John FitzWalter, 2nd Baron FitzWalter (c. 1315 – 1361), was a
prominent Essex landowner who waged an armed campaign against the
neighbouring town of Colchester. With connections to the powerful de
Clare family, who had arrived in England at the time of the Norman
conquest, the FitzWalter family was of a noble and ancient lineage. They
held estates across Essex, as well as properties in London and Norfolk.
John FitzWalter played a prominent role during the early years of King
Edward III's wars in France. FitzWalter's dispute with Colchester was
exacerbated when townsmen illegally entered his park in Lexden; in
return, he banned them from one of their own watermills. In 1342, he
ransacked Colchester, destroyed its market, and besieged the town,
preventing anyone from entering or leaving. In 1351, he was arrested and
imprisoned in the Marshalsea. He languished in the Tower of London for
over a year until the king agreed to pardon him.
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