Bef. 1345, William de Asteley born in Warwickshire, England, s/o 7605542. Thomas de Astley & 7605543. Elizabeth de Beauchamp.
~1360, Joan born in England, d/o 15211368. Lord John Willoughby & 15211369. Cecily de Ufford.
1370, William received a license for an oratory at his manor.
1371, William’s oratory license renewed.
3/29/1372, Joan’s father died.
7/16/1377, Richard II crowned king of England.
~1379, William married Joan.
1381, William succeeded his father.
12/14/1381, Commission to arrest those who congregate in unlawfull assemblies, … to put down rebels with armed force … Thomas, earl of Warwick, John de Clynton, William de Asteleye, Thomas de Asteleye [William’s younger brother], … county of Warwick. (S) CPRs. [This was the time of Wat Tyler’s rebellion, also known as the Peasants Revolt – against a new poll tax.]
By 1387, William knighted.
1387-8, “… William de Asteleye, knight, to grant rent in the manor of Bentley to John de Plumton, vicar and sacrist of the college of the Assumption of St. Mary, Astley, …” (S) UKNA.
7/12/1388, Licence, for 10 marks … by William de Astley, knight, for him to alienate in mortmain 40s of tent yearly out of the manor of Benteley, co. Warwick, … college of Assumption, Asteley, … devine services there … (S) CPRs.
1389, William made a grant to the church of Astley.
10/3/1391, Warwickshire Justices of the Peace: Thomas Beauchamp, William Astley, … John Catesby, John Clinton, …
10/1/1392, Warwickshire Justices of the Peace: William Astley, John Catesby …
7/28/1393, Warwickshire Justices of the Peace: William Astley, John Catesby, John Clinton, …
6/18/1394, Commission of peace and of oyer and terminer in co. Warwick: John, duke of Lancaster, Thomas, earl of Warwick, William de Asteleye, John de Clynton, … (S) CPRs.
7/4/1399, Henry Bolingbroke [1st cousin of Richard II] landed at Ravenspur; then proceeded through the Lancastrian lands in the north and took York. [Henry IV invaded while Richard II was in Ireland.]
7/1399, Thomas Clinton and William Astley raised a small force in Warwickshire in support of Richard II. (S) Rev. and Consumption in Late Medieval England, Hicks, 2001, P70.
9/29/1399, Imprisoned Richard II resigned as king of England.
10/13/1399, Henry IV crowned king of England.
12/18/1399, Commission of array … Thomas, earl of Warwick, William de Clynton, ‘chivaler,’ William de Asteley, Thomas de Asteley, ‘chivaler,’ Robert Goushill, Thomas Syvill, … county of Warwick. (S) CPRs.
[––William & Margaret––]
William married 2nd Margaret ?. [No children.]
5/11/1402, Commission … to bring to the notice of all the king’s lieges of the said county that it always has been and will be the king’s intention that the common wealth and the laws and customs of the realm shall be observed … William Beauchamp, … William de Asteley, ‘chivaler,’ … and Thomas Seyvill, in the county of Warwick. (S) CPRs.
9/8/1403, Commission of array to Richard, earl of Warwick, William Clynton, ‘ chivaler,’ William de Asteley, … co. of Warwick. (S) CPRs.
1404, Fine between Sir William de Astley, Knt., … John Attebale and Joan his wife, … [Bedworth] … Sir William de Astley and his Heirs, who from this Time were Owners of it … (S) Magna Britannia Antiqua & Nova: Staffordshire – Warwickshire, Cox, 1738, P798.
11/26/1404, William de Asteley on a commission of peace in Warwickshire. (S) CPRs.
2/5/1405, William de Asteley on a commission of peace in Warwickshire. (S) CPRs.
1405, … William, lord of Willoughby, William de Astley, knight, … Quitclaim of the lands, etc., late of John Charnels, (S) UKNA.
1/26/1406, William de Asteley on a commission of peace in Warwickshire. (S) CPRs.
2/7/1407, IPM of Edward Latymer Bochard: … Norton is held of the earl of Warwick, service unknown, annual value 7s., the rest of William de Asteley by knight service, annual value £9. (S) CIsPM.
3/1/1407, IPM of Margaret who was wife of Thomas de Bello Campo earl of Warwick: … one knight's fee in Wetyngton held by William lord of Asteley … (S) CCRs.
2/7/1412, Commission of oyer and terminer to William Thirnyng, Robert Tirwhit, William de Astley, ‘chivaler,’ … that bondmen and tenants … Honyington, co. Warwick, have leagued together to refuse their due customs and services. (S) CPRs.
4/9/1413, Henry V crowned king of England.
1413, Grantor: William, lord of Astley, and Margaret, his wife; Place or Subject: Grant of a yearly rent and of lands, etc in Bedworth, Astley, Griff, Pailton, etc. late of John Charnels; County: [Warwickshire]. (S) UKNA.
1414, Reynold de Grey [William’s son-in-law] summoned some of followers of William, Lord Asteley, to Ruthin. (S) Locality and Polity, Carpenter, 1992, P314.
11/12/1420, William de Ferrariis of Groby, knight, William de Asteley, knight, and Margaret, his wife, John Gerald', clerk, Thomas Porter of Nuneton' and John Palmer, querents, and William Ledbury and Katherine, his wife, deforciants. William Ledbury and Katherine have acknowledged the manor and rent to be the right of Margaret, as those which William de Asteley and Margaret, William de Ferrariis, John, Thomas and John have of their gift, and have remised and quitclaimed them from themselves and the heirs of Katherine to William de Ferrariis, William de Asteley and Margaret, John, Thomas and John and the heirs of Margaret for ever. [Manor of Parua Assheby] (S) Feet of Fines.
1420-21, William, 4th Lord Astley of Warwickshire, died. (S) Hist. Co. Warwick, V6, Salzman, 1951.
12/1421, John Malory of Newbold Revel, esquire, witnessed a deed for William Lord Astley’s widow in Warwickshire. (S) Life and Times of Sir Thomas Malory, Field, 1993, P46.
(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P22. (S) Trans. Of Shropshire, V2, 1879, P243. (S) Richard II, Gundy, 2013, P262.
Child of William and Joan:
i. Joan Astley (738757), born ~1380 in England. [Heir]