~1185, William born in England, s/o §§William Montacute & Isabel de Brito.
1212, At Bradford manor in Somerset, John de Montacute is mentioned as the heir of Richard Fitz William [unknown relation.]
10/19/1216, Henry III, age 9, succeeded John as King of England. Louis of France also claimed the throne.
1218, William’s father died; his brother John the heir.
5/3/1226, Writ issued in Sussex brought by William de Monte Acuto against John de Monte Acuto and his wife Lucia concerning their daughter Katherine: J. and his wife L. are summoned to answer W. to say why they are setting up a girl, named Katherine, as their daughter and heir when she is not, and J. has no other heir than W.L.
4/1227, The case of William de Monte Acuto vs. John de Monte Acuto heard in court. (S) Studies in 13th Century Justice and Administration, 1981, P-XXVII.
1227, John de Montacute paid a fine of 40 marks for the right to enclose a deer park, Preston Capes, Northamptonshire.
1228, William’s brother John died.
3/17/1228, Order to the sheriff of Northamptonshire to place in respite, until 3 weeks from Easter in the twelfth year, the demand he makes from William de Montagu by summons of the Exchequer for the rest of the fine of 40m. that John de Montagu made with King John, the king’s father, for enclosing his park of Preston, so that it may be inquired then upon the Exchequer whether William or John ought to answer for that demand. (S) FRsHIII.
5/24/1228, Order to the sheriff of Northamptonshire [and Devon, Somerset and Cornwall] that, immediately after having viewed these letters, he is to take into the king’s hand all land that John de Montagu held in his bailiwick, whoever holds it, with all chattels formerly of the same John, except that land in Preston which he gave to William de Montagu, his brother. (S) FRsHIII.
1233, William had his lands distrained by virtue of the King’s precept for omitting to repair to court at the feast of Whitsuntide, there to receive the dignity of Knighthood, required by law.
1234, William, on doing his homage, was reinstated in his possessions.
1234-35, Agnes died.
1235, William de Montacute came to an agreement with the monks of Daventre for the benefit of his soul and the soul of Agnes his wife … lands in Little Preston …
1235, William de Montacute had a chapel adjoining his house at Little Preston. (S) An Inventory of Historical Monuments, 1981, P277.
1246, William died.
(S) History, Topography, and Directory of Northamptonshire, Whellan, 1874, P429.
· Walter Brito of Odcombe, Somerset, was maternal uncle of William. (S) Honor’s and Kinghts’ Fees, Farrer, 1923, P200.
Child of William and Agnes:
i. William de Montacute (9981224), born ~1210 in England.