William Herle

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Sir William Herle (1270–1347) was a British justice. He was first appointed as an attorney for the Common Bench in 1291, and was appointed as a Serjeant-at-law for the Bench in 1299 and was in regular attendance until 1320. In 1315 he was made a King's Serjeant, and in 1320 replaced John Benstead as a junior justice for the Common Bench, being knighted in the same year. He was absent from the court for three terms in 1321 while sitting as a justice on an Eyre in London with Hervey de Stanton, but otherwise served continuously as a junior justice until he replaced Stanton as Chief Justice in 1327. He left in 1329 to serve on two Eyres in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, and returned in 1331. He left again in 1333, although he returned the same year, serving until 1335, making him one of only two Chief Justices of the Common Pleas to be appointed and then leave on three separate occasions; the other, Sir John Stonor, was his replacement on two of those occasions.[1] He lived for another twelve years after retirement, dying in 1347.

Lord of the Manor[edit]

William Herle was The Lord of the Manor of Braunstone and overlord of Sir Simon Pakeman of Kirby Muxloe.[2]

Family[edit]

William Herle had a son, Robert who died in 1364. He also had a daughter, Margaret, who married Ralph Hastings (c1329-1346). Robert who inherited titles, estates and possessions from his father, left the manor of Kirby[disambiguation needed] to his sisters son, Sir Ralph Hastings when he died in1364 being the last male of the ancestral line.[3]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Hervey de Stanton
Chief Justice of the Common Pleas
1327–1329
Succeeded by
Sir John Stonor
Preceded by
Sir John Stonor
Chief Justice of the Common Pleas
1331–1333
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Scrope
Preceded by
Sir Henry Scrope
Chief Justice of the Common Pleas
1333–1335
Succeeded by
Sir John Stonor