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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Baron John Stourton & Margery Wadham

950646. Baron John Stourton & 950647. Margery Wadham

5/19/1400, John born in Somerset, England, s/o 1901292. William Stourton & 1901293. Elizabeth Moigne.

1403, John’s father died.

~1405, Margery born in England, d/o 3802560. Sir John Wadham & 3802561. Joan Wrottesley.

Aft. 1411, John married to Margery.

1412, John’s estates valued at £200 yearly.

9/18/1413, John’s father died.

9/26/1413, Commitment to sir William Hankeford, knight, chief justice of the Bench, and John Stourton, the elder … of the keeping of all the lands late of William Stourton, deceased … by reason of the minority of John his son and heir … (S) CFRs.

4/30/1414, Writ for IPM for William Stourton. Hampshire: … he held 16 messuages, 2 carucates, 12 a. meadow and 8 a. wood in Ibsley and Gorley … held of Thomas Ponynges, knight, of his manor of Basing … John his son and heir is aged 14 years and more … Essex: John Moigne, knight, held the manor and advowson of Great Easton in his demesne as of fee and granted them to Elizabeth his daughter then the wife of William Stourton … William and Elizabeth had issue John and Margaret. Elizabeth died, and William has since held by the courtesy of England of the king in chief in grand serjeanty, annual value nil beyond the 40 marks to John Moigne, who is still alive. Dorset: … Wilts: … Somerset: … (S) CIsPM.

6/10/1416, IPM of John Plecy. Dorset: … 12 a. arable and 1 a. meadow, of the heir [John] of William Stourton, also under age in the king’s ward … (S) CIsPM.

7/1/1421, John proved his age and received seisin of his patrimony in Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset and Essex.

~1421, John built the Abbey Farm House in Yeovil, Somerset.

12/1421 John a MP for Wiltshire. [In 1421, his uncle John also was a MP, for Somerset.]

8/31/1422, Henry VI (an infant) succeeded Henry V as King of England.

1423, John a MP for Dorset.

5/16/1426, Commitment to John Stourton of Stourton the younger and John Stourton the elder, … of the keeping of all the lands late of John Kendale … (S) CFRs.

8/1426, John on a commission into necromancy in Wiltshire.

12/12/1426, Commitment of the county of Wiltshire to John Stourton, the younger, during pleasure, so that he answer at the Exchequer as sheriff. (S) CFRs.

6/1428, John granted a licence to turn 1,000 acres of land into a park at his seat in Wiltshire.

1428, Sir John appointed to the government of Ireland by King Henry VIII for 2 years.

11/4/1428, John appointed High Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset.

1429, John heir to his mother (d.1408), the estates of his maternal grandfather, Sir John Moigne (3802586).

2/18/1430, John, retained to serve in France with a contingent of 3 men-at-arms and 12 mounted archers, accompanied the very young King to his coronation in Paris [12/16/1431].

3/30/1430, Grant by John Stourton, Knt., William Carent, … to Amicia widow of the late John Gregory, of all the latter's lands, etc., in Bruton, Bruham, Castelcary and Stoke Chenent. [Somerset]. (S) UKNA.

2/1431, John knighted.

11/5/1432, Commitment of the county of Gloucester and the adjacent march of Wales, to John Stourton, ‘chivaler,’, during pleasure, so that he answer at the Exchequer as sheriff. (S) CFRs.

11/5/1433, Commitment of the county of Wiltshire to John Stourton, during pleasure, so that he answer at the Exchequer as sheriff. (S) CFRs.

1436, John’s estates valued at £600 yearly.

7/1436, John at Calais with a contingent of 5 men-at-arms, and 112 archers, under Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester in an army of 10,000. [A failed siege of Calais by the Duke of Burgundy, with an estimated for of 30,000.]

1437, King Henry VI, age 16, declared “of age.”

11/7/1437, Commitment of the county of Wiltshire to John Stourton, ‘chivaler,’ during pleasure, so that he answer at the Exchequer as sheriff. (S) CFRs.

11/13/1437, John became a member of the King’s council, with a annuity of £40 for life.

7/9/1438, Sir John granted custody of Charles, Duke of Orleans, captured at Agincourt.

1438, John’s uncle, John Stourton ‘the elder’, died. (S) CFRs.

11/10/1438, John named in the will of his uncle John, brother of his father: Will of John Stourton, of Preston, the elder, son of John Stourton, formerly Lord de Stourton, brother of William Stourton, s. and h. of the said John de Stourton; My wife, Katherine, my brother Master Richard, dead; Lady Abbess of Shafton, my sister Anatasia, William Carent and Margaret his wife (Baron John’s sister), Cecilia, my daughter, Joan Sydenham, my daughter, John Stourton, Knt., my nephew (received a psalter); William Payne, executor. (S) N&Qs, Somerset & Dorset, V9, P126. (S) Testamenta Vetusta, Nicolas, 1826, P234.

5/8/1439, Sir John served as Ambassador to Calais, France, taking the Duke of Orleans with him.

10/13/1439, John returned to England [with the Duke who would stay with John until his release in 1440.]

2/8/1440, Sir John living in London.

7/1440, John, Deputy constable of England.

