Name: William Hussey
Birth: 1436 in Sleaford, Lincs
Death: 8 AUG 1496 in Sempringham, Lincs
Occupation: Lord Chief Justice 1481-1495
MEM: Gray's Inn Hall, London: inscription in bow window
Change Date: 18 SEP 2008
SIR WILLIAM HUSSEY,Knt,, an eminent lawyer in the time of EDWARD IV, after filling the office of attorney-general, and having been called by write to the degree of serjeant at law, was constitued lord chief justice of the court of King's Bench, in the 17th of that monarch's reign, when he received an allowance of 140 marks, for greater state. He was living temp. HENRY VII, as is evident by this inscription over his arms, in the semicircular or bow window of Grey's Inn Hall, viz:
"W. House miles capitalis justiciarius de banco regis, temp. R. HENRY VIl"
In one of the windows of the chapel, belonging to the same inn, are his arms impaling those of his wife, with the following inscription: "Will. Hussee miles capitalis justic. as placita coram rege, et Elizabetha uxor ejus fillia Thomae Berkeley arm." The lady mentioned above was of the Berdeleys of Wymondham, and Sir William had issue by her:
1. John, his successor (Sir John, Baron Hussey)
2. Robert (Sir), whose grandson, Sir Edward Hussey, Bart. of Honington, co. Lincoln (so created by King JAMES I) was grandfather of Sir Thomas Hussey, with whom the baronetcy expired. Sir Thomas left two surviving daughter, his co-heirs, viz: Elizabeth, mar. Richard Ellis, Esq and d.s.p. and Sarah who married Robert Apreece, Esq. of Washingley, co Huntingdon and had issue, Thomas Apreece, whose son and heir, Thomas-Hussey Apreece, Esq. of Washingley was creatd a baronet 4 June 1792.
3. William, from whom descended the Husseys of Yorkshire
4. Elizabeth, married to Richard Grey, Earl of Kent
5. Mary married William Lord Willoughby
Sir William Hussey was sheriff of the co. Licoln, in the 22nd HENRY VIII. He married 2ndly to Ursula, daughter and co-heir of Sir Robert Lovell, Knt. and left two daughters, viz:
1. Margaret married to Richard D'Isney, Esq., of Norton D'Isney, co Lincoln, ancestor by her of the D'Isneys of Swinderby, co Lincoln and of the Hyde, co. Esses
2. Anne married William Gell, Esq., of Darley, co. Derby
Sir William died in the 3rd and 4th Philip and Mary. Arms: - Or, a cross, vert.
Another source of information on Sir William is The Dictionary of National Biography Founded in 1882 by George Smith. Edited by Sir Leslie Stephen and Sir Sidney Lee. Vo. X, Oxford University Press, 1917. Their article states:
HUSSEY or HUSE, Sir William (d. 1496), chief justice, was probably a son of the Sir Henry Huse who received a grant of free warren in the manor of Herting in Sussex in the eighth year of Henry Vi. Campbell, however, describes him as belonging to a Lincolnshire family of small means. He was a member of Gray's Inn, and on 16 June 1471 was apppointed attorney-gneral, with full power of deputing clerks and officers under him in courts of record. As attorney general he conducted the impeachment of the Duke of Clarence for treason. In Trinity term of 1478 he attained the degree of serjeant-at-law, and on 7 May 1481 was appointed chief justice of the king's bench, in succession to Sir Thomas Billing, as a salary of 140 marks a year. This appointment was renewed at the accession of eachof the next three kings, and under Henry VII he was also a commissioner to decide the claims made to fill various offices at the coronation.
In the first year of this reign he successfully protested against the king's practice of consulting the judges beforehand upon crown cases which they were subsequently to try. In June 1492 he was a commissioner to treat with the ambassadors of the king of France. He seems to have died late in 1495, as on 24 Nov of that year Sir John Fineux [q.v.] succeeded him as chief justice. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Berkeley of Wymondham, and had two sons, John, lord Hussey of Sleaford and Robert, from whom descend the Hussey family of Honnington, Leicestershire.
Father: John Hussey b: ABT 1417 in Sleaford, Lincolnshire
Mother: Elizabeth Neffield b: ABT 1419 in Yorkshire
- Robert Hussey b: ABT 1472
- John Hussey b: 1465