My Maternal Twenty Fifth Great Grandfather, Sir William le Boteler, Baron of Warrington

Warrington Woods


Birth: 1228
Warrington Unitary Authority
Cheshire, England

Death: 1303
Warrington Unitary Authority
Cheshire, England


William was the son of Almeric le Boteler and Alicia Gernet.
He was under age at the time of his father’s death. He was under the wardship of William, Earl of Ferrars. The earl paid a good sun of 100£ for this wardship and the marriage of his daughter to Sir William. This was a huge sum, which shows that the estates of the young heir were quite large. The record of this find reads “The king the sheriff of Lincolnshire. Know ye, that for a fine of 100£, which Earl William de Ferrars hath paid us to have the wardship of the lands and heir of Almeric le Boteler until their full age, with their marriage, we command you to give the said Earl seisin of all the lands of the said Almeric in your bailiwick.”
In 1254 (38 Henry III), William was attached to answer Roger de Heyton in a plea of trespass for breaking his close, and entering the said Roger’s turbary in Brun in Lancashire, and there throwing into a pit the turves which Roger had cut and gathered, and also ill-treating his men. In 1255, William obtained the king’s charter to hold a three day fair yearly at his manor of Warrington, on the eve, the day and the morrow of the translation of St. Thomas the martyr.

William became a knight in 1256, at which time he called himself the baron of Warrington. William built a new house which was named Bewsey or Beausey which means fair seat. When Sir William became the sheriff of Lancashire in 1256 he is called Willielmus Pincerna de Bewsey, which is the first mention on the name Bewsey. Later, 6 Feb 1259, King Henry III bestowed the honor of the governor and caste of Lancaster, but also the honor of the high sheriff of the county.
Sir William le Boteler had served the king in his campaigning against the Welsh in 10-11 Edward I or 1282-1283. An account of the campaign has the entry of payment, and William is mentioned with “To Master William le boteler for the wages of one constable, two-hundred-and-and-six archers, with ten captains of twenties, from Saturday 16 Jan 1283 to Wednesday the 27th of the same month for twelves days 22£ 4s.
On 14 Jul 1287 (15 Edward I), William le Boteler, described as of Warrington, was again summoned to appear with horse and arms at a military council to be held before Edmund, Earl of Cornwall at Gloucester which lead to the conquest of Wales. He was summoned again on 3 Jun 1291 to appear at Norham, this time to perform military service against the Scots. William was again summoned to parliament on 24 Feb 1297 to be held at Salisbury, and again on 6 Feb 1299.
William le Boteler married Dionysia, the daughter of Henry and Joanna de Lostock. He outlived his wife, and after her death, in her memory, he bestowed a large gift of twenty acres of land in Laton, to pray for the repose of her soul. William died in 1303.

The Boteler Coat of Arms

Their children were:
Henry le Boteler, who died in his father’s lifetime.
Richard, who in 1292 made a deed to which his brother Henry was a witness.
William mentioned in his father’s confirmation of the grant of Alt mill by William blundell to Whalley abbey
Isabel, married to Randle Starkey, lord of Streeton, mention in a deed by Randle that reads “I, Randle Starkey, lord of Stretton have givent to Randle my son by the lady Isabella, daughter of William Pincerna of Werington, all the land which I have in the vill of Comberback, the land and buildings in Street which Roger Hulcocke held.”
Elena, married James Banastre, son and heir apparent of Robert Banstre baron of Newton.

Family links:

Spouse: Dionysia, the daughter of Henry and Joanna de Lostock

Henry le Boteler (1254 – 1297)

St. Elphin Churchyard, Warrington, Lancashire, England

St Elphin Churchyard
Warrington Unitary Authority
Cheshire, England
Plot: The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment Chapel
Created by: Mad
Record added: Apr 05, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88082972



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