James Fiennes, 1st Baron Saye and Sele

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Lord Saye and Sele brought before Jack Cade 4th July 1450, 19th-century painting by Charles Lucy

James Fiennes, 1st Baron Saye and Sele (c. 1395 – 4 July 1450) was an English soldier and politician, son of Sir William Fiennes (Herstmonceux, Sussex, 1 August 1357 – 18 January 1401/1402) and wife Elizabeth Batisford (- bef. 1407).

Fiennes fought in the Hundred Years' War and served as High Sheriff of Kent in 1436 and High Sheriff of Surrey and Sussex in 1438.[1] He was Constable of Dover and Warden of the Cinque Ports from 1447 to 1450, and Lord High Treasurer of England from 1449 to 1450.

He was summoned to Parliament from 1446 to 1449 and is said to have been created Baron Saye and Sele by letters patent in 1447. Saye and Sele was a supporter of William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk, the principal power behind the throne of Henry VI.

After Suffolk's deposition and murder in 1450 he was imprisoned in the Tower and beheaded by a mob of the rebels in London under Jack Cade at the Standard in Cheapside on 4 July 1450. He was succeeded in the barony by his son William.


Sir John (de) Fiennes
Sir John (de) Fiennes
Jean Jordan
Sir William (de) Fiennes
Jean or John de Monceaux
Maud de Monceaux
Sir William Fiennes
Sir Geoffrey de Saye, first Baron Say (d. 1322)
Sir Geoffrey de Saye, 2nd Baron Saye
Idonea de Leyburn
Joane or Joan de Say
Guy de Beauchamp, 10th Earl of Warwick
Maud de Beauchamp
Alice de Toeni
James Fiennes
William Batisford or Battisford
Elizabeth Batisford or Battisford
Marjorie or Margaret (de) Peplesham
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Gloucester
Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports
Succeeded by
The Duke of Buckingham
Political offices
Preceded by
Marmaduke Lumley
Lord High Treasurer
Succeeded by
The Lord Beauchamp of Powick
Peerage of England
Preceded by
New Creation
Baron Saye and Sele
Succeeded by
William Fiennes


  1. ^ "Kent County History". The High Sheriffs Association of England and Wales. Retrieved 10 April 2011.