~1170, William [Guillaume] born in Picardy, France, s/o 94559176. Ingelram de Fiennes & 94559177. Sybil de Tyngry.
~1172, Agnes de Dammartin, born in Dammartin-en-Goele, Seine-et-Marne, France, d/o 40003894. Count Aubrey II of Dammartin & 40003895. Mahaut de Trie.
11/3/1189, Richard I crowned king of England.
1191, Guillaume’s [William’s] father died at the siege of Aeon [Acre].
[––William & Agne––]
By 1191, William married Agnes.
5/27/1199, John crowned king of England.
1203, William presented gifts through 2 charters to the abbey of Andres.
1204, William constable of Dover castle. [Previously held by his paternal ancestors.]
4/19/1206, King John granted William de Fienes “such plenary seisin of the manor of Martok, Somerset, as his mother Siby had.”
3/15/1207, Warrant to the sheriffs of 2 counties to give William possession of the lands his mother Sibyl “gave up before us in our court” and to allow her a reasonable provision.
10/1207, Charter of William de Fiennes, … of Faramus de Tingry, confirming the donation to the abbey of Saint-Josse the Dark made by his grandfather in 1171. … with the noble Pharamus Tingry my grandfather, the agreement Sibille my mother, … I confirm to the brand my own seal and sign of my own hand for this … Anges wife of William de Finnes noble. (S) Charte de Faramus de Boulogne.
1212, William held the manor of Mortok, Somerset in chief of the king.
1214-16, William de Fynes joined the barons in revolt against King John. (S) A New England Family, Graves, 1930, P42.
1215-16, King John gave Hubert de Burgh constableship of Dover castle, saying that it was not consistent that a foreigner who owed allegiance to another sovereign should hold the principal castle of the kingdom. [The port of Dover the closest to the shores of France.]
5/20/1216, Prince Louis of France crossed to England in 10 warships, with 1200 knight and 900 troops. Louis quickly captured all the Cinque Ports except Dover, held by Hubert de Burgh. Louis captured the town of Lincoln, but not the castle. William de Fiennes did homage to Prince Louis. [Many English barons supported Prince Louis hoping to have their Normandy possessions restored.]
6/14/1216, Prince Louis captured Winchester, and controlled half of England.
7/25/1216, King John deprived William of the manor of Martok because of “being with the king’s enemies.” [William then returned his support to King John.]
9/5/1216, King John restored the manor of Wendover to William.
1/27/1217, William given “such seisin in the vill of Martok” as he had before the war.
5/20/1217, Prince Louis’ forces, combined with loyal English barons, lost at the battle of Lincoln to William Marshall.
9/29/1217, Prince Louis left England from Dover.
1/1218 at Buckinghamshire, William de Fiennes gives the king 200 m. for having seisin of the manor of Wendover with its appurtenances … Order to William de Cantilupe to cause him to have the manor, having removed his stock and chattels. (S) FRsHIII. [William acquired Wendover in exchange for the hereditary Office of Constable of Dover castle.]
8/30/1218, Order to the sheriff of Buckinghamshire to cause William de Fiennes to have respite … for the arrears of the fine that he made with the king for his land of Wendover. (S) FRsHIII.
5/19/1221, William paid 100 marks for custody of the lands in Kent of Arnold, Earl of Guisnes. (S) FRsHIII.
1221, William sued William de Cantilupe senior for 7 hides in Eiton of Wendover manor.
Aft. 1223, William’s mother died. (S) History and Antiquities of the County of Buckingham, V2, 1847, P470.
9/20/1229, William de Fiennes has made fine with the king by 40 m., so that her should not cross with the king [across the channel]. (S) FRsHIII.
10/22/1234, Order to the barons of the Exchequer to place in respite the demand they make by summons of the Exchequer from William de Fiennes. (S) FRsHIII.
3/15/1235, The king has given respite to William de Fiennes from the debt that he owes him, both for the prest of Ireland and elsewhere. (S) FRsHIII.
1235-36, William held 2 knight’s fees in Somerset.
3/15/1236, The king has given respite to William de Fiennes from the debt that he owes him, both for the prest of Ireland and elsewhere. (S) FRsHIII.
1238, William held 6 knights fees of the king in the honor of Boulogne.
10/1239, Order to the barons of the Exchequer to cause William de Fiennes to have respite from several scutages and prests. (S) FRsHIII.
1240, William died: “The king, upon the death of William de Fiennes, has taken homage from Enguerrand, son and heir of the same William , for the lands that he held of the king in chief.” (S) FRsHIII, 7/1240.
4/10/1244, Order to the sheriff of Somerset to hand the manor of Martock with appurtenances, formerly of Enguerrand de Fiennes, which he took into the king’s hand by reason of an inquisition into the lands of the Normans and of aliens, … He is to permit Agnes, mother of the same Enguerrand to have free administration of all chattels and property, namely both of corn and rents of the same manor. (S) FRsHIII.
(S) Sussex Archaeological Collections, V4, 1851, P139-41. (S) Memorials of the Danvers Family, MacNamara, 1895, P308.
Children of William and Agnes:
i. Enguerrand de Fiennes (23639794), born 1192 in France.
ii. Baldwin de Fiennes, born ? in France.
1253, Ingelram commanded to send Baldwin his brother with horses and arms to Gascony to serve the king.