2955008. Sir John Knyvet & 2955009. Eleanor Basset
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~1325, John born in England, s/o 5910016. Richard Knevit & 5910017. Joan Wurth.
~1335, Eleanor born in England, heir & d/o 2nd 5910018. Lord Ralph Basset & 5910019. Joan Sturdon.
1348-9, John practicing law when the Black Death began [eventually killing 1/3 of England’s population.]
2/24/1349, Commission of oyer … and John Knyvet, on complaint by Mary de Sacnto Paulo, countess of Permboke, … (S) CPRs.
3/15/1351, Commission of peace … John Knyvet, Northampton. (S) CPRs.
1/26/1353, Commission of oyer … John Knyvet, …. (S) CPRs.
7/3/1354, Commission to … the king’s consort Queen Philippa, William Fyfhyd and John Knyvet, stewards of her lands, … to receive fines … (S) CPRs.
1357, John called to the degree of Serjeant-at-Law, appointed a Justice of the Common Pleas.
10/15/1358, … Robert de Thorpe and John Knyvet, justices appointed to deliver the gaol of the castle of Cambridge. (S) CPRs.
9/30/1361, Grant to John Knyvet whom the king has appointed to be one of the justices of the King’s Bench … 40£ … (S) CPRs.
4/15/1363, Commission de walliis et fossatis to Robert de Ufford, earl of Suffolk, Robert de Thorpe and John Knyvet on the sea shore at Southclench-warton … co. Norfolk. (S) CPRs.
10/29/1365, Grant to John Knyvet, chief justice, … of 100 marks … yearly … beyond the fees which he takes. (S) CPRs.
11/5/1366, Commission of oyer and terminer to John Butetourt, John Knyvet, William de Shareshull, … on complaint by Thomas de Bello Campo, earl of Warwick, … broke his parks … (S) CPRs.
5/22/1368, Appointment of John Knyvet, … as justices in eyre for … John, duke of Lancaster, the king’s son … (S) CPRs.
1372, John purchased the reversion of the manor of Boxworth.
6/1372, Chancellor Robert Thorpe, dying in the palace of Bishop of Sarum, put the Great Seal in a bag under his own private seal and that of the Chief Justice Knyvet.
8/12/1372, Whereas John Knyvet, the chancellor, has admitted at the king’s will the king’s clerk, Simon de Multon, doctor of laws, … (S) CPRs.
7/5/1372, The King at Westminster sent his son John of Gaunt to Chief Justice Knyvet, as Chancellor, with power to administer the oaths to him.
3/24/1373, Licence for John Knyvet, knight, … to found a chantry … (S) CPRs.
2/3/1375, … John Knyvet, knight, the chancellor, … (S) CPRs.
7/16/1375, Licence for the prior and brethren of the hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England to demise for life at a fixed farm to John Knyvet, knight, Eleanor his wife, and John their son, all their garden in Fletestrete in the parish of St. Bride in the suburb of London, lying between the inn of the abbot of Faveresham and the water of the Thames, … (S) CPRs.
9/6/1375, Licence for William de Huntyingfeld, knight, … remainder in tail to John Knyvet, knight, and Eleanor, his wife, … (S) CPRs.
3/13/1376, John an executor of the will of Mary, Countess of Pembroke. (S) Testamenta Vetusta, Nicolas, 1826, P100.
3/19/1376, Appointment … death of Edward le Despenser, knight, … this let sealed under the king’s signet was sent to John Knyvet, the chancellor, to be sealed under the great seal. (S) CPRs.
11/1373, John summoned to the House of Commons, “by the newfangled writs” of every county 2 knights “the most expert in feats of arms” and 2 citizens of every borough “such as had the greates skill in shipping and merchandising.” They assembled in the Painted Chamber before the King.
4/1376, John called what was known as the Good Parliament. At this time the Commons became vocal, making recommendations to the king as the basis for passing tax aids and impeaching several of the King’s favorites for extortion.
10/7/1376, … our dear and faithful knights, William Lord Latimer, John Knyvet, Chancellor, … appointed executors of the will of Edward III. (S) Testamenta Vetusta, V1, 1826, P11.
1/11/1377, John replaced as Chancellor. He retired due to failing health.
7/16/1377, Richard II crowned king of England.
10/1/1378, Indenture between Simon of Sudbury, Archbishop of Canterbury, Sir Guy de Bryan, Sir John Knyvet, Sir Thomas Maundevylle, Philip Melreth, John Bampton and Ivo Sandherst on the one part, and Lady Joan de Bohun, Countess of Hereford, Essex and Northampton, on the other, witnessing the grant of two thirds of the manor and marsh of Foulness, in the hundred of Rochford, Essex. (S) Original sold at Christies in 2001.
By 2/20/1381, Sir John died: Grant … lately held by John Knyvet, knight, deceased. (S) CPRs.
1388, Eleanor died.
(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P476. (S) The Lives of the Lord Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal, Campbell, P235.
Children of John and Eleanor: [6 sons, 2 daughters.]
i. John Knevit (1477504), born ~1358 in England.
ii. Robert Knevet, born ? in England.
Robert, married the heiresses Isolde de Beihous and EllenFitzwaters. [The main seat of this family was at Stanway, Essex.]