Sir William CROMER of Willingham ( - )

1. Sir William CROMER of Willingham was a Lord Mayor of London. He married Margaret Squery, B. Poynings?.


Margaret Squery, B. Poynings? and William CROMER had the following children:



Emmeline CRO(W)MER ( - )

Second Generation

2. Emmeline CRO(W)MER, daughter of Sir William CROMER of Willingham and Margaret Squery, B. Poynings?, married James FIENES circa 1419 in Willingham, Cambridgeshire.


James FIENES was the son of William FIENES (1357-1402) and Elizabeth BATISFORD ( - ). He and Emmeline CRO(W)MER had the following children:



William FIENES (c. 1442-1471)

Third Generation

3. Sir William FIENES, son of James FIENES and Emmeline CRO(W)MER, was born circa 1442 in Broughton Castle, Oxfordshire. He had the title '2nd Baron Saye and Sele'. He died on 14 April 1471 in the Battle of Barnet. He married Margaret WICKHAM.


"Only son and heir sum. to Parl. 1451. Sold his Father's Patent of Dover Castle and Warden of the Cinque Ports to Humphrey Duke of Buckingham. Appointed Constable of Porchester, and Pevensey Castles, for life, 1461. Slain at the Battle of Barnet, 1471

Constable of Porchester Castle and of Pevensey Castle for life, Vice Admiral to the Earl of Warwick, then High Admiral of England. He accompanied Edward IV on his flight into Flanders and his triumphal return to England at Ravenspur. The marriage of the second baron accounts for the rise of this branch of the family. He married Margaret Wykeham (died shortly before 30 May 1477), daughter and heiress of William Wykeham, otherwise Parrott, of Broughton Castle, Oxford. Her father was son and heir of Sir Thomas Wykeham, otherwise Parrott, third and only son to leave issue of William Parrott of Ash, near Overton, Hants, by Alice Champneys, daughter and heiress of William Champneys by Agnes, sister of William of Wykeham (1324–1404), Bishop of Winchester from 1367 until death. By this marriage the Fiennes family acquired Broughton Castle which remains in 2000 the seat of the Lords Saye and Sele. For the next five generations, a thin line of only sons inherited Broughton Castle, but they did not assume the title and were never called to Parliament. The title was dormant, meaning that the rightful claimants never asserted their title.


Margaret WICKHAM (also known as Margaret WYKEHAM) was the daughter of William WICKHAM ( - ). She and William FIENES had the following children:



Henry FIENES (c. 1454-1476). Henry was born circa 1454 in Broughton Castle. He had the title '3rd Baron Saye and Sele'. He married Ann(e) HARCOURT circa 1473 in Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire. He died on [Julian] 1 August 1476. He was buried in Broughton Castle.