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Sheriffs of Nottingham

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2015-07-23. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-05-29.

Among the chief contents of this page are lists of...

  • suggested originals of the traditional Sheriff of Nottingham character
  • records relating to historical sheriffs of Nottinghamshire
  • historical sheriffs of Nottinghamshire.


The latter will in time, it is hoped, become complete for the medieval period.[1] From 1449, if not earlier, to 1834 a sheriff was appointed for each of Nottingham's two boroughs, but since 1835, when the boroughs were abolished, only one sheriff is appointed each year.[2] For most of the medieval period Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire formed one bailiwick. Unless otherwise indicated, sheriffs in office before 1449 can be assumed to have served this larger bailiwick.

I will add more sheriffs to the list as I find them. The list is based on both primary and secondary sources; little attempt has been made so far to verify the information or resolve apparent conflicts. The year-by-year arrangement makes it possible to list potentially conflicting items of information separately, which should alert the reader to the presence of possible errors in my sources. However, as one sheriff may have been temporarily replaced by another, it cannot in such cases be assumed without further research that one or more of my sources is in error.

A note on terminology

The Old English word 'scīrgerefa', 'shire reeve', developed into the Middle English and Modern English word 'sheriff'. However, within ten years after the Conquest, William I had replaced all English sheriffs with Normans for whom he chose "the title of Vicomte, because there were similarities between the vicomte's office in Normandy and that of the sheriff in England".[3] The Middle Latin term 'vice-comes', the equivalent of Old French 'visconte' (or 'vicomte' as in Modern French), persisted in (Middle) Latin writings produced in Britain but was largely replaced in the English language by the native term, which had reasserted itself within a hundred years or so.[4] 'Viscount', the Modern English reflex of Old French 'visconte', may refer to a person 'acting as the deputy or representative of a count or earl in the administration of a district; in English use spec. a sheriff or high sheriff'.[5] This, of course, is only one of its significations, and nowadays it certainly is not the most common one. The obsolete English word 'vice-count', recorded 1461-1673,[6] meant 'viscount', but apparently it did not mean 'viscount' in the specific sense of 'sheriff'.

Occasionally modern literary scholars choose to translate the Middle Latin word 'vice-comes' occurring in chronicle accounts of Robin Hood as 'viscount' (in quotation marks) even when it manifestly refers to Robin Hood's old foe of Nottingham. I am pretty certain this is good old ignorance at work, but since the English word 'viscount' is now rarely used to refer to a sheriff – and Google did not know a single occurrence of the exact phrase 'Robin Hood and the Viscount of Nottingham' when I wrote this – modern readers are left with the impression that there must be something somewhat wrong or deeply right about the Latin chronicle's 'vice-comes': they will likely begin to think that the chronicler misunderstood something or that, on the contrary, he knew something we don't and Robin Hood's enemy was in fact (originally) a viscount in the current sense of a 'member of the fourth order of the British peerage, ranking between an earl and a baron.'[5] The former is not the case, the latter may be, but the chronicler's use of the term 'viscount' is not a sign of it. As noted by the OED, 'vice-comes' was the usual Middle Latin rendering of the English word "sheriff"[7]. The former should accordingly be translated as the latter unless it manifestly means something else. Incidentally, as the OED notes with regard to the word 'viscount' used in the sense of a 'member of the fourth order of the British peerage':[8] 'This use of the title dates from the reign of Henry VI, when John, Baron Beaumont, was created Viscount Beaumont by letters patent of 12th February, 1440.' It was thus a brand new invention at the time when a Scottish canon far away in an abbey on the Firth of Forth wrote about Robin Hood and a certain 'vice-comes'. He could hardly have heard of it, and it certainly was not what he meant by the Latin term.

Suggested originals of the traditional character

The following historical officials have been suggested as the inspiration for the traditional character:

  • Philip Mark, sheriff of Nottingham 1209-24, had the custody of Sherwood forest 1212-17.[9]
  • Brian de Lisle, sheriff of Yorkshire 1233-34, chief forester of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire 1207-17.[9]
  • John de Segrave, keeper of Nottingham castle from 1308 to 1325, justice of the forest beyond the Trent from 1308 to 1315.[10]
  • Robert Ingram, sheriff of Nottingham from 26 November 1322 to 27 March or 1 June 1323, from 16 February 1327 to 16 November 1328 and from 10 January to 24 February 1334.[11]
  • Sir Henry de Faucumberg, sheriff of Nottingham from 29 November 1318 to 5 November 1319 and from 27 March or 1 June 1323 to the Easter of 1325,[11] sheriff of Yorkshire from April 1325 to 30 September 1327 and from 16 August 1328 to 5 December 1330, keeper of Nottingham castle from 4 October 1325 to mid-December of that year, keeper of York castle from 1327 to 5 December 1330.[12]Also see next section.</p>
  • John de Oxenford, sheriff of Nottinghamshire from February to March 1334, from July 1334 to June 1335, and from March 1336 to March 1339.[13]

Records relating to historical sheriffs of Nottinghamshire

Henry de Fauconberg

Historical sheriffs of Nottinghamshire

11th century

  • 1068 – William Peverel[14]
  • 1069 – Hugh FitzBaldric[14]
  • 1070 – Hugh FitzBaldric[14]
  • 1071 – Hugh FitzBaldric[14]
  • 1072 – Hugh FitzBaldric[14]
  • 1073 – Hugh FitzBaldric[14]
  • 1074 – Hugh FitzBaldric[14]
  • 1075 – Hugh FitzBaldric[14]
  • 1076 – Hugh FitzBaldric[14]
  • 1077 – Hugh FitzBaldric[14]
  • 1078 – Hugh FitzBaldric[14]
  • 1079 – Hugh FitzBaldric[14]
  • 1080 – Hugh FitzBaldric[14]
  • 1081 – Hugh de Port[14]
  • 1082 – Hugh de Port[14]
  • 1083 – Hugh de Port[14]
  • 1084 – Hugh de Port[14]
  • 1085 – Hugh de Port[14]
  • 1086 – Hugh de Port[14]
  • 1087 – Hugh de Port[14]
  • 1100 – Richard, son of Gotse; sheriff by Christmas.[15]

