William Fitz Patric de Washington

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William FitzPatric de Wessington

Birthplace: Probably Hertburn, Northumberland, England (United Kingdom)
Death: circa 1194
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Patric FitzDolfin de Offerton and Nn de Offerton
Husband of Margaret de Huntingdon, Princess of Scotland
Father of William de Washington, II; Walter de Washington and Marjory de Washington

Occupation: Sir
Managed by: Judith (Jay) Stanton
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About William Fitz Patric de Washington


Washington Irving version of the origin of the Washington family, from his "Life of George Washington" (vol. i. 1855), augmented by later research into the origin of the Nevilles of Raby. (Parentage is by no means consensually agreed on, and there are chronological issues.)

The Bolden Book was a survey made in 1183 by/for the Bishop of Durham:

"Willus de Hertburn habet Wessyngton (except ecclesia et terra ecclesie partinen) ad excamb, pro villa de Herteburn quam pro hac quietam clamavit: Et reddit 4 L., Et vadit inmagna caza cum 2 Leporar. Et quando commune auxillum venerit debet dare 1 Militem ad plus de auxilio, &c. Collectanea Curiosa. voll. ii, p. 80." (Version quoted by Irving - there are apparently 4 surviving copies of the MS, all with slight differences.) It boils down to William de Hertburn holding the manor of Wessington from the Bishop with payment of 4 pounds a year, two greyhounds for a great hunt, and one man-at-arms (variant: one mark) for communal defense.

Note: Sir William must have been at least 21, and probably older, by 1183. "Probably older" because he was already a landholder in his own right and exchanged those lands for Wessyngton-on-Tyne. It is unknown whether he had only one wife (Dowager Countess Margaret), or whether he was a widower with (one or two) sons when (and if) he married her.

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Probably Hertburn, Northumberland, England (United Kingdom)
Wessyngton, Durham, England
Wessington-on-Tyne, Durham, England (United Kingdom)
Wessington, Durham, England (United Kingdom)
Age 34