5/2/1441, John Stourton, knt., granted a fair at Stourton, Wiltshire. (S) Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs to 1516.

1443, “Robt. Warre, …, esq., to Edmund, Marquess of Dorset, …, John Stourton, knt., Giles Daubeney, knt., …, Wm. Wadham, …, John Wadham, …, & John Danys [...] Estate in the Ms. of Hestercomb & Baghay & moiety of M. of Bradford; …in Som. [...] …”. (S) UKNA.

Bef. 6/4/1443, John rebuilt the nave and chancel of the Black Canons of Stavordale priory near Wincanton.

10/18/1445, From William Daubeney son and heir of Giles Daubeney, Knt., and Alice his wife, dau, and one of the heirs of John Stourton, … to receive seisin of the Manor of Penne Dommer. (S) UKNA.

11/15/1446, John appointed Treasurer of the King’s Household.

3/1447, John awarded in tail the castle of Old Sarum, and the office of surveyor of the royal parks in Wiltshire.

7/1447, John and 4 other granted for 5 years wardships, escheats, ... due to the Crown to be used to meet household expenses. [John received £5,000 that month.]

5/13/1448, King Henry VI elevated John to peerage as Baron Stourton, awarding him additional lands in Grovely forest, Wiltshire.

1449, At a King’s council, John held that the establishment of law and order in England should take precedence over the relief of Guyenne.

4/1450, John appointed a Warden at Calais, Lt of the town, Capt. of Rysbank, and Capt. of the castle of Calais.

9/1451, John, Lt. of the garrison of Calais, and an Ambassador to Burgundy.

2/1452, John a member of a delegation sent by the King to Richard, duke of York, and the earl of Devon, commanding them to desist from rebellion.

3/1454, John a joint Keeper of the Seas, responsible for naval defense.

7/1456, at Parliament, John along with other members of the House of Lords, took an oath of allegiance to Henry VI.

5/28/1457, Maurice de la Ryver esquire, to James earl of Wiltesir and Ormond, John Stourton lord Stourton, William Caraunt esquire, …, John Filoll, …, John Sydenham the younger, … Quitclaim with warranty of the manor of Bradpole … (S) CCRs.

9/1457, John on a commission of array in Dorset.

7/1459, John an appointee to distribute compensation for losses at sea in Bristol.

8/1460, John linked with the families of York, Salisbury, Warwick and March as a feoffee of land in Chicklade, Wiltshire. [Those who would overthrow King Henry VI.]

5/1461, John to raise men for the relef Guernsey.

6/28/1461, Edward IV, age 19, replaced Henry VI as King of England in London.

7/17/1461, John and his son William, and Humphrey Stafford to arrest Robert Tanfeld the younger. (S) CPRs.

11/25/1462, Sir John of Preston Plukenet, co. Somerset, died [likely at Durham], holding over 20 manors in 11 counties, and property in London.


2/20/1463, To the escheator in Gloucestershire. Order to give William Stourton knight, whose fealty the king has commanded the escheator in Dorset to take, seisin of the manors and advowson hereinafter mentioned, saving to Margery who was wife of John Stourton of Stourton knight her dower thereof; … To the escheator in Wiltshire. Order to take of Margery who was wife of John Stourton of Stourton knight an oath etc., and in presence of William Stourton knight son and heir of the said John, to assign her dower. (S) CCRs.

(S) Collections, Illustrating the Hist. of the Catholic Religion, Oliver, 1857, P92. (S) Charles D’Orleans in England, Arn, 2000, P43. (S) Collectanea Topographica et Genealogica, V1, 1834, P409. (S) Hist. of Parliament, Roskell, 1993. (S) Hist. of the Noble House of Stourton, Botolph, 1899, P98.

Family notes:

·         John, brother-in-law of William Carent, who owned copies of The Cantebury Tales [written by 1400] and The Seige of Troy. [Gutenberg printing press not in use until 1436.]

·         Aft. 1444, John Wadham and Elizabeth, his wife, daughter and heir to Sir Stephen Popham, knight, and Margaret, his wife, daughter and heir of Nicholas Rede, esquire. v. Sir John Stourton and Sir John de Lyle, knights; Beatrice, late the wife of the said Sir Stephen, and other feoffees of the said Sir Stephen.: The manor of Fisherton, which the said Sir Stephen agreed to settle on the said Elizabeth at her marriage.: Wilts. (S) UKNA.

Children of John and Margery:

i. William Stourton, born 1432 in England.

William married to Margaret, d/o Sir John Chidiock & Katherine Lumley.

5/18/1450, To the escheator in Somerset and Dorset. … delivering to William son and heir of John Stourton knight and to Margaret his wife … that John Chidyok knight deceased was seised of the manor of Wyke co. Dorset … (S) CFRs, 5/18/1450.

1478, William died, his son John his heir, Margaret living. (S) CCRs, 8/21/1478.

ii. Alice Stourton (475323), born ~1433 in England.

10/18/1445, From William Daubeney son and heir of Giles Daubeney, Knt. and Alice his wife, dau, and one of the heirs of John Stourton, …, to receive seisin of the Manor of Penne Dommer. (S) UKNA.

iii. Margaret Stourton (950659), born ~1435 in England.