12th century

  • 1101 – ? Richard, son of Gotse.[16]
  • 1102 – Richard, son of Gotse.[17]
  • 1103 – Richard, son of Gotse; recorded as sheriff at Christmas.[18]
  • 1104 – ? Richard, son of Gotse.[19]
  • 1105 – ? Richard, son of Gotse.[19]
  • 1105 – Helgot[14]
  • 1106 – ? Richard, son of Gotse.[19]
  • 1107 – ? Richard, son of Gotse.[19]
  • 1108 – ? Richard, son of Gotse.[19]
  • 1109 – ? Richard, son of Gotse.[19]
  • 1110 – Richard, son of Gotse.[20]
  • 1111 – Robert de Heriz.[21]
  • 1114 – William I, Peveril[14]
  • 1125 – Roger de Lovetot[14]
  • 1127 – Ivo de Heriz[22]
  • 1128 – Ivo de Heriz[22]
  • 1129 – Ivo de Heriz[22]
  • 1129 – William Peverel the Younger[14]
  • 1130 – Osbert Silvain.[23]
  • 1130 – William Peverel the Younger[14]
  • 1131 – William Peverel the Younger[14]
  • 1132 – William Peverel the Younger[14]
  • 1133 – William Peverel the Younger[14]
  • 1134 – William Peverel the Younger[14]
  • 1135 – William Peverel the Younger[14]
  • 1136 – William Peverel the Younger[14]
  • 1137 – William Peverel the Younger[14]
  • 1138 – William Peverel the Younger[14]
  • 1139 – William Peverel the Younger[14]
  • 1140 – William Peverel the Younger[14]
  • 1141 – William Peverel the Younger[14]
  • 1142 – William Peverel the Younger[14]
  • 1143 – William Peverel the Younger[14]
  • 1144 – William Peverel the Younger[14]
  • 1145 – William Peverel the Younger[14]
  • 1146 – William Peverel the Younger[14]
  • 1147 – William Peverel the Younger[14]
  • 1148 – William Peverel the Younger[14]
  • 1149 – William Peverel the Younger[14]
  • 1150 – William Peverel the Younger[14]
  • 1151 – William Peverel the Younger[14]
  • 1152 – William Peverel the Younger[14]
  • 1153 – William Peverel the Younger[14]
  • 1154 – Osbert Sylvanus[14]
  • 1154 – Robert de Perario. From 29 September (Michaelmas).[24]
  • 1155 – Robert de Perario. Entire year.[24]
  • 1155 – Ralph FitzEngelram.[25]
  • 1156 – Robert de Perario. To 29 September (Michaelmas).[24]
  • 1156 – Randolph son of Engelram. From 29 September (Michaelmas).[26]
  • 1157 – Ralph FitzEngelram. Entire year.[24]
  • 1158 – Ralph FitzEngelram. Entire year.[24]
  • 1159 – Ralph FitzEngelram. Entire year.[24]
  • 1160 – Ralph FitzEngelram. Entire year.[26]
  • 1161 – Ralph FitzEngelram. Entire year.[26]
  • 1162 – Ralph FitzEngelram. Entire year.[26]
  • 1163 – Ralph FitzEngelram. Entire year.[26]
  • 1164 – Ralph FitzEngelram. Entire year.[26]
  • 1165 – Ralph FitzEngelram. To 29 September (Michaelmas).[24]
  • 1165 – Robert FitzRalph. From 29 September (Michaelmas).[26]
  • 1166 – Robert FitzRalph. Entire year.[26]
  • 1167 – Robert FitzRalph. Entire year[26]
  • 1168 – Robert FitzRalph. Entire year.[26]
  • 1169 – Robert FitzRalph. Entire year.[24]
  • 1169 – William FitzRalph.[14]
  • 1170 – Robert FitzRalph. To Easter.[24]
  • 1170 – William FitzRalph. From Easter.[24]
  • 1170 – William FitzRalph. Entire year.[14]
  • 1171 – William FitzRalph. Entire year.[26]
  • 1172 – William FitzRalph. Entire year.[26]
  • 1173 – William FitzRalph. Entire year.[26]
  • 1174 – William FitzRalph. Entire year.[26]
  • 1175 – William FitzRalph. Entire year.[26]
  • 1176 – William FitzRalph. Entire year.[24]
  • 1177 – William FitzRalph. Entire year.[24]
  • 1177 – William FitzRalph and Serlo de Grendon.[14]
  • 1178 – Serlo de Grendon.[14]
  • 1178 – William FitzRalph. Entire year.[24]
  • 1179 – William FitzRalph. Entire year.[24]
  • 1179 – William FitzRalph and Serlo de Grendon.[14]
  • 1180 – William FitzRalph. To 29 September (Michaelmas).[24]
  • 1180 – Ralph Murdach. From 29 September (Michaelmas).[26]
  • 1181 – Ralph Murdach. Entire year.[26]
  • 1182 – Ralph Murdach. Entire year.[27]
  • 1183 – Ralph Murdach. Entire year.[27]
  • 1184 – Ralph Murdach. Entire year.[27]
  • 1185 – Ralph Murdach. Entire year.[27]
  • 1186 – Ralph Murdach. Entire year.[27]
  • 1187 – Ralph Murdach. Entire year.[27]
  • 1188 – Ralph Murdach. Entire year.[27]
  • 1189 – Ralph Murdach. To 29 September (Michaelmas).[27]
  • 1190 – Roger de Lacy.[14]
  • 1191 – Roger de Lacy.[14]
  • 1191 – William de Wendenal.[14]
  • 1192 – William de Wendenal.[14]
  • 1193 – William de Wendenal.[28]
  • 1194 – William de Wendenal.[14]
  • 1194 – William de Ferrers, 4th Earl of Derby (sheriff for seven weeks).[14]
  • 1194 – William Brewer.[14]
  • 1195 – William Brewer.[14]
  • 1195 – William Brewer.[14]
  • 1197 – William Brewer.[14]
  • 1198 – William Brewer.[14]
  • 1198 – William Brewer.[14]
  • 1200 – Hugh Bardulf and William de Lech.[14]

13th century

Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire formed one bailiwick.

