Hugh Bigod (Justiciar)

Hugh Bigod (c. 1211 – 1266) was Justiciar of England from 1258 to 1260.[1] He was a younger son of Hugh Bigod, 3rd Earl of Norfolk.

Hugh Bigod
Chief Justiciar of England
In office
MonarchHenry III
Preceded by(Stephen de Segrave) Vacant from 1234
Succeeded byHugh le Despencer
Personal details
Bornc. 1211
Diedbefore 7 May 1266
Political partyBarons
SpouseJoan de Stuteville
ChildrenRoger le Bigod[2]
Parent(s)Hugh Bigod, 3rd Earl of Norfolk
Maud Marshal

In 1258 the Provisions of Oxford established a baronial government of which Hugh's elder brother Roger Bigod, 4th Earl of Norfolk was a leading member, and Hugh was appointed Chief Justiciar. He also had wardship of the Tower of London, and, briefly, of Dover Castle. But at the end of 1260 or in early 1261 he resigned these offices, apparently due to dissatisfaction with the new government. Thus in 1263 he joined the royalists, and was present on that side at the Battle of Lewes. That battle took place by a village called Fletching, north of Lewes. Hugh escaped but the King and his son, Prince Edward, were taken prisoner.

Marriage and issueEdit

Bigod married, before 5 February 1244, Joan de Stuteville (d. before 6 April 1276), widow of Hugh Wake of Bourne, Lincolnshire, and daughter and heiress of Nicholas de Stuteville by Dervorguille, daughter of Roland Fitz Uchtred, Lord of Galloway, by whom he had four sons and four daughters:[3]

There is no contemporary evidence for the assertion, first recorded in the seventeenth century, that Bigod had an earlier wife called Joanna Burnard (or Burnet or Burnell); if indeed a Hugh Bigod married Joanna, it probably was his father that did so.


  1. ^ a b "TITLE OF "JUSTICIAR" (PRIME MINISTER)". Baronial Order of Magna Charta. Archived from the original on 4 January 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2008.
  2. ^ "Hugh le Bigod, Chief Justiciar of England". My Lines. Retrieved 27 February 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Richardson I 2011, p. 203.
  4. ^ a b c Richardson I 2011, pp. 203–5.


  • Richardson, Douglas (2011). Everingham, Kimball G. (ed.). Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families. Vol. I (2nd ed.). Salt Lake City. ISBN 1449966373.

M. Morris, The Bigod Earls of Norfolk in the Thirteenth Century, pp. 54–5

Political offices
Preceded by
Vacant from 1234
(Stephen de Segrave)
Chief Justiciar
Succeeded by
Preceded by Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports
Succeeded by