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Sir William Brereton, Kt.

Birthplace: Egerton, Cheshire, England
Death: between circa 1381 and 1382 (47-61)
Place of Burial: Staffordshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of William de Brereton and Margery / Margaret Brereton
Husband of Helena ‘Ellen’ de Egerton and Margaret Done, of Utkinton
Father of Sir William de Brereton; Randle Brereton, of Malpas and Elizabeth Cholmondeley
Brother of Joan de Bostock; Ellen LeBrun; Sir Roger Brereton; Margaret Mareschal; Robert Brereton and 2 others

Occupation: Knight, Lord of Brereton, Sir/Knight
Managed by: Joanne Margaret Dunham
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About Sir William Brereton, Kt.

Omerod shows this Margaret Donne of Utkinton (mentioned in 1418) as daughter of Richard Donne (d bef 1372) and (probably) his wife Katherine. She married 1) John Davenport of Davenport, Esq., 2nd brother and heir of Sir Thomas Davenport, Knt. 2) Sir William Brereton of Brereton, Knt.

Seen as death in Harfleur, Duché de Normandie, France without supporting evidence.

  • Sir William Brereton1,2,3
  • M, #21657, d. between 1381 and 1382
  • Father William Brereton d. b 1321
  • Mother Margery Bosley
  • Sir William Brereton was born at of Brereton, Cheshire, England. He married Ellen Egerton, daughter of Philip Egerton and Ellen St. Peter, between 1353 and 1354. Sir William Brereton married Margaret Done, daughter of Henry Done and Margaret Thornton, after 1379; His 2nd wife.4,2,3 Sir William Brereton died between 1381 and 1382.
  • Family 1
  • Child
    • (Miss) Brereton+
  • Family 2 Margaret Done
  • Children
    • Elizabeth Brereton+
    • Randle Brereton, Esq., Sheriff of Cheshire+4,2,3 d. a 1437
  • Family 3 Ellen Egerton d. a 1379
  • Child
    • Sir William Brereton+ b. c 1363, d. 1425
  • Citations
  • 1.[S6567] Unknown author, The History of the County Palatine and City of Chester, by George Ormerod, 1819, p. 51; Wallop Family, p. 136; Burke's Dormant and Extinct Baronetcies, p. 645; The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, by Ronny O. Bodine, p. 55.
  • 2.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 307.
  • 3.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 520.
  • 4.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 151.
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  • Sir William Brereton1
  • M, #223858
  • Last Edited=24 Sep 2010
  • Sir William Brereton married, firstly, Ellen de Egerton, daughter of Philip de Egerton and Ellen de Saint-Pierre.2 He married, secondly, Margaret Done, daughter of Henry Done.2
  • He had two other sons by his first wife.2 He fought in the Battle of Crécy in 1346.2 He lived in 1347 at Brereton, Cheshire, England.2 He fought in the Battle of Navaretta in 1347.2
  • Child of Sir William Brereton
    • 1.Elizabeth Brereton+1
  • Children of Sir William Brereton and Margaret Done
    • 1.Sir Randle Brereton2
    • 2.Sir William Brereton+3 b. 14 Feb 1349, d. 10 Jan 1426
  • Citations
  • 1.[S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 784. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  • 2.[S47] Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd, editor, Burke's Irish Family Records (London, U.K.: Burkes Peerage Ltd, 1976), page 166. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Irish Family Records.
  • 3.[S47] Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd, Burke's Irish Family Records.
  • From: _______________
  • Breretons of Cheshire, 1100 to 1904 A. D (1904)
  • Pg.70
  • Sir William de Brerton V., seventh Lord of Brereton, 1342, married Rose, daughter of Sir Ralph de Vernon, Baron of Shipbrook, Cheshire.
  • William de Brerton, Esq., eldest son, died during his father's life. Married Margery, daughter of Sir Richard de Bosley.