  • 1201 – Hugh Bardulf and William de Lech.[14]
  • 1202 – Hugh Bardulf and Reginald de Karduil.[14]
  • 1203 – Robert de Vieuxpont and Richard Beauchamp.[14]
  • 1204 – Robert de Vieuxpont and Richard Beauchamp.[14]
  • 1205 – Robert de Vieuxpont and Richard Beauchamp.[14]
  • 1206 – Robert de Vieuxpont and Richard Beauchamp.[14]
  • 1207 – Robert de Vieuxpont and Richard Beauchamp.[14]
  • 1208 – Robert de Vieuxpont and Richard Beauchamp.[14]
  • 1208 – Gerard De Atia and Philip Marc.[14]
  • 1209 – Philip Mark (entire year)[9] and Peter Markes.[14]
  • 1210 – Philip Mark (entire year)[9] and Peter Markes.[14]
  • 1211 – Philip Mark (entire year)[9] and Peter Markes.[14]
  • 1212 – Philip Mark (entire year)[9] and Eustace de Lowtham.[14]
  • 1213 – Philip Mark. Entire year.[9]
  • 1214 – Philip Mark. Entire year.[9]
  • 1215 – Philip Mark. Entire year.[9]
  • 1216 – Philip Mark. Entire year.[29]
  • 1217 – Philip Mark. Entire year.[29]
  • 1218 – Philip Mark. Entire year.[29]
  • 1219 – Philip Mark. Entire year.[29]
  • 1220 – Philip Mark. Entire year.[29]
  • 1221 – Philip Mark. Entire year.[29]
  • 1222 – Philip Mark. Entire year.[9]
  • 1222 – Ralph Fitz Nicholas.[14]
  • 1223 – Philip Mark. Entire year.[9]
  • 1223 – Ralph Fitz Nicholas.[14]
  • 1224 – Philip Mark. Entire year.[9]
  • 1224 – Ralph Fitz Nicholas.[14]
  • 1225 – Ralph Fitz Nicholas and Hugo le Bell.[14]
  • 1225 – Sir Walter de Eastwood.[30]
  • 1226 – Ralph Fitz Nicholas and Hugo le Bell.[14]
  • 1227 – Ralph Fitz Nicholas and Hugo le Bell.[14]
  • 1228 – Ralph Fitz Nicholas and Hugo le Bell.[14]
  • 1229 – Ralph Fitz Nicholas and Hugo le Bell.[14]
  • 1230 – Ralph Fitz Nicholas and Hugo le Bell.[14]
  • 1231 – Ralph Fitz Nicholas and Hugo le Bell.[14]
  • 1232 – Ralph Fitz Nicholas and Hugo le Bell.[14]
  • 1232 – Eustace de Lowtham.[14]
  • 1233 – Ralph Fitz Nicholas and William le Derley.[14]
  • 1234 – Ralph Fitz Nicholas and William le Derley.[14]
  • 1234 – Brian de Lisle.[14]
  • 1235 ?
  • 1236 – Hugh Fitz Ralph and Robert de Vavasour, Lord of Bilborough.[14]
  • 1237 – Hugh Fitz Ralph and Robert de Vavasour, Lord of Bilborough.[14]
  • 1238 – Hugh Fitz Ralph and Robert de Vavasour, Lord of Bilborough.[14]
  • 1239 – Hugh Fitz Ralph and Robert de Vavasour, Lord of Bilborough.[14]
  • 1240 – William de Cantilupe and Baldwin de Pannton.[14]
  • 1241 – William de Cantilupe and Baldwin de Pannton.[14]
  • 1242 – Baldwin de Pannton.[14]
  • 1243 – Baldwin de Pannton.[14]
  • 1244 – Baldwin de Pannton.[14]
  • 1245 – Baldwin de Pannton.[14]
  • 1246 – Baldwin de Pannton.[14]
  • 1247 – Robert de Vavasor.[14]
  • 1248 – Robert de Vavasor.[14]
  • 1249 – Robert de Vavasor.[14]
  • 1250 – Robert de Vavasor.[14]
  • 1251 – Robert de Vavasor.[14]
  • 1252 – Robert de Vavasor.[14]
  • 1253 – Robert de Vavasor.[14]
  • 1254 – Robert de Vavasor.[14]
  • 1255 – Robert de Vavasor to May 10.[31]
  • 1255 – Roger de Lovetot from May 11.[31]
  • 1256 – Roger de Lovetot to Feb. 8 or later.[32]
  • 1257 – Sir Walter De Eastwood.[14]
  • 1257 – Roger de Lovetot.[33]
  • 1258 – Sir Walter De Eastwood to April or May.[14]
  • 1258 – Roger de Lovetot; from April or May.[14]
  • 1258 – Simon De Heydon from Oct. 28.[34]
  • 1259 – Simon De Heydon.[14]
  • 1260 – Simon de Aslockton.[14]
  • 1261 – John de Balliol and Simon de Heydon.[14]
  • 1262 – John de Balliol and Simon de Heydon.[14]
  • 1263 – William FitzHerbert and his son Henry.[14]
  • 1264 – William FitzHerbert and his son Henry.[14]
  • 1265 – Reginald de Grey, 1st Baron Grey de Wilton, and Hugh de Stapleford.[14]
  • 1265 – Simon de Headon.[35]
  • 1266 – Reginald de Grey, 1st Baron Grey de Wilton, and Hugh de Stapleford.[14]
  • 1267 – Reginald de Grey, 1st Baron Grey de Wilton, and Hugh de Stapleford.[14]
  • 1267 – Simon de Hedon, but from 29 September, Gerard his son and Hugh de Stapleford.[14]
  • 1268 – Reginald de Grey, 1st Baron Grey de Wilton, and Hugh de Stapleford.[14]
  • 1269 – Reginald de Grey, 1st Baron Grey de Wilton, and Hugh de Stapleford.[14]
  • 1270 – Hugh de Stapleford and Walter, Archbishop of York.[14]
  • 1271 – Hugh de Stapleford and Walter, Archbishop of York.[36]
  • 1272 – Walter Giffard, archbishop of York.[14]
  • 1273 ?
  • 1274 – Walter Giffard, archbishop of York.[37]
  • 1275 ?
  • 1276 ?
  • 1277 ?
  • 1278 – Reginald de Grey, 1st Baron Grey de Wilton; no later than 29 September.[14]
  • 1278 – Gervasse de Willesford and John de Annesley; from September 29.[14]
  • 1279 – Sir Gervase Clifton (d.1323) of Clifton Hall, Nottingham.[14]
  • 1280 – Sir Gervase Clifton (d.1323) of Clifton Hall, Nottingham.[14]
  • 1281 – Sir Gervase Clifton (d.1323) of Clifton Hall, Nottingham.[14]
  • 1282 – Sir Gervase Clifton (d.1323) of Clifton Hall, Nottingham.[14]
  • 1283 – Sir Gervase Clifton (d.1323) of Clifton Hall, Nottingham.[14]
  • 1284 ?
  • 1285 – John de Annesley.[14]
  • 1286 – John de Annesley, sheriff in 15 Edward I[38] (20 Nov. 1286 –19 Nov. 1287); probably from beginning of year as he was also sheriff in 1285.
  • 1287 – John de Annesley, sheriff in 15 Edward I[38] (20 Nov. 1286 –19 Nov. 1287).
  • 1288 ?
  • 1289 ?
  • 1290 – Gervase de Clifton; no later than 29 September.[14]
  • 1290 – William de Chaddewich and Hugh de Stapelford; from 29 September.[14]
  • 1291 – William de Chaworth.[14]
  • 1292 ?
  • 1293 – Phillip of Paunton.[14]
  • 1294 ?
  • 1295 – Walter de Goushill of Hoveringham.[14]
  • 1296 ?
  • 1297 – John de Harrington.[14]
  • 1298 – Ralph de Shirley.[14]
  • 1299 ?
  • 1300 – Richard de Furneaux.[14]

