Sir Hugh Bigod Knight, Chief Justice of England
- Born: Abt 1214, Framlingham Castle, Suffolk, England
- Marriage: Joan de Stuteville before 5 Feb 1244 160
- Died: Bef 7 May 1266, Thetford, Norfolk, England 160
~Weis' Ancestral Roots . . . , 69:29, died shortly before 7 May 1266, Chief Justice of England, 22 Jun 1257-1260, married before 5 Feb 1243/44, Joan de Stutevill, daughter of Nicholas II de Stuteville. 160
Noted events in his life were:
• Background Information. 851
Hugh Bigod was an eminent lawyer and was appointed Chief Justice of England in 1257.
~Wurt's Magna Charta, p. 47
• Background Information. 893
Hugh Bigod was the younger son of Roger le Bigod, Earl of Norfolk. Hugh acquired a "profound knowledge both of the civil and municipal law." He also was considered a gallant and accomplished knight. He was appointed as the governor of Pickering Caste, and he was in service of the King in an expedition against the Welsh, where he assisted in negotiations.
Hugh's brother Roger, the fourth Earl of Norfolk, convinced Hugh to join his cause for the Barons against Henry. At the Parliament held at Oxford, when the "famous provisions" were agreed to which vested the royal authority in a small oligarchy, he was made Chief Justiciar and was given charge of the Tower of London.
Hugh proved himself to be an accomplished judge who administered justice with great impartiality. He made a circuit through every county in the kingdom, putting down disturbances, punishing malefactors and justly deciding civil right. After a year, he resigned his office.
~The Lives of the Chief Justices of England, pp. 65-67
Hugh married Joan de Stuteville, daughter of Nicolas de Stuteville and Devorguilla de Galloway, before 5 Feb 1244 160. (Joan de Stuteville was born in Liddel, Cumberland, England and died before 6 Apr 1276 in Liddel Castle, Newcastleton, Liddesdale, Scotland 160.)