~1293, Sayer de Rocheford born in England, s/o 5910216. Ralph de Rocheford & 5910217. Cecilia ?.
7/7/1307, Edward II succeeded Edward I as King of England.
By 1316, Saer’s father died.
5/1316, Sayer petitioned the king for the manor of La Grave.
6/26/1316, To …, escheator … Order not to intermeddle further with the manor of La Grave, taken into the king’s hands upon the death of Theobald de Gayton, … it ought to remain to Saer son and heir of Ralph de Rocheford by virtue of a fine levied between Theobald de Nevill and the said Ralph de Rocheford at Lincoln, in the 12th year of the late king’s reign . (S) CCRs.
1316, In the hands of the king … Bodelbroc with the hamlets Hampton Curly, Norton Curly, et Wodeford – Johannes Hastanges, Saerus de Rocheford. (S) Feudal Aids, V5, P179.
By 1317, Saier had possession of his lands.
1317, Widow of Edmund [Foliot], brought a writ of dower against Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, and his wife, guardians of the land of the heir [Saier] of Ralph of Rochford etc. [The Earl stated that they had nothing in wardship.]
7/20/1319, Protection to “Saierus de Rocheford … John de Hardeshill … all with Hugh Daudele junior, going to Scotland. (S) Rotuli Scotiae, P485. [Part of the 70-member retinue.]
9/7/1319, King Edward at the siege of Berwick-upon-Tweed, Scotland.
5/6/1320, Commission of oyer and terminer … on complaint by Roger de Swynnerton that Peter de Lymesy … Saerus de Rocheford … with others, entered his manor of Acton, co. Stafford, with the intention of killing him and his servants, broke the houses … (S) CPRs.
11/16/1320, IPM of Theobald de Gayton. Warwick: La Grave. Ralph, father of Sayer de Rocheford, whose heir he is, held 2 parts of the said manor of Theobald … Sayer de Rocheford had sued out a diem clausit extremum … [By 1322 taken into the king’s hand, on account of the rebellion of Sayer de Rocheford]. (S) CIsPM.
[––Saer & Elizabeth––]
By 1320, Sayer married Elizabeth [likely ‘de Limesy’.]
11/1320, Fine: “Grove Park in Budbrooke … Peter de Lymesy, Saer de Rochford and Elizabeth his wife, … plaintiffs,… (S) Feet of Fines, Warwickshire.
5/1321, Hugh de Audley and Maurice de Berkeley at Newport in Wales, with 800 archers, 10,000 foot soldiers, and 500 light horse soldiers; attacked the De Spencers’ estates and captured tens-of-thousands of pounds in cash, household items, and livestock. [Sayer aligned with Hugh de Audley, see 7/20/1319.]
9/14/1321, Pardon to Saer de Rocheford for anything done against [the Despensers] on testimony of Roger de Mortymer of Wygemore. (S) CPRs.
10/1321, King Edward II took to the field with a large army to oppose the Marcher Lords in revolt in the Despenser War.
3/10/1322, King Edward defeated the forces of Earl Thomas of Lancaster [his cousin, grandson of Henry III] at the river Trent.
3/16/1322, Battle of Boroughbridge in Yorkshire. Thomas, Earl of Lancaster and the Marcher Lords, against King Edward II and the Dispensers. The rebel forces of about 700 knights and men-at-arms, against about 4,000 in in the royal forces. An effective use of longbow against calvary. [Sayer imprisoned at Kenilworth, then Pontefract. Elizabeth, staying in Kenilworth priory, forced by Peter de Montfort of Beaudesert to give him a bond of £6000.]
7/16/1322, Saer de Rocheford, … acknowledge that they owe to Roger de Swynnerton 300 marks. (S) CCRs.
7/30/1322, Saier pardoned for adhering to the Earl of Lancaster by a fine of 200 marks.
6/9/1323, Saer, son and heir of Ralph de Rocheford, acknowledges that he owes to Hugh le Despenser, earl of Winches-ter, £2,000. (S) CCRs.
1324, Warwickshire Eyre: “The jurors of the vill of Kenilworth present that Peter de Montfort was bound by a scriptum obligatorium [a written bond] … this scriptum was delivered by Elizabeth, the wife of Serlo de Rocheford.
8/1324, King Edward began the War of Saint-Sardos with his brother-in-law King Charles of France, who had invaded Aquitaine.
