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  • Born: Mansell Gamage, Weobley, Herefordshire, England
  • Married:
  • Died: Shortly before 13 Feb 1237

  General Notes:

Compiler's 23/25 x great-grandfather

  Research Notes:

William, the younger son, succeeded to Mansell Gamage. In 1194 [his older brother] Mathew's estates were taken into royal hands (possibly for supporting Count John) but were restored by September 1198, together with new lands in Staffordshire, such as Tattenhall and Wigginton. Mathew however chose to remain in Normandy at the separation of 1204, leaving his younger brother [William] with the difficult task of reclaiming those Gamage lands which the king had granted to others.

A letter close of July 1205 directs the sheriff of Hereford to have custody of Mathew's "domus" at Boughrood ("Bouret"). A certain Walter, constable of the castle, was directed to deliver it and Mathew's lands to Walter de Clifford. In December of the following year the latter was instructed to hand over the castle ("Boskeret") to the custody of Roger II de Tony, lord of Flamstead, whose grandson, Ralph, was to be granted the honours of Colwyn and Painscastle in Elfael in 1233. For William de Gamages the process of recovery was slow, but in March 1218 the new king instructed the sheriff of Hereford without delay you are to let our faithful and beloved William de Gamages have such seisin of his lands of Boughrood, of which he was disseised due to the war, as he had at its beginning". Boughrood at least was his. Other letters close indicate that William eventually recovered the remainder of his brother's estate at Stottesden and Dilwyn in Herefordshire. He had even increased his share ­ John had granted him crown lands in Gloucestershire and part of the manor of Cotesmere in Rutland. He was granted custody of Ludlow in 1225. On his death, before 1240, his son Godfrey succeeded to Mansell Gamage and his other estates... 1


29 Nov 1217

William de Gamages and Isabella, his wife, Geoffrey de Longchamp and Isabella, his wife, and Payn of Burghill and Dulcia, his wife, give the king 20 m. for having seisin of the manor of Westbury as of the right and inheritance of the women. Order to the sheriff of Gloucestershire that, having accepted security for paying the 20 m. to the king, he is to cause them to have full seisin of the manor and its appurtenances within his bailiwick. Witness the same earl.

Calendar of Fine Rolls, 2 Hen. III, 10


1223, Gloucester

Radulfus de Wiliton, Ricardus de Lokinton, Henricus le Droeis, et Radulfus de Chaundos, assignati sunt justiciarii ad assisam ultime presentationis ecclesie de Dene capiendam apud Gloucestre die Lune promima post festum Sancti Johannis Baptiste, inter Willelmum de Dene et Galfridum de Longo Campo et Ysabellam uxorern ejus, Willelmum de Gamages et Lisotam uxorem ejus, Paganum de Burghull et Basiliam uxorem ejus, et Thomam, personam de Westbiry et de Newenham. Et mandatum est vicecomiti Gloucestrie quod assisam illam predictis die et loco coram eis venire faciat.

Calendar of Patent Rolls, Hen. III, vol. 1, p. 395



William de Gamages to Hubert de Burgh, justiciar: the expenses of keeping Ludlow castle; re-seisin of Cottesmore, Rutland, taken from him by the earl of Chester. 2


18 Jun 1229

The king has granted to William de Gamages that, of the 5 m. which are exacted from him by summons of the Exchequer, in which he was amerced before four knights in the county court of Gloucestershire for disseisin, he may render 22s. at the Exchequer at Michaelmas in the thirteenth year, 22s. at Easter in the fourteenth year, and 22s. 8d. at Michaelmas in the same year. Order to the sheriff of Gloucestershire to permit him to have those terms, as aforesaid.

Calendar of Fine Rolls, 13 Hen. III, 227


27 Jan 1230

The king has pardoned to William de Gamages 8 m. of the 18 m. which he owes him for the prest of Ireland and Wales made to him in the time of King John , and has granted that he may render 2 m. per annum of the remaining 10 m. until the aforesaid 10 m. are paid to the king in full. Order to the barons of the Exchequer to cause him to be quit of 8 m. and permit him to answer, as aforesaid, for the remaining 10 m.

Calendar of Fine Rolls, 14 Hen. III, 58


12 Jun 1233

Order to the sheriff of Herefordshire not to distrain William de Gamages for the debts he exacts from him by summons of the Exchequer, because William has mainperned before the king that he will answer by his hand at the Exchequer for the aforesaid debts at the terms given to him.

Calendar of Fine Rolls, 17 Hen. III, 218


13 Feb 1237, Sutton, Gloucestershire

Godfrey de Gamages has made fine with the king by 100s. for his relief. Order to the sheriff of Gloucestershire that, having accepted security for the aforesaid 100s., he is to cause him to have full seisin of the lands which William de Gamages, his father, held of the king in Meon and Little Dymock on the day he died.

Calendar of Fine Rolls, 21 Hen. III, 58

  Marriage Information:

William married Lisabet DE MINERS, daughter of Henry DE MINERS and Agnes..


1 Welsh Journals Online, Radnorshire Society transactions, Vol. 38, Boughrod in the Middle Ages, by I. W. Rowlands.

2 UK National Archives, reference SC 1/1/100.

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