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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Treasurer John Norreys Esq. & Alice Merbrook

950704. Treasurer John Norreys Esq. & 950705. Alice Merbrook

~1405, John Noreys born in England, s/o §§John Norrys.

~1415, Alice born in England, d/o 1901410. Richard Merbroke Esq..

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

4/9/1427, Grant by Thomas Sydenhale and Thomas Grene, to John Catesby and Margaret his wife, in tail, of a moiety of the manor of Lappeworth, and other lands and tenements late belonging to lady Rose Mountfort in Lappeworth; with remainders to Richard Merbrook for his life, to Richard's son William in tail, and to Alice, William's sister, in fee. (S) Desc. Cat. Ancient Deeds, V3, 1900, A.4374.

By 1429, John an usher of the chamber of the king.

11/6/1429, Henry VI crowned king of England.

[––John & Alice––]

~1431, John married Alice.

9/1437, John, Duke of Bedford, granted an inn and 4 shops in the suburbs of London to John Norreys at the yearly rent of 6 marks for 7 years. (S) CPRs.

1437, John created an esquire.

5/15/1437, Grant, during pleasure, to John Norreys, esquire, of the office of the tronage and pesage in the port of London. (S) CPRs.

Aft. 12/22/1438, John appointed usher of the chamber, succeeding Gilbert Par.

5/4/1439, Alice living.

11/14/1439, Grant, for life, to John Norreys, usher of the chamber, … of the office of tronage and pesage in the port of London. (S) CPRs.

12/18/1439, Grant to Ralph Boteller, John Beauchamp, … knights, John Norreys, … shall have the keeping of all the castles, lordships, manors, … in England, Wales and the Welsh march which on te death of Isabel, countess of Warwick, late the wife of Richard, late earl of Warwick, … until such heir or heirs obtain livery. (S) CPRs.

8/15/1440, Grant, for life, to the king’s esquire, John Norreys, usher of the chamber, of a tun of wine yearly in the city of London. (S) CPRs.

2/14/1441, Licence ... for John Norys and Alice his wife to grant in mortmain ... manors ... co. Berks, and the reversion, ... to Oryell College, Oxford. (S) CPRs.

1441, John, in possession of Yattendon manor, purchased the overlordship of Edward Langford. [Same year, John Norys granted 50 marks yearly out of the issues of Somerset and Dorset. (S) CPRs.]

1/25/1443, Grant to Henry earl of Warwick and to John Noreys, esquire, … of the keeping of all the lands in the county of Cornwall late of William Bodrugan knight, … (S) CFRs.

1444-47, Great wardrobe: John Norris, esquire. (S) UKNA.

5/1/1446, Grant to the king’s servant, John Noreys, esquire for the body, and his heirs of a tenement sometime called ‘John of Brayesplace’. (S) CPRs.

1446, John appointed treasurer of the Queen’s chamber. [Alice, described as 'capital damisell Regine'.]

5/30/1446, “To Margaret, Queen of England. In money paid to her ... by the hands of John Norys, in discharge of £1000 ...” (S) Issues of the Exchequer, Devon, 1837, P454.

1446, Alice received a gold belt and a yard of blood-red fabric from the Queen.

6/13/1446, Grant, for life, to John Norreys, esquire for the body, of the office of the Receipt and Exchequer. (S) CPRs.

6/14/1446, Grant to the king’s esquire for the body John Norreys that he be chief steward of all manors, lordships and lands pertaining to the lordship of Spensers, … except the stewardship of the honour of Gloucestre in Bristol. (S) CPRs.

10/26/1446, Grant … to the king’s knight, Thomas Tudenham, of the office of keeping the great wardrobe, to hold … as Robert Rolleston, John Norrys, esquire for the body, or any other, has had; in lieu of a like grant thereof to John … (S) CPRs.

1447, John, usher to the chamber, squire to the body and master of the wardrobe to King Henry VI.

1447, Alice received a gold chain from the Queen.

7/1447, Humphrey [of Lancaster], Duke of Gloucester; William de la Pole, Marquis of Suffolk; John Norreys, squire of the body of [king] indicted of high treason. [Members of the King’s court unpopular with members of parliament. William de la Pole was exiled, but murdered near Dover.]

5/4/1448, Pardon to the king’s esquire for the body, John Norrys alias Norreys alias Noreys, of all felonies, trespasses, conspiracies, offences, … before 16 April last … (S) CPRs.

1448, John crenellated under licence his principle residence of Yattendon near Reading.

1448, Alice made a Lady of the Order of the Garter. (S) Memorials of the Order of the Garter, 1841.

