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  • ID: I37897
  • Name: William FitzWilliam 1
  • Sex: M
  • Death: ABT 1452
  • Residence: Dundrum
  • Note: 1

    On 28 Sep 1442, Fitzwilliam seized Baggotrath Castle back for himself and his wife's family, murdering the executor, see [Ball, vol.2, 1903]. Pardoned.
    As an ancestor of the Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery. William Fitzwilliam connects Baggotrath with the present lord of the soil. But after his death there was an interregnum in the Fitzwilliams' ownership of Baggotrath, and during the greater part of the 15th century the seat of that family was at Dundrum, which "is also portion of the Earl of Pembroke's estate, and had been acquired by the Fitzwilliams before that time. At Baggotrath William Fitzwilliam's successor was Sir Edward Perrers, a much favoured servant of the Crown, whose title to the castle and lands was obtained more by might than right. His name proclaims his relationship to the historic beauty of Edward the Third's court, "the lovely lady of the sun," Alice Perrers, and his association with this country had probably its origin in the fact that her husband, Sir William Windsor, had been sometime its chief governor. As Sir Edward Perrers' daughter had married the head of the Fitzwilliam family of that day, another William Fitzwilliam, Sir Edward Perrers' occupation of Baggotrath was unchallenged, as was also that of his widow, who died there.
    But after her death when one of her executors, the Chief Baron of the Exchequer, James Cornwalsh, an overbearing and truculent official, had taken up his residence in the castle, William Fitzwilliam, confident in the justness of his cause, as the descendant of one owner and the son-in-law of another, determined to regain Baggotrath by force. He descended, as a legal document relates, from Dundrum one Michaelmas Eve on the castle, accompanied by a multitude of men in warlike array armed with swords, bows, lances, and clubs, and entered the castle hall where, in the peace and quiet of his Lord the King, the Chief Baron was according to his usual custom sitting at supper with his servants. He had come that day from Dunboyne, where he had another residence, for the purpose of holding the Michaelmas sittings of his court, and when William Fitzwilliam and his followers burst upon him his mind was doubtless occupied with the business of the morrow. Resistance, was, however, offered to the intruders, and in the melée the Chief Baron was killed. Of his death William Fitzwilliam was held blameless. A full and free pardon was granted to him, and Baggotrath, as well as his other property, was confirmed to him.
  • _UID: 8A5BC168820F42DA98CED35FC7C19A9F1427
  • Change Date: 5 OCT 2007

    Father: John FitzWilliam

    Marriage 1 Ismaia Perrers
    • Married: 1450 in Dundrum Castle
    1. Has Children Thomas FitzWilliam

    1. Type: Web Site
      Author: Jorge H. Castelli
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