1901512. Sir Robert Belknap & 1901513. Juliane Darset
Robert born in England, s/o §John Belknap & Alice ?.
Juliane born in England, d/o §John Darset & Elizabeth Phelip, d/o Thomas Phelip of Hertfordshire.
6/1351, Robert a clerk of the diocese of Salisbury, Wiltshire.
1353, Robert on a commission to survey the abbey of Battle.
5/18/1362, Robert appointed a Justice of the Peace in co. Kent.
5/3/1364, Association of Thomas Moris and Robert Belknap in the commission of oyer and terminer. (S) CPRs.
10/12/1366, Robert Bealknap a justice of oyer and terminer in co. Kent. (S) CPRs.
5/10/1369, Licence for William de Say, ‘chivaler,’ to enfeoff Robert de Bealknap, … of the manors of Westgrenewych and Codeham, co. Kent, and Sabrichesworth, co. Hertford, held in chief. (S) CPRs.
2/8/1373, Commission of oyer and terminer to … Robert Bealknap, … on complaint by Richard, earl of Arundel and Surrey … (S) CPRs.
1374, Robert a councilor for John of Gaunt.
10/8/1375, Robert became Chief Justice of the Common Pleas.
6/21/1377, King Edward III died.
7/16/1377, Richard II, age 10, crowned king of England.
1377, “Petitioners: Liege people of the county of Devon … Hugh Courtenay, Earl of Devon; Robert Belknap …” (S) UKNA.
1379, Robert Belknap, Justice. (S) UKNA.
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.
1382, Robert served on a commission with the famous Benedictine monk Thomas de Brinton. (S) Viator, 1978, P363.
1384, “Petitioners: John de Beauchamp, knight … Robert Bealknap (Belknap), Chief Justice of the Common Bench; …” (S) UKNA.
1385, Robert and poet Geoffrey Chaucer appointed justices of the peace for Kent.
11/19/1386, the Duke of Gloucester, Earl of Arundel and Surrey, Earl of Warwick, Earl of Derby, and Duke of Norfolk [known as the Lords Appellant] formed a commission to govern England for one year.
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.
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.
On intervention of Queen Anne and William de Courtenay, Robert’s death sentence commuted to banishment. Robert was sent to Ireland.
2/20/1390, “Juliana, wife of Robert de Beleknapp, states that her husband has lost all his possessions and been banished, leaving her and five children in England, and that he has nothing to live on except an annuity of £40 from his former lands …” (S) UKNA.
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 one monk to celebrate mass in the Cathedral for ever for the souls of himself, his predessors and successors.” (S) Catalogue of Manuscripts of the Society of the Inner Temple.
1/19/1401, Robert, knt. of Knelle in Beckley, Sussex, Seyntlynge in St. Mary, Kent died; buried in Rochester cathedral.
2/28/1401, Juliane Belknap put fort a petition in which she gives the date of Robert death.
1407, Richard Coble … sued John Marchall and Juliand, formerly the wife of Robert Belknap, Kt.
1413, Juliane died, her husbands lands escheated to the crown. “Belknap, Julia who was the wife of Richard, kt: Kent.” (S) UKNA, IPM.
(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P796. (S) The Bromley Record, 1865, P280.
Child of Robert and Juliane:
i. Hamon Belknap (950756), born ~1385 in England.