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William ap Thomas , Sir

Died: 1445   

William fought at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415 and in 1426 was knighted by Henry VI. He was known as 'The Blue Knight of Gwent' on account of the colour of his armour. After returning from the wars in France, William officiated as sheriff of Cardiganshire and Carmarthenshire (1435), sheriff of Glamorgan (1440) and was steward of the lordship of Abergavenny. In 1442 William was made chief steward of the duke of York's estates in Wales and in the 1430s undertook the rebuilding of Raglan Castle. Following his death in London in 1445 William's body was brought back to Wales for burial in the priory church at Abergavenny.

Sites associated with this person

Abergavenny Priory, Monmouthshire (Patron)

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Website for St Mary's Priory Church, Abergavenny - monuments (View website)

People's Collection Wales - image of alabaster angel, Abergavenny, c.1450 (View website)

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Effigies of Sir William ap Thomas and Gwladys

Effigies of Sir William ap Thomas and Gwladys, Priory Church of St Mary, Abergavenny