William de Wauton.
Moderate minor royal service in 1290's such as Justice of gaol delivery at Colchester in 1294. Summond 6 times for military service. Knight for shire of Essex in 1305 and 1311. Keeper of the Peace for Essex in 1314 and 1316 and Warden of the Coast from the Thames to Ipswich in 1316 (Illsley, 1971) lost lands after joining the barons rebellion in 1322.
'William de Wauton... is a more shadowy figure, if only because, like Blount, it might be difficult to distinguish him from others with the same name. Nor is it possible to establish estimated terminal dates for him, as it is for the others. In 1277 he performed the service due from Robert FitzWalter and was granted protection accordingly. He served again with FitzWalter in 1303, but was summoned individually to serve against the Scots in 1314, though he should have been in his fifties by 1314 if he was in his early twenties in 1277. A William de Wauton, who may or may not have been the same man, appeared also in the Household in 1281-2, in Gascony in 1295, again with FitzWalter in Flanders in the retinue of Aymer de Valence in 1297, in the retinue of Maurice de Berkeley in 1299-1300, and with Maurice de Berkely the elder in 1320. It is difficult to be certain that all of these entries relate to the same man. Those for 1277, 1295 and 1303 raise no immediate problems in the sense that they do identify William with Essex through Robert FitzWalter. There is no evidence of a tenurial connection between FitzWalter and Wauton, but they both held the bulk of their estates in Chelmsford Hundred and in the absence of any evidence to the contrary a tenurial relationship cannot be ruled out. Other kinds of relationships, for example retaining fees, would be unusual at this time , and very hard to find, like looking for a needle in a field of haystacks. On the other hand Wauton may have had the same kind of relationship with FitzWalter as Wascoil and Bouser had with the Earl of Oxford, that is to say informal familiars who benefited in some way from and association with a great man. Both FitzWalter and Wauton made a recognizance of a debt to the Earl of Cornwall in 1280, and a John de Wauton, perhaps a son, appears with five others serving in the retinue of Robert FitzWalter in 1322, which might suggest some kind of hereditary obligation.' (Illsley, 1971)
Biographical source include;
- Illsley, J.S., 1971, 'The Essex Gentry in Local Government 1272-1307' Essex Knights and the Parliaments of Edward I online copy