Lord of the Manor of Wingfield

Robert Ian Wingfield

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The title, “Lord of the Manor of Wingfield”, being the property of Wingfield Family Society (WFS), was assigned on 1 October 2023 to the elected President, Robert Ian Wingfield, at the WFS member meeting. He has the honor of being recognized as the Lord of the Manor of Wingfield for his three-year term of office with the rights and privileges thereto. At conclusion of his term as President, the title will automatically be conveyed to the newly elected President.

The Lordship of the Manor of Wingfield, situated in Suffolk County, England, went to auction, “Lot 2”, on 8 November 1989 at The Fanmaker’s Hall, St. Botolph’s Without, London, EC2 by the Surveyors Estate Agents and Valuers Bernard Thorpe of Hanover Square, London. With a successful bid of £8.000 ($14,000+), Vance G. Wingfield of Fort Worth, Texas, became the Lord of the Manor of Wingfield. This successful endeavor was possible due to donations raised from ninety generous contributors.

The Lordship of the Manor of Wingfield was then conveyed on 29 April 1991 by Vance G. Wingfield to the Wingfield Family Society and assigned to the President of the Wingfield Family Society, Wilsie (Wingfield) Carr for her remaining term in office. Since then, twelve Presidents of the Wingfield Family Society have had the honor of being recognized as the Lord or Lady of the Manor of Wingfield.

Lords of the Manor of Wingfield

Compiled by Jocelyn Wingfield, WFS Historian

1042-1087, 1087-1275Bishop of Thetford; 4 freemen including Ailmar Walter, son of Grip; Robert de Glanville; and Loernic from Robert Malet's mother; Bishop of Thetford; Abbot of Ely and Roger Bigod; Robert de Wingfield "6 generations before Michael de la Pole, 1384" [vis. Norfolk, 1563, 1589, 1613, p.312]
1276-?Prior of Thetford, Richard de Brews, and Geoffrey Frombauld, then William Frombauld Fleming
1276-pre-1307 ? Sir John de Wingfield I, husband of Anne née Peche ~ the 9th-great-grandparents of "Thomas of York River"
pre-1307-1326? Sir John de Wingfield II, husband of Elizabeth née Honypott ~ the 8th-great-grandparents of "Thomas of York River" through their son Thomas (later Sir Thomas de Wingfield)
1326-1362*? Sir John de Wingfield III Chief of Staff of the Black Prince husband of Eleanor (Alianore) nee de Glanville, who a daughter of Sir Gilbert de Glanville, Earl of Suffolk
1362-1388*Michael de la Pole, 1st Earl of Suffolk (husband of Katherine née Wingfield, daughter and the only heir of Sir John de Wingfield III)
1389-1397The Crown (King Richard II)
1397-1415*Michael de la Pole, 2nd Earl of Suffolk
Sep-Oct 1415Michael de la Pole, 3rd Earl of Suffolk
1415-1450William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk, K.G.
1450-1487John de la Pole, 2nd Duke of Suffolk, K.G.
1487-1495The Crown (King Henry VII)
1495-1504Edmund de la Pole, 4th Earl of Suffolk
1504-1509The Crown (King Henry VII)
1509-1538The Crown (King Henry VIII)
1538-1544Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk (grandson of Elizabeth Wingfield)
1544-1571Sir Henry Jerningham KB and Lady Frances, nee Baynham
1571-1619Henry Jerningham, Esquire
1619-ca.1625Thomas Jones, Esquire, and Robert Leman, Esquire
ca.1625-1636Thomas Catelyn, Esquire
1636-1660sRichard Catelyn
1660s-1702Sir Neville Catelyn, MP
1702-1735Sir Charles Turner, Baronet
1735-1758Philippa Leman
1758-1779Robert Leman, Doctor of Divinity
1779-1796Henry W. Wilson, Esquire
1796-1838Robert Wilson, 9th Baron Berners
1838-1851The Reverend Henry Wilson, 10th Baron Berners
1851-1856Henry W. Wilson, 11th Baron Berners
1856-1886Sir Robert Alexander Shafto Adair, 2nd Baronet and 1st Baron Waveney
1886-1902Sir Hugh Edward Adair, 3rd Baronet
1902-1915Sir Frederick Edward Shafto Adair, 4th Baronet
1915-1949Sir Robert Shafto Adair, 5th Baronet
1949-1988Sir Allan Henry Shafto Adair, 6th Baronet
1988-1989Lady Darell, née Adair
1989-1991Vance Gray Wingfield [approx. 54th "Lord of the Manor of Wingfield" (since it was initiated in 1042 with the Bishop of Thetford]
Apr-May 1991Wilsie Wingfield Carr, Belleair, Florida (WFS president 1988-91)
1991-1994Robert Warren Wingfield, Buffalo Grove, Illinois
1994-1997Dale Wingfield Ruf, Rockville, Maryland
1997-2000Vance Gray Wingfield, Fort Worth, Texas
2000-2003Robert "Bob" Eugene Carr, Belleair, Florida (husband of Wilsie Wingfield Carr)
2003-2006LeBron "Lee" Camp Preston, Long Beach, California (in right of his late wife, Charline Harmon Preston)
2006-2009Charles William "Billy" Wingfield, Goodwater, Alabama
2009-2012Harwood Wingfield "Wing" Hughes, Lithia, Florida
2012-2013Clovis Roland Haden, PhD, College Station, Texas
2013-2015John Dyson Wingfield, Jr., Macon, Georgia
2016-2019Samuel Curtis Batsell III, Esq. Arlington, Virginia
2020-2023Stephen David Chanko, Torrington, Connecticut
2024-2026Robert Ian Wingfield
London, UK

