William Dacre, 2nd Baron Dacre

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William Dacre, 2nd Baron Dacre
Naworth Castle air 2.jpg
Naworth Castle, seat of the Dacre family
Noble familyDacre
Spouse(s)Catherine Neville
FatherRalph Dacre, 1st Baron Dacre
MotherMargaret de Multon, 2nd Baroness Multon of Gilsland

William Dacre, 2nd Baron Dacre (ca. 1319–1361) was an English peer. In the final months of his life he was also 3rd Baron Multon of Gilsland. In some sources he is called William de Dacre.


Dacre was the son of Ralph Dacre, 1st Baron Dacre (ca. 1290–1339), by his marriage to Margaret de Multon (died 1361), later suo jure Baroness Multon of Gilsland.[1]

Dacre inherited from his father (who commanded the English forces at the Battle of Dornock) the Barony of Dacre and from his mother that of Multon of Gilsland. He married Catherine Neville, daughter of Ralph Neville, 2nd Baron Neville de Raby, but died childless in 1361 and was succeeded in the baronies by his brother Ralph,[2] who was later succeeded by another brother, Hugh.[3]

He was summoned to Parliament on 25 November 1350.[4]

Dacre held the Lancashire manors of Skelmersdale, Whiston, Speke, and Parr, and he obtained a charter for the holding of a three-day market and moveable fair at Prescot, then also in Lancashire, to begin on the Wednesday following Corpus Christi. In this grant, Dacre is described as "parson of the church of Prescote", and he was undoubtedly its patron. In 1375, his brother Ralph was the rector of Prescot.[5]

Dacre died in 1361,[4] holding also the manor of Halton in Lancashire.[6]

Peerage of England
Preceded by
Ralph Dacre
Baron Dacre
Succeeded by
Ralph Dacre
Preceded by
Margaret Dacre
Baron Multon of Gilsland
Succeeded by
Ralph Dacre


  1. ^ Charles Kidd, & David Williamson, eds., Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (New York: St Martin's Press, 1990)
  2. ^ Sir Bernard Burke, A genealogical history of the dormant, abeyant, forfeited, and ... (1866), p. 152
  3. ^ George Fisher, A companion and key to the history of England (Simpkin and Marshall, 1832), p. 532
  4. ^ a b John Harris Nicolas, A synopsis of the peerage of England, vol. 1 (1825), p. 166
  5. ^ Edward Baines, William Robert Whatton, Brooke Herford, James Croston, The history of the county palatine and duchy of Lancaster, vol. 5 (J. Heywood, 1893), p. 2
  6. ^ Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, vol. 50 (Printed for the Society, 1900), p. 67