1/7/1325, Sayer de Rocheford (of Warwickshire) going to France. (S) CCRs.
1325, Fee of la Hay in the county of Lincoln … Saer de Rocheford holds the manor of Rysom … for the service of one knight’s fee and suit of court, … and it is worth £10 a year. (S) Feudal Aids, V6, P617.
1/24/1327, Edward III, age 14, succeeded Edward II as King of England.
1327, Sayerus de Rocheford knighted [by Roger Mortimer]. (S) Knighthood of the Bath, Anstis, P12.
5/25/1327, Saier de Rocheford, knight, royal pardon … [many listed] (S) CPRs.
6/4/1327, Letters of attorney for Saer de Rocheford going to Scotland in company of J., bishop of Ely. (S) Rotuli Scotiae, P488.
5/10/1328, Sayer de Rocheford appointed to a royal commission to maintain and develop the fenland walls and ditches in Skirbeck wapentake. (S) CPRs.
~1329, Joan born in England, d/o 5910218. Sir Roger Hillary & 5910219. Katherine de Sutton. [Joan’s parentage documented through her brother Roger’s IPM in 1403, and a legal case in 1431.]
5/2/1330, Saer de Rocheford puts in his place James de Kyngeston and Richard de Enderby, clerks, to defend the execution of a recognisance for 300 marks made to Roger de Swynarton by him in chancery. (S) CCRs.
1332, The common people of Holland request a remedy for various wrongs done them by Saer de Rocheford, when he was justice in Lincolnshire, complaining, by colour of his office, had them summoned in arms, allegedly to maintain the peace, and extorted money from various people. (S) UKNA.
4/21/1333, Protection to Saier de Rocheford …, going to Scotland with Ebulo Lestrange. (S) Rotuli Scotiae, P491.
5/1333, Siege of Berwick in Scotland.
10/26/1334, Protection to Saier de Rocheford …, going to Scotland with Ebulo Lestrange. (S) Rotuli Scotiae, P491.
11/25/1334, King Edward, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, again invaded Scotland, advancing as far as Roxburgh, where he repaired the castle for his use.
2/1/1335, Letters from the king to Mons Saer de Rocheford, instructions to come to the king with horses and arms in haste, at Roxburgh against the Scots. (S) Dignity of a Peer of the Realm, V4, P438.
6/18/1335, Protection to Saier de Rocheford …, going to Scotland with Ebulo Lestrange. (S) Rotuli Scotiae, P491.
1335, King Edward again into Scotland in support of Edward Balliol. The Scots refused to meet the large force in open battle, and instead ravaged towns throughout Scotland.
9/1335, Thomas, brother of John, son of Ralph de Rocheford, sued Saer, son of Ralph de Rocheford, Chivaler, for a third of the manor of Fenne in the vill of St. Botho, Skirbek, and Toft near Freston, as his purparty of the inheritance of Ralph de Rocheford. [These records document Sayer’s father Ralph as the only son and heir of John and Emma.]
9/28/1336, Protection to Serlo de Rocheford going to Scotland with John de Welughby. (S) Rotuli Scotiae, P504.
1336, Siege of Dunbar castle by William Montagu, earl of Salisbury. [After 5 months the English withdrew.].
12/30/1336, Agreement between Sir Hugh Hastings and Sir Sayer de Rochford regarding marriage between Sir Sayer’s son and heir John and Sir Hugh’s daughter Isabelle. (S) Original, Norfolk Record Office.
6/2/1337, Commission de walliis et fossatis to William de Ros of Hamelak, Saer de Rocheford, … along the coast between Wrangel-havene and the town of Boston in the parts of Holand, co. Lincoln. (S) CPRs.
1338, Saer de Rocheford on 2 different commissions of array for Holland, Lincs.
4/1/1339, Saer went to sea with Admiral William Trussel. (S) CPRs.
5/18/1339, … to supervise keeping of the peace … associated with Saer de Rocheford, Richard de Ros of Tyd, … (S) CPRs.
1339-40, William de Ros of Hamelak, Saer de Rocheford collected wool for the king in the parts of Holand, co. Lincoln. (S) CPRs.
6/12/1340, Saier the escheator of the co. of Lincoln. (S) Hist. and Antiq,s of the Co. and City of York, Royal Gen. Inst., 7/1846, P166.
11/15/1340, Commission to Saier de Rocheford, John de Tilneye, … to make inquisition in the county of Lincloln … death of Gilbert Gosselyn, lately killed at Holbeche … (S) CPRs.