  • Sir William de Brerton VI., eighth Lord of Brereton, 1300, heir to his grandfather. His first wife was Ellen, daughter of Philip de Egerton, of Egerton, sister and heiress of David de Egerton, joint baron with the Cholmondeleys, of Malpas. Through her he became joint Baron of Malpas. His second wife was Margaret, daughter of Henry Done, of Utkington, widow of Sir John Davenport ; by her he had Randle, the founder of the
  • Pg.71
  • Malpas branch ; Elizabeth, wife of William Cholmondeley ; and a daughter who became the wife of Spurstow, of Spurstow.
  • Sir Willam de Brerton VII., ninth Lord of Brereton, was born in 1350, died in 1426. His first wife was Anyll, daughter of Sir Hugh de Venables, Baron of Kinderton. By her he had six sons and two daughters: 1, Willam; 2, Nicholas; 3, Hugh; 4, Matthew ; 5, John ; 6, Henry ; 7, Elizabeth, wife of Sir John Savage ; 8, Margery, wife of Richard Putten Wanflete, of Wanflete. His second wife was Ellen, daughter of Sir William Masey, of Tatton. By her he had one son, Thomas, born in 1433 ; rector of Brereton ; heir to his mother of the Tatton estates. _______________________
  • Brereton; a family history (1919)
  • About 1176, Ralph de Brereton, a grand-son of the first Ralph, is witness in a grant of Marton to Richard de Davenport.
  • About 1194, William de Brereton, son of this last Ralph, received a deed at the time of his marriage to Margery, daughter of Randle de Torhaunt, eight witnesses signing the contract. This William was knighted by Henry III in 1208, the beginning of honors held in the Brereton family for over five hundred years.
  • In 1216, Sir Ralph de Brereton, son of William, granted land to "Brereton" church, as shown by parish records still in existence.
  • About 1232, this Sir Ralph received payment of "half a salt works" for some public services done in Cheshire.
  • During the year 1250, Sir William Brere-
  • ton was witness to legal documents in Chester. In 1307, another William Brereton was witness to four deeds still on file there. The same year, William le Brereton, Kt, was witness to deeds of sale in Chester.
  • Sir William Brereton, Kt., son and heir of Ralph, married a daughter of Sir Richard de Sandbach, in fulfillment of a contract made with William de Venables.
  • About 1275, Sir William Brereton married Roesia, daughter of Ralph de Vernon. This wedding united the Breretons with the Vernons of "Haddon Hall," so well described by Majors in the novel "Dorothy Vernon." This Sir William later gave one hundred marks for the marriage of their daughter Margery to Thomas de Davenport in 1301. He was knighted by Edward III in 1321.
  • In 1342, Sir William and his wife, Roesia, united in a deed of lands in Brereton parish. Roesia must have believed in "woman's rights" and had her name put in the deeds. This Sir William received indulgences from the Pope for services rendered in
  • the Crusades to the Holy Sepulchre, about 1350. .... etc.
  • Returning to the records, we find that William de Brereton, son of the previous Sir William, died before his father, leaving a son of the same name.
  • In 1354, Sir William Brereton, heir to his grandfather, married Ellena, daughter of David de Egerton, a descendant of the Norman barons; by this alliance the Brereton estates were greatly extended, placing their social standing among the best in England.
  • In 1386, Sir William Brereton, son of the above, married Anylla, daughter of Sir William Venables, a descendant of Gilbert de Venables, first baron of Cheshire, and grantee of the first Brereton estate, three hundred years before. By a second marriage, to Elena, daughter of Sir William Massey of Tatton Hall, in 1426, the Brereton holdings were among the great estates of England, including the manors of Malpas and Picton, with lands in Woodhull, Crouton, Charlton, and Norwich. ______________________________
  • The history of the county palatine and city of Chester: .... Vol. II.
    • EGERTON, OF EGERTON. Pg.350-351
  • DAVID DE EGERTON, eldest son and heir, sheriff of Cheshire 7 Edw. III. = ISABELLA, daughter of Richard de Fulleshurst, lord of Crewe.; ch: PHILIP (m. ELLENA St. Pierre & MATILDA . . . ), URIAN (m. AMELIA Warburton), DAVID, MARGARET EGERTON.
