(Est 1345-)
Sir John MORTIMER, Knt.
Robert CRESSENER, Esq.
(Est 1370-1410)
William CRESSENER of Boxted Cross, Esq.
(Abt 1431-1496)


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Dame Margaret NEVILLE

William CRESSENER of Boxted Cross, Esq. 1 2

  • Born: 25 Nov 1392, Suffolk, England
  • Married: Before 5 Nov 1427
  • Died: Shortly before 16 May 1454
  • Buried: Sudbury, Suffolk, England

  Research Notes:

28 Jan 1411, Westminster

Commission by mainprise of Richard Alreed and Richard Chaumberlayn, both of the county of Suffolk, to Richard Waldegrave, 'chivaler,' and Joan his wife, Richard Mauncell and Nicholas Blundell, clerks, of the keeping of all manors, lands,rents and services late of Robert Cressoner, tenant in chief, in the counties of Essex, Suffolk and Huntingdon during the minority of William Cressoner his son and heir, with the marriage of the latter without disparagement, and so from heir to heir, rendering to the king 200 marks, viz. 100 marks at Easter next, 50 marks at Michaelmas following and 50 marks at Easter following, finding a competent maintenance for the heir...

Calendar of Patent Rolls, Hen. IV, vol. 4, p. 278


10 Jul 1427, Westminster

John Baker of Colsterworth, co. Lincoln, clerk, for not appearing before the king's justices of the Bench to answer William Cressoner, esquire, touching a plea of trespass.

Calendar of Patent Rolls, Hen. VI, vol. 1, p. 370


C 143/448/21 William Cressenere, Esq., Robert Cavendyssh, John Coo, Thomas Heygham, and Henry Trace to grant their manor in Stetchworth called Patemeres to the prior and convent of Ely, retaining land in Thriplow. Camb. 17 HENRY VI. [1439] 3


Abstract of the Last Will and Testament of Wylliam Cressener of the Town of Cross in Boxted in the County of Suffolk, Esq., written 31 Mar 1444, proved May 1454. 4

Wills that Dame Margaret his wife have all his manors, lands, tenements, rents &c. for the term of her life and after her death all his lands beforesaid remain to his son Alexander and his heirs forever.

Wills that his son John, after the death of his mother, have to him and his heirs legally begotten his manors called Clees? and . . . . . . . in the county of Essex with all their appurtenances... And in default of heirs the remainder goes to John's brother Alexander and his heirs. Also wills to his son John and his heirs his manor in the parish of Boxtede in the county of Suffolk with all its appurtenances. And in default of issue, the remainder goes wholly to Alexander his brother and his heirs....


16 May 1454

Writs of diem clausit extremum after the death of ... William Cressiner, esquire, directed to the escheators in Norfolk, Essex, Huntingdon & Suffolk.

Calendar of Fine Rolls, 32 Hen. VI, p. 56


5 Nov 1454

Order to the escheator in the county of Essex to take the fealty of Alexander Cressener, son and heir of William Cressener esquire, and cause him to have full seisin of all the lands in the bailiwick, which the said William held of the king in chief or was seised of in his demesne as of fee on the day of his death as the king for 6s. 8d. paid in the hanaper has respited his homage until the feast of All Saints next.
Order in like terms to the escheator in the county of Suffolk, omitting the clause touching the taking of fealty.

Calendar of Fine Rolls, 33 Hen. VI, p. 118

  Marriage Information:

William married Dame Margaret NEVILLE, daughter of Ralph NEVILLE, 1st Earl Westmoreland, 4th Baron Neville, and Lady Margaret STAFFORD, before 5 Nov 1427. (Margaret NEVILLE died on 3 Mar 146/4 and was buried in Austin Friars Church, Clare, Suffolk, England.)


1 The Visitations of Essex &c. - Part II, by Hawley, 1552, Hervey, 1558, Cooke, 1570, Raven, 1612, and Owen and Lilly, 1634. To which are added Miscellaneous Essex pedigrees from various Harleian manuscripts: and an appendix containing Berry's Essex pedigrees (1878), Tufnell, p. 721.

2 Foundations for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands, Margaret.

3 soc.genealogy.medieval, William Cressener (1392-1454), Husband of Margaret, Lady Scrope of Bolton.

4 England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11/1/256.

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