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The Magna Charta Barons at Runnymede Home Page
This is the beginning of a project to provide profiles and biographical information about the Barons who were at Runnymede in June, 1215 in support of the Charter. The planned format is to eventually have a page for each of the Barons.
The 25 Surety Barons, listed in the Magna Charta, of whom 17 have left issue who survived, have received considerable genealogical attention so that the focus of the information on their pages will be biographical and historical.
The additional 200 Barons who are preliminarily listed below have not, to our knowledge, received the same attention from authors who have published genealogical research. The focus of the information on their pages will include some genealogical information as well as the biographical and historical information.
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This is a listing of the 25* Surety Barons of Magna Charta:
Lord of Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire d. 1236
Earl of Norfolk d. 1220
The Earl of Norfolk's heir d. 1225
HENRY DE BOHUN
Earl of Hereford d. 1220
RICHARD DE CLARE
Earl of Hertford d. 1217
GILBERT DE CLARE
The Earl of Hertford's heir d. 1230
Lord of Warkworth Castle, Northumberland d. 1240
Lord of Dunmow Castle, Essexshire d. 1234
WILLIAM DE FORTIBUS
Earl of Albemarle d. 1241
WILLIAM DE HARDELL
Mayor of London d. after 1216
WILLIAM DE HUNTINGFIELD
A feudal baron in Suffolk d. 1220
WILLIAM DE LANVALLEI
Lord of Stanway Castle, Essex d. 1217
JOHN DE LACIE
Lord of Halton Castle, Cheshire d. 1240
Lord of Curry-Malet, Somersetshire d. about 1217
GEOFFREY DE MANDEVILLE
Earl of Essex and Gloucester d. 1216
WILLIAM MARSHALL JR
The Earl of Pembroke's heir d. 1231
*ROGER DE MONTBEGON
Lord of Horneby, Lancashire d. 1226
RICHARD DE MONTFICHET
A feudal baron in Essex? d. after 1258
*ROGER DE MOWBRAY
A feudal baron in Northumberland d. 1218
WILLIAM DE MOWBRAY
Lord of Axholme Castle, Lincolnshire d. 1223
SAIRE DE QUINCEY
Earl of Winchester d. 1219
RICHARD DE PERCY
A feudal baron of Yorkshire d. 1244
ROBERT DE ROOS
Lord of Hamlake Castle, Yorkshire d. 1226
GEOFFREY DE SAYE
A feudal baron in Sussex? d. 1230
ROBERT DE VERE
Earl of Oxford d. 1221
EUSTACE DE VESCI
Lord of Alnwick, Northumberland d. 1216
*Note that Roger de Montbegon was an original Surety but was replaced by Roger de Mowbray. Neither had issue.
The 1994 Society Newsletter included a listing that Charles H. Browning who died in 1926 presented of Barons and others who he indicated were in arms to procure the Great Charter of Liberties from King John A.D. 1213-15. I am listing the longer of two lists excluding the 25 Surety Barons and Roger de Montbegon who was an original Surety but was replaced by Roger de Mowbray. We have not been able to ascertain his source for the listing. Since most of the members of the Society are descended from the Surety Barons and not these additional Barons, we have encouraged our members to undertake additional research to establish that these additional Barons were at Runnymede and to provide information concerning each. This is a listing of the Barons and others: