|Chief Justiciar of England|
|Preceded by||(Stephen de Segrave) Vacant from 1234|
|Succeeded by||Hugh le Despencer|
|Died||before 7 May 1266|
|Spouse||Joan de Stuteville|
|Children||Roger le Bigod|
|Parent(s)||Hugh Bigod, 3rd Earl of Norfolk|
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:
- Roger Bigod, 5th Earl of Norfolk, who married firstly Aline Basset, and secondly Alice of Hainault, but had no issue by either marriage.
- Ralph Bigod.
- John Bigod, a cleric, who was heir to his elder brother, Roger Bigod, 5th Earl of Norfolk.
- Richard Bigod.
- Elizabeth Bigod.
- Rohese Bigod.
- Maud Bigod.
- Joan Bigod, who married Sir Philip de Kyme.
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.
- 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