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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Sir James Berners & Anne Berew

3802868. Sir James Berners & 3802869. Anne Berew          

3/8/1358, James born in West Horsley, Surrey, England, s/o 7605736. Sir John Berners & 7605737. Elizabeth ?.

~1360, Anne born in England, d/o §§John Berew.

8/25/1361, James’ father died.

9/1/1375, IPM of John Berners, knight. Surrey: Westhorslee. The manor, with the advowson of the church, … He died on 25 August, 35 Edward III. James Berners, his son, … is his heir. Middlesex: Iseldon. The manor of Berners … Essex: Berneston. The manor, with the advowson of the church … Berneresrothyng. The manor, … Beaumond. The manor … Heir as above, aged 17 years at Easter last. … Suffolk: Hikelyngham. A manor called ‘Berners Halle, … (S) CIsPM.

11/1375, The wardship and marriage of James granted by the King to the Black Prince.

6/21/1377, Richard II, age 10, son of the Black Prince, succeeded Edward III as King of England.

7/19/1380, James, with the Thomas of Woodstock, Earl of Buckingham, landed at Calais with 5200 men, about half archers, from where they advanced on Burgundy and cut a path through northern France in minor skirmishes. (S) Chronicles of England, France, Spain … Froissart.

11/1380, The Earl of Buckingham began the siege of Nantes.

3/1381, James and the English army returned to England.

10/5/1381, John de la Mare, … James Berner knight, … in favour of the prioress and convent of Derteford, in Kent, Wiltesir and Surrey. (S) CCRs.

12/14/1381, James de Berners with Nicholas de Carew and others appointed to preserve the peace in Surrey. (S) A History of Surrey, Malden, 1900, P176.

5/13/1382, James Berners, knight, son and heir of John Berners, knight, Surrey (proof of age): The  said James was of full age, to wit, 21 years and more, on 8 March last, that he was born at Horsley and baptized in the church of Shyre, and that Alexander, prior of Newark (Novus Locus), and William Croyser, knight, were his godfathers, and Eleanor, then countess of Ormond, his godmother. … (S) CIsPM.

5/19/1382, To escheator in Surrey. Order to give James Berners knight, son and heir of John Berners knight, seisin of his father's lands; as he has proved his age before the escheator, and the king has taken his homage and fealty. (S) CCRs.

10/1382, James made a Knight of the Chamber to King Richard II. (S) Richard II, Saul, 1999, P123.

10/18/1382, Licence, during pleasure, to the king’s kinsmen and young knights, Ralph de Stafford, Thomas Moubray and Thomas de Clifford, and to his knight James Berners, and his esquire John de Bello Campo, to hunt in the king’s forests, chaces, parks and warrens. (S) CPRs.

1383, Traveling with the King at Ely, James was struck by lightning and left blind. King Richard ordered the monks to pray for James. By the next morning, James’ sight had returned. (S) Richard II, Saul, 1999, P123.

10/18/1383, Order to cause another knight of the shire girt with the sword to be elected and come to the next parliament instead of  James Berners, who is of the king's retinue and household, and one of the knights of his chamber. (S) CCRs.

5/18/1385, Quitclaim of Sir James Berners and Margery Ludewyk of the manor of Catteshall, Godalming. (S) UKNA.

6/17/1385, Pardon, at the instance of James de Berners, [4 persons] in the death of Nicholas Selewyne. (S) CPRs.

10/6/1385, Grant, for life, to James Berners, knight of the chamber, … £100 a year for life … rendering aught therefor, … (S) CPRs.

11/22/1385, “Let letters patent of custody and marriage be made [...] James Berners, knight, and Robert Fitz Ralph …” (S) UKNA.

5/30/1386, James, knight, an executor of the estate of John de Kingsfold. (S) UKNA.

6/16/1386 at the palace of John of Gaunt, King of Castile and Leon, James gave a deposition in the case of Richard le Scrope.

11/28/1386, James Berners knight and John Neudegate to be paid £24 9s. for 61 days at parliament at Westminster representing Surrey. (S) CCRs.

11/6/1387, Grant … to James Berners, knight, of the marriage of Robert, son and heir of Richard, lord of Ponynges, … 500 marks … (S) CPRs.

