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William Yelverton

Male Abt 1400 - 1477  (~ 77 years)

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  • Name William Yelverton 
    Birth Abt 1400  of Rougham, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Alternate death Abt 1472  [2
    Alternate death 27 Mar 1476  [1
    Alternate death Aft 16 Nov 1476  [3
    Death 27 Mar 1477  [4
    Burial Rougham, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I13609  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of DGH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 5 Sep 2018 

    Father John Yelverton,   b. of Rackheath, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Elizabeth Reade   d. Aft 1410 
    Family ID F8546  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ela Brewes   d. Between 3 Nov and 9 Dec 1489 
    +1. Margaret Yelverton   d. Aft 11 Sep 1513
    +2. Margaret Yelverton
    +3. John Yelverton,   b. Bef 1429   bur. Austin Friars, Norwich, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F8525  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 14 Sep 2021 

  • Notes 
    • Judge of the King's Bench. Recorder of Norwich 1433-50.

      Burgess (MP) for Great Yarmouth, Norfolk in 1435 and 1436.

      From the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:

      The judge is [...] best known for his involvement in the dispute over Sir John Fastolf's will, the central preoccupation of the Paston letters. Sir William had initially been a colleague and friend of John (I) Paston, both on the duke of Norfolk's council and as an adviser, feoffee, and executor to Sir John Fastolf. The two fell out when a will made by the dying Fastolf hugely benefited Paston, and cut out Yelverton and other former trustees and executors. William Yelverton suspected foul play -- he had not, unlike Paston, reached Sir John's bedside -- and he challenged the will in the Canterbury court of audience. Although in 1467 probate was awarded to the Pastons, litigation in chancery (which again Yelverton lost) only reached judgment in 1470–71. Thereafter the families were quickly reconciled, and in 1472 began negotiating a marriage between Yelverton's grandson and John Paston's younger daughter.

      What Yelverton's motives were in the Fastolf affair is not obvious. William Worcester, an erstwhile ally, described him as 'the cursed Norfolk justice' (Itineraries, 190–91). He certainly had his fair share of acquisitiveness, and if he had been offered 'a frendelyhood' by Paston he might initially have compromised. However, it is also very probable that he felt morally obliged to protest against the subversion of Fastolf's wishes and the placing in jeopardy of the health of Sir John's soul. Sir William's genuine religious sympathy is seen elsewhere. He was especially devoted to the Virgin Mary, shown by his promoting the interests of Walsingham Priory, and he was buried before her image in the chancel of Rougham church. He was also a member of the Guild of St. George in Norwich, and was promised an individual mention among the obits in recognition of his role in arbitrating between the guild and the Norwich city authorities. 'Yelverton's mediation' ended fifty years of dispute, by effectively integrating the Guild of St George and a second prominent guild, the Batchery, with the city oligarchy.

  • Sources 
    1. [S142] Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families by Douglas Richardson. Salt Lake City, 2013.

    2. [S2164] The Paston Letters: A Selection in Modern Spelling ed. Norman Davis. 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1983.

    3. [S1587] The Visitation of Norfolk in the Year 1563 ed. Rev. G. H. Dashwood. Norwich, Norfolk: Miller and Leavins, 1878.

    4. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004-ongoing.