Name: Christopher 10th Baron WILLOUGHBY , of Parham, KB 1
Birth: 1453 in Parham, Plomesgate, Suffolk, England 1
Death: BEF 13 JUL 1499 in Witchampton, Poole, Dorset, England 1
Burial: Campsey Ash, Suffolk, England
BARONY OF WILLOUGHBY (X) 1485
Sir CHRISTOPHER WILLOUGHBY, de jure LORD WILLOUGHBY, of Parham, Witchampton, Dorset, &c., 2nd cousin and heir of Joan, de jure suo jure (according to modern doctrine) Baroness Willoughby, also heir male, of William, the 5th Lord, was next brother and heir of Robert WILLOUGHBY, of the same (who died unmarried and under age, 24 March 1466/7, both being sons of Sir Robert WILLOUGHBY, of the same (who died 30 May 1465], by Cicely (died 1480), daughter (whose issue became coheir) of Lionel (de WELLES), 6th Lord WELLES, which Robert was son and heir of Sir Thomas Willoughby (who died before 1 July 1439) (e), next brother of the whole blood to Robert, 6th Lord Willoughby (died s.p.m. 25 July 1452), both being sons of William, 5th Lord Willoughby (died 4 December 1409). He was born 1453, being aged 14 at his brother's death, and had livery of his lands, having proved his age, 15 July 1474. On the death s.p. of his 2nd cousin Joan, circa 1474, as above stated, he should have succeeded de jure to the Barony of Willoughby (only); but he was unable to enjoy the title owing to the subsequent and retrospective attainder of her father and brother, the 7th and 8th Lords, in January-March 1474/5. He was made K.B. at the Coronation of Richard III, 6 July 1483, and frequently acted as a Commissioner of the peace, of array, of jail delivery, &c., in Suffolk, 1483-97. In the Parliament of 1485-86 the aforesaid attainders of the 7th and 8th Lords were reversed, whereupon Sir Christopher undoubtedly again became entitled to the Barony of Willoughby. But it being enacted at the same time that Sir Richard Hastings, the former husband of Joan, should have and retain for life the lands which were sometime of Robert, 6th Lord Willoughby, Sir Richard was styled, and styled himself, LORD WILLOUGHBY to the further exclusion of Sir Christopher. Nevertheless the latter, in later life, also styled himself LORD WILLOUGHBY and he was so described after his death. He was present at the Coronation of Elizabeth (of York), the Queen Consort, 25 November 1487.
He married, before 28 March 1482, Margaret, daughter of Sir William JENNEY, of Knoddishall, Suffolk, one of the Judges of the King's Bench, by his 1st wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas CAWSE. He died between 1 November 1498 and 13 July 1499, on which dates respectively his will, as Christopher Willoughby, Lord of Eresby, directing burial by the side of his father at Campsey, Suffolk, was dated and proved. She died 1515-16. [Complete Peerage XII/2:668-70, transcribed by Dave Utzinger]
NOTE: In the actual text of my CP, it states Cicely de Welle's death date as 1380, but this is obviously a mistake as her father Lionel was b. 1406. CP XII/2:449 note (j) indicates her death date is 1480.
(e) From the terms of an indenture of this date, relating to the inheritance of his s. Robert, it is clear that Sir Thomas was then dead. His wife was Joan, 2nd dau. and coh. of Sir Richard Arundel, of Witchampton afsd. and Brandon, co. Warwick.
Father: Robert WILLOUGHBY , of Parham & Witchampton, Sir b: ABT 1430 in Parham, Plomesgate, Suffolk, England
Mother: Cecily (Cicely) de WELLES b: ABT 1432 in Well, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England
Margaret JENNEY b: ABT 1455 in Knodishall, Blything, Suffolk, England
BEF 28 MAR 1482 1
- Elizabeth WILLOUGHBY b: ABT 1483 in Parham, Plomesgate, Suffolk, England
- Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000