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William Dagville II (d. 1476)

Mayor of Oxford 1465/6, 1466/7, 1470/1, 1472/3, and 1474/5

William Dagville II (or Dagfeld/Dagvale/Dagavyll//Dagvile/Dagvyll/Daggevile) was the son of Thomas Dagville (Mayor 1434/6) and the grandson of William Dagville I (Mayor five times between 1380 and 1394).

Dagville was a grocer who described himself as a gentleman. He had trading contacts in London in 1449, and bought fruit, dates, rice, and cotton from Southampton. He was Member of Parliament for Oxford in 1449 and 1467.

Dagville's first wife was called Joan.

In 1469 Dagville held land in Port Meadow.

He was elected one of the four Aldermen in 1459, 1462, 1463, 1468, and 1469.

Dagville was elected Mayor five times: 1465/6,1466/7, 1470/1, 1472/3, and 1474/5.

His first wife Joan Dagville died in 1473, and soon afterwards he married his second wife Margaret.

† William Dagville II died on 29 October 1476, one year after his last period of office as Mayor. He left his best psalter to the abbot of Osney, and another to St Giles’ Church, to which he also left a pair of second vestments, which suggests that he may have owned a private chapel. He also made a bequest of twelve gowns (one of which was his town livery gown) and silver ware. He left a tenement in All Saints parish called Dagville's Inn to Lincoln College following the death of his second wife Margaret.

Anthony Wood describes Dagville’s memorial in All Saints’ Church as showing a man in a gown [with “a great purse by his side”, according to Hutton] between his two wives with this epitaph at their feet:

Oxonie maior, Dagfeld Willelmus ab orbe
Hic bonus et paciens mitis [?intus] vir dapsilis ede
Tollitur et tumulo presenti clauditur ere [?ecce]
Sic vixit mundo quod sit salvus bene crede.

Wood adds:

Another inscription which was round the verg (but long since toren off) showed that underneath that stone lyeth the body of William Dagfeld, alderman and severall times mayor of Oxon, who died 29 Oct. 1476, and also of Joane his first wife who was buried there anno 1473; but this stone I think was removed out of Our Ladye’s chappell, for by his will (in thesaurario Coll. Linc.) he devoted his body to be buried there before the altar. His second wife was Margaret, who was afterward wedded to one Parker, and dying on Hock-munday anno 1523 was buried as it seems in Faringdon church in Berkshire, for there, as it appeares (in comput. bursariorum Coll. Linc.), were two chaplayns appointed to sing for the health of her soule, and had their wages paid them by the rector and fellowes of Lyncoln College.

His widow Margaret Dagville married a man surnamed Parker. She died in 1523.

William Dagville's daughter

His daughter and heir Joan Dagville married Edmund Gylle or Gille of Oxford. She lived at Black Hall, which she left to St Giles’ Church on her death in 1486, along with twenty acres of arable land and a meadow behind Osney.

See also:

  • William Dagville I (Mayor in 1380/1, 1381/2, 1385/6, 1389/90, and 1394/5), his grandfather
  • Thomas Dagville (Mayor in 1434/5 and 1435/6), his father
  • Biography not yet available on the History of Parliament website

©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 13 January, 2020

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