Magna Carta Barons Association

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On 28 May 2013, at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, representatives of the towns and villages of the 25 rebel barons jointly agreed to celebrate in their communities the occasion of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Great Charter by John, King of and villages England, in June 2015. To achieve this objective, the Magna Carta Barons Association was created by 18 of these towns and villages at Wygston’s House, Leicester, on 27th September 2013.

To advance the education and awareness of the public in the history of the Magna Carta barons and their towns and villages

(1) To work with local organisations in each town and village to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in June 2015
(2) To focus and support projects and activities under the key themes of heritage, education and community
(3) To ensure that projects and activities promote a better understanding of Magna Carta and the role of the local baron
(4) To jointly publicise the common theme of the Magna Carta barons
(5) To share expertise and experience between the towns and villages
(6) To foster and support links between towns and villages and their projects and activities
(7) To establish each town and village’s association with Magna Carta and its rebel baron as a legacy


Magna Carta Barons Association meeting. Leicester, 27 September 2013

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Charles S. Miller April 11, 2015 at 8:02 pm

How may I contact Mr. Sinclair by e-mail? I am in the United States


Peter Sinclair April 15, 2015 at 10:37 am

Hallo, he can be emailed from Contacts on this website.


Susanna Boocock November 22, 2020 at 11:44 am

The magna carta says under article 61 ‘And if any one of the five and twenty barons shall have died or departed from the
land, or be incapacitated in any other manner which would prevent the aforesaid
provisions being carried out, those of the said twenty five barons who are left shall
choose another in his place according to their own judgement, and he shall be sworn
in the same way as the others.’
Is there a record of who was sworn in on the event of death/incapacitation of the original barons?
Or would the baronhood have passed down to their heir? Or have they just disappeared through time?


Peter Sinclair November 27, 2020 at 8:53 am

Hallo Susanna, as far as I know, there was just one baron who was replaced by one of those who are recorded as the final 25. When the charter was reissued in 1225, 9 had died and only 9 of the original 25 signed again, so there were no replacements brought in to bring the numbers back up to 25. For sure, their individual roles as signatories did not pass down to sons by right. To be absolutely sure, though, I would suggest reading J C Holt’s or David Carpenter’s book about Magna Carta.


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