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Sir John Bakewell d.1307

Sir John Bakewell/Blackwell? who was accidently smothered by a panicked crowd at coronation of Edward II July 7 1307

This link in the Blackwell lineage lacks proper documentation and is questionable.

Sir John Bakewell is married to Cecialia who dies 1328. Her will mentions only her son Thomas and daughter Lucy.

Arms: Paly of six, or and az; on a chief, gu, a lion passant, guardant, or, all within a bordure ermine BN v6p23. (These are the arms of William Blackwell, Clerk of London circa 1560s.)
Crest: A swan's head and neck, erased, arg, ducally gorged, or.
Motto: Petit, ardua virtus.
Heraldic Swan may indicate service with Bohun family.

Stow says re. Austin Friars is buried Sir John Blackwell and his wife Dame Jane Sayne d.o. Sir John Lee.

John Bakewell's arms had no ermine and no crest


Sir John Blackwell/Bakewell has the earliest "Blackwell" arms. He was knighted awarded the arms by Edward II probably for service against the Scots. David L Blackwell states that he served on three juries one of which convicted William Wallace, the Scots leader, of treason in the Mayor's court of London.

David Craig Blackwell comments:

Is not the Scotish lion red on a yellow field, and Sir John's lion is reversed yellow on a red field. (Does this signify anything?). I once thought the black and white bars on the Bakewell/Blackwell arms signify the black volcanic rock and white limestone of Blackwell in the Peak but David L. Blackwell points out that the bars are blue and silver not black and white (I should have noticed that). Is it not ironic that Bill Gregory whose grandfather bought Blackwell Manor farm from the Duke of Devonshire in the late 1800s conciders himself a descendant of a Scotman who came to Derbyshire in the 1700s to work for the Duke. (Bill's hair still has a slight ting of red.)

David L Blackwell writes:

I'll get into more detail later, but let me give you some new material on Sir John, Ralph, and Robert Blackwall, the clerk. Firstly, on Sir John Bakewell or Battequell(d.1307), I don't believe we can ever call him Blackwell. I now have about 100+ references to him. In the London Corporation records he is Battequelle, which is a pretty good rendition of the old pronunciation of Bakewell, Derbyshire. I doubt we'll ever put him at the top of any male line. I looked at Sir Ralph Blackwell, "founder of Blackwell Hall", according to Granger's Biographical History of England, published 1600 +/-, as cited by Philip Blackwell. His daring exploits with Sir John Hawkwood were supposedly to be found in "The Honor of the Merchant Taylors...." by Winstanly. I looked at that work as well, and found one Francis Lovewell instead as Hawkwood's partner. This was a rare book which fortunately Princeton had. I suspect at this point that Ralph is a fictional character, invented to explain Blackwell Hall's beginnings (Which actually began as Bakewell Hall and was sold from the estate of Robert Bakewell, Rector of All Hallows Bread Streat, and also of Northampton, to the city of London in 1396, after Hawkwood's heyday.)

Still I'm willing to bet there is some grain of truth in all of this, but the details will be different. Certainly we need to explain the transformation from Bakewell to Blackwell Hall which had been completed by 1450. There was a John Blackwell and Margaret selling land in Willesden, Middlesex at that time. He was a Citizen Merchant Taylor. With the probable connection of Sir John, d. 1307 to the Londoner Sir John de Baquell died in 1308, it becomes quite possible that Ralph in the Derbyshire line is borrowed as well.

So with regard to Sir John Bakewell(d.1307), actually there is no confusion at all. I have about 150 primary references to him, not one of which calls him Blackwell. Stow in one place talks of De Blanckwell husband of Dame Jane Sayne (wrong wife), according to Philip, however Stow elsewhere adamantly makes the case that Blackwell Hall began as Bakewell Hall, and clearly makes the case for no "L".

The confusion comes not with Sir John Baquell, but 150 years later, when in City of London corporate records give the oath to be taken by the Keeper of Blackwell Hall, and later in 1560 when William Blackwell, the Clerk has the (Bakewell) arms, with the addition or the ermine border and the swan crest. (DCB Ed.note: someone thought the swan crest, a badge of the Dukes of Buckingham, might indicate a history of service to Buckinghams).

see Blackwell Name Origins Bakewell versus Blackwell


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