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William Percy
(Died 1127)

Abbot of Whitby
Died: 1127

William Percy was elected Prior of Whitby in 1109. A member of the great Northern Percy family, he was nephew of both his predecessor, Serlo, and the founder of the Priory after whom he was named. William had previously been a monk in the house, and in consideration of his rank and the former dignity of the house, the priory was made an abbey, which was confirmed by Gerard, Archbishop of York, King Henry I and Pope Honorius II. In his time, the abbey buildings were completed and, having purchased some land at Filingdales, from Tankred, a Fleming, he built a church there and another at Sneton, both of which he assigned to the abbey.

Edited from Frederick Ross' "The Ruined Abbeys of Britain". logo
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