Name: William de Wauncy
Change Date: 14 SEP 2008
The namae of Vancy, twice written in Domesday, is supposed to have been derived from Vanci, or Wanchy, near Neufchatel, in Normandy. Hugh and Osbern "de Wanceio" each held fiefs in Suffolk in 1086: and Hugh was likewise the mesne-tenant of Earl Warrenne at West Barsham in Norfolk. Either by accident or design, his name is joined to his suzerain's in Leland's Roll, which gives
"Warenne et Wauncy
Chauvent et Chauncy."
In 1085 he appears as a witness to one of the Earl's charters to Castle Acre Priory, of which both he and his descendants were munificent benefactors. They continued in Norfolk about three hundred years. A Dominus de Wanci, whose Christian name is not given, is said by Roger Hoveden to have fallen at the siege of Acre in 1191.
One Sir William de Waunci received a writ of military summons in 1292: and two others were successively knights of the shire in 1332 and 1341. The last was the father of Sir Edmund, who served in the retinue of the Black Prince in Gascony, and had the good-fortune to take prisoner Philip of France, afterwards Duke of Burgundy, at Poitiers. He died in 1372, leaving an only son of his own name, then seven years old, who did not long survive him. The succession then passed to Sir Edmund's two sisters, Joan, wife of Sir Nicholas Damory, and Katherine, wife of Edmund de Gournay; but, as Joan was childless, West Barsham devolved on the Gournays. They quarter Gules a falcon displayed Argent as the coat of the Wancys; and it is certainly so given on the seal affixed by the last Sir William to one of his deeds, while a Roll of Arms of the time of Edward III. transforms the falcon into an eagle, and changes the tinctures:?
"Monsire de Wancy port d'argent a une egle espanie d'asur, beke et peds gueules."
Yet it seems incontestable that they usually bore the three gaunts, or gloves, that appear in the chancel window of West Barsham Church, and which Blomfield mistakes for "dexter hands couped at the wrist;" though hands are always erect in armory, and these are pendant. In another and earlier Roll of Arms (temp. Ed. II.), their number is increased to six:
"Sire William de Wauncy de goules a vj. gauns de argent."
- Katherine Wauncy b: in West Barsham, Norfolk
- Text: THE BATTLE ABBEY ROLL.
WITH SOME ACCOUNT OF THE NORMAN LINEAGES.
BY THE DUCHESS OF CLEVELAND.
IN THREE VOLUMES.?VOL. I
(Transcribed on 1066: A Medieval Mosiac