Guillaume de Barentin

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Bailiff of Jersey 1267-1268
Warden of the Isles 1267-1268

Guillaume de Barentin

Guillaume de Barentin was Seigneur of Rosel in the 13th century. Although he does not appear in any other list of Bailiffs or Warden, George Balleine shows him in his Biographical Dictionary of Jersey as having held one or other post in 1267 and 1268.

Lord of the Isles

In the early years of the administration of the Channel Islands by the English Crown overall control was vested in the Lord of the Isles, usually a member of the Royal Family or a close friend and associate of the King.

They would appoint one or more island residents to be responsible for defence and administration. Although these responsibilities would eventually be split, in the 13th century there was little if any distinction between Bailiff and Warden and documents of the time frequently use both titles for the same person.

Although some held office for short periods, or a number of short periods in between government service elsewhere, the role was also to an extent hereditary, and Guillaume de Barentin’s father Drouet held the office on three different occasions before him. Guillaume’s son Drew was Warden for ten years early in the 14th century.

Windsor Castle

The first known reference to Guillaume is in 1264 as one of the knights holding Windsor Castle under his father for the King against the King's orders. On his father's death, before November 1265, he inherited Rosel Manor, Jersey, and Chalgrove Manor, Oxfordshire. In 1266 a Protection was issued to him, as he was going to France on the King's business.

In 1267 and 1268 he was Bailiff or Warden of the Isles under Prince Edward, afterwards Edward I, who was then Lord of the Isles; but he had ceased to hold this office by 1269. According to Blomfield's Norfolk he founded and endowed a chapel and hospital for lepers at Cheveres in that county on an estate that he had inherited from his mother.

By 1295 he was dead, for there was a family dispute about his property, and certain lands at Tilbury, Paglesham, Twinstead, and other places in Essex were taken into the King's hands, because of the default of the heirs against "Joan, late wife of William De Barentin". She was a daughter of William of Blauminster of Child Canefeld. Guillaume left two sons, Drogo/Drew and Jean.

Family tree


De Barentin family tree

Raoul de Broughton

Raoul de Broughton is shown in some lists of Wardens as a lieutenant of Otto de Grandison. However, de Grandison was not appointed Lord of the Isles until 1275 and de Broughton is shown as having been in the islands with Jean Wyger as Royal Commissioners for the Extente of 1274.

It is, of course, possible that he returned to the islands in a more senior role during de Grandison's Lordship, because he is sometimes listed as a sub-Warden for Guernsey from 1275-1276.

Philippe Burnel

Philippe Burnel is shown in some lists as a sub-Warden in Guernsey from 1276 to 1278, but as a lieutenant of absentee Lord of the Isles Otto de Grandison it is probable that he would have had responsibility for all the Channel Islands.

He would appear to be the Sir Philip Burnel, of Acton, who lived from 1240 to 1281. He was the son of Hugh and brother of Robert, Bishop of Bath and Wells

Guillaume de St Remi and Denis de Tilbury

These two men are mentioned as attournés of Otto de Grandison in the Channel Islands on 18 May 1278, three years after he was appointed Lord of the Isles. Over 11 years later, on 20 November 1289, appears again:"magister Guillelmus de Sancto Remigio, attornatus domini Ottonis de Grandisono domini insularum etc ex mandato illustrissimi Edwardi dei gratia regis Anglie specialiter litteratorie constitutus" Guillaume de Remi may have been Guernsey's first Bailiff.

A record of Assizes in Guernsey on 19 October 1299 and Jersey the following 23 November shows that the lieutenant charged by Otto de Grandison with overseeing the two islands was Denis de Tilbury.

Bailiffs of Jersey
Predecessor Successor
Drouet de Barentin
abt 1258-
Guillaume de Barentin
Arnaud Jean

{{WardenOfTheIsles|Drouet de Barentin
1235-1239, 1241-1252, 1258|Guillaume de Barentin

Warden of the Isles
Predecessor Successor
Drouet de Barentin
1235-1239, 1241-1252, 1258
Guillaume de Barentin
Sir William Grandison and Henri de Bouvillars
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