William Hussey (judge)

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Sir William Hussey
Born 1443
Died 8 September 1495(1495-09-08) (aged 51–52)
Buried Sempringham
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Berkeley
John Hussey, 1st Baron Hussey of Sleaford
Sir Robert Hussey
Sir William Hussey
Elizabeth Hussey
Mary Hussey
Father John Hussey
Mother Elizabeth Nesfield

Sir William Hussey (or Huse or Husee) of Sleaford, Lincolnshire, SL (1443 – 8 September 1495) was an English lawyer who served as Attorney General and as Chief Justice of the King’s Bench.


William Hussey was the son of John Hussey or Huse or Husee of Old Sleaford, Lincolnshire, and wife Elizabeth Nesfield or Neffield of Yorkshire.[1]


He was a member of Gray's Inn, and on 16 June 1471 was appointed Attorney General, 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 was made a Serjeant-at-Law, and on 7 May 1481 was appointed Chief Justice of the King's Bench, in succession to Sir Thomas Billing, at a salary of 140 marks a year. This appointment was renewed at the ascension of each of 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.[2]

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.[2] He died 8 September 1495,[1] and was buried at Sempringham.[3] On 24 November of that year, Sir John Fineux succeeded him as Chief Justice.[2]

Marriage and issue[edit]

About 1474 Sir William Hussey married Elizabeth Berkeley (c. 1453 - 1504), daughter of Sir Thomas Berkeley of Wymondham, Leicestershire, and wife Petronella Brooksby. They had three sons and two daughters:


  1. ^ a b Doe 2004.
  2. ^ a b c Hamilton 1891, p. 332.
  3. ^ Maddison 1903, p. 526.
  4. ^ a b c d e Maddison 1903, p. 527.
  5. ^ Cross 2004.
  6. ^ Walter C. Metcalfe (1881), Visitation of Lincolnshire 1562-1564.


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