1/4/1388, James arrested by the barons in revolt headed by the Duke of Gloucester, a Lord Appelant, and taken to Bristol castle. James was arrested for attempting to “effect the death of those who enacted the statutes … and promoted dissensions between the King, his peers, …”

2/1388, Our lord the king grants in this present parliament to Lady Anne, wife of Sir James Berners, knight, the manor of West Horsley with its appurtenances in Surrey, being in the hands of our lord the king by the forfeiture of the said James, to be had to aid her sustenance until she should be married or otherwise aided or advanced, without anything being paid. (S) Parliament Rolls, 2005.

2/24/1388, Order to receive James Berners knight and to keep in safe custody in the Tower until further order of the king and council; as for urgent causes etc. (S) CCRs.

5/12/1388, James, Sir John Beauchamp, and Sir John Salesbury were brought before parliament in the White Hall and informed that they had been found guilty of some of the charges.  James was found guilty of treason, attained, and ordered to be drawn, hung, and beheaded. Do to James’ having been a ward of the King; the sentence of being drawn and hung were remitted.  James was executed the same day on Tower Hill.


6/1/1388, Grant … to Anne late the wife of James Berners, knight, of her late husband’s manor of Westhorsley, co. Surrey, … until she marry or otherwise … (S) CPRs.

2/17/1389, Grant to Anne Berners that she may make her own profit out of the whole of underwood of the manor of Horsley without of the waste of the wood thereof, …. (S) CPRs.

11/14/1389, Grant for 500 marks to be paid at the Exchequer by Anne Berners, late the wife of James de Berners, knight … for the manor of Abbess Roding. (S) CPRs, V35.

12/1/1391, To the escheator in Middlesex. Order to give Robert bishop of London livery of the ward of the manor of Iseldoun, and of the body of Richard son and heir of James Berners, … it was found by inquisition, … that Edmund de Berners held the said manor by knight service of the bishopric of London, …, that in the octaves of Trinity 31 Edward I (1/1303) at York a fine levied between the said Edmund and Amice his wife plaintiffs, and Roger de Berners and John de Neville deforciants, concerning the same, …, deforciants rendered the manor to the plaintiffs, and to the heirs of Edmund's body, with remainder to Richard de Berners and to his heirs, …, the said Edmund was seised in fee tail, the said Amice as of freehold, that Amice died, that from Edmund the manor descended to Ralph his son and heir, from him to John his son and heir, and from him to James his son and heir, who was thereof seised in fee tail by form of the said fine at the time of a judgment against him rendered in the parliament holden at Westminster on the morrow of the Purification 11 Richard II (1/1388), and died so seised, … the right descended to the said Richard as son and heir of James, who was within age, namely 10 years and upwards, … (S) CCRs.

6/22/1392, Grant, for life, without rent, to Anne de Berners, of Cryppyng place, co. Essex, in the king’s hands by reason of forfeiture of James de Berners, knight, deceased, of the yearly value of 6 marks. (S) CPRs.

5/13/1393, King Richard II, granted the manor of West Horsley, with the park and warrens, to Anne, late the wife of James Berners, knight. [Regranted by fee to her son Richard by King Henry IV in 1399.]

4/14/1403, Anne died.

5/7/1403, Writ for IPM of Anne late the wife of James Berners, knight in the county of Surrey: She held the manor of West Horsley for life by the grant of Henry IV with remainder to Richard son of James Berners and his heirs. She died on 14 April. Richard son of James, her heir, is aged 21 years and 12 weeks. (S) CIsPM.

(S) Ancestral Stories and Traditions of Great Families, Timbs, 1869, P351. (S) Yseldon. A Perambulation of Islington, Tomlins, 1858, P99. (S) De controversia in curia militari inter Ricardum Le Scrope et Robertum, Scrope, 1832, P394. (S) Hist. of Parliament, Roskell, 1993.

Family notes:

·         1402, John Berew of co. of Southampton died. (S) Once a Week, Dallas, 1867, P389. (S) De controversia in curia militari inter Ricardum Le Scrope et Robertum, Scrope, 1832, P394. (S) History of Surrey, V3, 1911, West Horsley.

Child of James and Anne:

i. Richard Berners (1901434), born 2/1382 in England.