*Note: The 3rd and 4th Wingfield Manors (of Esham and of Chickering) were merged with the Main and Old Hall Manors in the 1330s. (source: Copinger’s Manors of Suffolk, IV, p. 108; Aldwell: Wingfield, Its Church, Castle & College, pp.2-4, p.116,  L&D,  WFS  pp. 60-61)

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Ninety Generous Contributors

Names are randomly (alphabetically by first initial) listed and the order shown does not reflect the amounts given:

Alice Hodson, Midlothian, VA; Ann Maria Butler, Richmond, VA; Betsey Hughes, Birmingham, AL; Betty Gamache, Richmond, VA; Bill Mahone, Charlottesville, VA; Cecil & Ruth Wingfield, Freemont, CA; Charles Liberty, Springfield, VA; Charline and Lee Preston, Walnut Creek, CA; Charlotte McWhorter, Concord, NC; Christine Kameen, Baltimore, MD; Clifford Wingfield, Castro Valley, CA; Dale and Ray Ruf, Rockville, MD; Dee Epps, Jonesboro, GA; Dennis Murphy, Highland Beach, FL; Derek Wingfield, Lexington, VA; Doris Wasden, West Valley, UT; Dorothy and Paul Shively, Little Rock, AR; Dr. and Mrs. Robert Wingfield, Burlington, Ontario; Dr. Albert Rayle, Jr, Atlanta, GA; Dr. Benjamin Koonce, Raleigh, NC; Dr. Billy Wingfield, Petersburg, VA; Dr. Burwell Wingfield, Lexington, VA; Dr. Richard Quarels, Princeton, NJ; Dr. Sidney Conolly, Corpus Christi, TX; Dr. William Wingfield, Jr., Mt Pleasant, SC; Edna James, Shreveport, LA; Edwin Wingfield, Urbana, OH; Bud and Opal Wingfield, Ault, CO; Elizabeth Caretto, Goleta, CA; Elva Wingfield, Phoenix, AZ; Emmett Wingfield III, Birmingham, AL; Evelyn Estes, Denver, CO; Fred and Martha Wingfield, Jr, Benton, AR; George Wingfield, Shepton Mallet, England; Gerry and Betty Dutton, El Dorado, AR; Gertrude Wingfield, Camp Verde, AZ; Gloria Wingfield, Shepton Mallet, England; Harrison Wingfield III, Longview, TX; Hart Shiver, Athens, GA; Hazel Spears, Porterville, CA; Hershel Wingfield, Rio Vista, CA; Hershel Wingfield, Jr., San Francisco, CA; Hettie Kimball, Greenwood, MS; Irene Wingfield, Phoenix, AZ; James Patterson, Austin, TX; Jane Gray, San Antonio, TX; Jimmie Wingfield, Kilgore, TX; Jocelyn Wingfield, London, England; John and Dorothy Wingfield, Perry, GA; John Wingfield, Olympia, WA; John Wingfield, Christ Church, New Zealand; Josephine Ray, Corpus Christi, TX; Judith Walker, El Paso, TX; Julia Gatling, Jackson, MS; Lee Britton, Petoskey, Ml; Lennie Mills, Corpus Christi, TX; Lenora Rogers, Hillsborough, NC; Lloyd Wingfield, Midway City, CA; Lois Wickham, Ashland, VA; Louis Wingfield, East Leroy, MI; Louis Wingfield, Mayer, AZ; Margaret Rowbottom, Simcoe, Ontario; Mark Wingfield, Park City, UT; Mary Lou Hilburn, Shreveport, LA; Mary Teel, Charlottesville, VA; Mary Wingfield, Bognor Regis, England; Middleton and Frances Wingfield, Jr., Memphis, TN; Mildred Wingfield, Richmond, Millie Wingfield, Deland, FL; Nancy Wingfield, Burwood, Australia; Olief Price, Hawkinsville, GA; Paula Weil, Corpus Christi, TX; Ralph Wingfield, St Claire Shores, MI; Richard Conolly, Corpus Christi, TX; Robert Wingfield, Barrie, Ontario; Robert Wingfield, Deland, FL; Robert Wingfield, Northbrook, IL; Robert Wingfield, N. Little Rock, AR; Ruth Wingfield, Arlington, TX; Ryan Wingfield, Lexington, VA; Sam Wingfield, Martinez, GA; Sam Wingfield III, Great Neck, NY; Sarella Wolff, Deland, FL; Scott Zen-Ruffinen, Randolph, MA; Susan Cavanagh, Athens, GA; Thomas Wingfield, Bellingham, WA; Tommie Wingfield, Ft Worth, TX; Troyce and Joseph Tullier, Baton Rouge, LA;  Vance Wingfield, Ft Worth, TX; Virginia Brickell, lndianola, MS; Virginia Tierney, Bakersfield, CA; Walter Wingfield III, Falls Church, VA; Wayne Wingfield, DVM, Ft Collins, CO; Wendy Wingfield, Arlington, TX; Wilsie and Bob Carr, Belleair, FL; Young and Lucille Orsburn, N. Little Rock, AR.

"Posse Nolle Nobile" — Latin for "To have the power without the wish is noble."

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