  • PHILIP DE EGERTON, son and heir, Inq. p. m. 36 Edw. III. = ELLENA, dau. of John de St. Pierre, marriage covenant dated 9 Edw. II.; ch: DAVID (m. Isabella Venables),ELLENA (m. sir William Brereton), ISABELLA (m. Robert de Bulkeley & John Venables & sir John Delves) EGERTON ; = MATILDA, dau. of . . . . Edw. III
    • DAVID DE EGERTON, son and heir, married before 20 Edw. III. Isabella, dau of sir Hugh Venables, of Kinderton, knight; o. s. p.
    • ISABELLA, sister and coheiress, wife of Robert de Bulkeley; 2dly, of John Venables; and 3dly, of sir John Delves, knight; recovered a moiety of a fourth of the barony of Malpas from John de Brunham, trustee of the Cokesays, in 1363; and another moiety of a fourth from John, son of sir John de Sutton, in 1368; o. s. p. 19 Ric. II.
    • ELLENA, sister, and finally sole heiress, wife of sir William Brereton, of Brereton, knt. claimed a moiety of a fourth of the barony of Malpas against John Sutton in 1368, and another moiety of a fourth against sir Walter Cokesay, in 1379., ch: SIR WILLIAM BRERETON
      • SIR WILLIAM BRERETON, of Brereton, knight, son and heir, succeeded to divers parcels of the aforesaid barony, on the death of his aunt Isabella, and was ancestor of sir William Brereton, knight, wo recovered the residue of the said moiety of the barony, from the assigns of the Sutton, a0 22 Hen. VIII.
  • RANDLE BRERETON, of Malpas, younger son of sir William Brereton of Brereton, kt. by Margaret, daughter of Henry Done of Utkinton. = ALICE, daughter and heiress of Wm. Ipstones of Ipstones.; ch: RANDLE (m. JOANNA Holford & KATHERINE Bulkeley), WILLIAM, . . . . (m. . . . . Spurstow) BRERETON. ___________________________
  • The visitation of Cheshire in the year 1580 (1882)
  • Pg.43
    • Brereton of Malpas. Chart Pg.43-44
  • Randoll Brereton second sonne to Sr Wm Brereton of Brereton = . . . . d. to . . . . Ipstons of Ipstons in Comitatu Staff.; ch: William (m. _ Wyld), Sr Randoll of Ipstones and Mallpas. Brereton. ________________________________________
  • A genealogical history of the dormant, abeyant, forfeited, and extinct peerages of the British empire (1978)
  • Pg.74
  • RALPH DE BRERETON (son of William de Brereton, and grandson of William de Brereton,) was father (besides a 2nd son, Gilbert, and a dau., Isolda, wife of Gilbert de Stoke,) of an elder son and heir.
  • SIR WILLIAM BRERETON, of Brereton, Knt, living temp. JOHN and HENRY III., who m. Margery, dau. of Randle de Thornton, and had a son, RALPH, and a dau., wife of Thurstan de Smethwick. The former
  • SIR RALPH BRERETON, of Brereton, Knt, had two sons, WILLIAM (SIR), and Gilbert, father of Henry and Sibella, wife of William de Bouths. The elder son,
  • SIR WILLIAM BRERETON, of Brereton, Knt., m. the dau. of his guardian. Sir Richard de Sandbach, Knt., and was father of
  • SIR WILLIAM BRERETON, of Brereton, Knt., who m. Roesia, dau. of Ralph de Vernon, and had issue,
    • I. WILLIAM, m. Margery, dau. of Richard de Bosley, and d. in his father's lifetime, leaving issue,
      • 1 WILLIAM (SIR), of whom presently.
      • 2 John.
      • 3 Ralph, in holy orders.
      • 4 Robert.
      • 5 Hugh.
      • 1 Margaret, wife of Henry, brother of Sir John Delves.
      • 2 Jane, wife of Adam de Bostock.
    • II. .... etc.