14th century

Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire formed one bailiwick.

  • 1301 – Ralph de Shirley.[14]
  • 1302 ?
  • 1303 – Peter Picott.[14]
  • 1304 ?
  • 1305 ?
  • 1306 ?
  • 1307 – William de Chellaston.[14]
  • 1308 – Peter Picott and William de Chellaston.[14]
  • 1309 – John de Strichesley.[14]
  • 1310 – Thomas de Swyneford.[14]
  • 1311 – Ralph de Crophulle.[14]
  • 1312 – John de la Beche.[14]
  • 1313 – Ralph de Crophulle.[14]
  • 1315 – John Beaufie.[14]
  • 1316 ?
  • 1317 ?
  • 1318 – Sir Henry de Faucumberg. From November 29.[39]
  • 1319 – Sir Henry de Faucumberg. To November 5.[39]
  • 1319 – Hugo de Stokes. Henry de Fauconbridge.[14]
  • 1320 – Sir John Darcy.[14]
  • 1321 – Sir John Darcy.[14]
  • 1322 – John Darcy[14] 'le neveu'. To 26 November.[40]
  • 1322 – Robert Ingram.[14] From 26 November.[41]
  • 1323 – Robert Ingram. To March 27 or June 1.[41]
  • 1323 – Sir Henry de Faucumberg.[14] From March 27 or June 1.[41]
  • 1324 – Sir Ralph de Braylesford of Brailsford, Derbyshire.[14]
  • 1324 – Sir Henry de Faucumberg. Perhaps out of office for three days in November.[39]
  • 1325 – Sir Henry de Faucumberg. To Easter.[39]
  • 1327 – Robert Ingram.[14] From 16 February.[41]
  • 1328 – Robert Ingram. To 16 November.[41]
  • 1329 – Thomas de Longvillers.[14]
  • 1329 – Henry Fauconberg and Edmund de Cressy.[14]
  • 1330 – John Bret.[14]
  • 1331 – Robert de Joice.[14]
  • 1332 ?
  • 1333 ?
  • 1334 – Robert Ingram. From 10 January to 24 February.[41]
  • 1334 – John de Oxenford.[14] From January 24 to March (31?).[13]
  • 1334 – ? From March or April to June or July.[13]
  • 1334 – John de Oxenford. From July to end of year.[13]
  • 1335 – John de Oxenford. To June.[13]
  • 1335 – ? From June or July to end of year.[13]
  • 1336 – ? From January to February or March.[13]
  • 1336 – John de Oxenford. From March to end of year.[42]
  • 1337 – John de Oxenford. Entire year.[13]
  • 1338 – John de Oxenford. Entire year.[13]
  • 1338 – Giles de Meynell.[14]
  • 1339 – John de Oxenford. To March.[13]
  • 1340 ?
  • 1341 – Hugo de Hercy.[14]
  • 1342 – Nicholaus de Longford.[14]
  • 1343?
  • 1344 – John de Musters.[14]
  • 1345 – Gervase de Clifton (1313–1391) of Clifton Hall, Nottingham.[14]
  • 1346 – Thomas de Bekeringe.[14]
  • 1347 – John de Vaux.[14]
  • 1348 ?
  • 1349 ?
  • 1350 – Johannes Walleys.[14]
  • 1351 ?
  • 1352 ?
  • 1353 ?
  • 1354 ?
  • 1355 ?
  • 1356 Roger Michell.[43]
  • 1357 ?
  • 1358 ?
  • 1359 ?
  • 1360 ?
  • 1361 ?
  • 1362 – Robert Morton.[14]
  • 1363 ?
  • 1364 ?
  • 1365 ?
  • 1366 ?
  • 1367 ?
  • 1368 ?
  • 1369 ?
  • 1370 ?
  • 1371 ?
  • 1372 ?
  • 1373 ?
  • 1374 ?
  • 1375 ?
  • 1376 ?
  • 1377 ?
  • 1378 ?
  • 1379 ?
  • 1380 ?
  • 1381 – John Bosun.[14]
  • 1382 ?
  • 1383 – Sir John Leake.[14]
  • 1384 ?
  • 1385 – John Gateford of Gateford.[14]
  • 1386 ?
  • 1387 – Sir John Leake.[14]
  • 1388 ?
  • 1389 ?
  • 1390 ?
  • 1391 – Sir Nicholas Montgomery of Marston Montgomery.[14]
  • 1391 – John Gateford of Gateford.[14]
  • 1392 ?
  • 1393 – Sir John Leake.[14]
  • 1393 – Thomas Rempstone.[14]
  • 1394 ?
  • 1395 ?
  • 1396 – John Gateford of Gateford.[14]
  • 1397 – Robert Morton of Harworth.[14]
  • 1398 – Robert Morton of Harworth.[14]
  • 1399 – Robert Morton of Harworth.[14]
  • 1400 ?

