High Sheriff of Westmorland

Westmorland (sometimes spelled Westmoreland) no longer exists as a county, the original core of it having merged into the modern district of Eden within the county of Cumbria.

It should also be kept in mind that the traditional county of Westmorland was itself a new creation during the Middle Ages. It seems to have been treated as part of Yorkshire in the 11th century, and the eventual boundaries represented a merger between the original Westmorland, and the Barony of Kendal which was apparently originally considered part of the Honor of Lancaster, though it did not become part of Lancashire. Kendal is also now part of Cumbria.

The original Westmorland is sometimes referred to as Westmarieland and later referred to as the Barony of Appleby or Northern Westmorland.

The following is an "incomplete" list of historical High Sheriffs.

Except where separately referenced, names are taken from the website of the Public Records Office in Kew. The references given are also used throughout English archives.

Between the seventeenth century and 1849, the office was hereditary and was held by the Earls of Thanet.

*1129. Richard filius Gerardi de Appleby.

*1174. Ranulph de Glanville.
*1176. Ranulph de Glanville.
*1177. Ranulph de Glanville.

*c. 1189. Osbert de Longo Campo D MUS 2/10/24

*1192. Hugh Bardulf.
*1195. Hugh Bardulf.

*1199. Geoffrey filius Petri
*1201. Geoffrey Fitz Peter and Roger Bellocampo [Beauchamp] (under-sheriff?)(cf. The History and Antiquities of the Counties of Westmoreland and Cumberland. Vol. I)

*1200. William de Stuteville. D MUS 2/10/67.
*1202. William Stutevil and Philip Escrope (under-sheriff?)

*c. 1230. Alexander Bachucton D/WYB/2/115
*1235 John Vipont
*1241 Gilbert of Kirketon DDHV/70/1
*1241-43 John de Veteriponte
*mid 13th century. Roger de Stokes D/WYB/2/35
*before 1283 Thomas de Mussegrave D/WYB/2/38
*c. 1280-1290 William de Steynton D MUS 2/10/88
*c. 1283-1289 Sir Richard de Medburn D/WYB/2/42
*1284 Michael de Hartcla D/WYB/2/116
*1288 Robert de Morvill D/WYB/2/43
*1294 Thomas de Hellebek WD D/MD 40
*1312 1312 Robert de Morwyll D HC 2/11/6
*1317 Henry de Warthecopp D/WYB/2/117
*1320-1322 Hugh de Louther SC 8/151/7531 (Louther also served as sheriff from October 1320 to February 1322)
*1322-1323 Hugh de Louther SC 8/151/7531 (Louther did hold the office from December 1322 to July 1323, and it is possible that this short term was as a result of the complaints made in this petition (List of Sheriffs, p.150). However Louther also served as sheriff from October 1320 to February 1322)

*c. 1323-1325 Henry de Threlkeld C 49/45/14
*1329 Thomas de Waryekop D/WYB/2/123
*1330 Nicholas de Grendon SC 8/33/1650
*1333-1334? Robert de Sandford D MUS 2/10/32
*1342 Thomas de Musgrave D/WYB/2/124
*1345 Robert de Clifford
*1355 Hugh de la Boure C 131/9/17
*c. 1360 Roger Clifford SC 8/130/6466
*1380 William de Lancaster WD RY/BOX 92/53
*1389 Walter de Stirkeland SC 8/222/11077
*1402 Elizabeth Clifford SC 8/119/5945
*1403-1406 Thomas Warcop SC 8/23/1108 (Thomas Warcop of Lambert's Ash was sheriff between November 1403 and October/November 1406, and again (unless this is the son?) between September/October 1417 and October 1418)

*1406-1408 William de Thornburgh SC 8/23/1108 (sheriff between October/November 1406 and October/November 1408)

*1417-1418 Thomas Warcop SC 8/23/1108 (Thomas Warcop of Lambert's Ash was sheriff between November 1403 and October/November 1406, and again (unless this is the son?) between September/October 1417 and October 1418)

*1512 Henry Clifford C 131/97/16
*1643-1676 Anne Clifford
*1679-1680 John Tufton, 4th Earl of Thanet WD RY/BOX 86/21
*1680-1684 Richard Tufton, 5th Earl of Thanet
*1684–1729 Thomas Tufton, 6th Earl of Thanet
*1729-1753 Sackville Tufton, 7th Earl of Thanet
*1753-1786 Sackville Tufton, 8th Earl of Thanet DRO/021/102
*1786-1825 Sackville Tufton, 9th Earl of Thanet
*1825-1832 Charles Tufton, 10th Earl of Thanet
*1832-1849 Henry Tufton, 11th Earl of Thanet
*1849 George Edward Wilson [ [http://www.thepeerage.com/p17912.htm thePeerage.com Person Page - 17912] (accessed 27 January 2008)]
*1886 Edward Hugh Wilson of Dallam Tower esq. 1886 WD AG/Box 113
*1891: Thomas Atkinson Argles, of Eversley, Milnthorpe [LondonGazette|issue=26146|startpage=1653|date=24 March 1891|accessdate=2008-02-11]
*1900 Office declared vacant on bankruptcy PC 8/533
*1901 Maurice Bromley Wilson WD AG/Box 100
*1920 A. M. Sing ZDEH/35/53
*1953 Commander Richard Henley Torbock RN

References

* [http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk Public Records Office]


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