William de Whitefeld (d. c. 1344)
William de Whitefeld was ordered, with others, to be arrested in 1321 and have his property siezed (CPR 1321-24 p. 40), presumably he was a rebel against Edward II but reconciled under Edward III. William was appointed as a custodian of Bindon Abbey in 1329, after what appears to have a prolonged period of misrule in that abbey, including accusations and counter accusations of assault and trespass, but the custody was transferred the next year. He appears in the Rolls doing other commissions, in the south-west, in the 1330's.
In 1327 a commission of oyer and terminer to investigate his complaint 'that John Conyng, Henry de Corston, John Belet, and others, broke his houses at Berdesford, Doddyngbere and Mulburn, co. Dorset, and carried away 100 oxen and 1,000 sheep, worth £200, felled his trees, fished his ponds, and carried away fish, trees, timber of the houses, and other goods.' (CPR 1327-1330 p. 220). This was not 'criminal' activity but a resort to force of a civil dispute resulting from the seizing and counter granting of manors during the troubles of the previous decade. None of these houses was given a licence to crenellate, which would not have protected the livestock. William's real solution to these problems was not 'fortifications' but royal support and aid from sheriff and court.
He is described as 'late sheriff of Somerset and Dorset' in 1344, when his widow is granted terms to pay off his debts. (CPR 1343-45 p. 270-1)