FITZHERBERT, William (c.1520-?59), of Lichfield and Swynnerton, Staffs. and the Inner Temple, London.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Mar. 1553

Family and Education

b. c.1520, 4th surv. s. of Sir Anthony Fitzherbert of Norbury, and bro. of Thomas. educ. I. Temple. m. Elizabeth, da. and coh. of Humphrey Swynnerton of Swynnerton and Hilton, Staffs., 2s. 1da.1

Offices Held

Queen’s serjeant, I. Temple 1553-5, bencher 1556.


When his father died, leaving him three gilt goblets, a gilt standing cup and half a dozen silver spoons, William Fitzherbert was on the threshold of a legal career which but for his early death might also have ended on the judicial bench. Among those who employed his services was William, Lord Paget, who as the patron of Lichfield was