov 1346
    Last Modified 10 Jan 2018 19:07:42 
    Family ID F5198  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "William Herle began practising as one of the serjeants of the common bench in Michaelmas term 1299, and seems to have been one of several serjeants called to the common-bench bar at that time. Final concord authorizations and law reports show him in regular attendance in the court until 1320. His success at the bar is also shown by the fact that early in the reign of Edward II he was retained by the city of London as one of its counsel, and that in 1315 he became a king's serjeant. Early in Michaelmas term 1320 he replaced John Benstead as a junior justice of the common bench and around this time he was knighted. For three terms in 1321 he was absent from the court while sitting as a justice of the London eyre, hearing civil pleas and quo warranto cases with the chief justice, Hervey Staunton. Otherwise he served continuously as a junior justice of the common bench, until he replaced Staunton as chief justice of the same court early in Hilary term 1327. He left court after Trinity term 1329 to serve as chief justice of the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire eyres of 1330-31, but returned to the common bench, as its chief justice, in Easter term 1331; he relinquished this post at the end of Trinity term 1335, though he lived for another twelve years. [...] His heir was his son Robert, who died without issue in 1364, when the Herle lands passed to Ralph Hastings, the son of Robert's sister Margaret." [Oxford Dictionary of National Biography]

      "He was a benefactor to the monastery of Newminster, where his obit was annually solemnized." [Hodgson, citation details below.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S142] Royal Ancestry, by Douglas Richardson. Kimball G. Everingham, ed. 2013.

    2. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004-ongoing)., date only.

    3. [S70] The Victoria County History of Warwickshire. Portions online, linked from, place only.

    4. [S70] The Victoria County History of Warwickshire. Portions online, linked from, year only.

    5. [S154] The Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1915., year only.

    6. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004-ongoing).

    7. [S1389] A History of Northumberland in Three Parts, Part II, Vol. I, by John Hodgson. Newcastle: 1827., year only.