11/3/1341, Saiero de Rocheford summoned to join a royal council in December.
1342, An abbot’s council convened in a case against the abbot of Swineshead concerning marshland in Gosberton [Lincoln]. Sir John de Wilughby Lord of Eresby, Sir John de Kirketon, and Sir Saier de Rochford, knights, … the said abbot’s counsel. (S) Peterborough Abbey, King, 1973, P135.
4/1343, Sayer de Rochford knight of the shire for Lincs. (S) Hist. of Parliament Online.
1343, Sir Sayer de Rochford, knight, joined the Corpus Christi guild of Boston. (S) BL, Harley, MS 4795.
3/22/1344, … the king has appointed Saier de Rocheford to arrest all such persons indicted before hom and his fellows, keepers of the peace and justices of oyer and terminer in the parts of Holand, … (S) CPRs.
8/30/1344, Appointment … to arrest … Saier de Rocheford, sheriff of Lincoln, … (S) CPRs.
10/20/1344, Commission to … certify … names of all persons other than religious men … having 100s., £10., … £1,000. yearly of land and rent, and upwards … Saier de Rocheford, knight } Parts of Holond, co. Lincoln. (S) CPRs.
10/24/1344, … Saier de Rocheford, escheator in the counties of Lincoln and Rutland. (S) CPRs.
10/2/1345, Saier de Rocheford commission to investigate a killing.
1346, Feudal survey: Sayer de Richeford holds ¼ of a knight’s fee in Benyngton, ¼ of a knight’s fee in Toft,
1347, Sayer de Rocheford commission to get 3 men-at-arms and 6 archers and take them to Calais. (S) Hist. of Staffordshire, V18, P106.
7/16/1347, Sayer de Rocheford, of the retinue of Laurence de Hastynges, earl of Pembroke, stays on the king’s service beyond seas in the earl’s company. (S) CFRs.
4/8/1348, Commission of oyer and terminer … Saier de Rocheford, … (S) CPRs.
1348, The Black Death entered the west countryside of England [likely entering through Bristol].
[––Saer & Joan––]
By 5/18/1348, Saher de Rocheford, knight, married 2nd Joan, settling property on himself and Joan. (S) Feet of Fines.
1349, A fine levied between Saier and his wife Joan and John Cleymond who conveyed lands to Sir Saier and Joan in tail. (S) Topo. and Gen., Co. of Suffolk, 1844, Augustine.
2/4/1349, “… Endorsement: Reply of Saier de Rochford, sheriff of Lincs …” (S) UKNA.
5/1349, Sayer was appointed to deal with the theft of a whale worth £1000 that had washed ashore at Leake in Lincolnshire.
10/23/1349-1355, Saier, High Sheriff of Lincolnshire. (S) CFRs.
10/12/1350, Margery late the wife of William de Ros, going on pilgrimage to the city of Rome, has letter nominating … Saier de Rocheford, knight, … (S) CPRs.
5/24/1351, Commitment to Sayer de Rocheford of the wardship of the lands in Heylyng and Great Cotes, co. Lincoln, which Joan late the wife of John de Heylyng held for life. (S) CFRs.
1352, IPM of John, earl of Kent. Riseholme: A knight’s fee held by Saer de Rocheford. (S) CIsPM.
5/1354, Enrolment of release by Saier son and heir of Ralph de Rocheford, knight, to John de Hastang, knight, of all his right and claim in the manor of la Grave … county of Warwick [for £100]. Witnesses : William de Clynton, earl of Huntingdon, Ralph earl of Stafford, Baldwin de Fryvyll, John de Clynton, Walter de Hopton, knights. (S) CCRs.
4/12/1356, “1) Sire Hugh de Hastyng. 2) Sire Sayer de Rocheford. Relates to manor of Screyng in Holand and mese in Grimeston.” (S) UKNA.
7/22/1358, Saier de Rocheford in a council at Westminster.
7/27/1359, Appointment of … and Saier de Rocheford, whom the king has deputed to stay with the said adversary [King John of France who had been captured in 1356] and to bring him from Hertford castle with 22 men-at-arms and 20 archers to Somerton castle, and keep him safely there … (S) CPRs.
10/1359, Saier with King Edward, sailing from Sandwich to Calais with 1,100 ships, invaded France, eventually taking Saint-Florentin and Tonnerre. Edward reached Paris, setting the suburbs on fire, before turning back to Brittany [Edward decided a siege of Paris was not feasible.]
