Revised 09/02/2020



There had been earlier de Boville's, Lords of the Manor of Letheringham under the Glanville's, in the 12th century, but it has not been possible to bridge the gap down to 1253. At least three versions exist for the Boville family from this date. The following version is the most likely.

[BOVI431] Sahala de Boville/Beauzville (born c.1150).

[BOVI441] William de Boville (born c.1175, at Boville, son of Sahala de Boville) married Isabel.

[BOVI451] Sir William de Boville (born c.1200, at Letheringham, son of William de Boville & Isabel) married [GLAN472] Basillia Glanville (born 1205, daughter of [GLAN461] Geoffrey de Glanville & [HAYE462] Margaret de la Haye)

[BOVI461] Sir William de Boville (born c.1247, at Letheringham) married his first-cousin [GLAN462] Isabella de Glanville (sister & coheiress of [GLAN461] Geoffrey de Glanville, see GLANVILLE). William became feudal Lord of Letheringham (1253) by right of his wife. William died 1295.

[BOVI472] John de Boville (born c.1276, younger son of Sir William), succeeded his elder brother [BOVI471] William.

[BOVI471] William de Boville (born c.1275) married [CARB472] Isabel Carbonell, and became feudal Lord of Letheringham. They had two sons:

[BOVI481] William de Boville (born c.1300, son of William) married Joan de Creke (daughter of James), and had two children:

[BOVI491 William de Boville, who predeceased his father, and

[BOVI492] Nichola de Boville, married [SIMO401] Simon FitzRichard, and who in turn had a son: [SIMO411] Richard FitzSimon, see later.

[BOVI482] Sir John de Boville (born c.1302, son of William), see later.

When [BOVI471] William died, he was succeeded by his younger brother [BOVI472] John (born c.1276), because his own two sons William (born c.1300) and [BOVI482] John (born c.1302) were under age.


William & Isabel's under-age son [BOVI481] William de Boville (who had married Joan de Creke) eventually became feudal Lord of Letheringham, succeeding his uncle [BOVI472] John de Boville. William de Boville also held Peasenhall Manor, Suffolk, and was also Lord of Geyton, Norfolk; Lord of Bedminster, Somerset; Lord of Dennington, Badingham, Wilby, Bedingfield, Southolt and Westleton, Suffolk. William de Boville afterwards settled Dennington Manor on Richard de Wingfield (1314). Sir William de Boville died April 1320 [as William was born c.1300, this event is impossible], and was succeeded by his son-in-law [SIMO401] Simon FitzRichard, who had married his eldest daughter Nichola, because William's de Boville's son William had predeceased him.

Simon FitzRichard was in turn succeeded by his son [SIMO411] Richard FitzSimon (1348) who left no issue (see below). The title then passed to [BOVI502] Margaret, daughter & heir of [BOVI482] Sir John de Boville (see below).

[BOVI482] Sir John de Boville (born c.1302, younger son of William & Isabel formerly Carbonell, see earlier) married (c.1321) [SCAL492] Petronilla/Parnell de Scales (born c.1304 [perhaps c.1295, based on the date of birth of her daughter [BOVI492] Margaret], daughter & heiress of Sir Robert de Scales (see SCALES). Actually stated by Blomefield to be the daughter of Sir Robert de Eccles. It is feasible that this is the same person, and that Eccles is simply where he was domiciled at one time. But she was not the heir of the suggested Robert Scales, as she had brothers.

[BOVI492] Margaret de Boville (born 8th September 1311, at Leighs, Essex, daughter & heiress of John, according to IPM for 1328) was age 9 when she inherited and, being a minor, the King granted the wardship of Badingham Manor to Richard de Wingfield. The Letheringham title was held in trust for her by Sir John de Ufford until his death (1363), by which time Margaret was married to her 2nd husband Sir Thomas Wingfield. Margaret married 1. (at Waldingfield, 1342) Sir John Carbonell; then 2. [WING512] Sir Thomas Wingfield (see WINGFIELD). Margaret was also heir to the Letheringham title following the death of Sir Richard FitzSimon (1348, see below). Margaret died 1369.


[SIMO401] Simon FitzRichard married [BOVI492] Nichola (eldest daughter of [BOVI481] Sir William de Boville, see above}.

[SIMO411] Sir Richard FitzSimon (son of Simon) married (1345) [BOTE412] Ada Botetourt (daughter of [BOTE401] Sir John Botetourt, 1st Lord Botetourt & Maud daughter of Sir Thomas FitzOates, see BOTETOURT), widow of Sir John de Saint Philibert (1293-1333). Sir Richard FitzSimon died 1348, Ada died 1349. His heir was [BOVI492] Margaret de Boville, see earlier.