The Magna Carta


The Magna Carta

The Magna Carta


William Clopton of York County, Virginia (b.abt 1655; d. bef 1732) is descended from several Sureties (enforcers) of the Magna Carta.  This is supported by proof in the 1939 and subsequent editions of Lucy Lane Erwin's book, The Ancestry of William Clopton of York County, Virginia.  Gene Carlton Clopton reprinted verbatim and credited her research in his 1982 book, The Clopton Family:  Ancestors and Decendants of William Clopton.

Those who can prove their line of descent from at least one of the Magna Carta Sureties may wish to explore membership in The Baronial Order of Magna Charta and/or the National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons.

Our Magna Carta Surety ancestors' names and dates of death given below are as shown on pages 37-43 of L.L. Erwin's book (her references are on p. 43):

  1. Roger le Bigod, Earl of Norfolk, d. 1220
  2. Hugh le Bigod, Earl of Norfolk, d. 1225
  3. Henry de Bohun, Earl of Hereford, d. 1220
  4. Richard de Clare, Earl of Gloucester, d. 1218
  5. Gilbert de Clare, Earl of Gloucester, d. 1229
  6. William d'Aubigny, Lord of Belvoir Castle, d. 1236
  7. John FitzRobert, Lord of Warkworth Castle, d. 1240
  8. John de Lacie, Lord of Halton Castle, Cheshire, d. 1240
  9. William Malet, Lord of Curry-Malet, Somersetshire, d. 1224
  10. Saire de Quincey, Earl of Winchester, d. 1219
  11. Robert de Roos, Lord of Hamlake Castle, Yorkshire, d. 1226
  12. Robert de Vere, 3rd Earl of Oxford, d. 1221


The Ankerwycke Yew, witness to the signing of the Magna Carta, still stands today.

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There is an additional ancestor not named in L.L. Erwin's book - William de Huntingfield, Keeper of Dover Castle - which makes thirteen Sureties from which our line descends.  This Huntingfield line is as follows: