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475352. Sir William Norreys & 475353. Lady Jane de Vere

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1438, William born in England, s/o 950704. Sir John Norreys & 950705. Alice Merbroke.

~1445, Jane born in England; d/o 950706. John de Vere & 950707. Elizabeth Howard.

7/10/1460, William, at the battle of Northampton. (S) The Knights of England, 1906. Yorkist forces numbering over 20,000 faced a smaller royal army with their backs against the river Nene. The battle lasted less than an hour. 300 Lancastrians were killed. The King was captured. William was knighted after the battle.

3/29/1461, William, a Lancanstrian, at the battle of Towton. Yorkist forces, with a wind at their back in a blinding snow storm giving their archers and spearmen a significant advantage, began the battle of Towton, Yorkshire. In 6 hours thousands fell to the sword, lance, and spear. This battle was the largest and bloodiest fought on British soil. As many as 28,000 died at the battle.

6/28/1461, Edward IV crowned king of England.

8/1461, William the steward of the royal manors of Cookham and Bray, adjoing the families Ockwells estate.

William married Jane.

9/1466, William’s father died.

1467, William a JOP for Berkshire.

1468-69, William Sheriff of Oxford and Berkshire.

1469, William a knight of the body to King Edward IV.

1471, William held the manor of Yattendon.

4/14/1471, William fought at the battle of Barnet for Edward IV. A heavy fog limited visibility. A combined total of 1000 knights died. Both handguns [relatively new] and cannon were used during the fight. (S) The Wars of the Roses, Weir, 1995, P390.

Jane died.

4/25/1472, William married 2nd Isabel Ingoldesthorpe, widow of John Nevill, Marquess of Montagu. [1 son, 2 daughters.]

1474, William appointed Steward of Winkfield.

By 1478, William married 3rd Anne Horne, d/o John of London. [1 son, 4 daughters.]

1478-79, “Release by Edward Clerk of Fridelsham, …, to William Norreis, knight, …” (S) UKNA.

1479, William deeded land at Yattendon.

1479, Grant to William Noreys, knight, during the minority of Edward, son and heir of Isabel late the wife of George Duke of Clarence, of the stewardship of the manors of Boreford, Shipton and Spellesbury and the Hundred of Chadlyngton, and 13 marks yearly from the issues of the same lordships with all other profits. (S) CPRs.

1482-83, William Sheriff of Oxford and Berkshire.

7/6/1483, Richard III crowned king of England.

10/1483, William and his brother John joined the Duke of Buckingham’s rebellion.

11/2/1483, The Duke of Buckingham executed. William was attained, and fled to Brittany.

5/28/1485, Warrant under the signet of Richard III, King of England, … in Nuthurst, Sussex … being now in the holding of Davy Tussingham which heretofore belonged to our Rebel Sir William Noreys.

8/22/1485, William commanded a troop at the battle of Bosworth. In the battle, Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond, after invading southwest Wales, raised an army of 5,000. Richard III was allied with the Duke of Norfolk and the Earl of Northumberland and an army of 10,000. The Yorkist were overwhelmed. Richard III and the Duke of Norfolk were killed.

10/30/1485, Henry VII crowned king of England.

1486, William Sheriff of Oxford and Berkshire.

6/16/1487, William, with the Royal forces, fought at the battle of Stoke Field. The Yorkist army of about 8000 attacked from high ground, but were tired from forced marches and had poor armor. As a result, most of the Yorkist commanders were killed. Many of those fighting were German, Irish and Swiss mercenaries.

1488, William the baliff for the Queen.

1494, William inherited Ockwells at the death of his stepmother Margaret.

1502, William was an advisor to the King.

1502, William appointed custodian of the manor of Langley, and steward of the manors of Burford, Shipton, Spellesbury and the Hundred of Chadlington [Oxfordshire].

1504, William appointed Master of the Game in the royal park of Stratfield Mortimer.

1/4/1506, Sir William died.

(S) A History of the County of Berkshire, V4, 1924.

Child of William and Jane: [4 sons.]

i. Edward Norreys (237676), born ~1465 in England.

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