1189 to 1402: the de Dagworth knights

feature in a wide range of contemporary documents. This family of Norman knights  
settled here in the 1190s, and although they held lands elsewhere (notably at
Bradwell juxta Coggeshall in Essex), they soon adopted the name of the place: they
became the de Dagworths.

These are some of the key events in this period:
Between 1189-99, Osbert fitz Hervey, the king's justice, was granted
Dagworth by Geoffrey, Count de Perch. Osbert started out as an obscure
East Anglian knight, but at his death had a greater annual income than most
Barons. And then a peasant named Thurkill had a vision that described
graphically how a corrupt judge was being punished in the afterlife.  More...
Meanwhile, Ralph of Coggeshall recorded in the Chronicon Anglicanum that
"a certain fantastical spirit" called Malekin appeared frequently in Osbert's
house at Dagworth over a long period. More...
In 1205, Osbert died and the manor passed to his son and heir, Richard de
Dagworth, who was a minor who became the ward of William de Huntingfield
and was married to his daughter Isabel de Huntingfield.
On 10 March 1216, King John stayed at Dagworth en route from Cambridge
to Framlingham, where he then laid siege to the castle. More...
In 1234, Richard died, and the manor passed to his son and heir, Osbert de
Dagworth, who married Hawise. He fought in Gascony in 1253 and Wales in
1257. He was granted Free Warren in 1253.
In 1260, Osbert died and the manor passed to his 9 year old son John de
Dagworth. He married Maud de l'Escheker, who inherited the office of Usher
of the Exchequer and a one third interest in the Marshalsy of the Eyre.
John died on 17 October 1290, and the manor passed to his son and heir,
another John de Dagworth, born 25 April 1276. He married Alice fitz Warin,
and they had two sons, Nicholas and Thomas. John was both Usher of the
Exchequer and Marshal of the Eyre, and he was summoned to a parliament
in York in May 1322. At his death, he held 363 acres of land at Dagworth "by
service of three long arrows".
John died 7 July 1332, and the manor passed to his son and heir Nicholas
de Dagworth (born bef. 1306), who married Margaret. On 17 March 1345/6,
Nicholas was discharged from finding a man-at-arms because his brother
Thomas was on the King’s service in Brittany, and his (younger) son
(Nicholas) was with Thomas, and he himself was too infirm to labour.
Nicholas' brother Thomas de Dagworth was a famous captain in the Hundred
Years War. He married Eleanor de Bohun, widow of Sir James le Boteler, 1st
Earl of Ormond. He defeated Charles de Blois at the Battle of La Roche-
Derien, near Treguier, 20 June 1347, and took him prisoner. He was
summoned to Parliament 13 Nov 1347 and 14 Feb 1347/8. He was killed in
an ambush near Aurai in Brittany in July or August 1350.
Nicholas died 12 Oct 1351, and the manor passed to his son and heir John
de Dagworth (born bef. 1327). He married before 12 June 1353, Thomasine,
and died 16 Aug 1360, leaving a daughter and heir, Margaret, aged 2 and
more in 1363.
John's brother Nicholas de Dagworth, who was with his uncle Thomas in
Brittany in 1345, became another celebrated captain and then a diplomat.
He inherited some of the family lands, and acquired the Manor of Blickling in
Norfolk, where he died without issue Jan 1401/2 and is buried in the church.
John's widow Thomasine held Dagworth in dower, and married 2ndly before
20 Jan 1365/6, Sir William de Furnival. We know from a petition to the King
that it was an unhappy marriage, but they had a daughter Joan.
Joan (born Oct 1368)  married before 1 July 1379 (as is 1st wife) THOMAS
NEVILLE, Knt. They had one daughter, Maud. Joan, died 1395, and was
buried in Worksop Priory, Nottinghamshire.
William died 12 Apr 1383, and Dagworth passed back to Thomasine.
Thomasine granted Dagworth to Thomas Misterton in 1407. Thomasine died
20 July 1409.
Thomasine's daughter Margaret de Dagworth was living 26 Nov. 1388
(CPR), but I have found no further record of her.

As far as we know, the male de Dagworth line ended with the death of Nicholas de
Dagworth in 1401/2. T
he only known de Dagworth descendants are through the
daughter of Thomas and Eleanor:

ELEANOR DE DAGWORTH, daughter and heiress of Thomas de Dagworth, Knt,
Lord Dagworth, by Eleanor de Bohun. She married at Vachery (in Cranley), Surrey
by license dated 23 June 1362 WALTER FITZ WALTER, Knt, 3rd Lord Fitz Walter,
Admiral of the Fleet (Northern parts), son and heir of John Fitz Walter, Knt, 2nd
Lord Fitz Walter by XXX. They had two sons, Robert and Walter, Knt [4th Lord Fitz
Walter].  Eleanor was living 29 Nov 1375. At her death, she was buried in Dunmow
Dagworth arms
Thomas de Dagworth captures Charles de Blois
The brass of Nicholas de Dagworth at Blickling