  • Sir William was s. by his grandson,
  • SIR WILLIAM BRERETON, of Brereton, living 49th EDWARD III., who m. 1st, Ellen, dau. of Philip, and sister and finally heiress of David Egerton, of Egerton, and by her had a son and successor,
    • WILLIAM.
  • He m. 2ndly, Margaret, dau. of -- Done, of Utikinton, and widow of John Davenport, and by her had a son and two dau.,
    • Randle, who m. Alicia, dau. and heir of William de Ipstones, and was ancestor of the BRERETONS OF MALPAS HALL AND SHOCKLACH, from whom the BRERETONS OF BRINTON, co. Norfolk, deduce their descent.
    • Elizabeth, wife of William Cholmondeley.
    • Another dau., wife of Spurstow, of Spurstow.
  • The eldest son,
  • SIR WILLIAM BRERETON, of Brereton, m. 1st, in 1386, Angella, dau. of Hugh Venables, and by her had issue, .... etc. ______________________________
  • Archaeologia, or, Miscellaneous tracts relating to antiquity (1770) Vol. 33
  • Pg. 57
    • b Hence it appears that the noble family of Egerton originally sprung from David de Malpas, lord of a moiety of the barony of Malpas. Elena, sister and coheiress of David de Egerton, having married Sir William Brereton of Brereton in 1368, the elder line of the Egertons were afterwards represented by the Breretons of Brereton Hall, and, as was then added, of Malpas Castle. Much of the Brereton property eventually reverted to the Egertons, partly by devise. See post, Shocklack and Malpas Hall Breretons, and Breretons of Tatton. The Golbornes of Golborne David and of Overton, were descendants of the same David de Malpas. ....
  • Pg. 60
  • Elena Massey 2nd wife = Sir William Brereton (c 4 Hanry VI. 1426) = Anilla Venables, 1st wife
  • Pg. 61
  • Sir William Brereton m1. dau. of Philip Egerton m.2 had ch: Randal & dau. (m. William Cholmondeley)
  • the next Sir William Brereton m. Anilla Venables ___________
  • Journal (1902)
  • Pg. 38
  • Randle Brereton, son of Sir William Brereton of Brereton, by Margaret, daughter of Hugh Done of Utkinton .... ______________________
  • 'Brereton01'
  • 1. .... etc.
  • (A) Sir William Brereton of Brereton
  • m. Roesia de Vernon (dau of Ralph de Vernon of Shipbroke)
    • (i) William Brereton (dvp)
    • m. Margery Bosley (dau of Richard de Bosley)
      • (a) Sir William Brereton of Brereton (a 1376)
      • m1. Ellen Egerton (dau of Philip Egerton (of Malpas))
        • ((1)) Sir William Brereton of Brereton (b 14.02.1349, d 10.1.1426)
        • m1. (1386) Angella or Anilla or Emily Venables (dau of Hugh Venables)
        • ((2))+) 2 sons mentioned by BIFR1976
      • m2. Margaret Done (dau of ?? Done of Utkinton, widow of John Davenport)
      • BE1883 shows Margaret as mother of Randle but Visitation (Cheshire, 1580, Brereton of Brereton) suggests that his mother was Hellin (of) Mallpas.
      • BIFR1976 (Brereton) supports the view that Randle was son of Margaret.
        • ((4)) Randle Brereton of Malpas
        • m. Alice Ipstones (dau of William de Ipstones)
        • ((5)) Elizabeth Brereton
        • m. William de Cholmondely of Cholmondely (d 1375)
        • ((6)) daughter
        • m. (Richard William) Spurstow of Spurstow
      • (b) Margaret Brereton
      • m. Henry Delves (brother of Sir John)
      • (c) Jane Brereton
      • m. Adam de Bostock
      • (d) + other issue - John, Ralph, Robert, Hugh
  • Etc. ...
  • From: _______________________
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Sir William Brereton, Kt.'s Timeline

Egerton, Cheshire, England
February 14, 1347
Egerton, Cheshire, England (United Kingdom)
Brereton, Cheshire, England (United Kingdom)
Age 56
December 13, 1932
Age 56
December 13, 1935
Age 56
Staffordshire, England