By Andrew Lancaster[1]


In 1110 the Anglo–Norman baron William Baynard was exiled, and his family lost its rights to succeed to his lands and offices. However, it has long been recognized that at least one junior branch of his family survived as tenants of their new fitzWalter overlords in Norfolk. Only one realistic attempt has been made to explain a line of connection between the barons and the later gentry Baynards, by Lionel Landon in 1929, but the explanation was incomplete, and it is not well–known, apparently even to subsequent Baynard researchers. This article gives a new account of the family, looking at both the primary records and modern commentaries.

Foundations (2019) 11: 125–144                             © Copyright FMG and the author

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