15th century

Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire formed one bailiwick until 1448, thereafter the sheriff of Nottingham was sheriff of that county only.

  • 1400 – Sir John Leake.[14]
  • 1401 ?
  • 1402 – Sir John Clifton.[14]
  • 1403 – Hugh Cressy of Oldcoates.[14]
  • 1403 – Thomas Chaworth of Wiverton, Notts. and Alfreton, Derbys.[14]
  • 1404 ?
  • 1405 – Roger Bradbourne of Bradbourne.[14]
  • 1406 – Sir Nicholas Montgomery of Marston Montgomery.[14]
  • 1407 – Sir John Burton.[14]
  • 1408 – William Rigmaiden.[14]
  • 1409 – Sir Nicholas Montgomery of Marston Montgomery.[14]
  • 1410 – Sir Nicholas Montgomery of Marston Montgomery.[14]
  • 1411 – Sir Nicholas Montgomery of Marston Montgomery.[14]
  • 1411 – Ralph Mackerell of Wilsthorpe, Derbys. and Clifton, Notts.[14]
  • 1412 – William Rigmaiden.[14]
  • 1413 – Sir Nicholas Montgomery of Marston Montgomery.[14]
  • 1414 – Sir Nicholas Montgomery of Marston Montgomery.[14]
  • 1415 – Thomas Buxton.[14]
  • 1415 – Simon Leek of Leake and Cotham.[14]
  • 1416 – Simon Leek of Leake and Cotham.[14]
  • 1416 – William Rigmaiden.[14]
  • 1417 – Thomas Chaworth of Wiverton, Notts. and Alfreton, Derbys.[14]
  • 1418 – Sir Thomas Gresley of Drakelow.[14]
  • 1419 – Ralph Mackerell of Wilsthorpe, Derbys. and Clifton, Notts.[14]
  • 1420 – Sir Ralph Shirley of Shirley, Derbys. and Ratcliffe-upon-Soar, Notts.[14]
  • 1421 ?
  • 1422 – Ralph Mackerell of Wilsthorpe, Derbys. and Clifton, Notts.[14]
  • 1423 – Sir John Cockayne of Ashbourne, Derbyshire.[14]
  • 1424 – Thomas Chaworth of Wiverton, Notts. and Alfreton, Derbys.[14]
  • 1425 – Sir Richard Vernon of Haddon Hall.[14]
  • 1426 – Sir Thomas Gresley of Drakelow.[14]
  • 1427 – Sir John Zouche of Kirklington, Notts.[14]
  • 1428 – Norm. Babington of Dethick Manor.[14]
  • 1429 – Sir John Cockayne of Ashbourne, Derbyshire.[14]
  • 1430 – John Cockfield.[14]
  • 1431 – Sir Hugh Willoughby of Risley.[14]
  • 1432 – Sir Nicholas Montgomery.[14]
  • 1433 – William Mereing.[14]
  • 1434 – Sir Robert Markham.[14]
  • 1435 – Sir John Cockayne of Ashbourne, Derbyshire.[14]
  • 1436 – Thomas Darcy of Newhall.[14]
  • 1437 – John Curzon of Kedleston.[14]
  • 1438 – John Hickling.[14]
  • 1439 – William Mereing.[14]
  • 1440 – John Cockfeld.[14]
  • 1441 – Thomas Stanton.[14]
  • 1442 – J Walbeys.[14]
  • 1443 – J Pole of Radbourne Hall.[14]
  • 1444 – Thomas Nevil.[14]
  • 1445 – J Stathum.[14]
  • 1446 – Robert Strelley.[14]
  • 1447 – Thomas Blount.[14]
  • 1448 – Nicholas Fitzherbert of Norbury Hall.[14]
  • 1449 – Thomas Stanton.[14]
  • 1449 – William Sadler and Thomas Lyng[2]
  • 1450 – Richard Willoughby.[14]
  • 1450 – John Clarke and Richard Bedal[2]
  • 1451 – John Jowett and John Chaloner[2]
  • 1451 – Robert Clifton of Clifton Hall, Nottingham.[14]
  • 1452 – Robert Strelley.[14]
  • 1452 – Robert Polson and John Godhard[2]
  • 1453 – Sir William Plumpton of Hassop Hall.[14]
  • 1453 – Thomas Bradmore and Thomas Smith[2]
  • 1454 – Sir John Gresley of Gresley.[14]
  • 1454 – Thomas Lovatt and Robert Sherwood[2]
