Sir William Babington
(born c. 1370, d.
an English lawyer and
judge hailing from an old Northumbrian noble family.
In 1414, Babington was made a King's
. Three years later, an act of parliament compelled him
to accept the title of Serjeant-at-law
, which he originally refused
due to the expensive inauguration ceremony it required. Rising
rapidly through government offices, in 1419 he was made Chief Baron of the Exchequer
the head judge of the jurisdiction exercised by the Exchequer
Babington was named a Justice of the Common
in 1420. He presided this court as its Chief Justice
until his retirement in 1436.
In 1426 he received the Order of the
The conspirator Anthony Babington
was a direct descendant.
- S. J. Payling, ‘Babington, Sir William (c.1370–1454)’,
Oxford Dictionary of
National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept
2004; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 11 March 2008