William FitzWarin and Sir William Trussell lived in the 14th century.
They were good
friends. Trussell's brother was married to FitzWarin's niece. Her
brother was Lord St. Philibert.
They both worked
for King Edward III. They were all about the same
They fought the
Scots for the King and then the French. They were both commanders at the
Battle of Crecy and fought alongside the Black
Prince at the Battle of Poitiers.
FitzWarin's family came from Shropshire. He was a descendant of the famous
outlaw of Windsor Forest during King
FitzWarin had lands
in Dorset, but lived at Wantage Manor which
belonged to his brother. He was one of the King's closest friends and was made
a Knight of the Garter. His grandaughter
married the famous 'Dick Whittington' and still appears in Christmas
Trussell's family came from Staffordshire, but his step-father was Oliver
de Bordeaux, who was Constable of Windsor Castle
before Thomas Foxley. Trussell lived at Shottesbrooke House, near Maidenhead.
He was made Constable of Odiham Castle in North-East Hampshire. He was also
the gaoler of King David II of Scots after he was transferred there from
An old story tells
how Trussell was an alcoholic until his wife helped him give up drink. In
thanks, he built Shottesbrooke Church as a college of canons (like a monastery
also liked to get drunk; but it got him into trouble. He took part in the kidnapping
of Lady De la Beche from Beaumys Castle in Swallowfield. This was very embarrassing
for his uncle.
Monuments to the
two men can be seen in the churches at Wantage and Shottesbrooke. FitzWarin's
coat of arms can be seen on his stall-plate in St.
George's Chapel, Windsor.