William Hussey (judge)
Grey's Inn, Holborn, London, Middlesex, England
|Died||8 September 1495
Semprington, Lincolnshire, England
|Profession||Chief Justice of the King’s Bench|
He was a member of Gray's Inn, and on 16 June 1471 was appointed Attorney General, with full power of deputing clerks and officers under him in courts of record. As Attorney General he conducted the impeachment of the Duke of Clarence for treason. In Trinity term of 1478 he was made a Serjeant-at-Law, and on 7 May 1481 was appointed Chief Justice of the King's Bench, in succession to Sir Thomas Billing, at a salary of 140 marks a year. This appointment was renewed at the ascension of each of the next three kings, and under Henry VII, he was also a commissioner to decide the claims made to fill various offices at the coronation.
In the first year of this reign, he successfully protested against the king's practice of consulting the judges beforehand upon crown cases which they were subsequently to try. In June 1492, he was a commissioner to treat with the ambassadors of the King of France. He died in 1495 at Semprington, Lincolnshire, and on 24 November of that year, Sir John Fineux succeeded him as Chief Justice.
Family and descendants
- Elizabeth Hussey (d. Ampthill, 19 November 1516, bur. Warden Abbey); married Richard Grey, 3rd Earl of Kent
- Gilbert Hussey
- Thomas Hussey
- John Hussey, 1st Baron Hussey of Sleaford (1476–1537); married Margaret Blount; married Anne Grey
- Robert Hussey of Linwood (1483 - 20 May 1546), from whom descend the Hussey family of Honnington, Leicestershire (see Hussey Baronets); married Anne Saye
- Mary Hussey (1484); married William Willoughby, 11th Baron Willoughby de Eresby
- William Hussey; married Anne Salvin
- Walter C. Metcalfe (1881), Visitation of Lincolnshire 1562-1564.