3802372. Sir William de la Pole & 3802373. Katherine de Norwich
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1302, William born in England, s/o 7604744. William de la Pole & 7604745. Elena ?.
~1310, Katherine born in England, d/o 2498694. Sir Walter de Norwich & 2498695. Catherine de Hedersete.
By 1316, William moved with his family from Ravensrod to Hull, Yorkshire [a distance of about 20 miles, a town on the east coast heavily involved in trade with the continent.]
8/12/1325, Pardon to William de la Pole for acquiring to him and his heirs from Sibyl late the wife of John de Metham, ‘chivaler,’ a moiety of the manor of Lindeby, … fine of 5 marks. (S) CPRs.
7/1327, William, running the family business, lent £4,000 to the king for outfit his first expedition against the Scots. [William made additional loans of £2,000 in August, and £1,200 in December. For security, William was given the part of the royal seal known as the “cocket”.]
5/1329, William appointed deputy gauger [to his brother Richard] of all wine sold in England.
7/12/1331, William and his brother Richard dissolved the family business; and Richard moved to London.
1331, William the King’s “beloved valet and merchant”.
1332, King Edward III entertained by William in Hull as he was on his march northwards against Scotland. Because of the King’s pleasant experience, the town was elevated in status and William appointed its first Mayor.
4/1333, William outfitted the ship Trinty of Hull in support of King Edward against the Scots.
5/1335, William contracted with the royal household for £20 daily to supply wine. William also appointed supervisor of all collectors of customs for the east coast.
7/1335, William received a gift of 550 marks from the King for various political services. [He made trips and/or sent ships to Flanders and other places for the King.]
11/1335, William pardoned for not taking arms against the Scots and excused from service for 3 years.
~1336, Sir William de la Pole the elder, knight, to Robert son of Sir Robert de Nevill of Horneby, knight, and Margaret his wife, of the manor of farnelay with the services of the free and vilein tenants and the vileins themselves with their offspring, to hold to the grantees in tail at a yearly rent of 20l., with powers of distress and entry in case of nonpayment. (S) Havard Medieval Deeds Collection.
1/1337, William commissioned by King Edward to build a stout galley from 40 picked oak trees. [This was King Edward’s early planning for the invasion of France.]
8/20/1337, Grant to William de la Pole, [executor of the will of John le Gras] … and holds a part of his lands, and praying for an indemnity herein for himself and Katherine, his wife, who is enfroffed of the said part jointly … (S) CPRs.
1/3/1338, William empowered to arrest ships needed by the King and to convey them to Aquitaine. [In support of the outfitting of the invasion army.]
8/4/1338, William appointed Mayor of Antwerp in Flanders, with a retinue of 1 knight and 34 men-at-arms.
1339, William and others repaid a debt of 50,000 golden florins for the King to the Archbishop of Treves.
5/15/1339, document of King Edward: “In consideration … William de la Pole, has oftern made to us, … at the earnst request of the same William, grant and give license, … to Katherine, wife of the same William, that she, after his death, may marry whomsoever she wishes, …” [Provision were also made for his unmarried daughters Katherine, Blanche, and Margaret. Lastly the King released William from all political commitments because he was “worn out in his service”.]
6/30/1339, King Edward acknowledged a debt of £76,180 to William. [Having already been paid £46,389 the previous year.]
7/6/1339, Bond of the king, John, archbishop of Canterbury, … [earls] … Derby … Northampton … Salisbury, … Suffolk, … Henry de Ferrires, his chamberlain, and William de Poele … in 54,000 gold florins of Florence, a loan to the king … (S) CPRs.
9/27/1339, King Edward created William a knight banneret, named William Baron of the Exchequer, and excused him of all fees associated with these titles. [William soon returned to England.]
11/1339, when William was unsuccessful in raising additional funds for the war in France, King Edward returned to England and had William [and others] imprisoned.
1/27/1344, “Debtor: Robert de Neville of Hornby, [Hang Wapentake, N.R., Yorks.], knight. Creditor: Sir William de la Pole, the elder, knight [merchant of Kingston-on-Hull, E.R.Yorks] Amount: £2000, on account of a loan.” (S) UKNA.
3/12/1346, King Edward restored his “faithful servant” with properties the king had seized and made restitution. (S) CPRs.
2/28/1348, Promise to William de la Pole the elder to repay 706£ 18s 1d and 20£ 10s 2d received from him … as loans towards the expenses of the household … (S) CPRs. [William the younger was heir of Richard de la Pole, the king’s butler, who was William the elder’s brother.]
5/4/1352, Whereas the king is bound to William de la Pole, the elder, in 2000 marks … grants … 20s on every sack of wool exported from the port of Kyngeston upon Hull … until his debt be fully satisfied. (S) CPRs.
1354, William quitclaimed to the King all depts owed in return for full pardon for all crimes, and allowed in all future claims to be represented by attorney.
11/11/1354, Licence for William de la Pole the elder to found a hospital of chaplains … (S) CPRs.
3/1/1356, William de la Pole, the elder, knight, granted to the king … a rent of 200£. … county of York and elsewhere … (S) CPRs.
10/25/1358, [son] Edmund of full age … discharges William and his heirs and lands for ever from the 200£. Yearly. (S) CPRs.
5/22/1365, Commission of oyer and terminer to John Moubray, Richard Scrope, … on complaint by William de la Pole, the elder, ‘chivaler,’ and Katharine, his wife, … (S) CPRs.
6/22/1366, William of Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire died.
8/5/1370, Commission to Roger de Northwych, … county of Norfolk touching evildoers who broke a mill of Kathearine, late the wife of William de la Pole, and Edmund de la Pole, ‘chivaler,’ at Cryngilford, took away their goods, and assaulted their men and servants. (S) CPRs.
1/28/1382, Katherine died; sons Michael and Edmund her executors of her will.
(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P412. (S) English Merchants, Bourne, 1866.
Children of William and Katherine:
i. Katherine de la Pole (5910025), born ~1330 in England.
ii. Michael de la Pole, born ? in England.
Bef. 4/3/1362, Michael married Katherine ?.
3/13/1383, Michael named Chancellor of England.
8/6/1386, Michael named Earl of Suffolk.
1386, Michael attained for defrauding the crown; the 1st instance of an impeachment of a Chancellor.
1391, Michael died in France.
iii. Edmund de la Pole (1901186), born 1337 in England.
iv. Margaret de la Pole (738571), born ~1335 in England.