MORE, William II (d.1434), of Carlisle, Cumb.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1386-1421, ed. J.S. Roskell, L. Clark, C. Rawcliffe., 1993
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Family and Education

m. by 1414, Cecily (b.c. 1385) of Bowness and Dalston, 1s.1

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Nothing is known for certain about William before he was returned to Parliament in 1407, although he may well have been a relative of John More I*, who had represented Cumberland three years earlier. At some point before May 1421, William was sued for trespass by a local clergyman, but he then managed to obtain a royal pardon annulling the sentence of outlawry passed against him because of his failure to appear in court. At this time he was living in Carlisle, but the death of hiw wife’s neice, Joan Whytheved, shortly afterwards, brought him a modest estate in Salkeld, Bowness and Dalston, which he occupied immediately. The inquisition post mortem taken on Joan’s property in July 1425 found that he had been in possession of these tholdings for at least two years; and he was accordingly fined for entering without royal permission. In May 1426, however, the escheator of Cumberland was ordered to make a formal surrender to him and his wife of the land in question, so he eventually made good his title.2

Meanwhile, William attended the elections held in Carlistle to the Parliament of 1425. By the time of his death, which occurred on 28 Oct. 1434, he had evidently settled all his property on trustees, since the jurors at his own inquisition post mortem, among whom was another of his kinsmen, Thomas More II*, found that he held no lands-in-chief of the Crown. His son, John, was said to be over 20 years old, and duly succeeded both his father and mother.3

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: C.R.


  • 1. C139/16/26, 68/6.
  • 2. CPR, 1416-22, p. 345; 1422-9, p. 333; CFR, xv. 132; C139/16/26.
  • 3. C139/68/6; C219/13/3; CFR, xvi. 216.