~1325, Robert de Bealknap born in England, s/o 3803024. John Belknap & 3803025. Alice ?.
1/24/1327, Edward III, age 14, succeeded Edward II as King of England.
1341, Juliane born in Essex, England, d/o 3803026. John Darset & 3803027. Elizabeth Phelip.
6/1351, Robert a clerk of the diocese of Salisbury, Wiltshire.
5/8/1353, Robert on a commission to survey the abbey of Battle.
1353, Robert succeeded William de Pagham as stewart of Battle Abbey.
3/26/1359, Robert with others received a letter from the King to prepare Battle Abbey for a French invasion.
1361, Robert Belknap and Robert de Herle had to hear alleged trespasses and felonies.
5/18/1362, Robert appointed a Justice of the Peace in co. Kent.
1364, Robert witnesses a quitclaim to the King in Dartford by John Winchester of Southflete in Kent. (S) CCRs.
1365, Robert, creditor to John Kentays of Brabourne in Kent who owed him £40.
[––Robert & Amy Aunger––]
By 1365, Robert married Amy.
12/2/1365, William de Say grants to Robert de Belknap and Amy his wife, the manor of Sharsted and all he owns in the town of Chetham and Gillingham in Kent. (S) CCRs.
7/7/1366, Robert and Amy his wife were pardoned for acquiring for life from the Abbot and Convent of Battle the manor of Kingswode, held in chief. (S) CPRs.
10/12/1366, Robert Bealknap a justice of oyer and terminer in co. Kent. (S) CPRs.
1367, Robert, a Serjeant at law receiving £20 annually, and the same for his office as Justice of assize.
1369, Grant ... by Thomas Travers to Robert and Amy, ..., of the reversion of all his lands, ... in Ditton and East Malling in Kent. (S) CCRs.
8/13/1369, Joan, Lady Cobham, in her will legated to Robert Belknappe a horn made from a Griffin’s hoof with a silver gilt cover with the arms of Lord Cobham, and the Lord Berkeley. He also got £20 sterling.
[––Robert & Juliane––]
1369-70, Robert married Juliane.
1370, Robert on a commission de walliis and fossatis in Sussex.
1371, Robert Beleknappe and John Wroth jun. granting to Adam Fraunceys of London the manor of Edelmeton.
3/8/1371, Robert Bealknap, steward of the king's lands in the county of Kent. (S) CFRs.
1/28/1372, Juliane inherited the manor of La Lebury, Essex as kin of Thomas Phelip and Elizabeth his wife; Juliane d/o Elizabeth, d/o Thomas and Elizabeth. The escheator was ordered to give seisin and took the homage of Robert Belknap. (S) CFRs.
1373, The manor of Wilting in Baldslow Hundred was granted to Robert Belknap and Juliane his wife by Alexander de Goldingham.
1374, Robert a councilor for John of Gaunt.
7/15/1374, Indenture made at London, between Sir Nicholas de Lovayne, Sir Aubrey de Veer, …, Robert Belknap, John Colpeper and … of the one part and Thomas de Charleton …, confirmation and quitclaim to the first parties, in their possession being, their heirs and assigns, of the manors of Penshurst etc. … (S) CCRs.
10/8/1375, Robert became a Justice of the Common Pleas.
1375, Robert knighted.
11/5/1375, Elizabeth, widow of Waresius de Valoignes, kt., quitclaimed to John Cobham, kt., Robert Belknap, kt., Nicholas Carreu and John Lord of Fremingham.
4/1376, The following are assigned triers of petitions from England … Sir Robert Belknap … (S) Parliament Rolls, 1376.
4/20/1376, The king granted the wardship and marriage of Joan de Leyhamme, heiress of her brother John, who died a minor, to Robert de Bealknap. (S) CCRs.
1377, “Petitioners: Liege people of the county of Devon … Hugh Courtenay, Earl of Devon; Robert Belknap …” (S) UKNA.
6/21/1377, Richard II, age 10, succeeded Edward III as King of England.
6/26/1377, Robert appointed Chief Justice of the Common Bench.
8/30/1380, Robert on a commission of peace in the town of Royston.
10/30/1380, Nicholas Bonde knight gives the manor of Sentlynge co. Kent by charter to Robert and Juliana for life with remainder to Thomas their son. (S) CCRs, 11/24/1401.
6/2/1381, Robert, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, commissioned to seek out and punish rioters in Fobbing and Corringham, revolting against a poll tax, attacked in him and his clerks in Brentwood, Essex; and Robert was captured. [Robert escaped, but others were killed.] (S) The Great Revolt of 1381, Oman, 1906, P33.
6/15/1381, Robert Belknap, Robert Knolles and 2 other appointed City Knights in London with full powers to investigate the guilty and punish them.
1382, Robert Bealknapp, kt. and Juliane his wife petitioned from Gregory Rokels the manor of Seintling in St. Mary Cray which they quitclaimed to him for 200 marks. (S) Feet of Fines, Kent.
1383, The manor of St. Mary Cray in Kent became the property of Robert [held by Juliana after his attainder.]
1384, “Petitioners: John de Beauchamp, knight … Robert Bealknap (Belknap), Chief Justice of the Common Bench; …” (S) UKNA.
1384, Robert Belknap kt. and Julian his wife and ...; manor of Knelle ... - to John for life ..., remainder to Robert and Julian and heirs of their bodies, ... (S) Sussex Fines.