9/14/1448, William Ferrers of Chartley, childless, received licence to grant land to Edmund Hungerford, John Norreys, ... and Richard Merbroke (John’s father-in-law) and the heirs of John Norreys. (S) CPRs.

1448-49, Alice received a silver parcel-gilt cup from the Queen.

Alice died.


1/10/1449, Grant to the king’s serjeants, John Norreys, esquire for the body, … office of one of the collectors of the subsidy of tonnage and poundage in the port of London, to hold … until they have in survivorship an office to the value of £40. (S) CPRs.

3/20/1449, Commitment to John Norrys esquire, William Norrys his son, William Norrys and Roger Norrys … of the keeping of the lordships of Cokeham and Bray with all their appurtenances ; to hold from Easter last for 20 years, at a yearly farm of £101. (S) CFRs.

8/12/1449, Licence … for John, cardinal and archbishop of York, … to grant to Edmund Hungerford, knight, John Norrys, esquire, William Norrys, Roger Norrys, and Thomas Babham and the heirs of John Norrys the manor of Sunnynghill, in the counties of Berks and Surrey, held in chief. (S) CPRs.

6/30/1453, Commitment to John Norys, esquire, of the keeping of the manor of Benham, … in Holbenham and Westbroke, co. Berks, … (S) CFRs.

1454-55, Plaintiffs: Anne, daughter of Humphrey Stafford, knt., ... Defendants: Ralph Boteler, lord of Sudeley, knt., John Norreys, ... Subject: Manor of Wigginton and other lands, etc. Oxfordshire. (S) UKNA.

3/3/1457, Commitment to John Norrys, esquire, and William his son, … of the keeping of the manors and lordships of Cokeham and Bray, co. Berks,, … (S) CFRs.

11/7/1457, Commitment of the counties of Oxford and Berks to John Noreys, esquire, during pleasure, so that he answer at the Exchequer as sheriff and keeper. (S) CFRs.

[––John & Eleanor––]

By 1457, John married 2nd Eleanor Clitherow of Kent.

10/8/1457, Will of Matilda, relict of Roger Clitterow if Ash: My body ... To John, son of John Norys, and Alianore his wife, the whole suit of armour of my late husband. (S) Testamenta Vetusta, V1, Nicolas, 1826, P289.

6/26/1458, In response to a writ “I, John Norrys, esquire, Sheriff, certify ...” (S) UKNA.

1458-59, Parties: Edmund Hungerford, knight, John Norreys, Esq., ...; Place or Subject: Cookham (Cokham). [Letter of attorney]. County: Berkshire. (S) UKNA.

[––John & Margaret––]

9/1459, John married 3rd Margaret Chedworth.

6/28/1461, Edward IV crowned king of England.

1461, John, squire to the body of King Edward IV, and master of the wardrobe.

5/15/1462, Grant by Thomas Clerk alias Draper of Reading, hosier, to John Norreys the elder of Bray, esquire, ... empty piece of land on the south side of New Street, Reading, ... (S) UKNA.

2/6/1465, Debtor: Thomas Fygg of Sudbury in Suffolk [Babergh Hundred], spicer [merchant.] Creditor: John Norrie, esquire. Amount: £112 13s. [at Westminster] (S) UKNA.

4/4/1466, John wrote his will: To be bur. in St. Michael's, Bray; ... for the souls of Alice, Alinore and Margaret, sometime my wives. ... Bequest for buying a great bell for the steeple at Bray, and for repairing Maidenhead Bridge. All household stuff to his s. William at Yattenden. Bequests to sons John the elder, John the younger, and William the youngest, and to Anne his eldest, and Lettice his youngest da. To Margaret his w., the residue, if she remain unmarried. Exors.: - his w. Margaret, his bro. William Norris.

9/1/1466, John died; buried at Bray, Berkshire. [His manors of Mapledurham (Oxon.), Adresham in South Morton, and Purley (Berks.) were rented out the same year.] His heir, William, age 33.

(S) A Hist. of the County of Berkshire, V4, 1924. (S) Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales, Emery, 2006, P124.

Family notes:

·         There is a “John Norys” NOT an “esquire” mentioned as representing Berks in multiple parliaments, and as Sheriff. Since the CFRs usually designates, “esquire”, these records are not included. The early records not included could be of his father.

Children of John and Alice: [4 sons.]

i. William Norreys (475352), born 1433 in England.

ii. John Norreys, born ? in England.

iii. Agnes Norreys, born ? in England.

Agnes married William Bulstrode.

iv. Lettice Norreys, born ? in England.

Lettice married Sir John Harcourt.