Sir William DE FIENNES of Herstmonceux, Knt.
- Born: 2 Feb 1331/2, Herstmonceux, Sussex, England
- Married: 12 Nov 1351, Sawbridgeworth, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
- Died: 2 Dec 1359
Orthographic variations: FENES, FENYS, FYENES, FIENLES, FYENLES
William de Fiennes (or Fenys, Fienles), Knt., of Herstmonceaux, Sussex, Compton Monceux, Hampshire, White Waltham, Berkshire, and Ascot (in Great Milton), Oxfordshire, 2nd but eldest surviving son and heir of John de Fiennes, Knt., of White Waltham, Berkshire, Knight of the Shire of Sussex, by Maud, daughter of John de Monceaux, knt. 1
[Order to the escheators in the counties of Sussex, Oxford, Berks and Southampton, to take into the king's hand and keep safely until further order all the lands whereof] William de Feynles, [who held in chief, was seised in his demesne as of fee on the day of his death, and to make inquisitions touching his land and heir.]
Calendar of Fine Rolls, 34 Edw. III., p. 131
To John Froille escheator in Oxfordshire. Order to take into the king's hand the manors of Escote and Lynham together with the issues thereof taken since the death of Adam de Shareshill, and to deliver them with the said issues to Stephen de Valence and Joan his wife to hold during the life; as on 8 April last by divers letters patent the king committed to William Gamboun the keeping of a messuage and two carucates of land in the town of Ascote, and to William Hervy the keeping of a messuage and two carucates of land in the town of Lynham, which are of the heritage of John de Fienes a minor in the king's wardship, and were in the king's hand by the death of the said Adam, who held the same for life of that heritage, to hold with the issues thereof for set yearly farms until the lawful age of John de Fienes; and after it was found by inquisition, taken by the escheator at the king's command, that Joan Fienles long ago held the same manors in her demesne as of fee, and after espoused the said Adam, that the said Adam and Joan and to the heirs of the said Joan, that the said Adam overlived his said wife and by virtue of the said grant held the said manor for life with reversion to William Fienles, son and heir of John Fienles son and heir of the said Joan Fienles, that William de Fienles gave the said reversion to Richard de Chiderle clerk and John Cramphorn and to their heirs, to whom the said Adam attorned himself, that after the said Richard, who overlived John Cramphorn, gave the said reversion to the said William Fienles (now deceased) and Joan his wife, whom Stephen de Valence has now taken to wife, and to the heirs of the said William de Fienles, and the said Adam likewise attorned himself to them...
Calendar of Close Rolls, 44 Edw. III., p. 156
William married Joan DE SAY, daughter of Sir Geoffrey DE SAY, 2nd Baron de Say, and Maud DE BEAUCHAMP, on 12 Nov 1351 in Sawbridgeworth, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England. (Joan DE SAY was born in Sawbridgeworth, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England and died on 29 Jun 1378.)