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Encyclopedia > William Melton

William Melton (died April 5, 1340) was the 43rd Archbishop of York (1317 - 1340). He was also Lord High Treasurer from July 3, 1325, until November 14, 1326. He was the son of Nicholaas of Melton, and the brother of John de Melton.

He kept a detailed log of his activities while he was Archbishop of York, published as The Register of William Melton in five volumes.

According to the Guardian newspaper, "The [York] minister no longer owns sumptuous legacies such as the estates in Hampshire and Devon bought by the 14th century Archbishop William Melton, who was such a successful businessman that he organised loans for his Italian bankers." [1] (http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,2763,639154,00.html)

Battle of Myton, 20th September 1319

Yorkshire battle at which untrained forces led by William Melton, archbishop of York, was crushed by the Scots under Sir James Douglas. The defeat forced Edward II to abandon the siege of Berwick. [2] (http://www.halifax-today.co.uk/specialfeatures/triviatrail/w353_m.html)

While the best of the English army were at Berwick, a Scottish army lead by Sir James Douglas invaded Yorkshire. With an untrained army, the Archbishop of York William Melton tried to fight off the Scots but was defeated at Myton-in-Swalesdale. With the Scots threatening their lands in the north, the earls with Edward at Berwick abandoned the siege and returned home. Queen Isabella, who was in York at the time, managed to escape to safety at Nottingham. http://www.btinternet.com/~timeref/y101310.htm

External links

  • Biography of William Melton (http://www.britannia.com/bios/abofy/wmelton.html) from Britannia

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William Davis Melton : Memory Hold The Door | USC School of Law (172 words)
William Davis Melton : Memory Hold The Door
William Melton attended the University of Virginia, receiving an A.B., and the University of South Carolina, receiving an LL.B. and an LL.D. In 1898, he married Miss Caro Belser of Summerton and after her death, married Miss Meta Loeb of Charleston.
He practiced law in Chester and then in Columbia with the firm of Melton and Belser, and later with Belser and Belser.
William Melton - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (666 words)
William Melton (died April 5, 1340) was the 43rd Archbishop of York (1317–1340).
Melton was Comptroller of the Wardrobe at the accession of King Edward II and was a pluralist through and through at the time of his elevation to the See of York.
His heir was his nephew, William Melton Junior of Aston, near Sheffield, who was the progenitor of one of the most powerful knightly families in the south of Yorkshire.
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