Richard de Whitacre, Lord of the Manor of Nether Whitacre

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Sir Richard de Whitacre, Knight
Lord of the Manor of Nether Whitacre
House Whiteaker Coat of Arms.jpg
Coat of Arms of House Whiteaker
Lordship of Nether Whitacre
PredecessorJohn de Whitacre
HereditarySimon de Whitacre
WifeJoan Culi
Titles and styles
Lord of the Manor
FamilyHouse Whiteaker
FatherJohn de Whitacre
MotherAmica de Marmion
Whitacre Hall, Warwickshire, Kingdom of England
Whitacre Hall, Warwickshire, Kingdom of England
BuriedSt Giles's Church
OccupationLord of the Manor

Richard de Whitacre, Lord of the Manor of Nether Whitacre, Knight was the son of John de Whitacre by his wife Amica de Marmion (1260-1303), daughter of Richard de Marmion (1263-1316) and Isabel Fitzralph (1273-1320). He married Joan Culi (1305-1365) around 1318 and had three children by that marriage. He is the grandson of John de Whitacre (1240-1278), a confirmer of the Magna Carta, his principal seat was at Whitacre Hall, a Medieval fortified manor house in Nether Whitacre.[1][2]

Spelling Variations

Some spelling variants or names with similar etymologies include Whiteaker, Whittaker, Whitacre, Whittiker, Whitacker, Whiteaker, Whitakker, Whitakier, Whitakerr, Whitaaker, Whitecar, Wetaker, Wyteacre, Whitticker, Whittiker, Whitteker, Whittacker, Whitteaker, and Whiteker, and about 95 others. The correct way to pronouce this name is: wahyt-acre and not wit-a-ker. It is commonly mispronounced by American descendents. There are many Whiteaker lineages from England not to be confused with his lineage.


Richard de Whitacre was knighted by King Edward III in 1327, he fought in the King's personal retinue during the English victories at Calais and Crecy during the Hundred Years' War. For this, it is believed that he received lands in Padiham, Lancashire, where his descendants would eventually move to, settling at The Holme, he was a vassal of the Baron Tamworth, then in the Marmion family of which his mother was a part, who were lords of Tamworth Castle where Sir Richard is known to have fulfilled many of his Knight-services.[3]

Richard de Whitacre is documented as having a few legal issues; in one case, after banding together with a group of about six relatives, he assaulted a rival family member from a nearby parish and caused him physical harm. When the lawyer who would be representing the prosecution traveled through Nether Whitacre, he was imprisoned, supposedly at Whitacre Hall, until after the trial was over; in another case, Sir Richard sued, successfully, a church for lands he felt he was entitled to.[4] The Whiteaker Coat of Arms changed very little until the 17th and 18th centuries.[5]


Richard de Whitacre married once to Joan Culi in 1318 and had three children by that marriage:

  • Simon de Whitacre
  • Richard Whitacre
  • John de Whitacre

Richard de Whitacre died sometime in 1375 at his home in Whitacre Hall, Warwickshire, Kingdom of England.


  1. Palmer, C. F. R. (1845). The History of the Town and Castle of Tamworth: In the Counties of Stafford & Warwick. J. Thompson.
  2. Salzman, L. F. (Ed.). (1947). The Victoria History of the County of Warwick: Hemlingford Hundred. Oxford University Press.
  3. Dugdale, W. (1730). The Antiquities of Warwickshire Illustrated: From Records, Leiger-books, Manuscripts, Charters, Evidences, Tombes, and Armes: Beautified with Maps, Prospects, and Portraictures (Vol. 2). J. Osborn and T. Longman.
  4. Coss, P. R. (1991). Lordship, Knighthood and Locality: A Study in English Society, C. 1180-1280. Cambridge University Press.
  5. Whitaker, R. S. (1907). Whitaker of Hesley Hall, Grayshott Hall, Pylewell Park, and Palermo. Mitchell Hughes and Clarke.