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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Baron Maurice le Brune & Matilda Rokesle

3802368. Baron Maurice le Brune & 3802369. Matilda Rokesle

~1282, Maurice le Bruyn born in England, s/o 7604736. William le Brune & 7604737. Isolda Rokesle.

10/9/1286, Matilda born in Ireland, d/o 7604738. Sir Philip Rokesle & 7604739. Joan ?.

10/23/1295, IPM of Philip de la Rokele. Essex: Wokyndon. A messuage … Maud his daughter, aged 10, is his next heir. Kent: Beghenham. The manor … Heir as above, aged 9 1/2 years. (S) CIsPM.

4/11/1296, IPM of Richard de la Rokele. Norfolk: Colkirke. The manor … Gatele. The manor … Both held of the heir [Matilda] of Philip de la Rokele [a minor and in the king’s wardship (S) CFRs], by service of 3 knights’ fees. (S) CIsPM.

10/6/1298, Maurice and Matilda had licence to marry. [1st cousins.]

7/3/1299, For William le Vavasur, …, Maurice le Brun, Robert de Leyburn, James de Leyburn, … in Scotland: issued by John de Segrave lieutenant of the Marshal of England. (S) UKNA.

 [––Maurice & Matilda––]

10/14/1300, Maud the wife of Maurice le Brun, daughter and heir of Philip de la Rokele: Kent (proof of age). Adam de Cheveninge, knight, aged 60, … Maud was 14 on the day of St. Denis last, but they have no evidence but by the relation of the country, for she was born in Ireland. (S) CIsPM.

Bef. 10/14/1300, Maurice married Matilda.

1300, Maurice’s father died.

10/13/1300, Maurice le Brun going to Rome with Henry de Lacy, earl of Lincoln. (S) CPRs.

6/26/1301, Order to cause Maud, daughter and heiress of Philip de la Rokele, and Maurice le Brun, her husband, to have seisin of the lands whereof Philip was seised at his death, as she has proved her age before the escheator and the king has taken Maurice's fealty. (S) CCRs. [But not homage.]

4/1304, “Sir Moryz le Brunn” at the siege of Stirling. (S) Role d’armes du siege de Stirling.

4/1304, King Edward started the 90-day siege of Stirling castle. King Edward first used the Warwolf siege engine, the largest trebuchet ever constructed, in a successful siege.

1307, Maurice’s mother died, leaving him as sole heir to Rowner manor. “Iseult la Brune alias la Broune: Hampshire … held the manor of Rowner at a value of £7. 7s. 3d. p/a and that Maricius le Brun her son was of full age at the time of her death.” (S) UKNA, IPM.

10/16/1307, Order to the escheator on this side Trent to deliver to Maurice le Brune, son and heir of Iseult le Brune, tenant in chief, the lands late of his said mother, he having done homage. (S) CFRs.

4/1309, Maurice present at the Dunstable tournament in which 235 knights participated in retinues, and 70 independently. (S) The Tournament in England, Barker, P86.

1/30/1312, Maurice the Patron for Thomas Worplesdone as Rector of S. Mary the Virgin church in Rowner.

1/8/1313, Maurice summoned as a baron by writ. (S) The Book of Dignities, Haydn, 1851, P519. [Summoned through 1322.]

2/26/1320, The under-mentioned persons, going beyond the seas with the king, … Maurice le Burnne … in the retinue of Thomas, earl of Norfolk and Marshal of England. (S) CPRs.

6/1320, King Edward travelled to France to perform homage for his French lands in Gascony and Ponthieu to his overlord and brother-in-law, King Philip V.

3/16/1322, At the battle of Boroughbridge, northwest of York, King Edward defeated the forces of the Marcher lords and Thomas of Lancaster.  The royalist forces were defending their position with dismounted men-at-arms and archers against an attacking calvary.

7/21/1322, Protection with clause volumus, until All Saints , for … going with the king to Scotland. … Maurice de Brune. (S) CPRs.

1322, King Edward marched his forces into southeastern Scotland, but was immediately sent into retreat.

8/15/1326, Appointment of Maurice de Brune, Robert de Echyngham, John de Cobham and … to survey the ships of over 50 tons in the towns and ports of … and to see that they join Nicholas Keriel, admiral of the Western fleet at Portsmouth, … (S) CPRs.

1/7/1327, Parliament deposed Edward II.

1/24/1327, Edward III, age 14, succeeded Edward II as King of England.

1/13/1327, The lords mentioned came to the Guildhall, and in the presence of the Mayor, Aldermen and a great Commonality to the oath to safeguard Isabella, Queen of England, and Edward, eldest son of the king of England and heir-apparent, in their cause against Hugh le Despenser the younger and Master Robert de Baldock, … Earls: … Barons: Roger de Mortuo Mari, … Maurice le Burn, … (S) CPRs.

4/5/1327, Maurice summoned to be at Newcastle with horse and arms to serve against Robert Bruce. (S) A Synopsis of the Peerage of England, Nicolas, 1825, P90.

5/3/1335, Maurice the Patron for William Whitebred as Rector of S. Mary the Virgin church in Rowner.

6/1339, Sir Maurice le Bruyn witnessed a grant of William de Monte Acuto, earl of Salisbury. (S) CPRs.

11/8/1340, Licence for … to enfeoff Maurice de Brun the elder, Maurice de Brun the younger, and … of the manor of Upton, co. Berks., … (S) CPRs.

4/26/1346, Witnesses : Sir Maurice le Brune, Sir William le Brune, knights, … (S) CCRs.

6/20/1346, Licence for Maurice de Bruyn to enfeoff his son, William de Bruyn, of the manor of Randelston, co. Dorset, said to be held in chief. By fine of of 40s. (S) CPRs.

1/8/1348, Maurice the Patron for Richard de Louth as Rector of S. Mary the Virgin church in Rowner.

1348, The Black Death entered the west countryside of England [likely entering through Bristol].

3/28/1349, Maurice the Patron for Hugh Corteys as Rector of S. Mary the Virgin church in Rowner.

6/1349, The Plague reached Dorset, and had spread across England by the end of 1349.

Maud died before Maurice.

3/17/1355, Maurice of Kent, Essex, and Hampshire died, William his heir. (S) UKNA, IPM.

3/24/1355, Writ for IPM of Maurice le Buryn. Kent: Beghenham. The manor held of the king in chief by service of a knight’s fee; 100a. heath held of the abbot of Westminster by service of 20s. He held no more lands in the county. He died on 17 March last. William his son, aged 40 years and more, is his heir. Essex: Wokyndon Rokele. The manor, with the advowson of the church, held for life by the law of England after the death of Maud, sometime his wife, of the inheritance of William, their son and heir, … Southampton: William le Bruyn, knight, aged 30 years and more, is his heir. (S) CIsPM.

(S) A Genealogical and Heraldic History …, 1835, Burke, P205.

Family notes:

·         Sir Philip Rockley & Joan ?; s/o Philip Rockley of Okenden, co. Essex.

Children of Maurice and Matilda:

i. William le Brune (1901184), born ~1320 in England.

ii. Sir Maurice de Bruyn, born ~1326 in England.

10/12/1386, By deposition at Westminster before Sir John de Derwentwater: “served in many expeditions in Scotland, France, Gascony, Brittany, Normandy, Spain, and Prussia, and was present at the relief of Berwick, at the sieges of Vannes, Tournay, and Calsis, as well as at the battle of Cressy.”


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