  • 1455 – John Stanhope of Shelford, Nottinghamshire.[14]
  • 1455 – John Peringon and Henry Fisher[2]
  • 1456 – William Babington.[14]
  • 1456 – William Strelly and Richard Hanson[2]
  • 1457 – John Wastneis of Hendon.[14]
  • 1457 – Ralph Hall and Henry Higyn[2]
  • 1458 – W. Chaworth of Wiverton, Nottinghamshire.[14]
  • 1459 – William Fitzherbert of Norbury Hall.[14]
  • 1460 – Sir Robert Clifton of Clifton Hall, Nottingham.[14]
  • 1460 – Hugh Smith and Thomas Garner[2]
  • 1461 – John Ody and John Hyne[2]
  • 1461 – Richard Willoughby.[14]
  • 1462 – John Mapperley and Roger Hewson[2]
  • 1462 – Sir John Stanhope of Shelford, Nottinghamshire.[14]
  • 1463 – Richard Knight and Walter Hilton[2]
  • 1463 – Sir John Stanhope of Shelford, Nottinghamshire.[14]
  • 1464 – Sir Robert Strelley.[14]
  • 1465 – Richard Ody and John Hardy[2]
  • 1465 – Phillip Okeover of Okeover Hall.[14]
  • 1466 – Richard Burton and John Taverner[2]
  • 1466 – Nicholas Fitzherbert of Norbury Hall.[14]
  • 1467 – John Cooke and John Draper[2]
  • 1467 – Nicholas Kniveton of Mercaston Hall.[14]
  • 1468 – Robert Hanson and William Bithway[2]
  • 1468 – Sir Robert Clifton of Clifton Hall, Nottingham.[14]
  • 1469 – William Barnes and Thomas Woodhouse[2]
  • 1469 – Sir Henry Pierrepont of Holme Pierrepont Hall.[14]
  • 1470 – William Blount.[14]
  • 1471 – Sir Henry Pierrepont of Holme Pierrepont Hall.[14]
  • 1472 – Gervas Clifton.[14]
  • 1473 – John Curzon of Kedleston Hall.[14]
  • 1474 – Phillip Okeover of Okeover Hall.[14]
  • 1475 – Sir Henry Statham of Morley.[14]
  • 1476 – William Basset of Brailsford.[14]
  • 1477 – Ralph de la Pole of Radbourne Hall.[14]
  • 1478 – Gervas Clifton of Clifton Hall, Nottingham.[14]
  • 1479 – John Babington of Dethick Manor.[14]
  • 1480 – Sir Robert Markham.[14]
  • 1481 – Robert Eyre of Padley Hall.[14]
  • 1482 – Charles Pilkington.[14]
  • 1483 – Sir Gervas Clifton of Clifton Hall, Nottingham.[14]
  • 1484 – John Curzon of Kedleston Hall.[14]
  • 1485 – Sir John Curzon of Kedleston Hall.[14]
  • 1486 – Sir John Byron.[14]
  • 1487 – Sir John Curzon of Kedleston Hall.[14]
  • 1488 – Sir Gervas Clifton of Clifton Hall, Nottingham.[14]
  • 1489 – John Leek of Sutton.[14]
  • 1490 – Nicholas Kniveton of Mercaston Hall.[14]
  • 1491 ?
  • 1492 – Sir James Savage.[14]
  • 1493 – Robert Coytus and John Pyerson[2]
  • 1493 – Nicholas Byron.[14]
  • 1494 – Robert Toft and John Webster[2]
  • 1494 – Nicholas Kniverton jun. of Mercaston Hall.[14]
  • 1495 – John Shaw and Christopher Pickard[2]
  • 1495 – Bri Stamford.[14]
  • 1496 – John Cost and Alexander Elvington[2]
  • 1496 – Sir Henry Willoughby of Risley.[14]
  • 1497 – John Walton and Alexander Elvington[2]
  • 1497 – Sir Rad Shirley of Shirley.[14]
  • 1498 – Robert Norwood and Henry Hobbes[2]
  • 1498 – Thomas Babington of Dethick Manor.[14]
  • 1499 – William Turner and William Benbow[2]
  • 1499 – William Bothe.[14]
  • 1500 – Thomas Camworth and John Town.[2]
  • 1500 – Humphrey Hercy of Grove Hall, Nottinghamshire.[14]

