Revised 04/12/2019




As this surname originated as a profession, it is difficult distinguishing the
earlier members of this particular family from other interpreters

lLATM371] Sir William Latimer (born c.1200, died 1270..

[LATM381] Sir William le latimer [=interpreter] (born c.1220, possibly a descendant of Melrric who acted as interpreter between English and Welsh, and possibly descendant of Ralph Latimer who was tenant-in-chief of 30 acres at Farnham, Essex, at the Domesday Survey). William, of Scampston, was Lord of the North Riding [of Yorkshire]. He married [HANR382] Alice Hansard (born c.1198, widow of Brian FitzAlan, Lord of Bedale, died 1242, and daughter of Gilbert Hansard, see HANSARD). William died c.1268.

[LATM391] Sir William the rich Latimer (born c.1243), 1st Lord Latimer, was actively engaged in fighting the Scots and the French, though it is not possible to say for certain which William le Latimer is referred to, whether he or his son, in the many references. He [or else his father] was Sheriff Yorkshire and Lord of Danby Manor. He married (c.1268) [BRAY392] Alice Ledet (born c.1248, elder daughter & coheiress of Walter Ledet, Baron Braybroke, see BRAYBROKE BARONY). (Alice's younger sister Christiana married William's younger brother John.) William died in December 1304, followed by Alice (March 1316-17).

[LATM402] Christian (daughter of William) married [BOYS491] Robert Boys (see BOYS).

[LATM401] Sir William de Latimer (born c.1276), 2nd Lord Latimer, was actively engaged in fighting the Scots. He married 1. (c.1295) [THWE402] Lucy (daughter of Robert de Thweng of Kilton-Castle, see THWENG). While William was absent fighting the Scots, being present at both the Battles of Stirling (10th September 1297) and Falkirk (22nd July 1298), Lucy had become the mistress of Sir Nicholas de Meinell. Divorce proceedings ensued, but on 2nd November 1305, William was excommunicated at the instance of Lucy for not satisfying the costs of the divorce suit. In 1311 William and Lucy made a settlement of the manors of Danby (Yorks) and Bozeat (Northants), both of the inheritance of Lucy, to the husband for life.  On 16th April 1311 William received absolution from the Pope. In 1312 he obtained a divorce; and in settlement was granted the Manor of Synchyngton [not identified] for his life (12th [elsewhere 20th] July 1312). William then married 2. Sybil Fourneux (daughter of Sir Richard Fourneux). Later he was captured by the Scots at Bannockburn (23rd June 1314), not being released until after February 1315-16. Sybil died soon after (1317). William was present at the Battle of Boroughbridge (16th March 1322), and was afterwards made Governor of York. He died about February 1327. Subsequently on 3rd November 1328 a grant of free warren was made to his son William in the manors of Scredington (Lincs) and Bozeat (Northants). It would appear that the unidentified Synchyngton could have been Scredington.

Meanwhile Lucy had married 2. (January 1313) Sir Robert Everingham (of Laxton), who was killed 1316; then 3. (1320) Sir Bartholomew de Fanacourt of Molton (Devon). Lucy died January 1347, and finally Bartholomew in 1352.

[LATM412] Joan le latimer (daughter of William & Lucy) married (c.1322} 1. [BASW411] Ralph Basset (see WELDON (BASSET) BARONY); then 2. Robert le Fourneux. THIS CONNECTION IS MOST UNLIKELY