1360, Saier, Keeper of the captured King of France at Somerton Castle, Lincolnshire. [Paid 13 marks over and above their daily wages.]
2/3/1363, Commission de walliis et fossatis to Saier de Rocheford, knight, … (S) CPRs.
1366, Sayer acquired land in Gosberton, Lincolnshire.
12/6/1370, Demise by William, abbot of Osolveston, to Sir Sayer de Rocheford, knight, of lands, rents and services, etc., in Northstoke, for 12 years. (S) Ancient Deeds, V2, 1894, B.2455. (S) UKNA.
8/5/1372, Sayer commissioned as a justice of the peace in Lincolnshire.
~1372, Saer died.
1381, Poll tax. Joan’s property assessed with that of her son John in Boston at 10s. (S) Poll Taxes of 1377, 1379 & 1381, Pt2, Fenwick, P18.
1403, Joan died.
(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P696. (S) Hist. and Antiq.s of Boston, Thompson, P319. (S) An Ess. Tow’s a Topo. Hist. of the Co. of Norfolk, Blomefield, 1808, P106. (S) Reports Touching the Dignity of a Peer of the Realm. (S) Rochford of Fenne, V1, Nettleton, 2016.
Children of Saier and Elizabeth:
i. John de Rochefort, born ~1320 in England.
John married Isabel de Hastyngs.
4/18/1336, Indenture between Sir Hugh de Hastyng and Sir Sayer de Rocheford. … the manor of Screyng in Holland … re-enfeoff John son and heir of Sir Sayer de Rocheford and [Isabel] the daughter of Sir Hugh de Hastynges in the said manor of Screyng, to have and to hold to themselves … if they should be without heirs …. (S) Norfolk Record Office.
10/1350, Grant by John de Rocheford, knight, lord of Arleye [Warwickshire], to Richard Scherewynt and Edith his wife … (S) Harvard Law School, MSS Deeds 201.
10/13/1358, By fine, John de Rocheford, knight, acquired 1 messuage … in Toft by Freston … 20 marks of silver. (S) Feet of Fines.
~1362, John married Beatrice, a widow.
1364, John de Rocheford, knight, joined the Corpus Christi guild.
1366, 1370, Richard de Rocheford, parson of Bennington, acted as an attorney for Sir John de Rochford. [Going overseas.]
1369, Ralph Rocheford, knight, and John Rocheford, knight, in retinue of John of Gaunt.
6/13/1373, John de Rocheford knight and Beatrice his wife” at South Kelsey, Lincs: “Charter of Robert Haunsard … (S) CCRs.
12/7/1380, John de Rocheford, chivaler commission to supervise a subsidy in Holland, Lincs.
3/1388, John de Rocheford, chivaler … Ralph de Rocheford, chivaler … John de Rocheford de Sancto Botho … Henry de Rocheford among the Lincolnshire knights and gentlemen sworn to support the Lords Appellant at the Merciless Parliament. (S) Rotuli Parliamentorum, V3, P400.
ii. Ralph de Rochefort, born ~1325 in England.
1350, Corpus Christi register: “… John de Rocheford, knight. Ralph de Rocheford, knight …”.
1352, Quitclaim. Ralph de Rocheforde son of Saeri de Rocheforde to Thomas de Oxwyk” in Norfolk.
1353-55, By fine, Ralph son of Saier de Rocheford, Knight, and Matilda his wife” [co-heiress of Walpole] acquired property from his father “Saier de Rocheford, Knight, … (S) Feet of Fines, Norfolk.
3/15/1356, Protection to Ralph de Rocheford going to Gascony in the company of the Black Prince in the king’s service. (S) Foedera, V3, Pt1, P323.
1369, Matilda died.
1378, Ralph Rocheford, knight, and John Rocheford, knight, in retinue of John of Gaunt.
1381, Poll tax, Skirbeck wapentake. Villata de Toft. Johannes de Rocheford miles, 13s 4d. Beatrix ux’ eius …
Aft. 7/3/1391, Ralph died, buried in Walpole St Peter’s with Matilda.
ii. Richard de Rochefort, born ~1330 in England.
1366, 1370, Richard de Rocheford, parson of Bennington, acted as an attorney for Sir John de Rochford.
Child of Saier and Joan:
i. John de Rochefort (1477554), born ~1355 in England.