William Phelip, 6th Baron Bardolf

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Monument with recumbent effigies of William Phelip, 6th Baron Bardolf, and his wife Joan Bardolf, South Chapel of St Mary's Church, Dennington, Suffolk
Arms of Sir William Phelip, KG: Quarterly gules and argent, in the first quarter an eagle displayed or

William Phelip, 6th Baron Bardolf (died 6 June 1441)[1], KG, of Dennington in Suffolk, was Treasurer of the Household and Lord Chamberlain.


He was the son of Sir John Phelip of Dennington, Suffolk.


He is described as being a valiant soldier in the wars in France during the reign of King Henry V. He became Treasurer of the King's Household, and on the king's decease had the chief conduct of his funeral. He is said to have been created Lord Bardolf by letters patent of King Henry VI, but it does not appear that he ever had a summons to Parliament, although he bore that title. He was later appointed a Knight of the Garter and served as Chamberlain to King Henry VI.[2] By letters patent dated 23 October 1440 Sir William Phelip held the lordship of Horstead Manor.[3]

Marriage & progeny[edit]

He married Joan Bardolf (d.pre-1447), a daughter and co-heiress of Thomas Bardolf, 5th Lord Bardolf. She died before 1447, as in that year the executors of Joan, Lady Bardolf, sold her property of Erpingham manor, in St. Martin's at the Palace, at Norwich, to William Calthorpe. By Joan he left one daughter and sole heiress:

Acquires Bardolf barony and reversion[edit]

By his marriage to a daughter and co-heiress of the attainted Thomas Bardolf, 5th Lord Bardolf he acquired the title Baron Bardolf. Lord Bardolf's estates had been divided between Thomas Beaufort, 1st Duke of Exeter, the King's half-brother, George de Dunbar, 10th Earl of March, and the Queen, but the latter's share, on petition to the king by the husbands of both his daughters, namely Sir William de Clifford,[5] and his wife Anne Bardolf and of Sir William Phelip and his wife Joan Bardolf, the reversion after the Queen's death was granted to the representatives of the attainted Thomas Bardolf, 5th Lord Bardolf.[6]

Death & burial[edit]

He died on 6 June 1441[7] and was buried in the South Chapel of St Mary's Church, Dennington, Suffolk, where survives his monument with recumbent effigies of himself and his wife. The Norfolk Visitations mention the will, dated 1 September 1438, of William Phelipp, Lord Bardolf, in which John Heydon, esquire, was appointed one of the executors.[8]


  1. ^ Millican, Percy, A History of Horstead & Stanninghall, Norfolk, Norwich, 1937
  2. ^ Banks, T.C., The Dormant & Extinct Baronage of England &c., from the Norman Conquest to the year 1806, London, 1808, vol II: 26-30
  3. ^ Millican (1937)
  4. ^ Corder (1981) p.186
  5. ^ Richardson, Douglas, Plantagenet Ancestry, Baltimore, Md., 2004, pps:215 & 223, ISBN 0-8063-1750-7 where it is assumed he is the son of Roger de Clifford, 5th Baron Clifford, who was Sheriff of both Westmoreland and Cumberland and Governor of Carlisle Castle.
  6. ^ Burke, Messrs., John & John Bernard, The Extinct & Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland, and Scotland 2nd edition, London, 1841: 22-23 & 594
  7. ^ Millican, Percy, A History of Horstead & Stanninghall, Norfolk, Norwich, 1937
  8. ^ Bulwer, Brigadier-General, editor, The Visitation of Norfolk 1563, Norwich, 1895: 210


  • Corder, Joan, FSA., editor, The Visitation of Suffolk 1561 made by William Hervy, Clarenceux King of Arms, London, 1981, part 1, p. 186.