"William fitz Nigel, 2nd Baron Halton, was a prominent 12th-century noble. He was a son of Nigel, 1st Baron Halton. William died in 1134.
He succeeded to the title Baron of Halton and position of Constable of Chester upon his father's death. He held lands in Halton, throughout Cheshire and also in Normandy. Through his mother, as heiress, he obtained the title Baron of Widnes and the Lancashire manors of Widnes, Appleton, Cronton and Rainhill. In 1115 he established a priory of the Augustinian Order of Canons Regular in Runcorn. He died in 1134 at Halton Castle and was buried at Chester.
He married Agnes de Gant, daughter of Gilbert de Gant and Alice de Montfort.
- Agnes, she married Eustace fitz John. Had issue.
- Leucha, she married Robert De Mohaut. Had Issue.
- Matilda, she married Albert de Grelle. Had issue.
- William, died 1149, with no issue."
"William, son of Nigell, was the second baron of Halton and constable of Cheshire.
Anno 1086. I find in Doomsday-book that this William held these towns in Cheshire under Hugh earl of Chester, to wit,
- In Cestre Hundred - Newton, Lee, one-half, Bruge, one half
- In Mildest-vich Hundred - Goostrey, one half, Lache
- In Dudestan Hundred - Clutton
- in Hamstan Hundred - Over-Alderley, one half, Warburton, one half, Millington, Knotsford, Over-Tabley, Nether-Pever, one half, Tatton, one half
- In Wilaweston Hundred - Neston, one half, Rabie, one half, Capeles id est Capenhurst, Bernston
- in Tunendon Hundred - Halton, Weston, Aston, Norton, Dutton, a part only, Little Legh, Aston juxta Budworth, Great Budworth
This William Fitz-Nigell founded a priory at Runcorne, anno Domini 1133, 33 Hen. I. He gave Newton near Chester to the monastery of St. Werburge in Chester, together with the service of Hugh son of Hudard (that was Hugh de Dutton) of four oxgange of land, and the service of Wiceline of two oxgangs, anno 1119.
William Fitz-Nigell, constable of Cheshire, died about the end of Henry the First's reign and was buried at Chester. He has issue William constable junior; Agnes, married Eustace Fitz-John, a great baron of the realm; and Maud, married Aubert de Grelley." --The History of the County Palatine and City of Chester: Comp. from Original Evidences in Public Offices, the Harleian and Cottonian Mss., Parochial Registers, Private Muniments, Unpublished Ms. Collections of Successive Cheshire Antiquaries, and a Personal Survey of Every Township in the County; Incorporated with a Republication of King's Vale Royal and Leycester's Cheshire Antiquities, Volume 1 by George Ormerod, Daniel King, William Smith, William Webb (sheriff.), Sir Peter Leycester
|Offspring of William FitzNigel, 2nd Baron of Halton, 2nd Constable of Cheshire and Agnes de Gant (-c1134)|
|Agnes FitzWilliam (-c1157)||1157||Eustace FitzJohn (-1157)|
|Leuca FitzWilliam (-c1162)||1130 England||1162 England||Robert de Mohaut (-1162)|
|William FitzWilliam (-1149)||1149 Normandy, France|