Sapcote Connections



Sir Richard Sapcote

Thomas Semarc/Seymark [living 1451] left Anne Seymarc/Seymark, a minor, in ward to Sir Richard Sapcote [died 1477] of Elton in Huntingdonshire, Ann became the wife of William Sapcote [living 1483].

Elton Hall was built by Sir Richard Sapcote (d. 1477), and was subsequently extended by his successors. This house was originally surrounded by a moat, now long since filled up, but in 1894 indications were found that it was 13 ft. deep. Robert Sapcote, who died on 4th January 1600/1 was probably the last of his family to live here, for in 1617 the property was finally sold coming into the possession of Sir Thomas Proby. In 1665, because of its ruinous condition, it was pulled down and a new house built in its place.

The Battle of Bosworth

22 August 1485

"it was showed that King Richard, late mercifully reigning upon us, was piteously slain and murdered, to the grete heaviness of this citie". York City Meeting Minutes, 1485


Yorkist list lincluded:


Duke of Norfolk, Killed


William Sapcote of Thornhaugh, Northamptonshire, attainted


Parliamentary Record November 1845

DATE: November, 1485. AUTHOR: King and council. TEXT: "Rotuli Parliamentarium," ed. J. Strachey, 6 vols.(London, 1767-83), VI, p. 176. (English; spelling modernized.)

The act of attainder records that 'Richard, late duke of Gloucester, calling and naming himself, by ursurpation, King Richard the Third.' John late duke of Norfolk, Thomas earl of Surrey, Francis Viscount Lovell, Walter Devereux late Lord Ferrers, John Lord Zouche, Robert Harrington, Richard Charlton, Richard Radcliffe, William Berkeley of Weobley, Robert Brackenbury, Thomas Pilkington, Robert Middleton, James Harrington, knights, Walter Hopton, William Catesby, Roger Wake, William Sapcote, Humphrey Stafford, William Clerk of Wenlock, Geoffrey St German, Richard Watkins, Herald of Arms, Richard Revel of Derbyshire, Thomas Poulter junior of Kent, John Walsh alias Hastings, John Kendal, secretary, John Buck, Andrew Ratt, and William Bramton of Burford, on 21, in 'the first year of the reign of our sovereign lord, assembled to them at Leicester ... a great host, traitorously intending, imagining and conspiring the destruction of the king's royal person, our sovereign leige lord. And they, with the same host, with banners spread, mightily armed and defenced with all manner [of] arms, as guns, bows, arrows, spears, 'glaives', axes, and all other manner [of] articles apt or needful to give and cause mighty battle against our sovereign lord'. Keeping the host together, they led them on 22 August to a field in Leicestershire, and 'there by great and continued deliberation, traitorously levied war against our said sovereign lord and his true subjects there being in his service and assistance under a banner of our said sovereign lord, to the subversion of this realm, and common weal of the same.'