Also see

Notes

  1. Names from 1449-1500 are from the list of sheriffs of Nottingham from 1449 to the present compiled by Frank Dennett for Nottingham City Council. A question mark under a given year indicates that Dennett does not have any information. He omits the years 1470-92; for those years a question mark indicates that he provides no inforamtion.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 See Dennett.
  3. Gladwin, Irene. 'The Norman Sheriff', History Today, vol. 24 (1974), pp. 180-88, see p. 181.
  4. Gladwin, ibid., implies that the Latin term was also replaced in the Latin vocabulary by (a latinized form of the ME reflex of the OE word) 'scīrgerefa' after the reign of Henry II (1154-89). Presumably what she meant was that it was replaced by the English term in the English language. It demonstrably persisted in Latin as written in Britain during the Middle English period. OED notes, s.n. 'sheriff': 'After the Conquest, the office of sheriff was continued, that title being retained in English documents, while in Latin and French the usual term was vice-comes, viscounte, which had been applied to similar functionaries in Normandy.'
  5. 5.0 5.1 OED, s.n. viscount.
  6. OED, s.n. 'vice-count'.
  7. OED, s.n. 'sheriff'.
  8. OED, s.n. 'viscount'.
  9. 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 9.11 Bellamy, John. Robin Hood: an Historical Enquiry (London and Sydney, ©1985), p. 43, 56 n. 3.
  10. Bellamy, John. Robin Hood: an Historical Enquiry (London and Sydney, ©1985), p. 44.
  11. 11.0 11.1 See the years in question under 'Historical sheriffs of Nottinghamshire'. '14th century', below.
  12. See 'Records relating to historical sheriffs of Nottinghamshire' below and Bellamy, John. Robin Hood: an Historical Enquiry (London and Sydney, ©1985), pp. 45-46.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 13.7 13.8 13.9 Maddicott, J.R. 'The Birth and Setting of the Ballads of Robin Hood', English Historical Review, vol. 93 (1978), pp. 276-99; see pp. 286-87.
  14. 14.000 14.001 14.002 14.003 14.004 14.005 14.006 14.007 14.008 14.009 14.010 14.011 14.012 14.013 14.014 14.015 14.016 14.017 14.018 14.019 14.020 14.021 14.022 14.023 14.024 14.025 14.026 14.027 14.028 14.029 14.030 14.031 14.032 14.033 14.034 14.035 14.036 14.037 14.038 14.039 14.040 14.041 14.042 14.043 14.044 14.045 14.046 14.047 14.048 14.049 14.050 14.051 14.052 14.053 14.054 14.055 14.056 14.057 14.058 14.059 14.060 14.061 14.062 14.063 14.064 14.065 14.066 14.067 14.068 14.069 14.070 14.071 14.072 14.073 14.074 14.075 14.076 14.077 14.078 14.079 14.080 14.081 14.082 14.083 14.084 14.085 14.086 14.087 14.088 14.089 14.090 14.091 14.092 14.093 14.094 14.095 14.096 14.097 14.098 14.099 14.100 14.101 14.102 14.103 14.104 14.105 14.106 14.107 14.108 14.109 14.110 14.111 14.112 14.113 14.114 14.115 14.116 14.117 14.118 14.119 14.120 14.121 14.122 14.123 14.124 14.125 14.126 14.127 14.128 14.129 14.130 14.131 14.132 14.133 14.134 14.135 14.136 14.137 14.138 14.139 14.140 14.141 14.142 14.143 14.144 14.145 14.146 14.147 14.148 14.149 14.150 14.151 14.152 14.153 14.154 14.155 14.156 14.157 14.158 14.159 14.160 14.161 14.162 14.163 14.164 14.165 14.166 14.167 14.168 14.169 14.170 14.171 14.172 14.173 14.174 14.175 14.176 14.177 14.178 14.179 14.180 14.181 14.182 14.183 14.184 14.185 14.186 14.187 14.188 14.189 14.190 14.191 14.192 14.193 14.194 14.195 14.196 14.197 14.198 14.199 14.200 14.201 14.202 14.203 14.204 14.205 14.206 14.207 14.208 14.209 14.210 14.211 14.212 14.213 14.214 14.215 14.216 14.217 14.218 14.219 14.220 14.221 14.222 14.223 14.224 14.225 14.226 14.227 14.228 14.229 14.230 14.231 14.232 14.233 14.234 14.235 14.236 14.237 14.238 14.239 14.240 14.241 14.242 14.243 14.244 14.245 14.246 14.247 14.248 14.249 14.250 14.251 14.252 14.253 14.254 14.255 14.256 14.257 14.258 14.259 14.260 14.261 14.262 14.263 14.264 14.265 14.266 14.267 14.268 14.269 14.270 14.271 14.272 14.273 14.274 14.275 14.276 14.277 14.278 14.279 14.280 14.281 14.282 14.283 14.284 14.285 14.286 14.287 14.288 14.289 14.290 14.291 Wikipedia: High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the Royal Forests.
  15. Farrer, William, compil. 'An Outline Itinerary of King Henry the First' (Oxford, [1920]), p. 7. 'Gotse' should perhaps be 'Gero' or 'Gozo', cf. Farrer, p. 167, s.n. 'Gotse'.
  16. Inferred from his being in office by Christmas of 1100 and in 1102. 'Gotse' should perhaps be 'Gero' or 'Gozo', cf. Farrer, p. 167, s.n. 'Gotse'.
  17. Farrer, William, compil. 'An Outline Itinerary of King Henry the First' (Oxford, [1920]), pp. 15, 17. 'Gotse' should perhaps be 'Gero' or 'Gozo', cf. Farrer, p. 167, s.n. 'Gotse'.
  18. Farrer, William, compil. 'An Outline Itinerary of King Henry the First' (Oxford, [1920]), p. 21. 'Gotse' should perhaps be 'Gero' or 'Gozo', cf. Farrer, p. 167, s.n. 'Gotse'.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 Inferred from his being in office 1100-1103 and in 1110. 'Gotse' should perhaps be 'Gero' or 'Gozo', cf. Farrer, p. 167, s.n. 'Gotse'.
  20. Farrer, William, compil. 'An Outline Itinerary of King Henry the First' (Oxford, [1920]), p. 56. 'Gotse' should perhaps be 'Gero' or 'Gozo', cf. Farrer, p. 167, s.n. 'Gotse'.
  21. Farrer, William, compil. 'An Outline Itinerary of King Henry the First' (Oxford, [1920]), p. 61.
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 The name is Ivo de Heris according to Farrer, William, compil. 'An Outline Itinerary of King Henry the First' (Oxford, [1920]), p. 131; Wikipedia: High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the Royal Forests has 'Ivo de Hertz'.
  23. Farrer, William, compil. 'An Outline Itinerary of King Henry the First' (Oxford, [1920]), p. 130.
