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Surname Willoughby de Eresby
First name William
Dating 1405?
Location Spilsby
Life dates 1370 - 4 December 1409
Title 5th Lord of Eresby, Baron of Willoughby
Close relatives

father - Robert Willoughby (+1396)
mother - Alice Skipworth / Skipwith
wife (1) - Lucy le Strange (+1405), daughter of Roger Le Strange 5th Baron Strange of Knockin and Ann / Aliva, daughter of Edmund Fitzalan 9th Earl of Arundel
Children (1)
1. Robert 6th Baron Willoughby de Eresby (+1452)
2. Sir Thomas
3. Elizabeth
4. Margery
5. Margaret
wife (2) - Joan Holland, widow of Edmund Plantagenet

Type of the object tomb brass
Place of manufacturing
(place of burial)
Place of exposition St James' church, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England
Date of manufacturing  

Brass Rubbing: William, Baron Willoughby and Lucy (1982.05.0039B)
Artist/Maker Kathleen H. Cairns.
Europe, West; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - England; Lincolnshire; Spilsby
Period/Date Medieval; ca. 1400 CE
From the catalogue, An Exhibition of Medieval Brass Rubbings by Kathleen H. Cairns. "William, fifth Baron Willoughby d'Eresby, c. 1400. In transitional armour with skirt of overlapping plates. With his first wife, Lucy, each under triple canopy. Side shafts and inscription lost. Brass probably laid down some time before 1400. Lord Willoughby died in 1410. Note the orle, or wreath, around his basinet. This is a rare feature on brasses.
Scholarly Notes Lord Willoughby died in 1410, but the brass was probably laid down some time before 1400.-Source Unknown.
Rubbed 10 July 1969 (Cairns rubbing diary).

Wiliam, 5th Baron Willoughby (1370 - 1409) and wife Lucy, St James' church, Spilsby
The Bec family came over with William the conqueror and married into the Willoughbys who married into the Bertie family. They are now known as Willoughby de Eresby.
The family seat is at Grimsthorpe Castle, near Bourne. The Willoughby family originated in nearby Willoughby in the Marsh. In 1313 Robert was appointed 1st Baron Robert Willoughby de Eresby, a family line that continues to the 28th Baroness. Several generations of the Willoughbys and Berties are commemorated in this chapel

Spilsby church Lincolnshire
Lion and heraldry detail - 5th Baron William Willoughby, c1370-1409, and 1st wife Lucy le Strange
William was the son of Robert Willoughby and Alice Skipworth/Skipwith. www.flickr.com/gp/52219527@N00/64H9KL
He m1 Lucy d1405 daughter of Roger Le Strange 5th Baron Strange of Knockin and Ann / Aliva daughter of Edmund Fitzalan 9th Earl of Arundel
1. Robert 6th Baron Willoughby de Eresby 1452 m1 Elizabeth daughter of John Montagu, 3rd Earl of Salisbury m2 Maud d1497 flic.kr/p/p2vvHd daughter of Sir Richard Stanhope of Rampton by Maud daughter of Ralph 2nd Baron Cromwell (Maud m2 Thomas Neville 1460 m3 Sir Gervase Clifton 1471
2. Sir Thomas m Joan / Jane co-heiress daughter of Sir Richard Arundel and wife Alice.
3. Elizabeth m Henry 5th Baron Beaumont son of John 4th baron and Catherine Everingham
4. Margery m William 4th Baron Fitzhugh of Ravensworth Yorks
5. Margaret m Sir Thomas Skipwith and / or Sir William Oldhall of Fransham
William m2 Joan widow of Edmund Plantagenet, 1st Duke of York and 2nd daughter of Thomas Holland 5th Earl of Kent by Alice Fitzalan. After his death Joan m3 (2nd wife) Henry 3rd Baron Scrope of Masham m4 (1st wife) Henry Bromflete, 1st Baron de Vesci; dsp. 1434

William Willoughby, 5th Baron Willoughby de Eresby KG (c. 1370 – 4 December 1409) was an English baron.
William Willoughby was the son of Robert Willoughby, 4th Baron Willoughby de Eresby, by his first wife, Margery la Zouche


Willoughby Arms

Garter stall plate of William Willoughby, 5th Baron Willoughby de Eresby KG, showing on a shield couchée the arms borne by Willoughby: Quarterly 1 & 4: Sable, a cross engrailed or (Ufford); 2 & 3: Gules, a cross moline argent (Bec of Eresby)

The brass was probably laid on the death of Lucy sometime c1400-1410. Stephenson believes it was engraved before 1400 since in that year Lord Willoughby was created a Knight of the Garter, and would probably have so indicated this on his brass. Norris, however, would date the engraving c1405, Kent suggests c1410, and Badham holds for a date c1425.

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