BELGRAVE, William, of Belgrave, Leics.
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s. and h. of John Belgrave. m. ?Isabel, da. of William Sandon, 2s.
Duchy of Lancaster bailiff of Sileby and Belgrave by 1399-bef. Mich. 1412; receiver of the duchy honour of Leicester in Leics. and Warws. by 1414-bef. Feb. 1416.1
The family of Belgrave, which included among its members Roger de Belgrave†, knight of the shire in 1327 and 1338, and Roger†, the mayor and parliamentary burgess of Leicester (respectively William’s grandfather and uncle), took its name from a township just to the north of Leicester, where it had been settled since the time of Henry II. Although William’s cousin, John Belgrave (d.1387), was the principal heir to the family lands (as well as to more at East Haddon in Northamptonshire), in 1375 he agreed that part of the estate at Belgrave should pertain to William’s father and in due course (probably in 1412) this passed along with property at North Kilworth to William himself.