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Sir William Alington, Knt., (d.1446), Lord of the Manor of both Bottisham & Horseheath, Cambridgeshire, was Speaker of the House of Commons 1429-30, Treasurer of The Exchequer, and High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire in 1438.

Descended from Sir Hildebrand de Alington, Under-Marshall to William 'The Conqueror' at the Battle of Hastings, Sir William Alington married Joanna, daughter of Sir William Burghe, Knight Banneret, Lord Chief-Justice of the King's Bench.

Alington's two sons, Sir William (d 5 July 1459), of Horseheath, and Robert, of Bottisham, both married daughters of the famous Sir John Argentyne, Knt.,of Great Wymondley Manor, Hertfordshire, by his wife Margaret Calthorpe (1380-1427). By this marriage, Sir William junior acquired the manor of Wymondley, which was held in Grand Sergeanty by the service of presentng the first cup at the Coronation of Kings of England; which service was performed by the Lords of that Manor into the 20th century.


  • Burke, John, Esq., History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland, London, 1834, vol.1, p.571.
  • Burke, Sir Bernard, C.B., LL.D., Ulster King of Arms Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire, London, 1883, p.4.
  • Clay, John W., F.S.A., (editor), The Visitation of Cambridge, made in 1575 & 1619, London, 1897, pps.14-17.
  • See also the earlier publication: The Cambridgeshire Visitation by Henry St.George, 1619, (from MSS. Phillipps, No.63, Edited by Sir T.Banks. Bart., and published by C.Gilmour, 1840), contains a large pedigree on page 2, of Alington, of Battersham, [sic] upon which can be seen this gentleman and his wife and their children.


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