1385, Robert and poet Geoffrey Chaucer appointed justices of the peace for Kent.
1385, Robert secured the revision of Knelle manor [previously acquired from William de Welles] from Thomas Lyvet.
12/18/1385, Robert Bealknap chief justice of the Bench. (S) CCRs. [Robert Tresilian had been the chief justice in September when the justices were summoned to parliament. (S) CCRs.]
11/19/1386, the Duke of Gloucester, Earl of Arundel and Surrey, Earl of Warwick, Earl of Derby, and Duke of Norfolk [the Lords Appellant] formed a commission to govern England for one year.
4/20/1387, William bishop of Winchester, Thomas bishop of Ely, Robert Bealknap, …, Edward Dalyngrige, … knights, … to Richard earl of Arundell and Surrey. Indenture … for 40 years … of the castle, manors, lands etc. of Chirke and Chirkeslonde … (S) CCRs.
8/25/1387, at Nottingham, Robert and other judges signed a document that condemned the commission as contrary to the king’s will, arguing that the king alone should choose the business of Parliament and that he could dissolve it at will.
11/17/1387, King Richard promised to arrest Robert and other “royal favorites”. [But at the same time he was fielding an army.]
12/30/1387, After the defeat of Earl de Vere at Radcot Bridge, King Richard agreed to a purge of the royal household and had all the judges who had signed the Nottingham Declaration, including Robert, removed from the bench.
2/1388, at the “Merciless Parliament”, Robert, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, and others declared guilty of high treason by the House of Peers and sent to the Tower.
4/14/1388, “Robert Bealknap, Roger Fulthorp, John Cary, John Holt, William Burgh and John Lokton state that they have long been in prison, and all their lands and tenements have been seized into the king's hands, so that they nothing on which to live. They ask the king to ordain for their sustenance.” (S) UKNA.
8/20/1388, at Nottingham castle, in the presence of King Richard, Robert Bealknap, Chief Justice of the Common Bench and others were interrogated. (S) English Historical Docments, V4, P153.
1388-89, On intervention of Queen Anne and William de Courtenay, Robert’s death sentence commuted to banishment. Robert was sent to Ireland.
[––Juliane, Robert banished––]
10/11/1389, Mandate to the treasurer and the chamberlains to pay to Juliane, wife of Robert Belknap, the arrears since of £40 annually granted him for life by the King. (S) CCRs.
2/20/1390, “Juliana, wife of Robert de Beleknapp, states that her husband has lost all his possessions and been banished, leaving her and 5 children in England, and that he has nothing to live on except an annuity of £40 from his former lands …” (S) UKNA. [Juliana recovered Knelle manor.]
5/2/1392, Julianna and her daughter Juliana’s interests are specified in a land grant. (S) CPRs.
1397, Robert allowed to return from banishment, but his attainder was not reversed.
5/21/1398, Some of Robert’s lands returned: The king considered him as a martyr to his interest, granted him several of his estates again among others his moiety of Lidsing which he then gave to the Priory of St. Andrew in Rochester for 1 monk to celebrate mass in the Cathedral for ever for the souls of himself, and for the souls of his father John Belknap and his mother Alice. (S) Catalogue of Manuscripts of the Society of the Inner Temple. (S) Villare Cantianum, Philipot, 1776, P168.
1/22/1399, To the sheriff of Essex. Order to make restitution and give Robert Bealknap knight and Juliana his wife livery against Andrew Neuport esquire of 100 acres of land in Elmedoun which were of the said Robert and Juliana in her right … (S) CCRs.
1/19/1401, Robert, knt. of Knelle in Beckley, Sussex; Seyntlynge in St. Mary, Kent died; buried in Rochester cathedral.
11/24/1401, Petition of Juliana wife of Robert Bealknapp knight … [see 10/30/1380] … the said Robert died 19 January last … praying the king to revoke those letters and put her again in possession thereof with the issues and profits since her husband's death … (S) CCRs.
1401, Juliane successfully contested the right to Knelle manor against a claim of Thomas Beaufort.
Juliane married 2nd John Marshall.
1407, Richard Coble … sued John Marchall and Julian, formerly the wife of Robert Belknap, Kt.
1411-12, Juliane on the subsidy rolls as Lady of Knell, holdings worth £20 yearly.
1413, Juliane died, her husbands lands escheated to the crown. “Belknap, Julia who was the wife of Richard, kt: Kent.” (S) UKNA, IPM.
7/22/1414, Juliane died. [Son Hamon, age 24, given seisin of her properties.]
(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P796. (S) The Bromley Record, 1865, P280. (S) CPRs.
Children of Robert and Juliane:
i. Juliana Belknap, born ~1370 in England.
Juliana married to Robert Avenel.
12/1/1384, John of Buckingham, bishop of Lincoln, had granted in tail to Robert son of John Avenel and Juliana, daughter of Robert de Belknap, failing issue to Robert and Juliane Belknap and their heirs.
1387, Robert died. [No children.]
Juliana married 2nd Nicholas Kymbell. (S) Hist. of Norfolk, V9, 1808, Salthouse.
5/2/1392, The manors, land etc. of the 1384 grant were granted to several persons saving the interests of Juliana the daughter and Juliana the mother.
ii. Hamon Belknap (950756), born 1389 in England.
iii. Thomas Belknap, Born ? in England.