SAGE, William III (d.1429), of Scarborough, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1386-1421, ed. J.S. Roskell, L. Clark, C. Rawcliffe., 1993
Available from Boydell and Brewer



May 1421

Family and Education

s. and h. of William Sage II*. m. Agnes, da. of Thomas Rightwise (d. Sept. 1429) of Scarborough, at least 1s.1

Offices Held


Having succeeded his father in January 1419, William was chosen to represent Scarborough in the next Parliament, which met in the following October, and once again two years later. He did not otherwise play much part in local affairs, apart from serving as a juror in 1428 at an inquiry into local tax assessments. He married Agnes, one of the five daughters and coheirs of Thomas Rightwise, a wealthy Scarborough merchant, whom he predeceased by less than three days, perhaps during an epidemic. William drew up his will on 21 Sept. 1429, naming Agnes as his executrix and asking to be buried in the church of St. Mary, Scarborough. He was dead by 24 Sept., when Rightwise, who was then also on his deathbed, promised the newly widowed Agnes a silver girdle which had belonged to her late mother, and the chief messuage where he made his home. It looks very much as if Rightwise had previously entailed other land upon his daughters, because William had occupied some of his property during his lifetime. Although he did not mention the boy in his own will, we know that William left at least one son, who was called Thomas.2

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: C.R.


  • 1. Borthwick Inst. York, York registry wills, ii. ff. 565-5v.
  • 2. E179/211/64; York registry wills, ii. ff. 563v, 565-5v.