  24. 24.00 24.01 24.02 24.03 24.04 24.05 24.06 24.07 24.08 24.09 24.10 24.11 24.12 24.13 24.14 Sheriff of Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire bailiwick, cf. Eyton, R.W., compil. Court, Household, and Itinerary of King Henry II, instancing also the Chief Agents and Adversaries of the King in his Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy (London, 1878), pp. 337, 339.
  25. Stevenson, W.H.; Raine, James, transl.; Baker, W.T., ed.; Guilford, E.L., ed.; Gray, Duncan, ed.; Walker, V.W., ed. Records of the Borough of Nottingham, Being a Series of Extracts from the Archives of the Corporation of Nottingham (London; Nottingham, 1882-1956), vol. I, p. 4; Wikipedia: High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the Royal Forests.
  26. 26.00 26.01 26.02 26.03 26.04 26.05 26.06 26.07 26.08 26.09 26.10 26.11 26.12 26.13 26.14 26.15 26.16 Sheriff of Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire bailiwick, cf. Eyton, R.W., compil. Court, Household, and Itinerary of King Henry II, instancing also the Chief Agents and Adversaries of the King in his Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy (London, 1878), pp. 337, 339; and cf. Wikipedia: High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the Royal Forests
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 27.4 27.5 27.6 27.7 Sheriff of Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire bailiwick, cf. Eyton, R.W., compil. Court, Household, and Itinerary of King Henry II, instancing also the Chief Agents and Adversaries of the King in his Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy (London, 1878), pp. 337, 339; Wikipedia: High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the Royal Forests; [Ritson, Joseph, ed.] Robin Hood: A Collection of All the Ancient Poems, Songs, and Ballads, now Extant, Relative to that Celebrated English Outlaw, to Which are Prefixed Historical Anecdotes of His Life (London, 1795), vol. I, p. xliiii note (S).
  28. Wikipedia: High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the Royal Forests; [Ritson, Joseph, ed.] Robin Hood: A Collection of All the Ancient Poems, Songs, and Ballads, now Extant, Relative to that Celebrated English Outlaw, to Which are Prefixed Historical Anecdotes of His Life (London, 1795), vol. I, p. xliiii note (S).
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 29.4 29.5 Bellamy, John. Robin Hood: an Historical Enquiry (London and Sydney, ©1985), p. 43, 56 n. 3; and cf. Wikipedia: High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the Royal Forests
  30. Stevenson, W.H.; Raine, James, transl.; Baker, W.T., ed.; Guilford, E.L., ed.; Gray, Duncan, ed.; Walker, V.W., ed. Records of the Borough of Nottingham, Being a Series of Extracts from the Archives of the Corporation of Nottingham (London; Nottingham, 1882-1956), vol. I, p. 20.
  31. 31.0 31.1 [Black, J.G., compil.; Isaacson, Robert F, compil.; Maxwell-Lyte, Henry Churchill, introd.] Calendar of the Patent Rolls preserved in the Public Record Office: Henry III. A.D. 1247-1258 (London, 1908), p. 410; Wikipedia: High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the Royal Forests has Sir Walter de Eastwood as sheriff in 1255.
  32. [Black, J.G., compil.; Isaacson, Robert F, compil.; Maxwell-Lyte, Henry Churchill, introd.] Calendar of the Patent Rolls preserved in the Public Record Office: Henry III. A.D. 1247-1258 (London, 1908), p. 461; Wikipedia: High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the Royal Forests has Sir Walter de Eastwood and Roger de Lunetal as sheriffs in 1256. Eastwood may or may not be correct; "Lunetal" is presumably an error for "Lovetot".
  33. Wikipedia: High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the Royal Forests has "Lunetal", which is probably an error for "Lovetot".
  34. Wikipedia: High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the Royal Forests. For day and month see [Black, J.G., compil.; Isaacson, Robert F, compil.; Maxwell-Lyte, Henry Churchill, introd.] Calendar of the Patent Rolls preserved in the Public Record Office: Henry III. A.D. 1247-1258 (London, 1908), p. 655.
  35. Stevenson, W.H.; Raine, James, transl.; Baker, W.T., ed.; Guilford, E.L., ed.; Gray, Duncan, ed.; Walker, V.W., ed. Records of the Borough of Nottingham, Being a Series of Extracts from the Archives of the Corporation of Nottingham (London; Nottingham, 1882-1956), vol. I, p. 46.
  36. Hugh de Stapleford was probably also known as Hugh de Babbington; Wikipedia: High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the Royal Forests
  37. Walter Giffard was probably also known as Walter de Stirkelegh; Wikipedia: High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the Royal Forests
  38. 38.0 38.1 Boulton, Helen E., ed. The Sherwood Forest Book (Thoroton Society, Record Series, vol. XXIII) (1965), p. 123, and see p. 120 for regnal year.
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 Bellamy, John. Robin Hood: an Historical Enquiry (London and Sydney, ©1985), p. 45.
  40. Bellamy, John. Robin Hood: an Historical Enquiry (London and Sydney, ©1985), p. 56 n. 8.
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 41.3 41.4 41.5 Bellamy, John. Robin Hood: an Historical Enquiry (London and Sydney, ©1985), pp. 44-45.
  42. Maddicott, J.R. 'The Birth and Setting of the Ballads of Robin Hood', English Historical Review, vol. 93 (1978), pp. 276-99; see pp. 286-87; [Isaacson, R.F., ed.; Maxwell-Lyte, Henry Churchill, ed.] Calendar of the Patent Rolls Preserved in the Public Record Office [...] Edward III. A.D. 1334-1338 (London, 1895), pp. 290 and 293 (April 10), 360 (August 20).
  43. Stevenson, W.H.; Raine, James, transl.; Baker, W.T., ed.; Guilford, E.L., ed.; Gray, Duncan, ed.; Walker, V.W., ed. Records of the Borough of Nottingham, Being a Series of Extracts from the Archives of the Corporation of Nottingham (London; Nottingham, 1882-1956), vol. I, p. 164.